Santana leads to Twins to sweep, first place in AL Central

CLEVELAND (AP) Ervin Santana and Minnesota made themselves at home in Cleveland. The Twins and Indians have been gracious hosts so far this year.

Santana struck out seven in six innings, Jason Castro drove in three runs and Minnesota swept Cleveland with a 4-0 victory on Sunday.

Santana (10-4) allowed nine hits, but Cleveland's lineup struggled again. The Indians were shut out twice, went 1 for 23 with runners in scoring position and stranded 30 baserunners in the weekend series.

It was one sweet stay on Lake Erie for the Twins, who were swept in a four-game set against the Indians at Target Field last weekend. Minnesota moved a half-game ahead of Cleveland for the division lead.

''We talked about how we got embarrassed at home,'' said second baseman Brian Dozier, who hit a game-winning homer in Saturday's 4-2 victory. ''So we wanted to stick it to them here. We didn't just want to win the series, we wanted to sweep. We wanted to stomp on their throats.''

The Twins hadn't swept a three-game series in Cleveland since 1991.

''That was a really fun series,'' Twins manager Paul Molitor said. ''I was confident coming in that we would play well. They played their butts off.''

Castro hit a two-run double in the second and an RBI double in the sixth. Eddie Rosario led off the fourth with his 10th homer.

Josh Tomlin (4-9) allowed four runs in 5 2/3 innings for Cleveland, which was coming off a 7-1 road trip.

''It's disappointing,'' Tomlin said. ''We had a chance to kind of take a step forward and spread it out a little bit and we didn't take advantage of that at all.''

Both teams have dominated on the road in the season series. The Twins have won five of six at Progressive Field while the Indians have won all seven games in Minnesota. Minnesota is 23-9 on the road while Cleveland is 15-20 at home.

''We couldn't keep a line moving,'' Indians manager Terry Francona said. ''We were certainly able to get our hits, but we never strung anything together.''

Cleveland's hit with a runner in scoring position came in the fourth, but didn't produce a run. Dozier knocked down Jackson's one-out grounder behind second base and Lonnie Chisenhall moved to third.

Santana got Bradley Zimmer to foul out and struck out Yan Gomes. Buddy Boshers worked two scoreless innings and Brandon Kintzler finished the nine-hitter.

''The key is you can't try to do too much,'' Santana said. ''Just keep making your pitches in good locations. Throw strikes. If they get a hit, good for them. But try to locate everything.''

FULL STRENGTH

The Twins used their regular lineup Sunday. Miguel Sano (sinus infection) returned as the designated hitter after missing the first two games of the series. Max Kepler, out Saturday after fouling a ball off his foot, played right field.

GETTING CLOSE

Indians left fielder Michael Brantley (sprained left ankle) likely will return from the 10-day disabled list this week. He is scheduled to run the bases Monday.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Twins: RHP Phil Hughes (sore arm) threw a scoreless inning Saturday for Triple-A Rochester on a minor league rehab assignment. He'll be used out of the bullpen when he returns to the major league team.

Indians: OF Austin Jackson (left quad tightness) left in the fifth inning and is listed as day to day.

UP NEXT

Twins: RHP Jose Berrios will face Boston for the first time in his career Monday. He worked a career-high eight innings in a win over the White Sox on Wednesday.

Indians: RHP Carlos Carrasco, who leads the team with eight wins, will start Monday against Texas. He struck out a season-high 10 in beating Baltimore in his last start.

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  • W: E. Santana (10-4)L: J. Tomlin (4-9)
  • HR: MIN - E. Rosario (10)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Dozier 2B40000103.250.341.446.7871.0
J. Mauer 1B50200002.289.361.406.7673.0
M. Sano DH30000102.282.384.564.9491.0
M. Kepler RF40000023.249.316.414.730-1.0
E. Escobar 3B41100002.283.330.458.7872.0
E. Rosario LF43311010.280.318.471.7899.5
J. Polanco SS40100023.250.300.358.6590.0
J. Castro C40230021.222.314.383.6976.0
B. Buxton CF30000112.202.277.296.5720.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    F. Lindor SS50000010.251.313.474.787-0.5
    J. Kipnis 2B40100010.233.286.405.6910.5
    J. Ramirez 3B40200001.321.375.567.9425.0
    E. Encarnacion DH40000023.261.379.486.865-1.0
    C. Santana 1B40100000.222.327.380.7081.0
    L. Chisenhall RF30200001.301.366.589.9553.0
    A. Jackson LF20100011.304.383.500.8830.5
    D. Robertson LF20100001.225.287.338.6251.0
    B. Zimmer CF40100014.293.369.485.8540.5
    Y. Gomes C40000036.224.306.360.666-1.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Mauer (16), J. Castro 2 (11)
      • HR - E. Rosario (10)
      • RBI - E. Rosario (24), J. Castro 3 (26)
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Ramirez (24)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Ramirez (8)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      E. Santana (W, 10-4)6.09000702.801.0522.5
      B. Boshers2.00000102.501.066.5
      B. Kintzler1.00000102.701.083.5
      PITCHERSIP
      E. Santana (W, 10-4)6.0
      B. Boshers2.0
      B. Kintzler1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Tomlin (L, 4-9)5.29443516.091.45-3.5
      D. Otero1.10000003.381.233.0
      N. Goody1.00000301.210.944.5
      S. Armstrong1.00000005.021.263.0
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Tomlin (L, 4-9)5.2
      D. Otero1.1
      N. Goody1.0
      S. Armstrong1.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - E. Santana 3 (7)
      • HBP - B. Boshers (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - E. Santana 108-70, B. Boshers 18-12, B. Kintzler 9-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Santana 4-7, B. Boshers 2-3, B. Kintzler 2-0
      • Batters Faced - E. Santana 27, B. Boshers 7, B. Kintzler 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Tomlin 96-57, D. Otero 10-9, N. Goody 13-10, S. Armstrong 15-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Tomlin 4-7, D. Otero 3-1, S. Armstrong 1-2
      • Batters Faced - J. Tomlin 28, D. Otero 4, N. Goody 3, S. Armstrong 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      B. Dozier 2B40000103.250.341.446.7871.0
      J. Mauer 1B50200002.289.361.406.7673.0
      M. Sano DH30000102.282.384.564.9491.0
      M. Kepler RF40000023.249.316.414.730-1.0
      E. Escobar 3B41100002.283.330.458.7872.0
      E. Rosario LF43311010.280.318.471.7899.5
      J. Polanco SS40100023.250.300.358.6590.0
      J. Castro C40230021.222.314.383.6976.0
      B. Buxton CF30000112.202.277.296.5720.5
      Total3549413818-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        F. Lindor SS50000010.251.313.474.787-0.5
        J. Kipnis 2B40100010.233.286.405.6910.5
        J. Ramirez 3B40200001.321.375.567.9425.0
        E. Encarnacion DH40000023.261.379.486.865-1.0
        C. Santana 1B40100000.222.327.380.7081.0
        L. Chisenhall RF30200001.301.366.589.9553.0
        A. Jackson LF20100011.304.383.500.8830.5
        D. Robertson LF20100001.225.287.338.6251.0
        B. Zimmer CF40100014.293.369.485.8540.5
        Y. Gomes C40000036.224.306.360.666-1.5
        Total3609000917-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Mauer (16), J. Castro 2 (11)
          • HR - E. Rosario (10)
          • RBI - E. Rosario (24), J. Castro 3 (26)
          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Ramirez (24)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - J. Ramirez (8)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          E. Santana (W, 10-4)6.09000702.801.0522.5
          B. Boshers2.00000102.501.066.5
          B. Kintzler1.00000102.701.083.5
          Total9.0900090---
          PITCHERSIP
          E. Santana (W, 10-4)6.0
          B. Boshers2.0
          B. Kintzler1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Tomlin (L, 4-9)5.29443516.091.45-3.5
          D. Otero1.10000003.381.233.0
          N. Goody1.00000301.210.944.5
          S. Armstrong1.00000005.021.263.0
          Total9.0944381---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Tomlin (L, 4-9)5.2
          D. Otero1.1
          N. Goody1.0
          S. Armstrong1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - E. Santana 3 (7)
          • HBP - B. Boshers (2)
          • Pitches-Strikes - E. Santana 108-70, B. Boshers 18-12, B. Kintzler 9-8
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Santana 4-7, B. Boshers 2-3, B. Kintzler 2-0
          • Batters Faced - E. Santana 27, B. Boshers 7, B. Kintzler 3
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Tomlin 96-57, D. Otero 10-9, N. Goody 13-10, S. Armstrong 15-11
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Tomlin 4-7, D. Otero 3-1, S. Armstrong 1-2
          • Batters Faced - J. Tomlin 28, D. Otero 4, N. Goody 3, S. Armstrong 3
          • 6TH INNING
            Castro doubled to deep right center, Rosario scored40
          • 4TH INNING
            Rosario homered to right30
          • 2ND INNING
            Castro doubled to left center, Escobar and Rosario scored20
          • 9TH INNING
            • Shawn Armstrong relieved Nick Goody
            • B. Buxton: Strike swinging, Foul, Buxton flied out to center
            • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Dozier flied out to center
            • J. Mauer: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Mauer grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Brandon Kintzler relieved Buddy Boshers
            • B. Zimmer: Strike looking, Zimmer grounded bunt out to pitcher
            • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Gomes struck out swinging
            • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Foul, Lindor grounded out to third
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Nick Goody relieved Dan Otero
            • E. Rosario: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
            • J. Polanco: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Polanco struck out swinging
            • J. Castro: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Castro struck out looking
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • B. Boshers Pitching:
            • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Encarnacion grounded out to second
            • C. Santana: Santana grounded out to third
            • L. Chisenhall: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Chisenhall hit by pitch
            • D. Robertson: Ball, Robertson lined out to right
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • D. Otero Pitching:
            • M. Sano: Strike swinging, Sano grounded out to second
            • M. Kepler: Foul, Kepler grounded out to shortstop
            • E. Escobar: Strike looking, Escobar grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Buddy Boshers relieved Ervin Santana
            • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Lindor struck out swinging
            • J. Kipnis: Ball, Kipnis lined out to left
            • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ramirez lined out to right
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • J. Tomlin Pitching:
            • E. Rosario: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Rosario singled to center
            • J. Polanco: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Polanco struck out swinging
            • J. Castro: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Castro doubled to deep right center, Rosario scored
            • B. Buxton: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Buxton struck out swinging
            • B. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Dozier walked
            • Dan Otero relieved Josh Tomlin
            • J. Mauer: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Mauer lined out to right
            • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • E. Santana Pitching:
            • C. Santana: Santana singled to right
            • L. Chisenhall: Ball, Chisenhall reached on fielder's choice to second, Santana out at second
            • D. Robertson: Foul, Robertson singled to right, Chisenhall to second
            • B. Zimmer: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Zimmer struck out looking
            • Y. Gomes: Ball, Gomes flied out to left
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • Daniel Robertson in left
            • J. Mauer: Ball, Strike looking, Mauer doubled to deep left
            • M. Sano: Strike looking, Sano grounded out to second, Mauer to third
            • M. Kepler: Kepler fouled out to third
            • E. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Escobar popped out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • E. Santana Pitching:
            • F. Lindor: Lindor flied out to left
            • J. Kipnis: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Kipnis struck out swinging
            • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ramirez doubled to right
            • E. Encarnacion: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ramirez to third on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Encarnacion struck out swinging
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • J. Tomlin Pitching:
            • E. Rosario: Strike looking, Ball, Rosario homered to right
            • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Polanco singled to center
            • J. Castro: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
            • B. Buxton: Buxton lined out to left
            • B. Dozier: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Dozier grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • E. Santana Pitching:
            • C. Santana: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Santana popped out to shortstop
            • L. Chisenhall: Ball, Chisenhall singled to center
            • A. Jackson: Foul, Foul, Ball, Chisenhall to second on wild pitch, Ball, Jackson reached on an infield single to second, Chisenhall to third
            • B. Zimmer: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Foul, Ball, Ball, Zimmer fouled out to third
            • Y. Gomes: Foul, Strike swinging, Jackson to second on wild pitch, Ball, Strike swinging, Gomes struck out swinging
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • J. Tomlin Pitching:
            • J. Mauer: Mauer singled to right
            • M. Sano: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Sano reached on fielder's choice to third, Mauer out at second
            • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Kepler struck out swinging
            • E. Escobar: Escobar flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • E. Santana Pitching:
            • F. Lindor: Foul, Ball, Lindor grounded out to second
            • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Foul, Kipnis popped out to shortstop
            • J. Ramirez: Ramirez singled to left
            • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ramirez stole second, Strike swinging, Encarnacion struck out swinging
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • J. Tomlin Pitching:
            • E. Escobar: Ball, Ball, Escobar singled to center
            • E. Rosario: Rosario reached on bunt single to shortstop, Escobar to second
            • J. Polanco: Foul, Polanco popped out to second
            • J. Castro: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Castro doubled to left center, Escobar and Rosario scored
            • B. Buxton: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Buxton walked
            • B. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Dozier grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Buxton out at second
            • Middle of the 2nd (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • E. Santana Pitching:
            • C. Santana: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Santana grounded out to first
            • L. Chisenhall: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Chisenhall singled to shallow right
            • A. Jackson: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Jackson struck out looking
            • B. Zimmer: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Zimmer singled to right, Chisenhall to third, Zimmer to second
            • Y. Gomes: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gomes struck out swinging
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 1ST INNING
            • J. Tomlin Pitching:
            • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Dozier flied out to left
            • J. Mauer: Ball, Mauer flied out to deep left
            • M. Sano: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Sano walked
            • M. Kepler: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Kepler struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • E. Santana Pitching:
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Lindor flied out to deep right
            • J. Kipnis: Foul, Ball, Kipnis singled to right
            • J. Ramirez: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ramirez lined out to right
            • E. Encarnacion: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Encarnacion grounded out to third
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)