Tribe erupts for 9-run frame to lift Plutko to win – MLB.com

CLEVELAND — Jose Ramirez sent a pitch into the right-field stands on Thursday night and it was like a cork had popped on a pressurized bottle. The fifth-inning shot ignited an overwhelming rally that kept rolling from batter to batter a dozen times over.

Thursday’s doubleheader was exhausting enough on its own, but the Tribe’s hitters were even more fatigued from sprinting around the basepaths so often in a 13-4 romp over the Blue Jays at Progressive Field. The lopsided nightcap in the day’s twin bill included a nine-run outpouring in the fifth, a game after Cleveland put up a seven-run fourth in a 13-11, 11-inning loss in the opener.

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CLEVELAND — Jose Ramirez sent a pitch into the right-field stands on Thursday night and it was like a cork had popped on a pressurized bottle. The fifth-inning shot ignited an overwhelming rally that kept rolling from batter to batter a dozen times over.

Thursday’s doubleheader was exhausting enough on its own, but the Tribe’s hitters were even more fatigued from sprinting around the basepaths so often in a 13-4 romp over the Blue Jays at Progressive Field. The lopsided nightcap in the day’s twin bill included a nine-run outpouring in the fifth, a game after Cleveland put up a seven-run fourth in a 13-11, 11-inning loss in the opener.

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The teams played 20 innings and combined for 41 runs on 56 hits in seven hours and 58 minutes of baseball. How does a player’s legs feel after a day like that?

“What legs?” Francisco Lindor said with a laugh.

A taxed Tribe pitching staff could not capitalize on the wealth of run support in Game 1, but rookie Adam Plutko came to the rescue. In the Indians’ win, Plutko

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