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Lindor breaks HR drought, blasts 2 vs. Tigers

Shortstop moves into top 5 on MLB home run leaderboard
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DETROIT -- By his standards, Francisco Lindor was experiencing a power outage in the batter's box. The Indians' shortstop put an end to that with a pair of majestic shots against the Tigers on Friday night.

In an 8-3 win over Detroit, Lindor produced his seventh career multi-homer game. Five of those have come this season, during which the Indians' dynamic shortstop now has 27 blasts overall. That moves Lindor into a tie with Khris Davis of the A's for the fourth-most homers in the Majors.

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DETROIT -- By his standards, Francisco Lindor was experiencing a power outage in the batter's box. The Indians' shortstop put an end to that with a pair of majestic shots against the Tigers on Friday night.

In an 8-3 win over Detroit, Lindor produced his seventh career multi-homer game. Five of those have come this season, during which the Indians' dynamic shortstop now has 27 blasts overall. That moves Lindor into a tie with Khris Davis of the A's for the fourth-most homers in the Majors.

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Lindor said the last thing on his mind after hitting one homer is trying to clear the fence again.

"When I try to hit a home run," Lindor said, "it has happened before, I do absolutely nothing. I try to focus on hitting the ball the other way or hitting back up the middle or doing something to try to control myself down. Because, when I try to hit home runs, they don't go out. I wish they did. Otherwise, I'd have 50 by now."

Boston's J.D. Martinez leads MLB with 31 homers and is trailed by Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez (30) and Angels superstar Mike Trout (28).

In the fifth inning, Lindor woke up the Tribe's offense with a towering two-run shot off Detroit starter Mike Fiers, pulling the game into a 2-2 deadlock. As Lindor tore around first base amidst collective groans from the Comerica Park crowd, the shortstop gave first-base coach Sandy Alomar Jr. his customary salute.

Video: CLE@DET: Lindor rips a 2-run homer to right field

Lindor's homer traveled a projected 421 feet and had an exit velocity of 102.6 mph, per Statcast™.

Lindor followed that up with a one-out homer in the ninth off Tigers reliever Victor Alcantara. That blast represented the final run of the night for the Tribe and was also the hardest-hit ball of the game at 107.4 mph.

Indians manager Terry Francona chuckled when it was pointed out that Lindor's night in the batters' box was not mentioned for the first few minutes of the postgame gathering with reporters.

"I'll talk about him all the time," Francona said. "The ball just jumps off his bat. It's fun to watch."

Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook.

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