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Francisco Lindor and the Indians deal a big blow to Angels' playoff hopes

Francisco Lindor and the Indians deal a big blow to Angels' playoff hopes

The Angels have run out of duct tape trying to hold their team together, somehow remaining in playoff contention despite an endless string of injuries that has depleted their roster.

Those postseason hopes were punctured on Thursday by the scorching-hot Cleveland Indians, who rode shortstop Francisco Lindor’s tiebreaking, three-run fifth-inning homer to a 4-1 victory before an announced crowd of 29,863 in Angel Stadium that appeared about half that size.

With a three-game sweep, the American League Central-champion Indians have won 27 of 28 games since Aug. 24, a stretch that included a 22-game win streak that was the second-longest in major league history.

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