Twins complete three-game sweep of Indians

Posted June 27, 2017

Twins: RHP Ervin Santana defeated the Indians at Progressive Field on May 12, allowing two runs in seven innings. The visiting team has won 11 of the first 12 games between the Indians and Twins this year. Teheran served up seven earned runs off seven hits and two walks in just three innings to fall to 6-6 with a 5.30 ERA this season.

The Indians scored five or more runs and recorded 10 or more hits in nine straight games, but stranded 11 runners and were 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position. Over the three-game set, Cleveland left 30 runners on base.

When Cleveland used a four-game sweep in Target Field a week earlier to ignite an 8-1 spurt, it looked like the defending AL champs would pull away from the pack. Dozier followed with a single to right field, giving Minnesota a 5-0 lead and knocking Bauer out of the game.

The Twins extended their lead to 3-0 in the fourth when Rosario led off the inning by hitting a line drive into the seats in right field for his 10th home run.

"Now I can say it, we wanted to stick it to them", Dozier said. That was a weekend series in June as well, June 14-16, and it started with a combined 7-0 shutout win behind Jack Morris (seven innings) and Carl Willis. "We wanted to stomp on their throats".

Sunday, the roles were reversed as the Twins completed a three-game sweep in Cleveland.

"I think there are times when you pause and you enjoy that things that come your way throughout a season", Molitor said.

Mets catcher Rene Rivera jacked two home runs and drove in three runs to lead his team past the Giants.

"It was just a poor job of executing pitches kind of the whole game", Tomlin said. "We had a chance to take a step forward and spread [the lead] out a little bit, and we didn't take advantage of that at all".

The Minnesota Twins continued their Cinderella bid to make the Major League Baseball playoffs this season with Sunday's 4-0 win over the Cleveland Indians. The road team has won five straight between these two and they have hit the under in three straight meetings. The Twins are 0-7 at home against Cleveland this season but, somehow, are 3-1 at Progressive Field. Minnesota is 23-9 on the road while Cleveland is 15-20 at home.

"For not a lot of hits, we had baserunners it seemed like the first five innings", Indians manager Terry Francona said. "We were certainly able to get our hits, but we never strung anything together". In the second through fifth innings, Santana delivered an inning-ending strikeout when the Indians had at least one runner in scoring position.

Santana got Bradley Zimmer to foul out and struck out Yan Gomes.

Buddy Boshers pitched two shutout innings.

"You could tell he was dragging", Francona said.

Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda allowed seven runs in just four innings while watching three home runs leave Yankee Stadium in a 7-6 loss to the Rangers.

"It's a shame because the way the first inning unfolded, not only did they get the two, but it probably cost him pitching the eighth inning. But try to locate everything".

Rosario, who wasn't in Saturday's starting lineup because of an illness, homered to right on a 1-1 pitch.

The Indians' Austin Jackson hits a single in the seventh inning.

In a tie game in the ninth, Rays closer Alex Colome (1-3) gave up an RBI double to Joey Rickard, then after loading the bases with an intentional walk, he hit Jonathan Schoop to bring in a second run.

MARLINS 4, CUBS 2 - Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon says this season is like learning to swim, with his team hoping to tread water until several key players return from the disabled list. 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.

Twins: RHP Jose Berrios will face Boston for the first time in his career Monday.