Bryant sits for 2nd straight game as Cubs fall to Indians
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians might need to get along without reliever Andrew Miller for a bit.
Miller left Wednesday night’s 4-1 win over the Chicago Cubs because of a tight left hamstring. He was set for an MRI on Thursday, and manager Terry Francona said the lefty had the same injury while pitching for Baltimore in 2014.
“He’s had it before,” Francona said. “The hope is, I think last time he said it was 3-4 days. That would really be the hope. We’ll know a lot more tomorrow. And hopefully, that’s all it is.”
Miller grabbed the back of his leg after throwing two pitches to Anthony Rizzo. He was visited by Francona and a team trainer before walking to the dugout.
“Him not throwing another pitch was really smart on his part,” Francona said.
Francisco Lindor and Edwin Encarnacion hit sixth-inning home runs for the Indians. Brandon Guyer connected in the fifth.
Lindor’s leadoff homer against Jon Lester (2-1) broke a 1-all tie, and Encarnacion homered into the bleachers with two outs. Lester had allowed only one hit until Guyer’s two-out home run in the fifth tied it.
Miller relieved Trevor Bauer (2-2) with a runner on first and Cleveland leading 3-1. Bauer held the Cubs to one run and four hits in 6 2/3 innings. Cody Allen pitched the ninth for his fifth save.
Miller hasn’t allowed a run in 10 innings this season. He fell behind Rizzo 2-0 before grabbing at his leg.
Cleveland added a run in the eighth on Rizzo’s throwing error at first base. Rizzo had an RBI single in the fifth.
“Whoever says solo homers can’t beat you (is wrong), I guess,” Lester said. “The only pitch that was a bad decision on my part — and I shook to it — was the pitch to Guyer. The other two, Lindor goes oppo and a ball on the ground that Encarnacion hits out. That’s the game, unfortunately.”
Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant was out of the lineup for the second straight game after being hit in the helmet by a pitch Sunday. The 2016 NL MVP didn’t play in the Cubs’ 10-3 win Tuesday.
Miller replaced Bauer after Javier Baez’s two-out single. Tyler Olson retired Rizzo on a flyball.
Willson Contreras doubled to start the eighth, but Olson got pinch-hitter Victor Caratini on a groundout and struck out Kyle Schwarber.
Nick Goody struck out Addison Russell to end the eighth before Allen worked the ninth.
The teams split the two-game series in their first meeting since the 2016 World Series that saw the Cubs win Game 7 at Progressive Field for their first championship since 1908.
“There’s nothing to be upset about,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “They just got us today.”