Ramirez, Tomlin pace Indians past Twins, 11-4

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Josh Tomlin and Edwin Encarnacion broke out of a pair of season-long slumps for the Cleveland Indians.

In doing so, they helped put the Minnesota Twins into their first skid of the year.

Jose Ramirez homered and drove in two runs and Tomlin gave up three runs in six innings to lead the Indians to an 11-4 victory over the Twins on Tuesday night.

Francisco Lindor broke the game open with a two-run triple in the sixth and Encarnacion also went deep for the Indians.

''When he gets hot, I think our ballclub will have another gear and that will be really good for us,'' Indians manager Terry Francona said of Encarnacion.

Phil Hughes (2-1) gave up six runs - four earned - and eight hits and struck out three in 3 1/3 innings for the Twins, who have lost six of their last eight. Miguel Sano hit his fourth homer of the year and Jason Castro had three hits for Minnesota, which has now lost three straight.

''We'll get a little feel on the bounce-back of this club in the short term,'' manager Paul Molitor said.

Tomlin (1-2) allowed seven hits and struck out two after entering the game with an 18.47 ERA from his first two starts. He set career highs in wins (13), innings pitched (174) and strikeouts (118) for the Indians last season. But the right-hander gave up 13 runs in just 6 1/3 innings in his first two starts of the season.

His struggles were a big reason behind the defending American League champions' stretch of six losses in seven games, but he righted himself against the Twins. He gave up two runs in the first inning, but just one more over the next five innings.

The Twins flailed away, particularly struggling youngster Byron Buxton. Hitting just .085 on the season, Buxton laid down a surprise bunt with two on and two outs in the fourth inning, but was thrown out by catcher Roberto Perez to end the threat.

''It was good because I really haven't been in a game long enough to get in a rhythm in the past couple starts,'' Tomlin said. ''It was nice to be out there and feel the flow of the game a little bit and get up and down more than a couple times and feel the slot a little bit and just tried to get back to competing and going as deep as I can in the game.''

ENCARNACION'S BLAST

The Indians DH signed a three-year, $60 million deal in the offseason to bring some more pop to the lineup. But he entered the day hitting just .204 with one homer and two RBIs in his first 13 games.

Encarnacion said he wasn't letting the new contract weigh on him.

''If I start to think about that kind of stuff, it can lead to stress,'' he said through an interpreter.

HUGHES STRUGGLES

The Twins right-hander got off to a promising start this season in his return from surgery to address thoracic outlet syndrome, a disorder in which blood vessels or nerves near his collarbone and first rib were compressed. He missed the last three months of last season while recovering from the surgery, but has had trouble regaining the velocity on his fastball.

He topped out at 89 mph on Tuesday, but mostly hovered around 87.

KEPLER'S GAFFE

A key play came early when Twins right fielder Max Kepler settled under a well-hit fly ball from Ramirez with two outs in the first inning and nonchalantly put his glove up to make the catch. But the ball hit the heel of the glove and fell to the turf, allowing Michael Brantley to score for a 2-0 lead.

''Took my eyes off it,'' Kepler said. ''Made a mistake.''

Lonnie Chisenhall added an RBI single for a 3-0 lead.

It was the first error by a Twins outfielder this season.

UP NEXT

The Twins send LHP Adalberto Mejia (0-1, 4.05) to the mound to face Indians RHP Trevor Bauer (0-2, 8.44) in the third game of a four-game series. Mejia rebounded from a rocky first start to strike out four in five innings last week. Bauer gave up six runs in five innings of his last start against the White Sox.

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  • W: J. Tomlin (1-2)L: P. Hughes (2-1)
  • HR: CLE - E. Encarnacion (2), J. Ramirez (4), MIN - M. Sano (4)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Santana 1B51210010.226.294.387.6813.5
F. Lindor SS51220002.351.415.6841.1007.0
M. Brantley LF43200003.289.373.489.8617.0
B. Guyer LF0000-000.158.238.158.000-
E. Encarnacion DH32131112.212.339.346.68510.5
J. Ramirez 2B52221012.365.417.6541.0718.5
L. Chisenhall CF40110010.350.350.7001.0501.5
Y. Diaz 3B40010011.231.293.250.5430.5
M. Martinez 3B0000-0001.0001.0002.000.000-
A. Almonte RF32100110.258.410.323.7334.5
R. Perez C40100001.118.111.118.2291.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    B. Dozier 2B41100012.241.305.389.6941.5
    a- E. Escobar PH00000100.286.400.476.8761.0
    J. Mauer 1B41100002.216.259.216.4752.0
    b- C. Gimenez PH10000001.286.444.429.8730.0
    M. Sano 3B51111033.245.393.6121.0064.5
    M. Kepler RF31110010.294.351.490.8412.5
    R. Grossman DH40110011.333.489.5281.0172.5
    J. Castro C40300001.257.409.371.7813.0
    J. Polanco SS30110001.292.352.417.7692.0
    E. Rosario LF30200000.217.265.239.5042.0
    c- D. Santana PH-LF10000012.133.188.133.321-0.5
    B. Buxton CF40000003.085.140.128.2680.0
    • a-walked for Dozier in the 9th
    • b-popped out for Mauer in the 9th
    • c-struck out for Rosario in the 8th
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Brantley (3), A. Almonte (2)
    • 3B - F. Lindor
    • HR - E. Encarnacion (2), J. Ramirez (4)
    • SF - Y. Diaz
    • SH - L. Chisenhall
    • RBI - C. Santana (11), F. Lindor 2 (10), E. Encarnacion 3 (5), J. Ramirez 2 (15), L. Chisenhall (8), Y. Diaz (2)
    • 2-Out RBI - J. Ramirez 2 (8), L. Chisenhall (6)
    BATTING
    • 2B - R. Grossman (4)
    • HR - M. Sano (4)
    • SF - M. Kepler, J. Polanco
    • RBI - M. Sano (13), M. Kepler (7), R. Grossman (5), J. Polanco (6)
    • 2-Out RBI - R. Grossman (3)
    FIELDING
    • E - Y. Diaz, D. Otero, J. Ramirez
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - M. Kepler
    • E - M. Kepler
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Tomlin (W, 1-2)6.073302011.681.1719.0
    D. Otero1.02110115.682.000.5
    B. Logan1.02000302.452.002.5
    N. Goody1.00001100.001.002.5
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Tomlin (W, 1-2)6.0
    D. Otero1.0
    B. Logan1.0
    N. Goody1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    P. Hughes (L, 2-1)3.18640315.402.40-6.5
    C. Breslow1.01110003.381.001.0
    J. Haley3.22222204.631.094.0
    M. Tonkin1.01220113.381.000.5
    PITCHERSIP
    P. Hughes (L, 2-1)3.1
    C. Breslow1.0
    J. Haley3.2
    M. Tonkin1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Tomlin 85-55, D. Otero 22-15, B. Logan 23-17, N. Goody 18-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Tomlin 9-7, D. Otero 2-0
    • Batters Faced - J. Tomlin 25, D. Otero 5, B. Logan 5, N. Goody 4
    PITCHING
    • HBP - C. Breslow, M. Tonkin
    • Pitches-Strikes - P. Hughes 73-50, C. Breslow 13-9, J. Haley 59-34, M. Tonkin 15-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - P. Hughes 3-5, C. Breslow 2-1, J. Haley 2-6, M. Tonkin 1-1
    • Batters Faced - P. Hughes 19, C. Breslow 5, J. Haley 14, M. Tonkin 5
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    C. Santana 1B51210010.226.294.387.6813.5
    F. Lindor SS51220002.351.415.6841.1007.0
    M. Brantley LF43200003.289.373.489.8617.0
    B. Guyer LF0000-000.158.238.158.000-
    E. Encarnacion DH32131112.212.339.346.68510.5
    J. Ramirez 2B52221012.365.417.6541.0718.5
    L. Chisenhall CF40110010.350.350.7001.0501.5
    Y. Diaz 3B40010011.231.293.250.5430.5
    M. Martinez 3B0000-0001.0001.0002.000.000-
    A. Almonte RF32100110.258.410.323.7334.5
    R. Perez C40100001.118.111.118.2291.0
    Total3711121022611-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      B. Dozier 2B41100012.241.305.389.6941.5
      a- E. Escobar PH00000100.286.400.476.8761.0
      J. Mauer 1B41100002.216.259.216.4752.0
      b- C. Gimenez PH10000001.286.444.429.8730.0
      M. Sano 3B51111033.245.393.6121.0064.5
      M. Kepler RF31110010.294.351.490.8412.5
      R. Grossman DH40110011.333.489.5281.0172.5
      J. Castro C40300001.257.409.371.7813.0
      J. Polanco SS30110001.292.352.417.7692.0
      E. Rosario LF30200000.217.265.239.5042.0
      c- D. Santana PH-LF10000012.133.188.133.321-0.5
      B. Buxton CF40000003.085.140.128.2680.0
      Total36411411716-----
      HITTERSAB
      B. Dozier 2B4
      a- E. Escobar PH0
      J. Mauer 1B4
      b- C. Gimenez PH1
      M. Sano 3B5
      M. Kepler RF3
      R. Grossman DH4
      J. Castro C4
      J. Polanco SS3
      E. Rosario LF3
      c- D. Santana PH-LF1
      B. Buxton CF4
      Total36
      • a-walked for Dozier in the 9th
      • b-popped out for Mauer in the 9th
      • c-struck out for Rosario in the 8th
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Brantley (3), A. Almonte (2)
      • 3B - F. Lindor
      • HR - E. Encarnacion (2), J. Ramirez (4)
      • SF - Y. Diaz
      • SH - L. Chisenhall
      • RBI - C. Santana (11), F. Lindor 2 (10), E. Encarnacion 3 (5), J. Ramirez 2 (15), L. Chisenhall (8), Y. Diaz (2)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Ramirez 2 (8), L. Chisenhall (6)
      BATTING
      • 2B - R. Grossman (4)
      • HR - M. Sano (4)
      • SF - M. Kepler, J. Polanco
      • RBI - M. Sano (13), M. Kepler (7), R. Grossman (5), J. Polanco (6)
      • 2-Out RBI - R. Grossman (3)
      FIELDING
      • E - Y. Diaz, D. Otero, J. Ramirez
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - M. Kepler
      • E - M. Kepler
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Tomlin (W, 1-2)6.073302011.681.1719.0
      D. Otero1.02110115.682.000.5
      B. Logan1.02000302.452.002.5
      N. Goody1.00001100.001.002.5
      Total9.01144171---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Tomlin (W, 1-2)6.0
      D. Otero1.0
      B. Logan1.0
      N. Goody1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      P. Hughes (L, 2-1)3.18640315.402.40-6.5
      C. Breslow1.01110003.381.001.0
      J. Haley3.22222204.631.094.0
      M. Tonkin1.01220113.381.000.5
      Total9.012119262---
      PITCHERSIP
      P. Hughes (L, 2-1)3.1
      C. Breslow1.0
      J. Haley3.2
      M. Tonkin1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Tomlin 85-55, D. Otero 22-15, B. Logan 23-17, N. Goody 18-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Tomlin 9-7, D. Otero 2-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Tomlin 25, D. Otero 5, B. Logan 5, N. Goody 4
      PITCHING
      • HBP - C. Breslow, M. Tonkin
      • Pitches-Strikes - P. Hughes 73-50, C. Breslow 13-9, J. Haley 59-34, M. Tonkin 15-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - P. Hughes 3-5, C. Breslow 2-1, J. Haley 2-6, M. Tonkin 1-1
      • Batters Faced - P. Hughes 19, C. Breslow 5, J. Haley 14, M. Tonkin 5
      • 9TH INNING
        Encarnacion homered to left, Brantley scored114
      • 8TH INNING
        Sano homered to right center94
      • 6TH INNING
        Lindor tripled to deep right center, Almonte and Santana scored93
      • 5TH INNING
        Diaz hit sacrifice fly to right, Encarnacion scored, Ramirez to third73
      • 4TH INNING
        Polanco hit sacrifice fly to center, Kepler scored73
        Santana singled to right, Almonte scored, Perez to second62
      • 3RD INNING
        Ramirez homered to right center, Brantley scored52
      • 1ST INNING
        Grossman doubled to deep right, Mauer scored32
        Kepler hit sacrifice fly to left, Dozier scored31
        Chisenhall singled to right, Ramirez scored30
        Ramirez safe at first on right fielder Kepler fielding error, Brantley scored, Ramirez to second20
        Encarnacion grounded out to shortstop, Lindor scored10
      • 9TH INNING
        • M. Tonkin Pitching:
        • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Brantley hit by pitch
        • E. Encarnacion: Encarnacion homered to left, Brantley scored
        • J. Ramirez: Ramirez popped out to second
        • L. Chisenhall: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Chisenhall struck out on foul tip
        • Y. Diaz: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Diaz grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 9th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • N. Goody Pitching:
        • B. Buxton: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Buxton popped out to second
        • E. Escobar: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Escobar walked
        • C. Gimenez: Ball, Gimenez popped out to shortstop
        • M. Sano: Ball, Escobar to second on fielder's indifference, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Sano struck out swinging
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • J. Haley Pitching:
        • R. Perez: Strike looking, Ball, Perez flied out to center
        • C. Santana: Ball, Ball, Santana popped out to third
        • F. Lindor: Lindor popped out to third
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Otero Pitching:
        • M. Sano: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Sano homered to right center
        • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Kepler struck out swinging
        • R. Grossman: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Grossman struck out looking
        • J. Castro: Foul, Castro singled to center
        • J. Polanco: Foul, Strike swinging, Polanco reached on an infield single to third, Castro to third on 3rd baseman Diaz fielding error
        • D. Santana: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 7TH INNING
        • J. Haley Pitching:
        • L. Chisenhall: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Chisenhall popped out to third
        • Y. Diaz: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Diaz struck out looking
        • A. Almonte: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Almonte grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Otero Pitching:
        • E. Rosario: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Rosario singled to right
        • B. Buxton: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Buxton reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Rosario to second on Otero fielding error
        • B. Dozier: Foul, Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Dozier struck out looking
        • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Mauer grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Rosario to third, Buxton out at second
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
      • 6TH INNING
        • J. Haley Pitching:
        • A. Almonte: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Almonte walked
        • R. Perez: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Perez lined out to second
        • C. Santana: Ball, Santana singled to left, Almonte to second
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Foul, Lindor tripled to deep right center, Almonte and Santana scored
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Brantley grounded out to second
        • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Encarnacion walked
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ramirez struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Tomlin Pitching:
        • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Kepler grounded out to shortstop
        • R. Grossman: Grossman grounded out to first
        • J. Castro: Ball, Ball, Castro singled to center
        • J. Polanco: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Polanco flied out to center
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • C. Breslow Pitching:
        • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Encarnacion hit by pitch
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ramirez singled to center, Encarnacion to second
        • L. Chisenhall: Chisenhall hit sacrifice bunt to third, Encarnacion to third, Ramirez to second
        • Y. Diaz: Foul, Diaz hit sacrifice fly to right, Encarnacion scored, Ramirez to third
        • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Tomlin Pitching:
        • B. Dozier: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Dozier flied out to deep center
        • J. Mauer: Ball, Strike looking, Mauer grounded out to second
        • M. Sano: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Sano struck out looking
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • P. Hughes Pitching:
        • Y. Diaz: Strike looking, Ball, Diaz lined out to second
        • A. Almonte: Strike looking, Ball, Almonte doubled to deep right
        • R. Perez: Perez singled to left, Almonte to third
        • C. Santana: Ball, Santana singled to right, Almonte scored, Perez to second
        • F. Lindor: Pickoff attempt to first, Lindor lined out to center, Perez to third
        • M. Brantley: Brantley grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Tomlin Pitching:
        • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Kepler reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • R. Grossman: Grossman flied out to left
        • J. Castro: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Castro singled to right, Kepler to third
        • J. Polanco: Foul, Strike looking, Polanco hit sacrifice fly to center, Kepler scored
        • E. Rosario: Strike looking, Rosario singled to center, Castro to second
        • B. Buxton: Ball, Buxton grounded bunt out to catcher
        • End of the 4th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • P. Hughes Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Lindor grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Brantley singled to right center
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Encarnacion struck out swinging
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ramirez homered to right center, Brantley scored
        • L. Chisenhall: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Chisenhall grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 3rd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Tomlin Pitching:
        • B. Dozier: Foul, Dozier grounded out to second
        • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Ball, Mauer lined out to left
        • M. Sano: Ball, Sano grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • P. Hughes Pitching:
        • A. Almonte: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Almonte struck out swinging
        • R. Perez: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Perez lined out to center
        • C. Santana: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Tomlin Pitching:
        • J. Polanco: Ball, Foul, Polanco grounded out to first
        • E. Rosario: Strike swinging, Ball, Rosario grounded out to shortstop
        • B. Buxton: Strike looking, Buxton flied out to left
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • P. Hughes Pitching:
        • C. Santana: Ball, Santana popped out to first
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Lindor singled to right
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Brantley doubled to deep right, Lindor to third
        • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Encarnacion grounded out to shortstop, Lindor scored
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ramirez safe at first on right fielder Kepler fielding error, Brantley scored, Ramirez to second
        • L. Chisenhall: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Chisenhall singled to right, Ramirez scored
        • Y. Diaz: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Foul, Diaz lined out to right
        • Middle of the 1st (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
        • J. Tomlin Pitching:
        • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Dozier reached on an infield single to shortstop, Dozier to second on 2nd baseman Ramirez fielding error
        • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Ball, Mauer singled to center, Dozier to third
        • M. Sano: Strike swinging, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Sano struck out swinging
        • M. Kepler: Ball, Ball, Kepler hit sacrifice fly to left, Dozier scored
        • R. Grossman: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Grossman doubled to deep right, Mauer scored
        • J. Castro: Castro grounded out to second
        • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)