Twins erase 3-run deficit, beat Indians 9-5

The Twins swept the Tribe on Saturday

James Rapien
September 14, 2019 - 10:12 pm
Sep 14, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; Minnesota Twins second baseman Jonathan Schoop (16) turns a double play beside shortstop Jorge Polanco (11) and Cleveland Indians second baseman Mike Freeman (6) in the second inning at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit

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CLEVELAND, OH – The Indians started Saturday 3½ games behind the Twins in the American League Central Division. That might be as close as they get to first place.

Minnesota beat Cleveland 9-5 in game two of their day-night doubleheader to take a commanding 5½ game lead in the division. The Twins swept the Indians on Saturday, which ends any realistic chance of Cleveland catching them in the AL Central.

Miguel Sanó hit his first career grand slam that capped off a 5-run eighth inning for the Twins, who rallied from a 5-2 deficit. Nelson Cruz hit a crucial 2-run homer in the sixth that cut the Indians' lead to 5-4.

Oscar Mercado carried the Tribe at the plate, finishing 3-for-5 with a 2-run homer and two doubles. The rookie has been on fire for the Indians, posting a .381 batting average with four doubles and six RBI in his last 10 games.

The Indians' top three hitters – Francisco Lindor, Carlos Santana and Mercado finished with five of their eight hits. The Tribe didn't have a hit in the final four innings of Saturday night's contest.

Cleveland squandered a chance to blow the game open in the first inning. They had the bases loaded with no outs and two runs already home, but struck out three consecutive times to end the inning.

The Indians fall to 86-63 on the season and 43-31 at home. Attendance for Saturday night’s game was 31,841. It was their third sellout of the season.  

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The Indians look to win their third series in a row and inch closer to the Twins on Sunday. All-Star Shane Bieber will be on the mound for the Tribe. He enters with a 14-7 record and a 3.17 ERA. Jose Berrios will start for Minnesota. He’s 12-8 this season with a 3.63 ERA.