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• In the previous 19 games, Cleveland's pitchers put together an AL-low 2.32 ERA while allowing just four home runs. The rotation went 8-2 with a 2.23 ERA during that span, holding opposing hitters to a .197 average.

• Entering play Thursday, the Indians led baseball with a .767 on-base-plus-slugging percentage during the ninth inning or later.

• During the homestand, the Indians outscored their opponents 40-20 in taking all seven games. The offense averaged 5.7 runs per game with 13 doubles and eight homers

Mark Emery is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.