Twins 4, Indians 0: Tribe swept out of first place by Minnesota

Twins 4, Indians 0: Tribe swept out of first place by Minnesota

After getting swept last weekend at home by the Cleveland Indians, the Minnesota Twins came to Cleveland on a mission - and it was mission accomplished.

Some poor defense by the Indians in the first inning helped to give the Twins (38-34) an early 2-0 lead.

Brian Dozier, who is 4-for-8 in the series, snapped a tie with a solo blast in the eighth inning as Minnesota topped the Indians 4-2 on Saturday after shutting them out 5-0 in Friday's opener to improve to 22-9 on the road.

"This obviously shows we can beat them, that they're not unbeatable", Mejia said. "We wanted to stomp on their throats, so to speak, while they are down".

The Twins' starter had two hits and drove in 3 of the team's 4 runs, all while starting in a day game after a late-afternoon game the day before.

"There were games past year where our guys kind of gave up at times", Molitor said.

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

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.

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's disappointing", Tomlin said. "We had the chance to kind of take a step forward and spread (the division lead) out a little bit and we didn't take advantage of it at all".

"There's a good team in Texas coming in", Tomlin said of the Rangers, who have played better since a poor start to the season.




Mejia twice escaped innings with the bases loaded, and one big inning by the Twins offense was all they needed in a 5-0 win over the AL central leading Indians. Minnesota is 23-9 on the road while Cleveland is 15-20 at home. "We were certainly able to get our hits, but we never strung anything together".

Kipnis, who was playing in the shortstop position on the shift, made a high throw to first on Dozier's ground ball to start the game. In the same situation in the fourth, Bradley Zimmer popped out and Gomes struck out again.

Four Houston relievers - Michael Feliz, Chris Devenski, Will Harris and Luke Gregerson - combined for seven scoreless innings of three-hit relief as the Astros won the final two games of the series.

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

Eddie has about as many games that make you go "man, this guy can play" as he does that make you go "man, can this guy just go away?" "You look at the box score today, we probably had the same amount of hits as they did or close, but we couldn't keep the line moving. But try to locate everything".

Last Sunday, it seemed obvious the Twins just couldn't hang with Cleveland. Kepler had X-rays taken of the foot Saturday that were negative.

NOTES: Indians OF Austin Jackson was removed from the game in the fifth inning with left quad tightness.

In the fourth inning, the Indians had runners at second and third and one out but failed to score.

Twins: RHP Phil Hughes (sore arm) threw a scoreless inning Saturday for Triple-A Rochester on a minor league rehab assignment.

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.

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