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Gibson on the mound as Twins try for series win

Rosario, Lynn combine in Saturday win over Indians

June 03, 2018 - 5:45 am

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Kyle Gibson takes the mound Sunday afternoon at Target Field for the Twins, who try for their third straight win over the AL Central-leading Cleveland Indians.

The Tribe won the first game of the four-game series on Thursday, but the Twins rebounded to take the next two, including Saturday's 7-1 victory

Eddie Rosario hit a two-run home run and Brian Dozier drove in two runs to support Lance Lynn's third straight win.

The Twins closed to within 4 1/2 games of Cleveland in the division standings.

   Dozier hit an RBI triple in the third inning Satuday against Trevor Bauer (4-4), right before Rosario's 10th homer of the season. Dozier added an RBI double during a four-run sixth that was fueled by a fielding error on second baseman Jason Kipnis.

   Lynn (4-4) walked five batters in six innings, but he struck out five and allowed only two hits while throwing a season-high 113 pitches. After an awful April and a couple of rough appearances in May, too, the right-hander has begun to find a rhythm. So have the Twins hitters, with 30 runs over their last four games.

   Rosario has been the steadiest of all, with a team-leading 36 RBIs and a strong case to become a first-time All-Star. Dozier has recently heated up, too.

   Bauer didn't finish the sixth. He struck out 11 batters, but he gave up six hits and three walks. Four of the seven runs charged to him were unearned. Max Kepler and Ryan LaMarre had RBI singles during the Twins rally after the error on Kipnis.

   Oliver Perez entered in the sixth inning, becoming the 15th reliever used by the Indians already this season. They used 17 different relief pitchers last year, including a one-inning mop-up appearance by position player Michael Martinez and a one-off relief outing by Bauer.

   The Indians went 0 for 10 with runners in scoring position and 2 for 16 with runners on base.


   Twins third baseman Miguel Sano, who is 2 for 24 with 11 strikeouts in his career against Bauer, was on the bench after playing in eight straight games following his reinstatement from the DL for a strained left hamstring. Manager Paul Molitor said he wants to be mindful of giving Sano breaks because of his injury proneness.


   Indians: RHP Mike Clevinger (4-2, 3.14 ERA) will start on Sunday afternoon. He was second in the American League entering the game on Saturday with a 1.61 ERA on the road among pitchers with more than one start.

   Twins: RHP Kyle Gibson (1-3, 3.57 ERA) will take the mound for the series finale. Gibson, who has a 5.82 ERA in 13 career starts against the Indians, has taken three losses and seven no-decisions since winning his first turn of the season.