Bauer, bats lead Indians past Twins 5-2 for 4-game sweep

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) There's still a lot of baseball left to play this season, but it's hard to overlook what the Cleveland Indians did over the weekend.

Edwin Encarnacion homered twice, Trevor Bauer pitched seven strong innings and Jose Ramirez had his sixth straight multihit game on Sunday as the Indians completed a four-game sweep of the Minnesota Twins with a 5-2 victory.

Cleveland came into the series trailing the Twins by two games in the AL Central. The sweep vaulted the Indians two games ahead and gave the defending AL champions sole possession of first place for the first time since May 10.

''I don't want to say we bullied them, but we kind of imposed our will on them, and that's something we've been talking about as a team,'' Bauer said. ''Playing the game the right way with energy and focus and intensity - that was really good to see.''

Bauer (6-5) allowed two runs and four hits with two walks and eight strikeouts. He retired 15 consecutive Twins during one stretch.

''I thought today was far and away his best outing,'' Cleveland manager Terry Francona said. ''He just filled up the strike zone with a bunch of quality pitches. We were thrilled with the way he was throwing the ball.''

Andrew Miller worked a hitless ninth for his first save of the season.

Kyle Gibson (4-5) retired nine straight before Encarnacion hit a 443-foot drive to the second deck in left field to put Cleveland on top 1-0 in the third.

Two innings later, the designated hitter did it again, launching a sky-high fly to left that carried into the second deck. The two-run shot was his third homer of the series and 15th of the season and it gave the Indians a 3-0 lead.

''He's a very special hitter, and now we're seeing it,'' Francona said. ''Through the first six weeks it was a fight for him. Right now he's getting locked in and he's dangerous.''

Ramirez continued to wear out Twins pitching, going 3 for 4 with two doubles, a walk and two runs scored. He hit a one-out double in the ninth, stole third and scored on Encarnacion's sacrifice fly to give the Indians an insurance run.

For the series, Ramirez was 11 for 18 with four doubles, two homers, six runs and four RBIs. He played a big part in the Indians outscoring the Twins 28-7 over the four games.

''Collectively, it was a frustrating series,'' Minnesota manager Paul Molitor said. ''Somehow you've got to get past it, learn from it. They played better. There's no question, they did everything better.''

Just don't expect the Indians to let their guard down now that they've regained first place.

''We had a big series here and we did a really good job,'' Francona said. ''Now we'll get on the flight, we'll turn the page quickly, and we'll set our sights on Baltimore. That's our next big series. That's how we always look at it.''

ZIMMER ZEROES IN

The Twins had a chance to do some damage in the second but Indians center fielder Bradley Zimmer put a stop to it. With two on and one out, Eddie Rosario lined a single to center. Zimmer came up throwing, and catcher Roberto Hernandez applied the tag to a sliding Max Kepler just in time to keep the game scoreless. ''That was a run saved,'' Zimmer said. ''Little things like that are huge. The next couple innings we rally, Eddie hits a couple homers and we're back on top.''

WELL RUNS DRY

The Twins had been giving Gibson plenty of support, averaging 10.6 runs per game in his five starts since he returned from a demotion to Triple-A.

TWIN KILLERS

Bauer and the Indians have had their way with the Twins. The right-hander is 3-0 with a 3.26 ERA year against Minnesota this year. Against the rest of the league, he's 2-5 with a 6.34 ERA. Meanwhile, the Indians are 7-0 at Target Field and 8-2 overall against the Twins, a team they'll face again in Cleveland from June 23-25.

QUICK TRIP

The Indians sent 3B Giovanny Urshela to Triple-A Columbus before the game. Urshela was called up for Saturday's doubleheader and went 0 for 4 in the second game. To replace him on the roster, RHP Shawn Armstrong was recalled from Columbus. Armstrong has appeared in nine games for the Indians this season, posting a 5.97 ERA over 12 innings.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Twins LHP Hector Santiago (strained left shoulder) left the team to begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Rochester. Santiago threw a bullpen Saturday and is scheduled to start for the Red Wings on Wednesday. Minnesota put him on the 10-day disabled list June 7.

UP NEXT

Indians: RHP Corey Kluber (5-2) starts Monday night in Baltimore against RHP Dylan Bundy (7-5) and the Orioles.

Twins: After a day off, Minnesota welcomes the Chicago White Sox to Target Field for a three-game series. RHP Ervin Santana (8-4, 2.56 ERA) faces Chicago LHP Derek Holland (5-6, 3.79) on Tuesday night.

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TwinsMIN34-33
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  • W: T. Bauer (6-5)L: K. Gibson (4-5)S: A. Miller (1)
  • HR: CLE - E. Encarnacion 2 (16)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
F. Lindor SS50000002.256.319.488.8080.0
J. Kipnis 2B51100022.231.279.409.6871.0
J. Ramirez 3B42300100.313.369.546.91510.0
E. Encarnacion DH42352012.261.377.496.87215.5
L. Chisenhall RF40000114.279.338.615.953-0.5
C. Santana 1B20000221.219.321.381.7021.0
B. Zimmer CF40200013.286.368.506.8741.5
R. Perez C40200010.159.235.216.4511.5
D. Robertson LF40000005.219.278.342.6210.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Polanco SS40000011.242.294.338.632-0.5
    J. Castro C0000-000.230.326.398.000-
    J. Mauer DH30000100.271.343.389.7321.0
    M. Sano 3B40000012.286.384.559.944-0.5
    M. Kepler CF40100010.250.322.422.7440.5
    K. Vargas 1B21000121.248.276.446.7222.0
    E. Escobar SS31110121.296.344.486.8304.0
    E. Rosario LF40210011.272.310.460.7702.5
    B. Buxton CF20000002.202.274.306.5790.0
    a- R. Grossman RF00000100.253.387.399.7861.0
    C. Gimenez C20000010.215.354.380.734-0.5
    b- B. Dozier 2B10000001.251.345.447.7920.0
    • a-walked for Buxton in the 8th
    • b-flied out for Gimenez in the 8th
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Ramirez 2 (21)
    • HR - E. Encarnacion 2 (16)
    • SF - E. Encarnacion (2)
    • RBI - E. Encarnacion 5 (36)
    BATTING
    • 2B - E. Escobar (6)
    • RBI - E. Escobar (25), E. Rosario (22)
    • 2-Out RBI - E. Escobar (11), E. Rosario (7)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - J. Ramirez (7)
    • CS - L. Chisenhall
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - B. Zimmer 2 (4)
    FIELDING
    • DP - M. Sano, K. Vargas, C. Gimenez, J. Polanco
    • PB - C. Gimenez (3)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    T. Bauer (W, 6-5)7.04222805.541.4327.0
    C. Allen (H, 2)1.00001002.001.332.0
    A. Miller (S, 1)1.00001101.770.769.5
    PITCHERSIP
    T. Bauer (W, 6-5)7.0
    C. Allen (H, 2)1.0
    A. Miller (S, 1)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    K. Gibson (L, 4-5)6.08333426.561.844.0
    T. Duffey0.22111203.891.15-3.0
    T. Rogers1.10000102.551.143.5
    B. Kintzler1.01110103.071.161.5
    PITCHERSIP
    K. Gibson (L, 4-5)6.0
    T. Duffey0.2
    T. Rogers1.1
    B. Kintzler1.0
    PITCHING
    • HBP - T. Bauer
    • Pitches-Strikes - T. Bauer 105-72, C. Allen 12-5, A. Miller 15-8
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Bauer 5-6, A. Miller 2-0
    • Batters Faced - T. Bauer 26, C. Allen 4, A. Miller 4
    PITCHING
    • WP - T. Duffey (2)
    • IBB - T. Duffey (3)
    • Pitches-Strikes - K. Gibson 98-53, T. Duffey 22-14, T. Rogers 16-10, B. Kintzler 17-11
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Gibson 6-6, T. Rogers 3-0, B. Kintzler 1-1
    • Batters Faced - K. Gibson 27, T. Duffey 6, T. Rogers 4, B. Kintzler 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    TwinsMIN34-33
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    F. Lindor SS50000002.256.319.488.8080.0
    J. Kipnis 2B51100022.231.279.409.6871.0
    J. Ramirez 3B42300100.313.369.546.91510.0
    E. Encarnacion DH42352012.261.377.496.87215.5
    L. Chisenhall RF40000114.279.338.615.953-0.5
    C. Santana 1B20000221.219.321.381.7021.0
    B. Zimmer CF40200013.286.368.506.8741.5
    R. Perez C40200010.159.235.216.4511.5
    D. Robertson LF40000005.219.278.342.6210.0
    Total36511524819-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      J. Polanco SS40000011.242.294.338.632-0.5
      J. Castro C0000-000.230.326.398.000-
      J. Mauer DH30000100.271.343.389.7321.0
      M. Sano 3B40000012.286.384.559.944-0.5
      M. Kepler CF40100010.250.322.422.7440.5
      K. Vargas 1B21000121.248.276.446.7222.0
      E. Escobar SS31110121.296.344.486.8304.0
      E. Rosario LF40210011.272.310.460.7702.5
      B. Buxton CF20000002.202.274.306.5790.0
      a- R. Grossman RF00000100.253.387.399.7861.0
      C. Gimenez C20000010.215.354.380.734-0.5
      b- B. Dozier 2B10000001.251.345.447.7920.0
      Total292420499-----
      • a-walked for Buxton in the 8th
      • b-flied out for Gimenez in the 8th
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Ramirez 2 (21)
      • HR - E. Encarnacion 2 (16)
      • SF - E. Encarnacion (2)
      • RBI - E. Encarnacion 5 (36)
      BATTING
      • 2B - E. Escobar (6)
      • RBI - E. Escobar (25), E. Rosario (22)
      • 2-Out RBI - E. Escobar (11), E. Rosario (7)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Ramirez (7)
      • CS - L. Chisenhall
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - B. Zimmer 2 (4)
      FIELDING
      • DP - M. Sano, K. Vargas, C. Gimenez, J. Polanco
      • PB - C. Gimenez (3)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      T. Bauer (W, 6-5)7.04222805.541.4327.0
      C. Allen (H, 2)1.00001002.001.332.0
      A. Miller (S, 1)1.00001101.770.769.5
      Total9.0422490---
      PITCHERSIP
      T. Bauer (W, 6-5)7.0
      C. Allen (H, 2)1.0
      A. Miller (S, 1)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      K. Gibson (L, 4-5)6.08333426.561.844.0
      T. Duffey0.22111203.891.15-3.0
      T. Rogers1.10000102.551.143.5
      B. Kintzler1.01110103.071.161.5
      Total9.01155482---
      PITCHERSIP
      K. Gibson (L, 4-5)6.0
      T. Duffey0.2
      T. Rogers1.1
      B. Kintzler1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - T. Bauer
      • Pitches-Strikes - T. Bauer 105-72, C. Allen 12-5, A. Miller 15-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Bauer 5-6, A. Miller 2-0
      • Batters Faced - T. Bauer 26, C. Allen 4, A. Miller 4
      PITCHING
      • WP - T. Duffey (2)
      • IBB - T. Duffey (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - K. Gibson 98-53, T. Duffey 22-14, T. Rogers 16-10, B. Kintzler 17-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Gibson 6-6, T. Rogers 3-0, B. Kintzler 1-1
      • Batters Faced - K. Gibson 27, T. Duffey 6, T. Rogers 4, B. Kintzler 4
      • 9TH INNING
        Encarnacion hit sacrifice fly to right, Ramirez scored52
      • 7TH INNING
        Rosario singled to center, Escobar scored, Rosario out at second42
        Escobar doubled to deep left, Vargas scored41
        Encarnacion singled to left, Kipnis scored, Ramirez to second40
      • 6TH INNING
        Encarnacion homered to left, Ramirez scored30
      • 4TH INNING
        Encarnacion homered to left center10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Jason Castro catching
        • Brandon Kintzler relieved Taylor Rogers
        • Robbie Grossman in right
        • Brian Dozier at second
        • J. Kipnis: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Kipnis struck out swinging
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ramirez doubled to left center
        • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Ball, Ramirez stole third, Foul, Ball, Ball, Encarnacion hit sacrifice fly to right, Ramirez scored
        • L. Chisenhall: Ball, Chisenhall grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Andrew Miller relieved Cody Allen
        • M. Kepler: Ball, Kepler grounded out to shortstop
        • K. Vargas: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Vargas walked
        • E. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Escobar struck out looking
        • E. Rosario: Ball, Rosario grounded out to first
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • T. Rogers Pitching:
        • R. Perez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Perez struck out looking
        • D. Robertson: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Robertson grounded out to first
        • F. Lindor: Lindor grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Robbie Grossman hit for Byron Buxton
        • R. Grossman: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Grossman walked
        • Brian Dozier hit for Chris Gimenez
        • Cody Allen relieved Trevor Bauer
        • B. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Dozier flied out to right
        • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Polanco popped out to shortstop
        • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Mauer walked, Grossman to second
        • M. Sano: Sano flied out to deep right
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Tyler Duffey relieved Kyle Gibson
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Lindor flied out to center
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Kipnis struck out, reached on wild pitch
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ramirez singled to right, Kipnis to third
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Encarnacion singled to left, Kipnis scored, Ramirez to second
        • L. Chisenhall: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Chisenhall struck out looking
        • C. Santana: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ramirez to third, Encarnacion to second on passed ball, Santana intentionally walked
        • Taylor Rogers relieved Tyler Duffey
        • B. Zimmer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Zimmer grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Bauer Pitching:
        • M. Sano: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Sano struck out swinging
        • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Kepler struck out looking
        • K. Vargas: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Vargas hit by pitch
        • E. Escobar: Escobar doubled to deep left, Vargas scored
        • E. Rosario: Strike (foul tip), Rosario singled to center, Escobar scored, Rosario out at second
        • End of the 7th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ramirez walked
        • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Ball, Encarnacion homered to left, Ramirez scored
        • L. Chisenhall: Strike swinging, Ball, Chisenhall flied out to left
        • C. Santana: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Santana walked
        • B. Zimmer: Zimmer reached on bunt single to pitcher, Santana to second
        • R. Perez: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Perez singled to right, Santana to third, Zimmer to second
        • D. Robertson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Robertson grounded into double play third to first, Zimmer out at third
        • Middle of the 6th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Bauer Pitching:
        • C. Gimenez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gimenez struck out swinging
        • J. Polanco: Ball, Polanco popped out to shortstop
        • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Mauer flied out to left
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • B. Zimmer: Ball, Ball, Zimmer singled to shallow center
        • R. Perez: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Perez singled to shallow left, Zimmer to third
        • D. Robertson: Strike looking, Ball, Robertson grounded out to first, Perez to second
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Lindor popped out to shortstop
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Ball, Kipnis grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Bauer Pitching:
        • E. Escobar: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Escobar struck out swinging
        • E. Rosario: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
        • B. Buxton: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Buxton grounded out to third
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ramirez grounded out to first
        • E. Encarnacion: Encarnacion homered to left center
        • L. Chisenhall: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Chisenhall walked
        • C. Santana: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Chisenhall caught stealing, catcher to shortstop
        • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • T. Bauer Pitching:
        • M. Sano: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Sano grounded out to first
        • M. Kepler: Ball, Kepler fouled out to third
        • K. Vargas: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Vargas struck out looking
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • D. Robertson: Strike looking, Robertson lined out to center
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Lindor flied out to deep center
        • J. Kipnis: Kipnis grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Bauer Pitching:
        • C. Gimenez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Gimenez flied out to center
        • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Polanco struck out swinging
        • J. Mauer: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Mauer grounded out to second
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • C. Santana: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Santana struck out looking
        • B. Zimmer: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Zimmer struck out swinging
        • R. Perez: Ball, Ball, Perez lined out to center
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Bauer Pitching:
        • M. Kepler: Ball, Strike looking, Kepler reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • K. Vargas: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Vargas struck out looking
        • E. Escobar: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Escobar walked, Kepler to second
        • E. Rosario: Strike looking, Rosario singled to center, Kepler out at home, Escobar to third, Rosario to second
        • B. Buxton: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Buxton grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Strike looking, Lindor grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Kipnis: Kipnis singled to center
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ramirez doubled to deep right, Kipnis to third
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike swinging, Encarnacion struck out swinging
        • L. Chisenhall: Ball, Chisenhall flied out to center
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Bauer Pitching:
        • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Strike looking, Polanco fouled out to third
        • J. Mauer: Foul, Foul, Mauer flied out to deep left
        • M. Sano: Ball, Sano grounded out to third
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)