Late Home-Runs Help Twins Win Over Cleveland

Posted June 27, 2017

(AP Photo/Tony Dejak). Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Trevor Bauer delivers in the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Minnesota Twins, Friday, June 23, 2017, in Cleveland. The game was set up for the Indians to end Mejia's night with one big blow. But Jason Castro doubled to left field, scoring Escobar and Rosario to give Minnesota a 2-0 lead. Included in that 10-game stretch was a four-game sweep of the Twins and - even after dropping a game to Minnesota last night - Cleveland sits at the top of the division with a game and a half lead; with its next two games coming against the Twins, the Tribe has a chance to distance themselves from the pack.

Gennett was 8-for-13 in the series with three RBIs.

Olson, Brugman and Barreto became the second trio of teammates to hit their first home runs in the same game, the Elias Sports Bureau said. The loser was Washington starter Tanner Roark (6-5), who gave up nine hits and six runs in six innings.

Then came another injury and another defeat, leaving the defending World Series champions with that sinking feeling once again.

Angels 4, Red Sox 2: Parker Bridwell pitched 62/3 innings for visiting Anaheim, which scored three runs after its challenge overturned an inning-ending double play in the second. And the Indians totaled two runs. Eddie Rosario led off the fourth with his 10th homer.

What is interesting about the Tribe's recent surge is that it has come nearly exactly at the same time as it did last season, when the team won 14 straight games and posted a 22-6 record for the month of June.

Gary Sanchez hit a three-run homer and Ronald Torreyes hit a solo homer for the Yankees.

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4th: Runners on first and third base with one out. Jose Bautista drove in a season-high four runs, and Francisco Liriano earned his 100th career victory.

Atlanta starter Julio Teheran (6-6) continued to struggle at home.

"When we put a game together where maybe it's a little bit makeshift, you can gain some personality", said Francona, taking note of his players stepping up in various roles. He has a 4.37 ERA against Minnesota over 113.1 innings in his career. Martinez was designated for assignment by Tampa Bay on June 19. Cleveland is also 8-1 in Tomlin's last nine Sunday starts, and 2-6 in Tomlin's last eight starts. Rickard scored on a sacrifice fly by Adam Jones. His playing time at first base (21 innings), left field (seven innings) and third base (one inning) furthers his contributions as a flexible option off the bench. It was also his 12th straight home start with at least seven strikeouts, a team record. Juan Graterol contributed a two-run single for Los Angeles.

Before Sunday's game, Twins manager Paul Molitor was hesitant to talk about what this series meant to his club, saying "We'll see what happens today" and that "Each day you have to play".

Allen (0-3) was making his first appearance since Sunday. Perhaps it was the moment he needed to get him locked in.

Bautista homered with Ryan Goins aboard in the fifth to tie the score at 2. He was the DH today and was 0-for-3 with a walk. "It's a good day to do it for him, let him get his legs back under him".

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.

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It was Bauer's fourth start against Minnesota this year. They allowed just 1 run, with 9 strikeouts and only one walk. Shortstop Jorge Polanco, through, threw the ball away, allowing Gomes to score on the error and the Indians to tie it 2-2.

Dozier chased Bauer with an RBI single to right in the seventh.

In Friday's opener, the Twins secured a 5-0 shutout win.

According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, the Indians are the clear favorite at home, as they are getting odds of -240 to win, while the Twins are listed with a money line of +215 to win.

PHOENIX - Daniel Descalso singled in the winning run with two outs in the 11th inning and Arizona extended their best start in franchise history with the win over Philadelphia.

It's the reason they're in first place. Philadelphia has lost 15 of 18.

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