Here are 14 Walk-Off Thoughts on the Indians’ 6-0 win against the Tigers Saturday night.



1. Will a Cleveland team ever lose again? (Probably, but this is quite the run.)



2. The Indians have now won eight straight, are 8-0 against the Tigers this season and lead the AL Central by 4.5 games. And as of this typing, the Royals are losing 7-0, which would make it a 5-game lead. It’s the largest lead in the division for the Indians since May of 2012, and it’s the largest lead this late into a season since the end of 2007.  



3. Francisco Lindor had the first two-homer game of his career on Saturday, taking Anibal Sanchez deep in the first and then adding another solo shot off Mark Lowe in the eighth. He now has 10 home runs this season, which is third on the team behind Carlos Santana (16, one on Saturday) and Mike Napoli (15).



4. Lindor doesn’t fancy himself a power hitter, often saying he’s not trying to hit balls over the fence very often. The Indians have been pleased with how well he’s stuck to that line of thinking.



5. Said Indians manager Terry Francona, “I just think in the course of him taking good swings, he’s going to hit some balls out of the ballpark. But the good part of it is, when he has hit the ball out of the ballpark, he hasn’t shown up the next day and gotten long, trying to do that. I think he’s smart enough to know if he takes good swings, balls are going to get out of the ballpark at times.”







6. Said Lindor, “I think it’s my first multi-homer game ever. I don’t think I even did that in the minor leagues. It’s cool because we didn’t even need my home run. We had Santana’s and that would have won the game the way [Carlos] Carrasco pitched.”



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7. As hot as the Indians have been, the starting rotation has been scorching. Carrasco tossed a complete-game shutout on Saturday, the third complete game in four games for the Indians after Corey Kluber and Trevor Bauer went the distance against Tampa Bay. The Indians’ was rotation was pegged to be the AL’s best by most before the year. Right now, it’s about as good as any in the game, though the NL in the long run has some loaded rotations.



8. For Carrasco, it was his best start of the season, a sure-fire sign that he’s back to his normal self and a fitting park to put his formerly strained left hamstring—which he injured at Comerica Park—behind him.



9. Said Carrasco, “Really no, I remember that on April 24 when I got hurt in here. I was just trying to get my work done, trying not to remember anything. Sometimes we are human beings and we start to think about that. Today, I just went over there just trying to do all my bullpen and get ready for my game and that’s what I did.”



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10. The Indians barely even need relievers any more, it seems. There also might be a friendly competition brewing.



11. Said Carrasco, “It’s a little bit of a competition between us, but we don’t talk about it. ‘So, Kluber and Bauer [threw] a complete game, OK, let’s do that.’ Just trying to put zeroes on the board and trying to get deep in the game. That’s what we’re trying to do.”



12. The Indians got another good sign in the ninth, when Yan Gomes—in an ever-continuing battle to get going at the plate in 2016—clubbed a solo home run to left field, his eighth of the year.



13. Said Francona, “It’s nice to see him get rewarded for a nice swing because he’s been wearing it. He has taken some better swings. First at-bat, he got out in front of him but he got the barrel on it, just didn’t get enough. Nice and short and quick, that’s nice to see. When he gets going, that’ll be great for us.”



14. Indians second basemen Jason Kipnis left the game in the seventh inning with an illness, according to the club. Said Francona, “He’s just a little under the weather whether it’s a little bit of a bug or dehydrated. His whole body was getting stiff, so we got him out of there.”