A homer at home: Lindor's shot helps Indians top Twins 6-1

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) A home run, at his homecoming.

Say this for Francisco Lindor: He clearly has a flair for the dramatic.

Playing as a big leaguer in his native Puerto Rico for the first time, Lindor connected on a two-run home run to open the scoring and help spark the Cleveland Indians to a 6-1 win over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night.

And yes, the moment was just as the All-Star shortstop imagined.

''I love the Cleveland Indians fans. I love them. They're supporters, big-time,'' Lindor said. ''But this is where I grew up. These are my people. It's extremely special.''

He seemed to skip around the bases, crossed home plate and threw his arms into the air, enticing the already-screaming crowd to go even louder. They obliged, and eventually Lindor emerged from the dugout for a curtain call - in what technically was a road game, no less. The Indians were the visitors in this one.

No matter. Lindor seemed more at home than anyone else.

''Our goal was to win, but it was pretty cool to see Frankie come through like that,'' Indians manager Terry Francona said. ''To see the way the fans responded, and then to see how genuinely excited he was about it, it was pretty cool.''

So, too, was Indians ace Corey Kluber, who allowed one run in 6 2/3 innings. He gave up five hits and struck out six, lowering his ERA to 1.52.

Michael Brantley and Jose Ramirez each had three hits for Cleveland in the first regular-season game on the island commonwealth since 2010. Brantley and Ramirez hit consecutive homers in the sixth, and Yonder Alonso added a solo homer in the eighth for Cleveland.

Brian Dozier had two hits for the Twins, including an RBI double in the seventh that chased a sweat-drenched Kluber after 104 pitches. Minnesota starter Jake Odorizzi (1-1) gave up six hits and four runs, all of them coming across on homers, in five-plus innings.

''I'm pleased that my country came out to support us,'' said Minnesota's Eddie Rosario, like Lindor a native Puerto Rican - and on this night, a co-favorite of the sold-out crowd of 19,516 at Hiram Bithorn Stadium, ''Great emotions to be here. Happy that we're here.''

Lindor and Rosario will have more Puerto Ricans on the field with them in Wednesday's series finale, with the Twins sending right-hander Jose Berrios to the mound and the Indians set to start Roberto Perez at catcher.

Lindor finished 1 for 5, the homer flanked by a pair of warning-track flyouts. Rosario was 1 for 4.

The series was scheduled before Hurricane Maria hit last September. The recovery from the catastrophic storm has been the focus of this trip for the Twins and Indians.

''These people need to cheer,'' Lindor said.

So in the fifth, he made it happen.

No. 9 hitter Bradley Zimmer hit a two-out double and Lindor worked the count full. As horns blared, inflatable thundersticks clanged and fans - including his mom - screamed, Lindor turned on an offering from Odorizzi and lofted a long fly to right.

It barely cleared the wall, but it was enough.

''Quality pitch,'' Odorizzi said. ''Same pitch I've gotten outs on in the game. Different result.''

Lindor waved both arms at the crowd after crossing the plate, then came out for a curtain call as delirious fans shouted his name. That started the undoing for Odorizzi, who was cruising before giving up three homers in a span of 10 pitches - the last two by Ramirez and Brantley ending his night and giving the Indians a 4-0 lead.

''Most importantly, we got the win,'' Lindor said. ''That's all that matters.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Twins CF Byron Buxton, who was slated to start and bat eighth, was scratched about three hours before game time with a migraine. Robbie Grossman took his spot and started in right, and Max Kepler slid over to center.

FESTIVITIES

San Juan's Bernie Williams, a four-time World Series winner with the Yankees, performed ''The Star-Spangled Banner'' on his guitar. Carlos Beltran threw out the ceremonial first pitch, and fellow Puerto Ricans Roberto Alomar, Carlos Baerga, Javier Vazquez and Carlos Delgado were among those on the field for pregame events.

HOME COOKING

Indians coach Sandy Alomar Jr. spent most of the off day Monday at his family's home, hanging with his parents, sister and niece. His mother cooked a staple - chicken, rice and beans. ''Like old times,'' he said.

NOT HOME COOKING

Twins manager Paul Molitor isn't exactly thrilled that his club has two ''home'' games in San Juan, especially against an AL Central rival. Then again, the Indians are 10-1 in their last 11 games at Minneapolis.

BITHORN STATUE

The statue of Hiram Bithorn, Puerto Rico's first big-leaguer, will be back, San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz said. The statue outside the front gates of the ballpark toppled in Maria's winds. ''It is a metaphor for what is happening, how resilient we've had to be and how things will get done,'' Cruz said. ''Perhaps not as fast as we want, but in San Juan, we will get them done.''

UP NEXT

The series ends Wednesday, when Indians RHP Carlos Carrasco (3-0, 3.48) starts against Berrios (2-1, 2.18).

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  • W: C. Kluber (2-1)L: J. Odorizzi (1-1)
  • HR: CLE - M. Brantley (1), Y. Alonso (3), F. Lindor (2), J. Ramirez (4)
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E. Encarnacion DH40000013.135.237.308.545-0.5
Y. Alonso 1B41111001.196.281.392.6736.0
Y. Gomes C40100030.200.282.371.653-0.5
T. Naquin RF20000020.259.310.370.681-1.0
a- B. Guyer PH-RF20000011.125.125.208.333-0.5
B. Zimmer CF41200000.273.304.386.6915.0
  • a-grounded out for Naquin in the 6th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Dozier 2B50210012.300.386.600.9863.5
J. Mauer 1B30000203.378.531.4861.0172.0
M. Sano 3B40100015.250.327.545.8720.5
E. Rosario LF40100011.214.267.381.6480.5
L. Morrison DH30000120.081.209.108.3170.0
E. Escobar SS40000022.263.286.474.759-1.0
M. Kepler CF31100102.263.391.579.9704.0
R. Grossman RF40000014.111.111.167.278-0.5
J. Castro C40100013.167.265.300.5650.5
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Brantley (2), B. Zimmer 2 (2)
    • HR - F. Lindor (2), J. Ramirez (4), M. Brantley, Y. Alonso (3)
    • RBI - F. Lindor 2 (7), J. Ramirez (8), M. Brantley 2 (6), Y. Alonso (9)
    • 2-Out RBI - F. Lindor 2 (3), M. Brantley
    BATTING
    • 2B - B. Dozier (3), M. Kepler (3)
    • RBI - B. Dozier (7)
    • 2-Out RBI - B. Dozier (2)
    FIELDING
    • E - Y. Alonso
    FIELDING
    • PB - J. Castro
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Kluber (W, 2-1)6.25112601.520.7423.0
    A. Miller1.10001200.001.233.0
    C. Allen1.01001100.000.711.5
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Kluber (W, 2-1)6.2
    A. Miller1.1
    C. Allen1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Odorizzi (L, 1-1)5.06441633.381.362.0
    T. Rogers1.22110003.181.060.0
    A. Busenitz0.12000000.006.00-2.0
    G. Moya1.01110216.231.152.0
    T. Kinley1.01000104.501.502.5
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Odorizzi (L, 1-1)5.0
    T. Rogers1.2
    A. Busenitz0.1
    G. Moya1.0
    T. Kinley1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kluber 104-69, A. Miller 19-13, C. Allen 30-18
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kluber 5-10, A. Miller 2-0, C. Allen 1-1
    • Batters Faced - C. Kluber 28, A. Miller 5, C. Allen 5
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Odorizzi 97-58, T. Rogers 25-18, A. Busenitz 8-5, G. Moya 18-13, T. Kinley 21-13
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Odorizzi 4-5, T. Rogers 2-3, T. Kinley 1-1
    • Batters Faced - J. Odorizzi 22, T. Rogers 7, A. Busenitz 3, G. Moya 4, T. Kinley 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    F. Lindor SS51121011.238.294.413.7076.5
    J. Kipnis 2B41100111.169.246.237.4832.5
    J. Ramirez 3B51311001.200.323.418.7418.0
    M. Brantley LF51321002.346.393.538.93110.0
    G. Allen LF00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    E. Encarnacion DH40000013.135.237.308.545-0.5
    Y. Alonso 1B41111001.196.281.392.6736.0
    Y. Gomes C40100030.200.282.371.653-0.5
    T. Naquin RF20000020.259.310.370.681-1.0
    a- B. Guyer PH-RF20000011.125.125.208.333-0.5
    B. Zimmer CF41200000.273.304.386.6915.0
    Total39612641910-----
    • a-grounded out for Naquin in the 6th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    B. Dozier 2B50210012.300.386.600.9863.5
    J. Mauer 1B30000203.378.531.4861.0172.0
    M. Sano 3B40100015.250.327.545.8720.5
    E. Rosario LF40100011.214.267.381.6480.5
    L. Morrison DH30000120.081.209.108.3170.0
    E. Escobar SS40000022.263.286.474.759-1.0
    M. Kepler CF31100102.263.391.579.9704.0
    R. Grossman RF40000014.111.111.167.278-0.5
    J. Castro C40100013.167.265.300.5650.5
    Total3416104922-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Brantley (2), B. Zimmer 2 (2)
      • HR - F. Lindor (2), J. Ramirez (4), M. Brantley, Y. Alonso (3)
      • RBI - F. Lindor 2 (7), J. Ramirez (8), M. Brantley 2 (6), Y. Alonso (9)
      • 2-Out RBI - F. Lindor 2 (3), M. Brantley
      BATTING
      • 2B - B. Dozier (3), M. Kepler (3)
      • RBI - B. Dozier (7)
      • 2-Out RBI - B. Dozier (2)
      FIELDING
      • E - Y. Alonso
      FIELDING
      • PB - J. Castro
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Kluber (W, 2-1)6.25112601.520.7423.0
      A. Miller1.10001200.001.233.0
      C. Allen1.01001100.000.711.5
      Total9.0611490---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Kluber (W, 2-1)6.2
      A. Miller1.1
      C. Allen1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Odorizzi (L, 1-1)5.06441633.381.362.0
      T. Rogers1.22110003.181.060.0
      A. Busenitz0.12000000.006.00-2.0
      G. Moya1.01110216.231.152.0
      T. Kinley1.01000104.501.502.5
      Total9.01266194---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Odorizzi (L, 1-1)5.0
      T. Rogers1.2
      A. Busenitz0.1
      G. Moya1.0
      T. Kinley1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kluber 104-69, A. Miller 19-13, C. Allen 30-18
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kluber 5-10, A. Miller 2-0, C. Allen 1-1
      • Batters Faced - C. Kluber 28, A. Miller 5, C. Allen 5
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Odorizzi 97-58, T. Rogers 25-18, A. Busenitz 8-5, G. Moya 18-13, T. Kinley 21-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Odorizzi 4-5, T. Rogers 2-3, T. Kinley 1-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Odorizzi 22, T. Rogers 7, A. Busenitz 3, G. Moya 4, T. Kinley 4
      • 8TH INNING
        Alonso homered to right61
      • 7TH INNING
        Dozier doubled to deep right center, Kepler scored51
        Brantley singled to right, Kipnis scored, Ramirez to third50
      • 6TH INNING
        Brantley homered to right center40
        Ramirez homered to right30
      • 5TH INNING
        Lindor homered to right, Zimmer scored20
      • 9TH INNING
        • Tyler Kinley relieved Gabriel Moya
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Strike looking, Lindor flied out to deep left
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Kipnis struck out looking
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ramirez singled to right
        • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Brantley grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Cody Allen relieved Andrew Miller
        • Greg Allen in left
        • M. Kepler: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Kepler walked
        • R. Grossman: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Grossman flied out to center
        • J. Castro: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
        • B. Dozier: Ball, Dozier singled to left center, Kepler to third
        • J. Mauer: Ball, Dozier to second on fielder's indifference, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Mauer grounded out to second
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Gabriel Moya relieved Alan Busenitz
        • Y. Alonso: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Alonso homered to right
        • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Gomes struck out on foul tip
        • B. Guyer: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Guyer struck out swinging
        • B. Zimmer: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Zimmer flied out to shallow left
        • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • A. Miller Pitching:
        • E. Rosario: Strike looking, Ball, Rosario grounded out to first
        • L. Morrison: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Morrison grounded out to pitcher
        • E. Escobar: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Escobar struck out on foul tip
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • T. Rogers Pitching:
        • B. Zimmer: Strike looking, Zimmer flied out to left
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Lindor lined out to center
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Kipnis singled to right center
        • Alan Busenitz relieved Taylor Rogers
        • J. Ramirez: Ramirez singled to shallow left, Kipnis to second
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Brantley singled to right, Kipnis scored, Ramirez to third
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Encarnacion flied out to deep right
        • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • M. Kepler: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Kepler doubled to left center
        • R. Grossman: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Grossman struck out swinging
        • J. Castro: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Castro grounded out to first, Kepler to third
        • B. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Dozier doubled to deep right center, Kepler scored
        • Andrew Miller relieved Corey Kluber
        • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Mauer walked
        • M. Sano: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Sano struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ramirez homered to right
        • M. Brantley: Brantley homered to right center
        • Taylor Rogers relieved Jake Odorizzi
        • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Ball, Encarnacion lined out to center
        • Y. Alonso: Strike swinging, Foul, Alonso grounded out to pitcher
        • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Ball, Gomes singled to right center
        • Brandon Guyer hit for Tyler Naquin
        • B. Guyer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Guyer grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 6th (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • E. Rosario: Ball, Foul, Rosario lined out to second
        • L. Morrison: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Morrison struck out looking
        • E. Escobar: Foul, Ball, Escobar grounded out to second
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
        • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Gomes struck out swinging
        • T. Naquin: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Naquin struck out swinging
        • B. Zimmer: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Zimmer doubled to deep right
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Zimmer to third on passed ball, Ball, Ball, Lindor homered to right, Zimmer scored
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Kipnis popped out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 5th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • J. Castro: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Castro singled to shallow center
        • B. Dozier: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Dozier flied out to center
        • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Mauer fouled out to third
        • M. Sano: Foul, Sano lined out to right
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ramirez flied out to right
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Ball, Brantley doubled to left center
        • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Encarnacion struck out swinging
        • Y. Alonso: Alonso grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • E. Rosario: Rosario singled to right
        • L. Morrison: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Morrison walked, Rosario to second
        • E. Escobar: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Escobar struck out looking
        • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Kepler grounded out to pitcher, Rosario to third, Morrison to second
        • R. Grossman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Grossman grounded out to first
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
        • T. Naquin: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Naquin struck out looking
        • B. Zimmer: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Zimmer doubled to deep right
        • F. Lindor: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Lindor struck out looking
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Kipnis grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • R. Grossman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Grossman safe at first on 1st baseman Alonso fielding error
        • J. Castro: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Castro flied out to left
        • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Dozier flied out to center
        • J. Mauer: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Mauer walked, Grossman to second
        • M. Sano: Ball, Sano flied out to center
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 2ND INNING
        • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
        • E. Encarnacion: Encarnacion popped out to first
        • Y. Alonso: Ball, Foul, Alonso grounded out to second
        • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Gomes struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • L. Morrison: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Morrison struck out swinging
        • E. Escobar: Escobar flied out to center
        • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Ball, Kepler lined out to right
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Lindor flied out to deep center
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Kipnis walked
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ramirez grounded out to first, Kipnis to second
        • M. Brantley: Brantley flied out to left
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • B. Dozier: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Dozier struck out on foul tip
        • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Mauer popped out to shortstop
        • M. Sano: Strike looking, Ball, Sano singled to shallow left
        • E. Rosario: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)