The Al Central is turning out of be one of the best divisional races in the majors as the Cleveland Indians - hoping to repeat their 2016 run to the World Series - lead the Twins and Royals by 1 1/2 games.
|Salazar: 7IP, 1H, 0ER|
Cleveland got the best from starter Danny Salazar, who one-hit the Blue Jays through seven innings, after Kevi
n Pillar singled to open the third inning, Salazar induced a double play from the next batter, Ryan Goins, then proceeded to retire the next 13 batters he faced, striking out eight in the process and issuing no bases on balls.
|Lindor: Game-winning HR|
No Toronto runner advanced to second base while Salazar was throwing, but in the eighth, Andrew Miller served up a home run ball to Justin Smoak, tying the game with the Blue Jays' only run.
On the offensive side, Francisco Lindor scored both of Cleveland's runs, scoring on an Edwin Encarnacion ground out in the fourth inning and belting a game-ending, solo homer (his 15th) to lead off the bottom of the 10th, served up by reliever Danny Barnes.
Cleveland will be seeking a three-game sweep of the Blue Jays Sunday. Game time is 1:10 pm ET.
|Braun: 3-3, HR, 4 RBI|
For the most part, the game was not as close as the final score indicates. Milwaukee blew an 8-1 lead in the seventh inning as the Phillies rallied for four runs in the bottom of the seventh and three more in the eighth, tying the game, before Domingo Santana knocked in Hernan Perez with the winning run in the top of the ninth.
Braun's fifth inning home run was his 12th, a two-run belt. The 33-year-old left fielder missed nearly a month of playing time due to injury, but has been in the lineup regularly since late June.
Milwaukee's win evened the series at a game apiece and kept the Brewers one game in front of Chicago in the Central division, which has tightened recently. The Pirates are three back, with the Cardinals 4 1/ games off the pace.
The rubber game of the series is Sunday, 1:35 pm ET at Citizens Bank Park.