Rosario's homer helps Lynn, Twins beat Indians 7-1

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Lance Lynn made this start harder on himself with five walks and one hit Cleveland batter.

The recently revived Minnesota lineup made it a lot easier.

Eddie Rosario hit a two-run homer and Brian Dozier drove in two runs to support Lynn's third straight victory, leading the Twins past the Indians 7-1 on Saturday.

''They're scoring runs and playing defense,'' Lynn said. ''It's a lot of fun to play the game.''

In his first season with the Twins after waiting a month into spring training to sign a one-year $12 million contract, Lynn has looked miserable on the mound in much of his time with the new team. Part of that is his ultra-competitive nature, but he had an awful April and a couple of rough appearances in May, too. Over his last three starts, Lynn (4-4) has allowed only three runs over 18 2/3 innings to lower his ERA from 7.47 to 5.46.

''He gets pretty flustered out there at times whether it's a play or a pitch or a non-call. He made some close pitches that didn't go his way, but he just kept finding his way to grind through it,'' manager Paul Molitor said, adding: ''I just think he's been trying to earn his weight around here as of late.''

The same goes for the Twins offense, with 30 runs over the last four games. Rosario has been the steadiest of all, with a team-leading 36 RBIs headlining a strong case to become a first-time All-Star. Dozier, who hit an RBI triple in the third inning right before Rosario's 10th homer of the season and added an RBI double during a four-run sixth, has heated up this weekend, too.

''We we can do a lot of different things with our legs and power when everyone is kind of going at least OK,'' Dozier said. ''I think we're starting to see that.''

Indians starter Trevor Bauer (4-4) struck out 11 batters, but he gave up six hits and three walks and didn't finish the sixth inning. Four of the seven runs charged to him were unearned, because of an error on second baseman Jason Kipnis and a passed ball by catcher Roberto Perez. Max Kepler and Ryan LaMarre had RBI singles during the Twins rally after the fielding flub by Kipnis.

''I was just out there trying to do everything I could to help my team win,'' Bauer said.

The Indians went 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position and 2 for 16 with runners on base. Lynn struck out five and allowed only two hits while throwing a season-high 113 pitches.

PEREZ PITCHES

Oliver Perez, who was signed to the roster before the game, was the second pitcher summoned from the MLB-worst bullpen by manager Terry Francona in the sixth, becoming the 15th reliever used by the Indians already this season. They used 17 different relief pitchers last year, including a one-inning mop-up appearance by position player Michael Martinez and a one-off relief outing by Bauer.

The 36-year-old Perez, who joined his eighth major league team, was pitching in Triple-A earlier this season for the New York Yankees affiliate. He struck out three and gave up one hit in 1 1/3 innings.

''There's a lot to like,'' Francona said. ''We've seen him so much just because he's been pitching for a long time, but his stuff is still there. As a matter of fact, it might be a tick or two above what it's been.''

ALLEN'S HUSTLE

Greg Allen, who could be bound for Triple-A next week with the expected return of injured outfielders Lonnie Chisenhall and Brandon Guyer, gave the Indians the lead in the second inning with a delayed steal of home after Kipnis took off for second during a strikeout by Perez. That was the first time the Indians stole home since Francisco Lindor did so on June 28, 2016.

Allen played right field, while Bradley Zimmer was back in center field for the first time in 21 games after being out with a bruised left rib.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Indians: LHP Andrew Miller has been scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Sunday, Francona said before the game. He's been out for the last eight games because of nagging right knee inflammation.

Twins: Catcher Mitch Garver paintfully took a foul ball off the top of his knee in the ninth inning but stayed in the game. ''He just said that it takes a while for the feeling to return in the leg,'' Molitor said.

UP NEXT

Indians: RHP Mike Clevinger (4-2, 3.14 ERA) will start on Sunday afternoon. He was second in the American League, entering the game on Saturday, with a 1.61 ERA on the road among pitchers with more than one start.

Twins: RHP Kyle Gibson (1-3, 3.57 ERA) will take the mound for the series finale. Gibson, who has a 5.82 ERA in 13 career starts against the Indians, has taken three losses and seven no-decisions since winning his first turn of the season.

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  • W: L. Lynn (4-4)L: T. Bauer (4-4)
  • HR: MIN - E. Rosario (10)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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M. Brantley LF40000104.325.371.539.9111.0
J. Ramirez 3B30100203.301.395.6301.0253.0
E. Encarnacion DH30100103.241.314.487.8012.0
Y. Alonso 1B30000022.243.314.455.7690.0
G. Allen RF31000115.274.321.411.7313.5
J. Kipnis 2B40100002.196.278.297.5743.0
R. Perez C30000021.139.232.222.454-1.0
a- M. Cabrera PH10000000.182.208.273.4810.0
B. Zimmer CF40200021.235.291.343.6341.0
  • a-grounded out for Perez in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Dozier 2B41220020.241.313.420.7337.0
E. Rosario LF21121201.310.347.531.8779.0
E. Escobar 3B40000032.266.321.513.834-1.5
L. Morrison 1B41200011.201.318.355.6732.5
R. Grossman DH40100012.234.324.331.6551.5
M. Kepler RF41110022.244.329.456.7852.0
M. Garver C41000013.219.292.333.6260.5
E. Adrianza SS31000123.227.289.327.6171.0
R. LaMarre CF41110031.278.328.296.6241.5
    BATTING
    • 2B - F. Lindor (20)
    BATTING
    • 2B - B. Dozier (12), R. Grossman (9)
    • 3B - B. Dozier (2)
    • HR - E. Rosario (10)
    • RBI - B. Dozier 2 (23), E. Rosario 2 (36), M. Kepler (24), R. LaMarre (6)
    • 2-Out RBI - B. Dozier (9), R. LaMarre (2)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - G. Allen (2), J. Kipnis
    FIELDING
    • E - Y. Alonso (4), J. Kipnis (4)
    • PB - R. Perez (2)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Escobar-Dozier-Morrison)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    T. Bauer (L, 4-4)5.267331112.771.173.5
    D. Otero0.01000006.971.21-1.0
    O. Perez1.11000300.000.753.5
    E. Marshall1.00000106.752.103.5
    PITCHERSIP
    T. Bauer (L, 4-4)5.2
    D. Otero0.0
    O. Perez1.1
    E. Marshall1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    L. Lynn (W, 4-4)6.02115505.461.7522.5
    T. Hildenberger1.01000102.791.032.5
    R. Pressly1.02000202.151.302.0
    T. Duffey1.02000008.641.681.0
    PITCHERSIP
    L. Lynn (W, 4-4)6.0
    T. Hildenberger1.0
    R. Pressly1.0
    T. Duffey1.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - T. Bauer (7), O. Perez
    • Pitches-Strikes - T. Bauer 104-65, D. Otero 3-2, O. Perez 18-13, E. Marshall 16-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Bauer 4-3, O. Perez 1-0
    • Batters Faced - T. Bauer 27, D. Otero, O. Perez 5, E. Marshall 3
    PITCHING
    • HBP - L. Lynn (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - L. Lynn 113-65, T. Hildenberger 18-11, R. Pressly 26-21, T. Duffey 17-13
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Lynn 7-5, T. Hildenberger 1-1, R. Pressly 1-0, T. Duffey 1-2
    • Batters Faced - L. Lynn 25, T. Hildenberger 4, R. Pressly 5, T. Duffey 5
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    F. Lindor SS50200011.309.381.572.9532.5
    M. Brantley LF40000104.325.371.539.9111.0
    J. Ramirez 3B30100203.301.395.6301.0253.0
    E. Encarnacion DH30100103.241.314.487.8012.0
    Y. Alonso 1B30000022.243.314.455.7690.0
    G. Allen RF31000115.274.321.411.7313.5
    J. Kipnis 2B40100002.196.278.297.5743.0
    R. Perez C30000021.139.232.222.454-1.0
    a- M. Cabrera PH10000000.182.208.273.4810.0
    B. Zimmer CF40200021.235.291.343.6341.0
    Total3317005822-----
    • a-grounded out for Perez in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    B. Dozier 2B41220020.241.313.420.7337.0
    E. Rosario LF21121201.310.347.531.8779.0
    E. Escobar 3B40000032.266.321.513.834-1.5
    L. Morrison 1B41200011.201.318.355.6732.5
    R. Grossman DH40100012.234.324.331.6551.5
    M. Kepler RF41110022.244.329.456.7852.0
    M. Garver C41000013.219.292.333.6260.5
    E. Adrianza SS31000123.227.289.327.6171.0
    R. LaMarre CF41110031.278.328.296.6241.5
    Total33786131515-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - F. Lindor (20)
      BATTING
      • 2B - B. Dozier (12), R. Grossman (9)
      • 3B - B. Dozier (2)
      • HR - E. Rosario (10)
      • RBI - B. Dozier 2 (23), E. Rosario 2 (36), M. Kepler (24), R. LaMarre (6)
      • 2-Out RBI - B. Dozier (9), R. LaMarre (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - G. Allen (2), J. Kipnis
      FIELDING
      • E - Y. Alonso (4), J. Kipnis (4)
      • PB - R. Perez (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Escobar-Dozier-Morrison)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      T. Bauer (L, 4-4)5.267331112.771.173.5
      D. Otero0.01000006.971.21-1.0
      O. Perez1.11000300.000.753.5
      E. Marshall1.00000106.752.103.5
      Total8.08733151---
      PITCHERSIP
      T. Bauer (L, 4-4)5.2
      D. Otero0.0
      O. Perez1.1
      E. Marshall1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      L. Lynn (W, 4-4)6.02115505.461.7522.5
      T. Hildenberger1.01000102.791.032.5
      R. Pressly1.02000202.151.302.0
      T. Duffey1.02000008.641.681.0
      Total9.0711580---
      PITCHERSIP
      L. Lynn (W, 4-4)6.0
      T. Hildenberger1.0
      R. Pressly1.0
      T. Duffey1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - T. Bauer (7), O. Perez
      • Pitches-Strikes - T. Bauer 104-65, D. Otero 3-2, O. Perez 18-13, E. Marshall 16-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Bauer 4-3, O. Perez 1-0
      • Batters Faced - T. Bauer 27, D. Otero, O. Perez 5, E. Marshall 3
      PITCHING
      • HBP - L. Lynn (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - L. Lynn 113-65, T. Hildenberger 18-11, R. Pressly 26-21, T. Duffey 17-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Lynn 7-5, T. Hildenberger 1-1, R. Pressly 1-0, T. Duffey 1-2
      • Batters Faced - L. Lynn 25, T. Hildenberger 4, R. Pressly 5, T. Duffey 5
      • 6TH INNING
        LaMarre scored, Dozier to third on passed ball17
        Dozier doubled to left, Garver scored, LaMarre to third16
        LaMarre singled to center, Kepler scored, Garver to second15
        Kepler singled to center, Morrison scored, Grossman to third14
      • 3RD INNING
        Rosario homered to right, Dozier scored13
        Dozier tripled to deep right, Adrianza scored11
      • 2ND INNING
        Allen stole home Kipnis to second10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Tyler Duffey relieved Ryan Pressly
        • Melky Cabrera hit for Roberto Perez
        • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Cabrera grounded out to shortstop
        • B. Zimmer: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Zimmer singled to center
        • F. Lindor: Lindor doubled to deep right center, Zimmer to third
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Brantley lined out to first
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ramirez flied out to deep center
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Ryan Pressly relieved Trevor Hildenberger
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ramirez singled to right
        • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Encarnacion singled to left, Ramirez to second
        • Y. Alonso: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Alonso struck out swinging
        • G. Allen: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Allen struck out looking
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Kipnis grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Evan Marshall relieved Oliver Perez
        • M. Garver: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Garver lined out to right
        • E. Adrianza: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Adrianza flied out to left
        • R. LaMarre: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, LaMarre struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Trevor Hildenberger relieved Lance Lynn
        • R. Perez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Perez grounded out to third
        • B. Zimmer: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Zimmer singled to left center
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Lindor struck out swinging
        • M. Brantley: Brantley flied out to right
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • O. Perez Pitching:
        • E. Escobar: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Escobar struck out swinging
        • L. Morrison: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Morrison singled to right
        • R. Grossman: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Grossman struck out swinging
        • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Morrison to second on wild pitch, Strike looking, Kepler struck out looking
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • L. Lynn Pitching:
        • Y. Alonso: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Alonso struck out swinging
        • G. Allen: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Allen lined out to right
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Kipnis grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Bauer Pitching:
        • L. Morrison: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Morrison singled to center
        • R. Grossman: Strike looking, Grossman reached on fielder's choice to second, Morrison to second on 2nd baseman Kipnis fielding error
        • M. Kepler: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Kepler singled to center, Morrison scored, Grossman to third
        • M. Garver: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Garver reached on fielder's choice to second, Grossman out at home, Kepler to second
        • E. Adrianza: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Adrianza struck out swinging
        • R. LaMarre: LaMarre singled to center, Kepler scored, Garver to second
        • Dan Otero relieved Trevor Bauer
        • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Dozier doubled to left, Garver scored, LaMarre to third
        • Oliver Perez relieved Dan Otero
        • E. Rosario: Ball, LaMarre scored, Dozier to third on passed ball, Rosario grounded out to second
        • End of the 6th (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 5TH INNING
        • L. Lynn Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Lindor singled to left
        • M. Brantley: Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Brantley lined out to right
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ramirez walked, Lindor to second
        • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Ball, Encarnacion grounded into double play third to second to first, Ramirez out at second
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • T. Bauer Pitching:
        • R. LaMarre: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, LaMarre struck out looking
        • B. Dozier: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
        • E. Rosario: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Rosario walked
        • E. Escobar: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Escobar struck out swinging
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • L. Lynn Pitching:
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Kipnis grounded out to second
        • R. Perez: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
        • B. Zimmer: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Zimmer struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Bauer Pitching:
        • R. Grossman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Grossman doubled to right
        • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Kepler grounded out to first, Grossman to third
        • M. Garver: Ball, Garver reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Grossman out at home
        • E. Adrianza: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Adrianza struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • L. Lynn Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Lindor grounded out to second
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Brantley walked
        • J. Ramirez: Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ramirez reached on fielder's choice to second, Brantley out at second
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Ball, Encarnacion walked, Ramirez to second
        • Y. Alonso: Ball, Ball, Alonso hit by pitch, Ramirez to third, Encarnacion to second
        • G. Allen: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Allen flied out to left
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Bauer Pitching:
        • E. Adrianza: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Adrianza walked
        • R. LaMarre: Strike swinging, Ball, Adrianza to second on 1st baseman Alonso fielding error, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, LaMarre struck out looking
        • B. Dozier: Ball, Foul, Dozier tripled to deep right, Adrianza scored
        • E. Rosario: Rosario homered to right, Dozier scored
        • E. Escobar: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Escobar struck out looking
        • L. Morrison: Morrison popped out to shortstop
        • End of the 3rd (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 2ND INNING
        • L. Lynn Pitching:
        • Y. Alonso: Ball, Foul, Ball, Alonso flied out to center
        • G. Allen: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Allen walked
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Kipnis singled to center, Allen to third
        • R. Perez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Allen stole home Kipnis to second
        • B. Zimmer: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Zimmer struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • T. Bauer Pitching:
        • R. Grossman: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Grossman flied out to right
        • M. Kepler: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Kepler struck out looking
        • M. Garver: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Garver struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • L. Lynn Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Lindor grounded out to first
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Ball, Brantley grounded out to second
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ramirez walked
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Foul, Encarnacion flied out to center
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Bauer Pitching:
        • B. Dozier: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
        • E. Rosario: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Rosario walked
        • E. Escobar: Escobar flied out to deep left
        • L. Morrison: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Rosario to second on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Morrison struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)