Eduardo Escobar hits second of two HR against Indians

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Bang! Pow! Escobar goes deep twice in Twins win

Indians' 6-game winning streak is stopped

June 02, 2018 - 6:46 am

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Eduardo Escobar hit two homers and drove in four runs, Jose Berrios pitched six effective innings and the Minnesota Twins pulled away for a 7-4 win against the Cleveland Indians on Friday night.

The same two teams play game three of their series Saturday afternoon at Target Field, with the first pitch at 3:10 p.m.

   Escobar's three-run homer in the first started the night against Cleveland starter Carlos Carrasco (6-4). Escobar added a solo shot, his 10th of the season, in the seventh as Minnesota snapped a three-game losing streak.

   The infielder has four multi-homer games in his career and two this season. Escobar, 5-foot-10 and 185 pounds, broke out last season with 21 home runs for the Twins.

   Edwin Encarnacion homered for the Indians, who had their season-high six game-winning streak snapped.

   Berrios (6-5) allowed four runs and five hits with a walk and seven strikeouts. It wasn't the type of sharp outing he had in his previous three starts when he gave up five runs total over 22 2/3 innings and pitched into the eighth inning each time.

   Fernando Rodney secured his 12th save in 15 chances, which includes nine straight.

   Carrasco had his second-shortest outing of the season with 3 2/3 innings. Miguel Sano's RBI double chased Carrasco after the right-hander tied a season high with six runs on seven hits and three walks.

   Encarnacion hit a two-run homer to the second deck in left field in the sixth, but the Twins kept adding to their early lead.


   Twins manager Paul Molitor said the team is going to "be a little bit smarter today" about 1B Joe Mauer's workouts as he tries to recover from concussion symptoms. Mauer had trouble when working out before Thursday's game, but Molitor said he was able to stay at the park and for the entirety of the game. Mauer was also in the dugout on Friday.


   Indians: RHP Trevor Bauer (4-3, 2.61) is scheduled to start Saturday's matinee. Bauer will be making the start on extended five days rest after throwing a career-high 127 pitches on May 27 against Houston.

   Twins: RHP Lance Lynn (3-4, 5.94) counters for Minnesota. Lynn has won his last two starts while allowing two runs in 12 2/3 innings.