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Twins hope to continue road success at Cleveland

15 May 2017
Twins hope to continue road success at Cleveland

Ervin Santana has a simple explanation for his early season success.

Bauer (3-4) pitched six innings, allowing three runs on seven hits, with seven strikeouts and no walks. In that game, Berrios threw two shutout innings before Lindor hit a two-run double in the third.

In that fifth inning, the Indians got a scoring chance, as Yan Gomes led off with a single. "We have a good feeling when he's on the mound for us", Molitor said.

Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar had three hits, raising his AL-leading total to 47. "The walks nearly got him a couple of times, so he had to make some pitches to get off the field".

Santana will bat fifth in the order and man first base in Sunday's game against the Twins, Zack Meisel of reports. Brandon Kintzler pitched the ninth inning to pick up his ninth save.

Minnesota, the New York Yankees and Washington are the only teams that have not been blanked this season. Tepesch in his lone start lasted just 1 2/3 innings, giving up seven runs on May 6 against Boston.

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

"That was the best fastball command I had in the game", Berrios said of that streak. "When you're confident and stay positive, you can do anything".

Minnesota has homered in 13 consecutive games, its longest streak since 14 in a row in 1988.

The Cleveland Indians could use a win after losing five of their last eight games.

Bauer has allowed four or more runs in five of his six starts, while Santiago has been far more consistent and has a respectable 3.00 ERA on the road this season. He is 3-7 at Cleveland, including a no-hitter for the Los Angeles Angels on July 27, 2011 at Progressive Field.

"Those type of things are funnier when you're ahead", Indians manager Terry Francona said. I don't know that they can expect the same today. Roberto Perez greeted reliever Adam Wilk with a single, and Kipnis followed with his second home run, a three-run shot into the seats in right field, extending the Cleveland lead to 8-0. He fell behind with ball one to half of the first 16 batters he faced, but he also let the count run to 2-0 just once all day.

Those home runs, the ones that certain writers have spent considerable time dissecting, they've gone away for the most part.

"Sano has turned into a good and a unsafe hitter", Francona said. He attacked. I thought he used his offspeed pitches efficiently, although he threw a lot of fastballs. In that game, Clevinger got the win in a 1-0 Indians victory. "Early mistake cost us the game". "The biggest play of the game was a well-placed bunt".

Minnesota Twins' Jorge Polanco and Joe Mauer, right, collide as they are unable to catch a popup by Cleveland Indians' Edwin Encarnacion during the eighth inning of a baseball game, Friday, May 12, 2017, in Cleveland. Michael Brantley was out at second base. He has been throwing off flat ground and running. Pitching matchup: RHP Mike Clevinger (1-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. RHP Jose Berrios (0-0, 0.00). RHP Nick Tepsech was optioned to Rochester following Friday's game.