September 8, 2019 / 9:59 PM / 10 days ago

Clevinger stays hot as Indians top Twins

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Sep 8, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Mike Clevinger (52) throws a pitch against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Francisco Lindor and Carlos Santana each homered and Mike Clevinger extended his winning streak to 10 games as the Cleveland Indians beat the Minnesota Twins 5-2 in the rubber game of their three-game series on Sunday in Minneapolis.

Lindor also doubled and stole a base, Jason Kipnis went 3-for-4 with a run scored and Franmil Reyes had two hits and two RBIs for Cleveland, which closed to within 5 1/2 games of the American League Central-leading Twins. The teams have a three-game series remaining next weekend in Cleveland.

Clevinger (11-2) has not lost in his last 13 starts, since he was beaten June 28 at Baltimore. He allowed two runs and four hits over 6 1/3 innings, striking out seven and walking two. Brad Hand pitched a scoreless ninth for his 34th save.

Mitch Garver homered for Minnesota, and rookie LaMonte Wade Jr. reached base four times with an RBI single, two walks and a hit by pitch. Opener Randy Dobnak (0-1) suffered the loss, allowing two runs on three hits in two innings.

Cleveland took a 2-0 lead in the second inning when Yasiel Puig led off with a walk and went to third on a double by Kipnis. Reyes followed with a two-run ground single to center.

After Santana made it 3-0 in the third with his 33rd home run of the season, Minnesota cut it to 3-1 in the fourth on Garver’s 29th homer of the season and third in two games, a 410-foot shot into the bullpen in left-center.

Lindor hit his 29th home run of the season into the second deck in left to lead off the firth and increase Cleveland’s lead to 4-1. The Indians tacked on another run in the seventh on a sacrifice fly by Oscar Mercado, driving in Yu Chang, who had walked and advanced to third on a double by Lindor.

The Twins closed to 5-2 in the bottom of the seventh on an RBI single by Wade, his first major league hit, driving in Luis Arraez, who had singled and advanced to third on a double off the wall in right-center by Ehire Adrianza. Minnesota loaded the bases when Jonathan Schoop walked, but reliever Nick Wittgren got out of the jam with back-to-back strikeouts of pinch hitter C.J. Cron and Garver.

Minnesota outfielder Max Kepler left the game after popping out in the first inning with upper-chest discomfort and was listed as day-to-day.

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