Published: Mon, May 15, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Twins, Santana shut down Indians

Twins, Santana shut down Indians

The Twins have allowed just one run in this series and three or less runs in five of their last 10 games.

Tomlin, who entered the night owning a bulky 7.12 ERA over six starts, began on shaky ground, allowing a solo home run to Miguel Sano three batters into the game. After Cleveland loaded the bases in the fifth on a single and two walks, Santana retired Edwin Encarnacion on an inning-ending flyout.

"You've got to be excited about the performance we received from him", Twins manager Paul Molitor said. "He did have to battle tonight, but he kept the hit total down". Cleveland had also scored three or fewer runs in nine of its previous 11 games. Brandon Kintzler pitched the ninth inning to pick up his ninth save.

Slumping teams tend to be short on luck, and the Indians haven't been lucky in the Minnesota series.

Cleveland, coming off a 4-5 trip, went 0-for-5 with runners scoring position and stranded eight runners.

Kipnis, who had been batting sixth, homered off Hector Santiago (4-2) to start the game and hit a three-run homer in the third off Adam Wilk.

During the sixth inning, Saturday's game had to be delayed, but not because of rain.

"I had a giant opportunity to hit a fastball away - and I did it", Sano said.

"It's all about mentality and how confident you are up there, how comfortable", Kepler said.

Those trends are part of a bigger picture that has seen the Twins win 10 of their last 14 games.

The Indians have lost three in a row and seven of their last 11 games, and the explanation for the majority of that is the team's sputtering offense.

CLEVELAND (AP) - Jose Berrios had no problem handling the Cleveland hitters.

Manager Terry Francona said he isn't concerned about Encarnacion's slow start. "I'm sure PETA will have something to say about that". "I think he's kind of navigating his way through the order".

Cleveland broke a 17-inning scoreless stretch on Berrios' wild pitch in the third.

Sano's home run was Tomlin's only major mistake, but the right-hander took the blame for the loss.

Berrios made 14 starts for the Twins in 2016, going 3-7 with an 8.02 earned-run average, with his longest outing being a six-inning performance on August 1 in a victory over the Indians at Progressive Field.

"He's been pitching good", Francona said. A lot of that's on me. To get down 1-0 early on he can kind of find his groove and you saw what he did.

The answer came early in Minnesota's game at Cleveland.

Minnesota Twins' Jorge Polanco throws out Cleveland Indians' Jose Ramirez at first base during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Friday, May 12, 2017, in Cleveland. Michael Brantley promptly flied out following the delay, and the Indians went on to lose by a score of 4-1. Kluber was placed on the disabled list May 3 with a lower back strain. Berrios is making his first start of the year. My confidence was going up through six starts down there (at Rochester, where he went 3-0 with a 1.13 ERA).

Clevinger has had just one start, with was a 1-0 win over the Royals last week.

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