Encarnacion Walks The Parrot For Walk-Off Win; Three Takeaways

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Cleveland-- In a marathon of a game that lasted just over four hours, Edwin Encarnacion had the final say.

The Tribe defeated the LA Angels in walk-off fashion, 11-7, after a grand slam from Encarnacion in the bottom of the 11th inning.

Tonight's contest is Cleveland's third walk-off win in the 2017 season.

After scoring seven runs in the bottom of the second inning, the Tribe wouldn't get on the board again until Encarnacion's game-ending bomb.

The Indians are now 8-0 against the Angels at home over the last three seasons and are currently on a five-game win streak, just one win shy of matching their longest win streak of the year.

Here are three takeaways from tonight's photo finish.

1. The Walk-Off

Come on, was it really going to be anything other than the walk-off?

The video practically speaks for itself, but here's the rundown of what happened prior to Encarnacion's blast into the bleachers. Bradley Zimmer and Francisco Lindor each drew walks before LA's Bud Norris opted to intentionally walk Michael Brantley.

With the bases load, Encarnacion buried an 86 mph first-pitch slider from Norris to end the game.

Encarnacion ended the evening going two-for-four from the plate. While tonight was his sixth career walk-off homer, it was his first walk-off grand slam.

With his four RBI tonight, Encarnacion now has 1,001 for his career, and is just one of 11 active players to surpass the 1,000 mark

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2. Dr. Smooth's Offense And Defense

There's no question that without Michael Brantley's play tonight, the Tribe may have never even had a chance at a walk-off win.

Defensively, Brantley made two great acrobatic catches in the fourth (when there were two runners in scoring position that undoubtedly would have scored if the ball dropped) and eighth innings.

Offensively, Brantley ended the Tribe's scoring run in the second inning with a solo homer, his sixth of 2017.

Before Sunday night's win against the Toronto Blue Jays, Brantley was in the midst of a 54-game stretch without any home runs. He's now homered in two out of his last three games, and is batting .308 in the Indians' last ten contests.

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3. The Second Inning

The bottom of the second was when the Tribe's bats exploded-- for seven runs to be exact.

After Encarnacion recorded a double in the lead-off spot, he scored on an RBI double from Jose Ramirez in the next at-bat.

The Angels' Jesse Chavez walked the Indians' next three batters, scoring Ramirez in the process to give Cleveland a 2-0 lead.

But it was Bradley Zimmer who broke the game open at the top of the order, rocking his first career grand slam over the center field wall on a 3-1 pitch to extend the Indians lead to 6-0.

Two batters later, Brantley followed Zimmer with a solo shot to center of his own.

Both Zimmer and Brantley's homers came off of pitches in the heart of the strike zone, and both capitalized when it mattered.

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When all was said and done, the Indians made it through their entire line-up and then some before the third out.

This inning was crucial, as the Tribe didn't score again until Encarnacion's grand slam. With Zimmer and Encarnacion's bases-clearing homers, the Indians had their first game with two grand slams since September of 1999.