The Twins entered this game with the opportunity to sweep Cleveland on the road. José Berríos was not as sharp as he usually is today, and the lineup could not compensate.
In the first inning, Berrios received two batters, and then yielded a double producer to José Ramírez for the first race of Cleveland. More problems came in the fourth inning, as he was hit by 2 more runs, allowing one double and two singles. Its final line was: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 6 SO.
On the offensive side, the lineup did not seem to have many answers for Cleveland starter Shane Bieber. At least, not until the seventh inning. Luis Arraez walked, and then Mitch Garver was hit by a pitch. Marwin González followed with a single, scoring Arraez. Miguel Sano simple, loading the bases. Jake Cave was hit by a pitch, scoring Garver. Jonathan Schoop struck out, but then Max Kepler singled to center to tie the game. However, with the bases still loaded, Jorge Polanco and Nelson Cruz struck out, finishing the inning.
After all that, Carlos Santana made a home run to unleash the game to 4-3 in the bottom of the seventh, against Trevor May.
Arraez started the eighth with a double, but was stranded in the third. Tyler Duffey threw an eighth goalless, sending us to the ninth.
Brad Hand entered the game to close for Cleveland. Ehire Adrianza (pinch-hit by Cave) got an error by Jason Kipnis. Jonathan Schoop struck out one more time. Kepler and Polanco stood up to finish the game.
The loss reduces the advantage of the Twins division to 6.5, but the Twins won a game in the overall standings by winning this series.
Next, the Twins return to Target Field to welcome the Mets.
Marwin González: 3-4, R, RBI
Jorge Polanco: 0-5, 2 SO
Jonathan Schoop: 0-4, 2 SO
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