Friday, 24 November, 2017

Santana leads to Twins to sweep, first place in AL Central

Twins 4, Indians 0: Tribe swept out of first place by Minnesota Ervin Santana helps Twins pull off rare feat against Indians
Elias Hubbard | 27 June, 2017, 11:19

The Twins and Indians have been gracious hosts so far this year.

It was one sweet stay on Lake Erie for the Twins, who were swept in a four-game set against the Indians at Target Field last weekend.

The Royals won for the 11th time in 13 games and moved over.500 for the first time this season at 37-36.

Cleveland Indians' Jose Ramirez watches his solo home run off Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Kyle Gibson in the fourth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, June 24, 2017, in Cleveland. "So, we wanted to stick it to them here". "We only win on the road". "We wanted to stomp on their throats".

Jorge Polanco's two-run homer highlighted Minnesota's four-run second off Trevor Bauer (6-6) and gave the Twins only their third win in 11 games against the Indians this season.

The Twins hadn't swept a three-game series in Cleveland since 1991. I was confident coming in that we would play well. He was replaced by Jumbo Diaz, who gave up a two-run double to Mark Trumbo and Trey Mancini's two-run homer that put Baltimore ahead 7-3.

Cleveland's Corey Kluber struck out a season-high 13 and allowed three hits in seven innings, but throwing errors by second baseman Jason Kipnis and catcher Yan Gomes led to two unearned runs in the first.

"It was just a poor job of executing pitches kind of the whole game", Tomlin said.

Eddie Rosario had three hits, including a home run, and Ervin Santana pitched six scoreless innings as the Minnesota Twins completed a three-game sweep of the Cleveland Indians with a 4-0 victory on Sunday at Progressive Field.

Both teams have dominated on the road in the season series.

What better poster boy could you find for a team that has a -38 run differential and is 23-9 on the road?

"For not a lot of hits, we had baserunners it seemed like the first five innings", Indians manager Terry Francona said. "We got hits, but we were never able to string anything together". The home team stranded nine runners, five of which were in scoring position. Santana struck out Bradley Zimmer with a fastball and got Gomes to fly out to end the 6th with the Twins still hanging onto a 4-0 lead.

Reliever Buddy Boshers, not Molitor's usual bridge to his closer Brandon Kintzler, began the seventh inning on the mound after Santana's day was finished.

"There were a number of times where he walked by me previous year and said, 'Hey, if you need me.' Which you appreciate".

"We're just trying to keep the floaties on", Maddon said before Sunday's game. "The way the first inning unfolded, not only did they get the two, but it also probably cost him pitching the eighth". "But try to locate everything".

NOTES: Twins 3B Miguel Sano sat out his second consecutive game due to a sinus infection.Twins OF Max Kepler was a late scratch from the lineup due to a bruised right foot, the result of a foul ball in Friday night's game.

But in losing the first two games this weekend, the Indians have been outscored 9-2.

Utility man Ehire Adrianza, who saw one game in the left field this season, was placed on the 10-day disabled list Thursday with a stomach ailment.

Twins: RHP Phil Hughes (sore arm) threw a scoreless inning Saturday for Triple-A Rochester on a minor league rehab assignment. He made an excellent base running read on a Jason Castro double that allowed him to score and made a nice play in the field.

BOSTON (AP) - JC Ramirez rebounded from his shortest career start with six solid innings, Cameron Maybin doubled home a run and scored another and the Los Angeles Angels held off the Boston Red Sox.

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