Indians Comeback to Defeat Pirates 8-6 in Regular Season Finale


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CLEVELAND, OH -- The Indians were on the verge of losing back-to-back games to end the regular season when they were down by four runs in the sixth inning, before mounting their largest comeback victory of the season. Franmil Reyes cut the deficit to one run with a three-run blast in the sixth inning. The tribe chipped in two more runs in the 7th inning to take a lead that they would not give up. Brad Hand shut down the Pirates in the 9th inning to secure a 8-6 victory over the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates.

After getting off to a slow start, Cleveland slugger Franmil Reyes provided an enormous momentum swing with a 3-run bomb. The Pirates went to the bullpen amid a one run lead, bringing in left hander Nik Turley. With two runners on and two outs, Carlos Santana came through in the clutch with a two-RBI double on a line drive double to right field. After sitting down the Pittsburgh lineup in order to close out the game, Cleveland closer Brad Hand secured the American Lead in saves with his 16th of the year.

After an Indians victory and a White Sox loss, the tribe secure the #4 Seed in the MLB Playoffs. Cleveland will match up against the New York Yankees in a three-game series that will begin on Tuesday in Cleveland. The tribe ended the season winning 9 of their last 11, finishing with a 35-25 record. Check out highlights from today's win below!