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One swing by Gomes and Indians get by Twins in series finale

June 18, 2018 - 4:16 am

This time, the Twins had their chanced, but the offense that failed to get anything going in Detroit instead came up empty at the wrong time.

The Twins went hitless nine times with runners in scoring position after the first inning on Sunday, falling to Cleveland 4-1 after taking the first two games of the weekend series at Progressive Field.

Shane Bieber pitched one-run ball into the sixth inning in his first major league win, with the Tribe getting the key hit when Yan Gomes cleared the bases with a double off the center field wall in the third inning.

 "You got the right guys up there that you think in terms of being able to put the ball in play," said Twins manager Paul Molitor. "Situations where you gotta see the ball long, even if it's not your best swing, it's one that you need to make contact with."

   Eduardo Escobar's first-inning double gave Minnesota the lead. It was the first of three two-baggers for Escobar, who leads the majors in that category with 30.

  "It's better when you have three doubles in a win," Escobar told

   The Twins were coming off wins over Corey Kluber, the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner, and Carrasco in the first two games of the series, but were held in check by Bieber (1-0).

   Bieber scattered 10 hits and struck out seven in 5 2/3 innings in his second career start. The rookie right-hander was recalled from Triple-A Columbus earlier in the day when Carlos Carrasco went on the 10-day disabled list with a bruised right elbow.

   Cody Allen, the Indians' third reliever, pitched the ninth for his 14th save in 15 opportunities.

   Cleveland salvaged the finale of the three-game series and broke a five-game losing streak against Minnesota. The Twins are 6-3 against the Indians this season, but trail the AL Central leaders by five games.

   Twins right-hander Jake Odorizzi (3-4) allowed four runs in five innings. He is winless in seven starts since May 8.

   Bieber was scheduled to start for Triple-A Columbus on Sunday, but that plan changed when Carrasco was hit on the elbow by a line drive in the second inning of Saturday's 9-3 loss.

   Carrasco's early exit forced the Indians to use seven pitchers, including Adam Plutko, who was scheduled to start for Cleveland on Sunday. Bieber, instead of preparing to face Indianapolis in the International League, made the 2 1/2 drive from Columbus on Saturday evening.

   Minnesota had runners on second and third with nobody out in the sixth, but Bieber struck out Mitch Garver and Ehre Adrianza. Oliver Perez struck out Joe Mauer to end the inning.

   The Twins stranded 10 baserunners and were 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position.

   Bieber made his major league debut at Minnesota on May 31, allowing four runs in 5 2/3 innings. He left with the Indians ahead 8-4, but the bullpen couldn't hold onto the lead and Cleveland won 9-8.

   Michael Brantley hit a leadoff double in the third, and Edwin Encarnacion and Lonnie Chisenhall drew one-out walks. Gomes' double to the wall in left-center scored all three runners.

   Twins outfielder Robbie Grossman was removed for a pinch runner in the sixth inning for what was announced as heat illness. "He got a little light-headed," Molitor said. "A little dizzy. Just one of those heat days. We hadn't played in a lot of extremes. Just thought it would be best to get him out rather than risk something further happening. He came in feeling dizzy and wanted to go back out but we told him we were going to pinch-run."

   Righthander Jose Berrios (7-5, 3.51 ERA) pitches Tuesday against Boston in the first of a three-game series at Target Field to open the Twins' six-game homestand. The Texas Rangers are in town for three starting on Friday.

   Lefthander Chris Sale (6-4, 2.75) gets the start for the Red Sox in Tuesday's series opener.

   Content from The Associated Press included in this report