Twins' surge all for naught in loss to Indians

Setback drops Twins 6 1/2 games out of first place

Al Schoch
June 01, 2018 - 5:01 am
Ryan LaMarre watches Francisco Lindor's go-ahead homer

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For the second straight game, the Twins came roaring back from a big deficit, only to come up short in the end.

This time, it was the Cleveland Indians that were able to stave off the comeback, winning Thursday at Target Field 9-8 on Francisco Lindor's eight-inning home run.

The Tribe held an 8-0 lead after four innings before the Twins began chipping away, finally tying the score in the seventh on Miguel Sano's three-run homer to the flower beds that line the front of the right field overhang.  

But Lindor spoiled the party with his second homer of the game, a solo shot off Addison Reed to dead-center field. It was his fourth hit of the game and made a winner of relief pitcher Tyler Olson.

Logan Morrison and Eduardo Escobar had gotten the Twins close with back-to-back solo homers in the sixth inning.

Cleveland built the big lead off Twins starter Jake Odorizzi, who didn't make it out of the fourth inning.

The crushing defeat came a day after the Twins nearly made up a 9-run deficit before losing at Kansas City.

"It's deflating when you try to make comebacks like the way we did," said Twins manager Paul Molitor. "This game doesn't allow you to have those things linger very long, because the hole will get deeper."

What's also getting deeper is the Twins' deficit in the AL Central. They are now 6 1/2 games behind the division-leading Indians, who play three more games at Target Field this weekend. 

The Twins also find themselves two games behind second-place Detroit, who have won six of their last eight games.

Add to the misery are injuries that continue to decimate the Twins' lineup.  Byron Buxton is back on the disabled list while the hairline fracture in his left big toe heals, while Joe Mauer's comeback from concussion-like symptoms has been pushed back.

X-rays of Buxton's injury showed the fracture had not worsened after he first came off the DL. Mauer was taking batting and fielding practice Thursday when the symptoms returned. He was hoping to return to the field this weekend.

Game two of the four-game series between the Twins and Indians Friday night has Jose Berrios on the mound against Cleveland's Carlos Carrasco.