CLEVELAND — The Indians have reached triple-digit wins for the third time in franchise history.
Carlos Carrasco ended his season on a high note and the Indians belted three home runs in a 5-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Thursday afternoon at Progressive Field.
The win improved the Indians to 100-59 this season, making them only the third team in franchise history to reach 100 wins. They joined the Indians clubs from 1995 (100-44) and 1954 (111-43).
"That's cool," said Jason Kipnis of the reaching the century mark. "First, it's a lot better than losing 100. I've been on that team before. ... I've been on the teams where no matter what you do, you're going to lose.
"This is one of those teams where no matter what you do, it feels like you're going to win because there's just that kind of camaraderie here, that kind of special thing we've got going on where we can get down early, we can get down late, where no matter what, as long as we've still got some outs in us, we feel like we're still going to win the game, and that's the mark of a winning team."
Carrasco delivered one of the best outings of his season, tossing 8 1/3 scoreless innings while striking out 14. He was left in until he struck out Kennys Vargas for the first out in the ninth inning, which gave him an even 200 innings pitched for the season, the first time he's reached that mark. He also ended the year with a career-high 226 strikeouts.
"I think this was a really good way for him to lead into a playoff start," Indians manager Terry Francona said of Carrasco. "I think he feels really good about himself. It's the first time he's thrown 200 innings, but he looks like it's the first day of the season. I think that's a credit to his ability to work and his routines. It was fun to watch today."
The Indians were held scoreless for five innings by Twins starting pitcher Ervin Santana, who is slated to start the wild-card game against either Boston or New York on Tuesday. Once he exited, the Indians went to work.
Kipnis slugged a two-run home run in the sixth, his 12th of the season and first since being activated off the disabled list. Roberto Perez hit his eighth home run of the season in the seventh, also a two-run shot, to put the Indians up 4-0.
An inning later, Jay Bruce belted a solo home run to right field. It was his 35th of the season and sixth with the Indians.
Francisco Lindor went 2-for-4 with two doubles, giving him 81 extra-base hits this season. He and Jose Ramirez (88) became the first Indians teammates to top 80 extra-base hits in the same season since Albert Belle and Manny Ramirez did so in 1996.
Nick Goody was roughed up a bit trying to nail down the final out, allowing a two-run triple to Mitch Garver before closing out the milestone win.
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