Escobar homers twice as Twins beat Indians 7-4

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Losing six of seven games had the Minnesota Twins searching for answers, with manager Paul Molitor addressing his team and second baseman Brian Dozier calling a meeting.

The two wanted to discuss the miscues that had plagued playoff-hopeful Minnesota this season. Eduardo Escobar and Jose Berrios then helped lift the Twins over the Cleveland Indians.

Escobar hit two homers and drove in four runs, Berrios pitched six effective innings and Minnesota pulled away for a 7-4 win Friday night.

''Everybody stay strong, that's the most important,'' Escobar said. ''Play hard no matter what happens, it's the most important. Everybody working hard, so you see today everybody run hard, play hard.''

Dozier opened the bottom of the first inning with a double off the right-field wall in a two-hit night. Escobar's three-run homer in the first started the scoring against Indians starter Carlos Carrasco (6-4).

Escobar added a solo shot, his 10th of the season, in the seventh as the Twins snapped a three-game losing streak. The 5-foot-10, 185-pound infielder has four multi-homer games in his career and two this season.

''I'm not a big guy,'' Escobar said. ''I don't go to home plate and think about a home run. I concentrate, look at the ball, swing hard.''

Edwin Encarnacion homered for Cleveland, which had its season-high six game-winning streak snapped.

Berrios (6-5) allowed four runs and five hits with seven strikeouts. Fernando Rodney secured his 12th save in 15 chances, which includes nine straight conversions.

''We're still trying to tighten up and watching some of the things that are maybe not as apparent to people just following the ball, things we need to do,'' Molitor said. ''The guys were made aware of it and trying to take it to heart and apply it, and as long as it doesn't make them more nervous trying not to make a mistake.''

Carrasco had his second-shortest outing of the season with 3 2/3 innings. Miguel Sano's RBI double chased Carrasco after the right-hander tied a season high with six runs on seven hits and three walks.

''He wasn't real crisp, kind of like the game in Milwaukee where he pitched himself into it,'' Indians manager Terry Francona said. ''I thought they also went down and got a couple good pitches. Escobar went down to get a breaking ball a couple times. Really was a difference-maker for them, and it wasn't a bad pitch.''

NO RESPECT

Cleveland decided to walk Minnesota's Eddie Rosario intentionally twice to face Sano, who was hitting .226 with two home runs in 31 at-bats since being activated from the disabled list a week ago. Rosario entered the night hitting .308 with nine homers and a team-high 33 RBIs.

Carrasco reached a 2-0 count against Rosario in the fourth with a runner on third. Sano promptly lined a double to left to score one run after he struck out his first two times against Carrasco.

''I thought, `I've got to get another strikeout,' but I threw the slider kind of inside-middle,'' Carrasco said. ''He just got that pitch right there and hit a double and got another run right there. It is what it is. I should have thrown a better pitch inside of going inside-middle.''

With another runner at third with two outs in the sixth, reliever Neil Ramirez gave Rosario the free pass before Sano flied out to right field.

WATCH OUT

Carrasco was hit in the glove by a comebacker off the bat of Robbie Grossman in the fourth. Carrasco dropped to the ground quickly following Grossman's liner, but appeared to get his glove up in time to knock the ball down.

Logan Morrison had his bat snap on a foul ball in the fifth and the bat shard sailed directly behind him where Escobar just managed to dive out of the way.

INDIANS MOVES

The Indians activated outfielder Bradley Zimmer from the disabled list before the game and optioned Thursday's starter, pitcher Shane Bieber, to Triple-A Columbus.

Zimmer, who wasn't in the lineup Friday, was on the DL since May 12 with a rib contusion. He's hit .224 this season with two home runs and nine RBIs in 32 games.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Indians: OF Tyler Naquin (left hamstring strain) had a full workout at Double-A Akron on Friday and Francona said he'll likely be ready to play this weekend.

Twins: Molitor said the team is going to ''be a little bit smarter today'' about 1B Joe Mauer's workouts as he tries to recover from concussion symptoms. Mauer had trouble when working out before Thursday's game, but Molitor said he was able to stay at the park and for the entirety of the game. Mauer was also in the dugout on Friday.

UP NEXT

Indians: RHP Trevor Bauer (4-3, 2.61) is scheduled to start Saturday's matinee. Bauer will be making the start on extended five days rest after throwing a career-high 127 pitches on May 27 against Houston.

Twins: RHP Lance Lynn (3-4, 5.94) counters for Minnesota. Lynn has won his last two starts while allowing two runs in 12 2/3 innings.

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CLE30-26
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MIN23-30
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  • W: J. Berrios (6-5)L: C. Carrasco (6-4)S: F. Rodney (12)
  • HR: CLE - E. Encarnacion (14), MIN - E. Escobar 2 (10)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
F. Lindor SS30010102.307.381.571.9522.0
M. Brantley LF30010001.332.376.551.9261.0
J. Ramirez 3B41100011.301.391.6341.0252.5
E. Encarnacion DH41221011.240.310.490.8007.5
Y. Alonso 1B40000021.247.316.462.778-1.0
M. Cabrera RF40100000.186.213.279.4921.0
J. Kipnis 2B40000021.195.278.298.576-1.0
Y. Gomes C41100020.232.290.401.6921.0
G. Allen CF31200000.286.324.429.7536.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    B. Dozier 2B51200002.236.310.405.7154.0
    E. Rosario LF30110211.308.339.517.8563.5
    M. Sano 3B40110025.217.283.461.7442.0
    L. Morrison 1B31000102.194.314.352.6662.0
    E. Escobar SS42242000.272.327.523.85014.0
    M. Kepler RF40000000.243.330.460.7910.0
    R. Grossman DH22100210.233.326.325.6514.5
    R. LaMarre CF41110012.280.333.300.6333.5
    B. Wilson C40100002.158.190.342.5332.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Ramirez (18), G. Allen (3)
      • 3B - G. Allen (2)
      • HR - E. Encarnacion (14)
      • SF - M. Brantley (3)
      • RBI - F. Lindor (35), M. Brantley (37), E. Encarnacion 2 (36)
      BATTING
      • 2B - B. Dozier (11), M. Sano (7), R. LaMarre, B. Wilson (4)
      • HR - E. Escobar 2 (10)
      • RBI - E. Rosario (34), M. Sano (24), E. Escobar 4 (30), R. LaMarre (5)
      • 2-Out RBI - E. Rosario (15), M. Sano (5), E. Escobar 3 (17)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Carrasco (L, 6-4)3.27663214.501.18-11.0
      J. Beliveau0.100000011.572.570.0
      N. Ramirez2.01001206.351.945.0
      J. Tomlin2.01111117.431.573.5
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Carrasco (L, 6-4)3.2
      J. Beliveau0.1
      N. Ramirez2.0
      J. Tomlin2.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Berrios (W, 6-5)6.05441713.860.9518.5
      T. Hildenberger (H, 5)1.01000102.891.042.5
      Z. Duke (H, 8)1.01000003.661.582.0
      F. Rodney (S, 12)1.00000002.841.2610.0
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Berrios (W, 6-5)6.0
      T. Hildenberger (H, 5)1.0
      Z. Duke (H, 8)1.0
      F. Rodney (S, 12)1.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - J. Tomlin (4)
      • IBB - C. Carrasco (4), N. Ramirez
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Carrasco 71-48, J. Beliveau 5-4, N. Ramirez 22-19, J. Tomlin 32-21
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Carrasco 3-6, J. Beliveau 1-0, J. Tomlin 2-3
      • Batters Faced - C. Carrasco 21, J. Beliveau, N. Ramirez 8, J. Tomlin 8
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Berrios 99-69, T. Hildenberger 11-9, Z. Duke 12-7, F. Rodney 12-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Berrios 6-5, T. Hildenberger 2-0, Z. Duke 3-0, F. Rodney 1-2
      • Batters Faced - J. Berrios 24, T. Hildenberger 4, Z. Duke 4, F. Rodney 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      CLE30-26
      002002000470
      MIN23-30
      31020010X790
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      F. Lindor SS30010102.307.381.571.9522.0
      M. Brantley LF30010001.332.376.551.9261.0
      J. Ramirez 3B41100011.301.391.6341.0252.5
      E. Encarnacion DH41221011.240.310.490.8007.5
      Y. Alonso 1B40000021.247.316.462.778-1.0
      M. Cabrera RF40100000.186.213.279.4921.0
      J. Kipnis 2B40000021.195.278.298.576-1.0
      Y. Gomes C41100020.232.290.401.6921.0
      G. Allen CF31200000.286.324.429.7536.0
      Total334741187-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        B. Dozier 2B51200002.236.310.405.7154.0
        E. Rosario LF30110211.308.339.517.8563.5
        M. Sano 3B40110025.217.283.461.7442.0
        L. Morrison 1B31000102.194.314.352.6662.0
        E. Escobar SS42242000.272.327.523.85014.0
        M. Kepler RF40000000.243.330.460.7910.0
        R. Grossman DH22100210.233.326.325.6514.5
        R. LaMarre CF41110012.280.333.300.6333.5
        B. Wilson C40100002.158.190.342.5332.0
        Total3379725514-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Ramirez (18), G. Allen (3)
          • 3B - G. Allen (2)
          • HR - E. Encarnacion (14)
          • SF - M. Brantley (3)
          • RBI - F. Lindor (35), M. Brantley (37), E. Encarnacion 2 (36)
          BATTING
          • 2B - B. Dozier (11), M. Sano (7), R. LaMarre, B. Wilson (4)
          • HR - E. Escobar 2 (10)
          • RBI - E. Rosario (34), M. Sano (24), E. Escobar 4 (30), R. LaMarre (5)
          • 2-Out RBI - E. Rosario (15), M. Sano (5), E. Escobar 3 (17)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          C. Carrasco (L, 6-4)3.27663214.501.18-11.0
          J. Beliveau0.100000011.572.570.0
          N. Ramirez2.01001206.351.945.0
          J. Tomlin2.01111117.431.573.5
          Total8.0977552---
          PITCHERSIP
          C. Carrasco (L, 6-4)3.2
          J. Beliveau0.1
          N. Ramirez2.0
          J. Tomlin2.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Berrios (W, 6-5)6.05441713.860.9518.5
          T. Hildenberger (H, 5)1.01000102.891.042.5
          Z. Duke (H, 8)1.01000003.661.582.0
          F. Rodney (S, 12)1.00000002.841.2610.0
          Total9.0744181---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Berrios (W, 6-5)6.0
          T. Hildenberger (H, 5)1.0
          Z. Duke (H, 8)1.0
          F. Rodney (S, 12)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - J. Tomlin (4)
          • IBB - C. Carrasco (4), N. Ramirez
          • Pitches-Strikes - C. Carrasco 71-48, J. Beliveau 5-4, N. Ramirez 22-19, J. Tomlin 32-21
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Carrasco 3-6, J. Beliveau 1-0, J. Tomlin 2-3
          • Batters Faced - C. Carrasco 21, J. Beliveau, N. Ramirez 8, J. Tomlin 8
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Berrios 99-69, T. Hildenberger 11-9, Z. Duke 12-7, F. Rodney 12-7
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Berrios 6-5, T. Hildenberger 2-0, Z. Duke 3-0, F. Rodney 1-2
          • Batters Faced - J. Berrios 24, T. Hildenberger 4, Z. Duke 4, F. Rodney 3
          • 7TH INNING
            Escobar homered to right center47
          • 6TH INNING
            Encarnacion homered to left center, Ramirez scored46
          • 4TH INNING
            Sano doubled to deep left, LaMarre scored, Rosario to third26
            LaMarre doubled to deep left, Grossman scored25
          • 3RD INNING
            Brantley hit sacrifice fly to center, Allen scored24
            Lindor grounded out to second, Gomes scored, Allen to third14
          • 2ND INNING
            Rosario singled to center, Grossman scored, Dozier to third04
          • 1ST INNING
            Escobar homered to right, Dozier and Morrison scored03
          • 9TH INNING
            • Fernando Rodney relieved Zach Duke
            • M. Cabrera: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Cabrera grounded out to pitcher
            • J. Kipnis: Strike swinging, Ball, Kipnis popped out to shortstop
            • Y. Gomes: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gomes fouled out to first
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Zach Duke relieved Trevor Hildenberger
            • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Ball, Brantley grounded out to first
            • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ramirez grounded out to shortstop
            • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Encarnacion singled to center
            • Y. Alonso: Alonso grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Tomlin Pitching:
            • B. Wilson: Wilson popped out to second
            • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Dozier grounded out to third
            • E. Rosario: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Trevor Hildenberger relieved Jose Berrios
            • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Foul, Kipnis grounded out to third
            • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gomes struck out swinging
            • G. Allen: Allen tripled to deep right center
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Foul, Lindor grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Josh Tomlin relieved Neil Ramirez
            • L. Morrison: Foul, Strike looking, Morrison fouled out to catcher
            • E. Escobar: Strike looking, Escobar homered to right center
            • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Kepler grounded out to second
            • R. Grossman: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Grossman walked
            • R. LaMarre: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Grossman to second on wild pitch, Foul, LaMarre flied out to right
            • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • J. Berrios Pitching:
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Brantley grounded out to second
            • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ramirez doubled to deep right center
            • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Encarnacion homered to left center, Ramirez scored
            • Y. Alonso: Strike looking, Alonso grounded out to second
            • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Cabrera grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 6th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • N. Ramirez Pitching:
            • R. LaMarre: Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Strike swinging, LaMarre struck out swinging
            • B. Wilson: Strike swinging, Foul, Wilson doubled to left center
            • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Dozier flied out to deep center, Wilson to third
            • E. Rosario: Rosario intentionally walked
            • M. Sano: Sano flied out to deep right
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • J. Berrios Pitching:
            • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gomes struck out swinging
            • G. Allen: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Allen lined out to left
            • F. Lindor: Lindor grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Neil Ramirez relieved Jeff Beliveau
            • E. Escobar: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Escobar lined out to left
            • M. Kepler: Ball, Foul, Ball, Kepler flied out to deep right
            • R. Grossman: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Grossman struck out swinging
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • J. Berrios Pitching:
            • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Encarnacion struck out swinging
            • Y. Alonso: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Alonso struck out swinging
            • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Cabrera singled to right
            • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Kipnis struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • C. Carrasco Pitching:
            • R. Grossman: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Grossman reached on an infield single to pitcher
            • R. LaMarre: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, LaMarre doubled to deep left, Grossman scored
            • B. Wilson: Foul, Strike looking, Wilson grounded out to shortstop
            • B. Dozier: Dozier grounded out to shortstop, LaMarre to third
            • E. Rosario: Ball, Ball, Rosario intentionally walked
            • M. Sano: Strike looking, Sano doubled to deep left, LaMarre scored, Rosario to third
            • Jeff Beliveau relieved Carlos Carrasco
            • L. Morrison: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Morrison grounded out to first
            • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • J. Berrios Pitching:
            • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Gomes singled to left center
            • G. Allen: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Allen doubled to left center, Gomes to third
            • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Ball, Lindor grounded out to second, Gomes scored, Allen to third
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Ball, Brantley hit sacrifice fly to center, Allen scored
            • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ramirez grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 3rd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Carrasco Pitching:
            • L. Morrison: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Morrison grounded out to shortstop
            • E. Escobar: Foul, Ball, Escobar flied out to left
            • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Kepler fouled out to third
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • J. Berrios Pitching:
            • Y. Alonso: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Alonso struck out swinging
            • M. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Cabrera flied out to deep left
            • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Kipnis struck out looking
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Carrasco Pitching:
            • R. Grossman: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Grossman walked
            • R. LaMarre: Strike looking, LaMarre flied out to right
            • B. Wilson: Ball, Ball, Wilson popped out to second
            • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Dozier singled to left, Grossman to second
            • E. Rosario: Strike looking, Rosario singled to center, Grossman scored, Dozier to third
            • M. Sano: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Sano struck out swinging
            • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • J. Berrios Pitching:
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Lindor walked
            • M. Brantley: Brantley flied out to left
            • J. Ramirez: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Ramirez struck out swinging
            • E. Encarnacion: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Foul, Encarnacion popped out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Carrasco Pitching:
            • B. Dozier: Ball, Strike swinging, Dozier doubled to deep right
            • E. Rosario: Strike looking, Rosario flied out to deep left
            • M. Sano: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Sano struck out swinging
            • L. Morrison: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Morrison walked
            • E. Escobar: Strike swinging, Escobar homered to right, Dozier and Morrison scored
            • M. Kepler: Kepler flied out to left
            • End of the 1st (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)