CLEVELAND — Franmil Reyes homered twice, including a second-inning blast that bounced out of Progressive Field and almost dinged a bicyclist pedaling past on the street, and the Cleveland Indians beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-2.
Reyes' leadoff homer in the second glanced off the pedestrian bridge in left field and landed on the plaza area between the ballpark and Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse. The ball traveled an estimated 446 feet.
Reyes wasn't done, however. He finished off Cleveland's three-homer inning in the third with his 19th of the season, a 421-foot drive to center. Cesar Hernandez and José Ramírez also homered in the inning for the Tribe (50-49), which avoided dropping under .500 for the first time since May 1.
Dylan Carlson homered for the Cards (51-51), Cleveland right-hander Zach Plesac allowed just two runs over five gutsy innings to pick up his sixth win. Four relievers also combined for four scoreless innings to bounce back from a rough outing on Tuesday.
The Indians are off Thursday before beginning a seven-game road trip Friday night in Chicago against the first-place White Sox. The second-place Tribe found itself nine games out heading into Wednesday night's games, although it does sit just 4 1/2 behind the Oakland Athletics for the American League's second wild card spot.
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