CLEVELAND _ A foregone conclusion in part due to the historic, 22-game winning streak, the Cleveland Indians officially clinched the American League Central Division title on Saturday night.

One day after the longest streak in American League history was snapped, the Indians rebounded with an 8-4 win over the Kansas City Royals on Saturday before a sellout crowd at Progressive Field. The Minnesota Twins lost to the Toronto Blue Jays a few hours later.

That loss in Minnesota was enough to officially end the race in the AL Central with two weeks left in the season, and the Indians repeat as division champs for the first time since 1999.

The club will celebrate the division title following Sunday's game against the Royals.

The Indians lead the Houston Astros by 1 { games in the race for homefield advantage throughout the AL playoffs.

Clinging to a 3-2 lead, the Indians (92-57) pulled away with a four-run sixth inning that even included some flashbacks to the days of Little League.

With two on and two out, Francisco Lindor drilled a double off the left-field wall, scoring both runners and putting the Indians ahead 5-2. It was Lindor's 10th consecutive game with an extra-base hit, making him the first hitter to accomplish that feat in franchise history.

It also secured a 30-home run, 40-double season for Lindor, who has joined the AL Most Valuable Player conversation in the past couple of weeks.

"He's a spark plug for us," Austin Jackson said of Lindor. "Each and every day, he's setting the tone for us, getting it started and setting the tone for everybody in the lineup. He just plays with a lot of energy and it rubs off on guys. It's fun to watch him, fun to be a part of."

After Lindor's double, Jackson had an odd trip around the bases after hitting a single up the middle to score Lindor. As Lorenzo Cain fired home to try to nail Lindor at the plate, Jackson took off for second base. Royals catcher Drew Butera's return throw to second got past shortstop Alcides Escobar and then Cain in center field, allowing Jackson to come all the way around to score for a Little League-style home run, though in the box score, it will go down as a single and an error.

After the Royals (73-75) answered with a two-run seventh, Edwin Encarnacion belted a solo home run, his 35th of the season in the bottom of the seventh, putting the Indians on top 8-4.

"You kind of knew that he's that type of hitter that, if he stays healthy, they're going to be there," Indians manager Terry Francona said of Encarnacion and his propensity to hit home runs. "He's that good. It's nice to have an anchor, especially when (Michael) Brantley's not in there. He's going to hit his home runs, he's going to drive in his runs."

Indians starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco (16-6) allowed four runs on eight hits and struck out five in 6 2/3 innings.

Andrew Miller relieved Carrasco in the seventh, although the plan had been for Miller _ who retired Cain on a liner to center to end the inning _ to not pitch until Sunday. He returned from the disabled list Thursday, and the medical staff determined it would be better for him to get into a game earlier and then have two days off.