Dozier's home run lifts Twins past Indians 4-2

CLEVELAND (AP) The Minnesota Twins aren't planning to go away in the AL Central.

Brian Dozier hit a leadoff homer off closer Cody Allen to break an eighth-inning tie and Minnesota defeated the Cleveland Indians for the second straight day, 4-2 on Saturday.

Dozier homered into the left field porch on a 3-2 pitch and narrowed Cleveland's lead over Minnesota to one-half game. The Twins' second baseman was 2 for 12 with six strikeouts against Allen going into the at-bat.

''I knew he was coming with a heater, there was no way he was going to throw a leadoff walk and try to throw a curveball,'' Dozier said. ''He just missed it.''

The Indians swept a four-game series at Target Field last weekend, but the Twins have responded in the first two games of this series.

''It was the most high energy game we've had in a very long time, given the circumstances,'' Dozier said. ''We battled. That's what good teams do.''

''They've outplayed us,'' Indians manager Terry Francona said. ''We got to come out tomorrow and get after it. I might just stay in my uniform. Tomorrow will be a fun game to play.''

Cleveland's Corey Kluber struck out a season-high 13 and allowed three hits in seven innings, but throwing errors by second baseman Jason Kipnis and catcher Yan Gomes led to two unearned runs in the first.

Minnesota used five pitchers in the win. Taylor Rogers (4-1) recorded the final out of the seventh and pitched 1 1/3 innings.

Brandon Kintzler pitched the ninth for his 20th save. Francisco Lindor doubled with two outs, but center fielder Byron Buxton made a diving catch of Kipnis' liner.

Allen (0-3) was making his first appearance since Sunday. The right-hander was on the paternity list earlier this week when his wife gave birth to the couple's first child.

Chris Gimenez, who played for the Indians last season, hit a solo homer in the ninth off Zach McAllister.

Jose Ramirez hit a solo homer in the fourth. Cleveland tied the game in the seventh on shortstop Jorge Polanco's throwing error.

Kluber, who pitched a three-hit shutout against Baltimore in his last start, has recorded at least 10 strikeouts in three straight starts.

Kipins, who was playing in the shortstop position on the shift, made a high throw to first on Dozier's ground ball to start the game. Joe Mauer walked and Robbie Grossman's double scored Dozier. Gomes tried to pick off Mauer at third but his throw went into left field for the second unearned run.

NO BIG DEAL

Kluber downplayed his strikeout total and blamed himself for Minnesota's early runs.

''I could honestly care less about striking out 13 guys,'' he said. ''I would rather not let those two guys score in the first inning. If that's the case I guess we're still playing.''

''It's a shame,'' Francona said. ''The way the first inning unfolded, not only did they get the two, but it also probably cost him pitching the eighth.''

LINEUP SHUFFLE

Twins outfielders Max Kepler and Eddie Rosario were late scratches. Kepler fouled a ball off his right foot Friday while Rosario didn't start because of an illness, but entered in the eighth. Third baseman Miguel Sano (sinus infection) missed his second straight game.

''It was a hard-fought win,'' manager Paul Molitor said. ''Obviously we had to juggle the lineup more than once before the game even began, but we fought.''

NUMBERS GAME

The Twins are 22-9 on the road and have won four of five at Progressive Field. The Indians have won all seven games at Target Field, but fell to 15-19 at home.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Twins: Kepler had X-rays taken of the foot Saturday that were negative.

Indians: OF Brandon Guyer (sprained left wrist) has appeared in four games on a rehab assignment at Triple-A Columbus and could rejoin the major league team in a couple of days.

UP NEXT

Twins: RHP Ervin Santana defeated the Indians at Progressive Field on May 12, allowing two runs in seven innings. Minnesota's ace didn't start in Cleveland's sweep last weekend.

Indians: RHP Josh Tomlin is 1-1 against the Twins this season and 5-5 versus Minnesota in 16 career appearances.

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  • W: T. Rogers (4-1)L: C. Allen (0-3)S: B. Kintzler (20)
  • HR: MIN - C. Gimenez (4), B. Dozier (13), CLE - J. Ramirez (12)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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B. Dozier 2B42111010.254.343.453.7966.5
J. Mauer DH21200200.286.360.402.7626.0
R. Grossman RF30110002.253.388.395.7833.0
K. Vargas 1B40000023.237.262.432.694-1.0
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E. Escobar 3B40000023.284.331.463.794-1.0
J. Polanco SS30000110.250.301.361.6622.5
C. Gimenez LF-1B41111012.209.340.395.7355.5
J. Castro C40000030.216.310.369.679-1.5
B. Buxton CF40000030.205.277.300.577-1.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    F. Lindor SS40100102.255.317.483.8003.0
    J. Kipnis 2B40100111.232.287.408.6951.5
    J. Ramirez 3B41111004.319.373.564.9376.0
    E. Encarnacion DH20100200.265.384.494.8783.0
    L. Chisenhall RF40100012.294.356.587.9440.5
    C. Santana 1B30000113.221.328.382.7100.5
    Y. Gomes C41100015.229.313.369.6821.5
    B. Zimmer CF40000001.295.374.495.8690.0
    A. Jackson LF40200000.300.381.500.8812.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Mauer (15), R. Grossman (9)
      • HR - B. Dozier (13), C. Gimenez (4)
      • SH - R. Grossman
      • RBI - B. Dozier (35), R. Grossman (22), C. Gimenez (8)
      BATTING
      • 2B - F. Lindor (21)
      • HR - J. Ramirez (12)
      • RBI - J. Ramirez (35)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Polanco (3)
      FIELDING
      • E - J. Polanco (6)
      FIELDING
      • E - Y. Gomes (4), J. Kipnis (7)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      K. Gibson4.24114116.231.833.5
      T. Duffey1.10000103.551.053.5
      M. Belisle (BS, 2)0.22110006.991.59-3.0
      T. Rogers (W, 4-1)1.11001202.251.189.0
      B. Kintzler (S, 20)1.01000002.781.119.0
      PITCHERSIP
      K. Gibson4.2
      T. Duffey1.1
      M. Belisle (BS, 2)0.2
      T. Rogers (W, 4-1)1.1
      B. Kintzler (S, 20)1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Kluber7.032021303.241.0525.5
      C. Allen (L, 0-3)1.01111012.251.36-5.0
      Z. McAllister1.01110012.621.171.0
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Kluber7.0
      C. Allen (L, 0-3)1.0
      Z. McAllister1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - K. Gibson 93-48, T. Duffey 16-11, M. Belisle 13-12, T. Rogers 27-16, B. Kintzler 16-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Gibson 6-5, T. Duffey 1-2, M. Belisle 1-1, T. Rogers 1-1, B. Kintzler 1-2
      • Batters Faced - K. Gibson 20, T. Duffey 4, M. Belisle 4, T. Rogers 6, B. Kintzler 4
      PITCHING
      • IBB - C. Kluber
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kluber 106-73, C. Allen 20-12, Z. McAllister 18-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kluber 6-3, C. Allen 2-1, Z. McAllister 1-2
      • Batters Faced - C. Kluber 27, C. Allen 5, Z. McAllister 4
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      B. Dozier 2B42111010.254.343.453.7966.5
      J. Mauer DH21200200.286.360.402.7626.0
      R. Grossman RF30110002.253.388.395.7833.0
      K. Vargas 1B40000023.237.262.432.694-1.0
      E. Rosario LF0000-000.271.311.452.000-
      E. Escobar 3B40000023.284.331.463.794-1.0
      J. Polanco SS30000110.250.301.361.6622.5
      C. Gimenez LF-1B41111012.209.340.395.7355.5
      J. Castro C40000030.216.310.369.679-1.5
      B. Buxton CF40000030.205.277.300.577-1.5
      Total32453231310-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        F. Lindor SS40100102.255.317.483.8003.0
        J. Kipnis 2B40100111.232.287.408.6951.5
        J. Ramirez 3B41111004.319.373.564.9376.0
        E. Encarnacion DH20100200.265.384.494.8783.0
        L. Chisenhall RF40100012.294.356.587.9440.5
        C. Santana 1B30000113.221.328.382.7100.5
        Y. Gomes C41100015.229.313.369.6821.5
        B. Zimmer CF40000001.295.374.495.8690.0
        A. Jackson LF40200000.300.381.500.8812.0
        Total3328115418-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Mauer (15), R. Grossman (9)
          • HR - B. Dozier (13), C. Gimenez (4)
          • SH - R. Grossman
          • RBI - B. Dozier (35), R. Grossman (22), C. Gimenez (8)
          BATTING
          • 2B - F. Lindor (21)
          • HR - J. Ramirez (12)
          • RBI - J. Ramirez (35)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - J. Polanco (3)
          FIELDING
          • E - J. Polanco (6)
          FIELDING
          • E - Y. Gomes (4), J. Kipnis (7)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          K. Gibson4.24114116.231.833.5
          T. Duffey1.10000103.551.053.5
          M. Belisle (BS, 2)0.22110006.991.59-3.0
          T. Rogers (W, 4-1)1.11001202.251.189.0
          B. Kintzler (S, 20)1.01000002.781.119.0
          Total9.0822541---
          PITCHERSIP
          K. Gibson4.2
          T. Duffey1.1
          M. Belisle (BS, 2)0.2
          T. Rogers (W, 4-1)1.1
          B. Kintzler (S, 20)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          C. Kluber7.032021303.241.0525.5
          C. Allen (L, 0-3)1.01111012.251.36-5.0
          Z. McAllister1.01110012.621.171.0
          Total9.05423132---
          PITCHERSIP
          C. Kluber7.0
          C. Allen (L, 0-3)1.0
          Z. McAllister1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - K. Gibson 93-48, T. Duffey 16-11, M. Belisle 13-12, T. Rogers 27-16, B. Kintzler 16-8
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Gibson 6-5, T. Duffey 1-2, M. Belisle 1-1, T. Rogers 1-1, B. Kintzler 1-2
          • Batters Faced - K. Gibson 20, T. Duffey 4, M. Belisle 4, T. Rogers 6, B. Kintzler 4
          PITCHING
          • IBB - C. Kluber
          • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kluber 106-73, C. Allen 20-12, Z. McAllister 18-11
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kluber 6-3, C. Allen 2-1, Z. McAllister 1-2
          • Batters Faced - C. Kluber 27, C. Allen 5, Z. McAllister 4
          • 9TH INNING
            Gimenez homered to left42
          • 8TH INNING
            Dozier homered to left32
          • 7TH INNING
            Lindor reached on fielder's choice to first, Gomes scored, Jackson out at second on shortstop Polanco fielding error22
          • 4TH INNING
            Ramirez homered to right21
          • 1ST INNING
            Mauer scored, Grossman to third on catcher Gomes fielding error30
            Grossman doubled to deep right, Dozier scored, Mauer to third10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Zach McAllister relieved Cody Allen
            • J. Polanco: Ball, Foul, Polanco flied out to right
            • C. Gimenez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Gimenez homered to left
            • J. Castro: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Castro flied out to center
            • B. Buxton: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Buxton grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Brandon Kintzler relieved Taylor Rogers
            • B. Zimmer: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Zimmer flied out to right
            • A. Jackson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Jackson grounded out to shortstop
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Lindor doubled to left center
            • J. Kipnis: Ball, Ball, Kipnis lined out to center
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Cody Allen relieved Corey Kluber
            • B. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Dozier homered to left
            • J. Mauer: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Mauer walked
            • R. Grossman: Grossman hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Mauer to second
            • K. Vargas: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Vargas grounded out to second, Mauer to third
            • E. Escobar: Strike looking, Foul, Escobar flied out to left
            • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Eddie Rosario in left
            • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Encarnacion walked
            • L. Chisenhall: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Chisenhall struck out on foul tip
            • C. Santana: Santana lined out to shortstop
            • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gomes struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • C. Kluber Pitching:
            • C. Gimenez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Gimenez grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Castro: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
            • B. Buxton: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Buxton struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Matt Belisle relieved Tyler Duffey
            • Y. Gomes: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Gomes singled to right
            • B. Zimmer: Strike looking, Zimmer flied out to left
            • A. Jackson: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Jackson singled to left, Gomes to second
            • F. Lindor: Strike swinging, Foul, Lindor reached on fielder's choice to first, Gomes scored, Jackson out at second on shortstop Polanco fielding error
            • Taylor Rogers relieved Matt Belisle
            • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Foul, Ball (pitchout), Pickoff attempt, Ball, Kipnis reached on an infield single to shortstop, Lindor to second
            • J. Ramirez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ramirez grounded out to second
            • End of the 7th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 6TH INNING
            • C. Kluber Pitching:
            • K. Vargas: Strike swinging, Vargas grounded out to shortstop
            • E. Escobar: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Escobar struck out looking
            • J. Polanco: Ball, Strike looking, Polanco grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • T. Duffey Pitching:
            • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Encarnacion popped out to shortstop
            • L. Chisenhall: Ball, Ball, Chisenhall popped out to second
            • C. Santana: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Santana struck out looking
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • C. Kluber Pitching:
            • B. Buxton: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Buxton struck out looking
            • B. Dozier: Dozier grounded out to second
            • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Mauer doubled to left center
            • R. Grossman: Ball, Grossman lined out to right
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • K. Gibson Pitching:
            • B. Zimmer: Strike looking, Zimmer grounded out to pitcher
            • A. Jackson: Ball, Ball, Jackson lined out to center
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Lindor walked
            • J. Kipnis: Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Kipnis walked, Lindor to second
            • Tyler Duffey relieved Kyle Gibson
            • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ramirez reached on fielder's choice to second, Kipnis out at second
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • C. Kluber Pitching:
            • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Polanco struck out looking
            • C. Gimenez: Strike swinging, Ball, Gimenez grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Castro: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Castro struck out looking
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • K. Gibson Pitching:
            • J. Kipnis: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Kipnis struck out swinging
            • J. Ramirez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ramirez homered to right
            • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Encarnacion singled to right center
            • L. Chisenhall: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Chisenhall singled to left center, Encarnacion to second
            • C. Santana: Ball, Ball, Santana flied out to right
            • Y. Gomes: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gomes popped out to first
            • End of the 4th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • C. Kluber Pitching:
            • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Mauer singled to left
            • R. Grossman: Ball, Grossman flied out to shallow left
            • K. Vargas: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Vargas struck out looking
            • E. Escobar: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Escobar struck out looking
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • K. Gibson Pitching:
            • B. Zimmer: Ball, Zimmer flied out to deep center
            • A. Jackson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Jackson singled to left
            • F. Lindor: Foul, Ball, Ball, Lindor grounded into double play pitcher to shortstop to first, Jackson out at second
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • C. Kluber Pitching:
            • J. Castro: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
            • B. Buxton: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Buxton struck out looking
            • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Dozier struck out looking
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • K. Gibson Pitching:
            • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Encarnacion walked
            • L. Chisenhall: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Chisenhall reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Encarnacion out at second
            • C. Santana: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Santana walked, Chisenhall to second
            • Y. Gomes: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Gomes grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Santana out at second
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • C. Kluber Pitching:
            • B. Dozier: Dozier safe at first on 2nd baseman Kipnis fielding error
            • J. Mauer: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Mauer walked, Dozier to second
            • R. Grossman: Strike looking, Grossman doubled to deep right, Dozier scored, Mauer to third
            • K. Vargas: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Mauer scored, Grossman to third on catcher Gomes fielding error, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Vargas struck out swinging
            • E. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Escobar flied out to shallow left
            • J. Polanco: Polanco intentionally walked
            • C. Gimenez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Polanco stole second, Strike swinging, Gimenez struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 2 Errors)
            • K. Gibson Pitching:
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Strike looking, Lindor grounded out to pitcher
            • J. Kipnis: Foul, Foul, Kipnis flied out to left
            • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ramirez grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)