Final homestand of the series starts for Twins after falling Sunday in Cleveland

Magic number to clinch AL Central remains at 9

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September 16, 2019 - 4:57 am
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CLEVELAND (AP) —  The Twins hit four home runs, and also committed two errors, opening the door for the Indians to win 7-5 in the finale of their season series.

The Twins, who tied a major league record with four players getting at least 30, remain 4½ games up on Cleveland in the AL Central, their magic number to clinch the division title remaining at nine.

The final homestand of the regular season starts Monday night at Target Field, with the Twins taking on the White Sox in the first of three night games.

Starting Thursday, it's the Kansas City Royals coming to town for four games.

The Twins close out the regular season with three-day, three-game trips to Detroit and Kansas City.

All three of the Twins' opponents in the next two weeks have losing records, with the Tigers at 104 losses and the Royals at 95.

The Twins are 91-58, and need nine wins to reach 100 for the second time in team history.

The 1965 Twins won the American League pennant with a 102-60 record.

Eddie Rosario homered twice and Miguel Sanó and rookie LaMonte Wade Jr. connected as the Twins became the 13th team — and first since the 2009 Philadelphia Phillies — to have four players reach 30 homers in the same season.

Sanó, who homered in the third off starter Shane Bieber, has 29 and two weeks left to reach the milestone, which would give Minnesota the record in a year when home run marks are falling all around baseball.

Rosario's 419-foot homer in the sixth tied it 2-2 and gave him 30 homers, joining Nelson Cruz (37), Max Kepler (36) and Mitch Garver (30) at the plateau.

"It is really awesome," Rosario said. "But I'm going for more and more and to get to five guys — if that's the record for five guys hitting 30 homers, that's awesome."

Second baseman Jonathan Schoop had two of four errors by the Twins, who lost for just the third time in their last 17 road games.

They came to Cleveland looking to put away the Indians and nearly did with another power-packed performance, only to be undone by defensive lapses.

"It was too much for us to overcome," said manager Rocco Baldelli, who rested several regulars and pushed All-Star José Berríos' scheduled start back one day. "That being said, we pitched well enough to win. We swung the bats well enough to win. We just didn't get the job done in the field."

The Indians won the season series against the Twins 10-9.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Twins: Utility INF Ehire Adrianza rejoined the club Saturday to begin treatment for a strained right oblique. Adrianza, who got hurt while swinging against Washington on Thursday, hopes to be playing by the end of the regular season.

UP NEXT

Twins: Open a three-game series at home against Chicago with Berrios (12-8, 3.63 ERA) starting against White Sox right-hander Reynaldo López (9-13, 5.35).

 

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