Indians edge Blue Jays 2-1, take 2-0 lead in ALCS

Carlos Santana homered off 20-game winner J.A. Happ and Francisco Lindor had an RBI single for the Indians

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Josh Tomlin delivers in the first inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
(AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND (AP) – Josh Tomlin baffled Blue Jays batters for nearly six innings and Andrew Miller blew them away as the Cleveland Indians edged Toronto 2-1 on Saturday to take 2-0 lead in the AL Championship Series.

Carlos Santana homered off 20-game winner J.A. Happ and Francisco Lindor had an RBI single for the Indians, who have won five straight postseason games for the first time in their 116-year history.

An afterthought in August, Tomlin has emerged as an unlikely October star for the Indians. He allowed one run and three hits in 5 2/3 innings before Cleveland manager Terry Francona called on his bullpen led by the magnificent Miller, who is making the Blue Jays look like Little Leaguers.

The lanky left-hander struck out the side in the seventh, two more in the eighth and has 10 strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings in the series. He has not allowed a run in 16 career postseason innings.

Cody Allen struck out Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista in a perfect ninth for the Indians, who had never been up 2-0 in four previous ALCS trips.

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