Santana leads to Twins to sweep, first place in AL Central

Santana leads to Twins to sweep, first place in AL Central

"Then it kind of plays into their hand where, like I said, the fastball count they take a little bit off. (Ervin) Santana's a real good example because he has a real nice feel for his secondary stuff".

Eddie Rosario had three hits, including a home run, and Ervin Santana pitched six scoreless innings as the Twins completed a three-game sweep of the Indians with a 4-0 victory on Sunday at Progressive Field.

"This obviously shows we can beat them, that they're not unbeatable", Mejia said. "When we play well, we give ourselves a pretty good chance to win". "I might just stay in my uniform".

The Indians lost, 4-2, because the players around Kluber did not give him enough support.

"We talked about how we got embarrassed at home (last weekend)", Twins second baseman Brian Dozier said. "He just missed it".

Corey Kluber punched out 13 batters and allowed two runs - both unearned - in seven innings and did not earn a decision as his club lost to the Twins on Saturday.

"It was the most high energy game we've had in a very long time, given the circumstances", Dozier said. "We battled. That's what good teams do". Taylor Rogers (4-1) recorded the final out of the seventh and pitched 1 1/3 innings. Brandon Kintzler recorded his 20 save to close the door on Cleveland. With two outs and nobody on, Byron Buxton reached on a bunt single and went to second when Bauer threw wildly to first on the play.

LHP Cole Hamels (2-0, 3.03) will come off the disabled list (strained right oblique) and pitch for the first time since April 26. Jose Ramirez came into the weekend with 86 hits, 47 runs, 11 homers and 34 RBI, while Francisco Lindor had 72 hits, 42 runs, 14 homers and 33 RBI in that span. Cleveland tied the game in the seventh on shortstop Jorge Polanco's throwing error. He struck out a season-high 10 in beating Baltimore in his last start. Dozier turned on the pitch and drove it to the Home Run Porch in left field, delivering the decisive blow and giving the Indians their second straight loss.

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Kluber downplayed his strikeout total and blamed himself for Minnesota's early runs. "I would rather not let those two guys score in the first inning. We need to keep playing baseball like we can", Santana said.

"It's a shame", Francona said.

NOTES: Twins 3B Miguel Sano sat out his second consecutive game due to a sinus infection.

"Adalberto probably had the most stressful five-inning, two-hit shutout that I've seen in some time", Twins manager Paul Molitor said. "There's even some thought that maybe it's a cramp, but we'll know more tomorrow".

Slot value for the No. 37 overall pick was $1.846 million, which makes Leach, a University of Texas commitment, the third Twins draft pick in the first seven rounds to sign for under slot. After a successful 7-1 road trip, the Indians have been outplayed in two straight home games.

Max Kepler led off the inning by bouncing a double off the right field wall. He grounded out as pinch hitter to end the game against Hildenberger, who was making his major league debut.

Tomlin owns just one victory in four starts this month - allowing 15 earned runs over 19 1/3 innings - but held Minnesota to one run on six hits in eight frames despite taking the loss on May 12. But the Twins' sweep in Cleveland allowed them to take first place back from the Indians.

Indians: RHP Josh Tomlin is 1-1 against the Twins this season and 5-5 versus Minnesota in 16 career appearances.

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