Indians rally, beat Twins 7-5 in must-win situation

The Indians improve to 87-63 on the season

James Rapien
September 15, 2019 - 4:19 pm
CLEVELAND, OH – The Indians may be out of the AL Central race, but that didn’t stop them from rebounding from two Saturday losses to the Twins. Cleveland scored four runs in the sixth inning and held on to beat Minnesota 7-5 on Sunday.  Roberto Perez had

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CLEVELAND, OH – The Indians may be out of the AL Central race, but that didn’t stop them from rebounding from two Saturday losses to the Twins. Cleveland scored four runs in the sixth inning and held on to beat Minnesota 7-5 on Sunday.

Roberto Perez had the key hit, a 3-run homer that gave the Indians the lead for good. It was his 23rd home run of the season.

Cleveland got off to a quick start, scoring two runs in the first inning.

Starter Shane Bieber had his issues, but still kept the Indians in the game. He allowed four runs and 11 hits in 5⅔ innings. He issued one walk and finished with four strikeouts.

Nick Wittgren and James Hoyt pitched well out of the bullpen, allowing one run and two hits in three innings. The duo combined for five strikeouts. Oliver Perez came on in the ninth to face Eddie Rosario, who had two home runs on the day. Perez got him to pop out into foul territory and the Tribe picked up the win. 

The Indians finished 10-9 against the Twins this season. They improve to 87-63 overall.

Career Milestone

Bieber became the youngest Indians pitcher to reach 200 innings since CC Sabathia did it in 2001. Bieber is also the youngest Cleveland pitcher to throw 200 innings and have 200 strikeouts since Sam McDowell in 1964.

Injury Update

Jason Kipnis left Sunday's game with right wrist discomfort. Fortunately for the Tribe, Mike Freeman hit a pinch-hit RBI single after taking Kipnis' spot in the lineup. 

Corey Kluber and Brad Hand both played catch on Sunday. It was the second time Kluber has thrown since suffering an oblique injury in August. Hand hasn’t pitched since September 8, but the Indians are hopeful he can return this season.

Up Next

The Indians have an off day before they begin a 3-game series against Detroit. Adam Plutko will start for the Indians. He’s 6-4 on the year with a 4.42 ERA. Matthew Boyd will start for the Tigers. He’s 8-11 with a 4.54 ERA.