Rosario's 3rd homer of game lifts Twins over Indians 7-5

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) After suffering through a historic streak of walk-off losses, the Minnesota Twins were only too happy to reverse the trend.

Eddie Rosario hit his third homer of the game, launching a two-run shot in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Twins over the Cleveland Indians 7-5 Sunday.

On Tuesday, the Twins tied the 1968 Pirates and 2010 Mariners with their eighth walk-off loss in their first 50 games.

''As many as we've experienced, we haven't had a lot of those chances to see the home-plate celebrations,'' Twins manager Paul Molitor said. ''The right guy did it. I didn't see exactly what happened at home plate, but I'm sure it was pretty festive.''

Rosario became the first Twins player to have a pair of three-homer games. He also hit three home runs last June 13 at home against the Mariners. Harmon Killebrew and Tony Oliva are among the Twins who did it once.

Minnesota beat the AL Central-leading Indians for the third straight day.

Cleveland closer Cody Allen (2-2) walked Brian Dozier to lead off the ninth. Then he fell behind Rosario 2-1.

With the heart of the Twins' order coming up, Rosario knew Allen couldn't afford to put another runner on, and he was ready for what came next.

''After he threw me a second ball, I knew he was going to throw me a fastball,'' said Rosario, who popped up a 2-0 pitch against Allen when they faced each other on Thursday. ''It was up, and he throws 95, but I stayed through the ball. I didn't know where the ball was going, but I wanted to try to finish the game.''

Rosario, who began the day with 10 homers, hit a solo homer in the first inning and another solo home run in the seventh. Brian Dozier also homered for the Twins, whose struggling offense erupted for 29 runs in the four-game series.

Edwin Encarnacion hit two long home runs for Cleveland, and Michael Brantley's solo shot off Addison Reed in the eighth tied it at 5.

''I thought today was one of those days where he'd put us on his shoulders and we won,'' manager Terry Francona said of Encarnacion. ''Well, we didn't. And it kills you. But, if he starts to heat up like that . boy, that'll be tremendous.''

Encarnacion's second homer was a three-run shot in the sixth that put Cleveland on top 4-3. Reliever Ryan Pressly came on with a runner on second and two out, but he walked Jose Ramirez before Encarnacion hit the first pitch for his 16th homer of the season.

Dozier led off the seventh against Indians starter Mike Clevenger with his ninth homer of the season to tie it at 4. Rosario then greeted reliever Tyler Olson with his second homer of the game.

Fernando Rodney (2-2) pitched a scoreless ninth to pick up the victory.

Twins starter Kyle Gibson was perfect through the first four innings, striking out six batters. Encarnacion led off the fifth with a 434-foot drive to the second deck in left field.

The Twins are 4-2 against the Indians this year.

''I think we're going to be a team that's going to win a lot of close ballgames,'' Gibson said. ''I think that's going to be our team identity, and coming through like that with a walk-off was a big win in this series.''

GLOVE LOVE

The game wouldn't have reached the bottom of the ninth if not for some outstanding defense by the Indians. First, center fielder Bradley Zimmer saved at least one run with a spectacular diving grab on Ryan LaMarre's drive to left-center in the second. Then, Francisco Lindor's perfect relay throw to the plate nailed Ehire Adrianza, who was trying to score the go-ahead run on LaMarre's double in the eighth.

HOMER HYPE

Encarnacion has 15 homers in 37 career games at Target Field, more than any other opposing player. . Meanwhile, Dozier's ninth homer of the year was his 76th career longball at Target Field, but only his first of the season.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Indians: Manager Terry Francona said the team expects to activate OF Lonnie Chisenhall on Tuesday. Chisenhall has been on the DL since April 8 due to a strained right calf. ... OF Brandon Guyer (neck) remains on track to rejoin the team this week as well.

Twins: C Mitch Garver was available one day after taking a foul tip off his knee in Saturday's game. Molitor said he had planned to start Wilson at catcher even before Garver was injured.

UP NEXT

Indians: RHP Corey Kluber (8-2, 2.02 ERA) will face the Brewers on Tuesday night in Cleveland. Kluber has opened the season with 12 consecutive quality starts, the longest such streak for an Indians pitcher in 100 years.

Twins: Minnesota is idle on Monday and hosts the White Sox for a doubleheader on Tuesday. The Twins have not yet named starting pitchers for either game.

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CLE30-28
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MIN25-30
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  • W: F. Rodney (2-2)L: C. Allen (2-2)
  • HR: CLE - E. Encarnacion 2 (16), M. Brantley (10), MIN - B. Dozier (9), E. Rosario 3 (13)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
F. Lindor SS31000110.305.379.565.9441.5
M. Brantley LF41111001.323.369.549.9186.0
J. Ramirez DH21000220.299.397.6241.0212.0
E. Encarnacion 1B42242001.246.317.517.83414.0
J. Kipnis 2B40200010.202.281.300.5823.5
Y. Gomes C40100012.233.289.404.6931.5
G. Allen RF30000112.263.317.395.7122.5
B. Zimmer CF40000033.226.281.330.611-1.5
E. Gonzalez 3B30000011.348.388.543.931-0.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    B. Dozier 2B42221101.246.319.434.75310.0
    E. Rosario LF53343003.317.352.573.92619.0
    M. Sano 3B31000122.212.282.449.7321.0
    L. Morrison 1B40000011.197.312.347.659-0.5
    E. Escobar SS40110000.266.320.512.8323.0
    M. Kepler RF30000101.240.327.449.7761.0
    R. Grossman DH31100101.236.329.331.6603.0
    E. Adrianza PR-DH00000000.227.289.327.6170.0
    R. LaMarre CF40300001.310.355.362.7177.0
    B. Wilson C40100013.167.196.333.5290.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - Y. Gomes (7)
      • HR - M. Brantley (10), E. Encarnacion 2 (16)
      • RBI - M. Brantley (38), E. Encarnacion 4 (40)
      • 2-Out RBI - E. Encarnacion 3 (15)
      BATTING
      • 2B - E. Escobar (20), R. LaMarre 2 (3)
      • HR - B. Dozier (9), E. Rosario 3 (13)
      • RBI - B. Dozier 2 (25), E. Rosario 4 (40), E. Escobar (31)
      • 2-Out RBI - E. Escobar (18)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Kipnis (2), G. Allen (3)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - R. LaMarre
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - M. Brantley (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Escobar-Morrison; Dozier-Morrison)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Clevinger6.07443323.361.225.5
      T. Olson0.01110016.191.31-2.0
      N. Ramirez0.10000106.001.830.5
      O. Perez1.01000000.000.862.0
      Z. McAllister0.21000006.451.34-1.0
      C. Allen (L, 2-2)0.01221013.751.17-9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      K. Gibson5.22222713.541.2112.5
      R. Pressly (BS, 2)0.01221012.761.36-4.0
      T. Rogers1.11000205.161.463.0
      A. Reed (BS, 3)1.01111013.031.250.0
      F. Rodney (W, 2-2)1.01000102.701.259.5
      PITCHERSIP
      K. Gibson5.2
      R. Pressly (BS, 2)0.0
      T. Rogers1.1
      A. Reed (BS, 3)1.0
      F. Rodney (W, 2-2)1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Clevinger 106-66, T. Olson 2-2, N. Ramirez 5-3, O. Perez 21-13, Z. McAllister 9-7, C. Allen 13-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Clevinger 5-10, O. Perez 1-2, Z. McAllister 1-0
      • Batters Faced - M. Clevinger 28, T. Olson, N. Ramirez, O. Perez 4, Z. McAllister 2, C. Allen 2
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - K. Gibson 99-63, R. Pressly 5-1, T. Rogers 18-14, A. Reed 14-8, F. Rodney 22-15
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Gibson 7-2, T. Rogers 2-0, A. Reed 1-1
      • Batters Faced - K. Gibson 20, R. Pressly 2, T. Rogers 5, A. Reed 4, F. Rodney 4
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      CLE30-28
      000013010560
      MIN25-30
      2100002027110
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      F. Lindor SS31000110.305.379.565.9441.5
      M. Brantley LF41111001.323.369.549.9186.0
      J. Ramirez DH21000220.299.397.6241.0212.0
      E. Encarnacion 1B42242001.246.317.517.83414.0
      J. Kipnis 2B40200010.202.281.300.5823.5
      Y. Gomes C40100012.233.289.404.6931.5
      G. Allen RF30000112.263.317.395.7122.5
      B. Zimmer CF40000033.226.281.330.611-1.5
      E. Gonzalez 3B30000011.348.388.543.931-0.5
      Total31565341010-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        B. Dozier 2B42221101.246.319.434.75310.0
        E. Rosario LF53343003.317.352.573.92619.0
        M. Sano 3B31000122.212.282.449.7321.0
        L. Morrison 1B40000011.197.312.347.659-0.5
        E. Escobar SS40110000.266.320.512.8323.0
        M. Kepler RF30000101.240.327.449.7761.0
        R. Grossman DH31100101.236.329.331.6603.0
        E. Adrianza PR-DH00000000.227.289.327.6170.0
        R. LaMarre CF40300001.310.355.362.7177.0
        B. Wilson C40100013.167.196.333.5290.5
        Total34711744413-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - Y. Gomes (7)
          • HR - M. Brantley (10), E. Encarnacion 2 (16)
          • RBI - M. Brantley (38), E. Encarnacion 4 (40)
          • 2-Out RBI - E. Encarnacion 3 (15)
          BATTING
          • 2B - E. Escobar (20), R. LaMarre 2 (3)
          • HR - B. Dozier (9), E. Rosario 3 (13)
          • RBI - B. Dozier 2 (25), E. Rosario 4 (40), E. Escobar (31)
          • 2-Out RBI - E. Escobar (18)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - J. Kipnis (2), G. Allen (3)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - R. LaMarre
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - M. Brantley (2)
          FIELDING
          • DP - 2 (Escobar-Morrison; Dozier-Morrison)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Clevinger6.07443323.361.225.5
          T. Olson0.01110016.191.31-2.0
          N. Ramirez0.10000106.001.830.5
          O. Perez1.01000000.000.862.0
          Z. McAllister0.21000006.451.34-1.0
          C. Allen (L, 2-2)0.01221013.751.17-9.0
          Total8.01177444---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Clevinger6.0
          T. Olson0.0
          N. Ramirez0.1
          O. Perez1.0
          Z. McAllister0.2
          C. Allen (L, 2-2)0.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          K. Gibson5.22222713.541.2112.5
          R. Pressly (BS, 2)0.01221012.761.36-4.0
          T. Rogers1.11000205.161.463.0
          A. Reed (BS, 3)1.01111013.031.250.0
          F. Rodney (W, 2-2)1.01000102.701.259.5
          Total9.06554103---
          PITCHERSIP
          K. Gibson5.2
          R. Pressly (BS, 2)0.0
          T. Rogers1.1
          A. Reed (BS, 3)1.0
          F. Rodney (W, 2-2)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Clevinger 106-66, T. Olson 2-2, N. Ramirez 5-3, O. Perez 21-13, Z. McAllister 9-7, C. Allen 13-7
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Clevinger 5-10, O. Perez 1-2, Z. McAllister 1-0
          • Batters Faced - M. Clevinger 28, T. Olson, N. Ramirez, O. Perez 4, Z. McAllister 2, C. Allen 2
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - K. Gibson 99-63, R. Pressly 5-1, T. Rogers 18-14, A. Reed 14-8, F. Rodney 22-15
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Gibson 7-2, T. Rogers 2-0, A. Reed 1-1
          • Batters Faced - K. Gibson 20, R. Pressly 2, T. Rogers 5, A. Reed 4, F. Rodney 4
          • 9TH INNING
            Rosario homered to center, Dozier scored57
          • 8TH INNING
            Brantley homered to right55
          • 7TH INNING
            Rosario homered to right center45
            Dozier homered to left44
          • 6TH INNING
            Encarnacion homered to left, Lindor and Ramirez scored43
          • 5TH INNING
            Encarnacion homered to left center13
          • 2ND INNING
            Dozier singled to shallow center, Grossman scored, Wilson to second03
          • 1ST INNING
            Escobar doubled to left center, Sano scored02
            Rosario homered to left01
          • 9TH INNING
            • Fernando Rodney relieved Addison Reed
            • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Kipnis reached on an infield single to second
            • Y. Gomes: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Foul, Gomes lined out to center
            • G. Allen: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Kipnis stole second, Foul, Allen lined out to shortstop
            • B. Zimmer: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Zimmer struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Ehire Adrianza at designated hitter
            • Cody Allen relieved Zach McAllister
            • B. Dozier: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Dozier walked
            • E. Rosario: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Rosario homered to center, Dozier scored
          • 8TH INNING
            • Addison Reed relieved Taylor Rogers
            • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Lindor flied out to center
            • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Ball, Brantley homered to right
            • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ramirez walked
            • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Encarnacion grounded into double play second to first, Ramirez out at second
            • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • O. Perez Pitching:
            • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Kepler flied out to center
            • R. Grossman: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Grossman singled to right
            • Ehire Adrianza ran for Robbie Grossman
            • Zach McAllister relieved Oliver Perez
            • R. LaMarre: LaMarre doubled to shallow left, Adrianza out at home, LaMarre to third
            • B. Wilson: Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Wilson grounded out to second
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • T. Rogers Pitching:
            • Y. Gomes: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Gomes doubled to deep left
            • G. Allen: Foul, Allen reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Gomes out at third
            • B. Zimmer: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Zimmer struck out swinging
            • E. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Gonzalez grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • M. Clevinger Pitching:
            • B. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Dozier homered to left
            • Tyler Olson relieved Mike Clevinger
            • E. Rosario: Strike swinging, Rosario homered to right center
            • Neil Ramirez relieved Tyler Olson
            • M. Sano: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Sano struck out swinging
            • Oliver Perez relieved Neil Ramirez
            • L. Morrison: Ball, Strike looking, Morrison grounded out to second
            • E. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Escobar flied out to center
            • End of the 7th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • K. Gibson Pitching:
            • E. Gonzalez: Strike swinging, Ball, Gonzalez grounded out to first
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Lindor walked
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Brantley grounded out to third, Lindor to second
            • Ryan Pressly relieved Kyle Gibson
            • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ramirez walked
            • E. Encarnacion: Encarnacion homered to left, Lindor and Ramirez scored
            • Taylor Rogers relieved Ryan Pressly
            • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Kipnis struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 6th (3 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • M. Clevinger Pitching:
            • M. Kepler: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Kepler grounded out to second
            • R. Grossman: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Grossman grounded out to second
            • R. LaMarre: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, LaMarre doubled to left center
            • B. Wilson: Strike swinging, Foul, Wilson flied out to center
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • K. Gibson Pitching:
            • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Encarnacion homered to left center
            • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Ball, Kipnis singled to center
            • Y. Gomes: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gomes grounded into double play shortstop to first, Kipnis out at second
            • G. Allen: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Allen walked
            • B. Zimmer: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Allen stole second, Strike swinging, Zimmer struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Clevinger Pitching:
            • M. Sano: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Sano struck out swinging
            • L. Morrison: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Morrison popped out to third
            • E. Escobar: Ball, Ball, Ball, Escobar popped out to second
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • K. Gibson Pitching:
            • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Lindor struck out swinging
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Foul, Ball, Brantley grounded out to second
            • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Ramirez struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Clevinger Pitching:
            • R. LaMarre: LaMarre reached on bunt single to pitcher
            • B. Wilson: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Wilson struck out swinging
            • B. Dozier: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, LaMarre stole second, Foul, Dozier flied out to right
            • E. Rosario: Ball, Foul, Rosario lined out to left
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • K. Gibson Pitching:
            • G. Allen: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Allen struck out swinging
            • B. Zimmer: Zimmer grounded out to shortstop
            • E. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Gonzalez struck out looking
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Clevinger Pitching:
            • L. Morrison: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Morrison lined out to shortstop
            • E. Escobar: Strike swinging, Ball, Escobar lined out to center
            • M. Kepler: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Kepler walked
            • R. Grossman: Grossman grounded out to third
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • K. Gibson Pitching:
            • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Encarnacion grounded out to pitcher
            • J. Kipnis: Foul, Kipnis grounded out to second
            • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gomes struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Clevinger Pitching:
            • R. Grossman: Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Grossman walked
            • R. LaMarre: LaMarre lined out to center
            • B. Wilson: Strike looking, Foul, Wilson singled to shallow center, Grossman to second
            • B. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Dozier singled to shallow center, Grossman scored, Wilson to second
            • E. Rosario: Rosario reached on fielder's choice to first, Wilson to third, Dozier out at second
            • M. Sano: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Sano flied out to deep right
            • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • K. Gibson Pitching:
            • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Lindor flied out to deep center
            • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Ball, Brantley flied out to deep center
            • J. Ramirez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ramirez struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Clevinger Pitching:
            • B. Dozier: Foul, Dozier grounded out to shortstop
            • E. Rosario: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Rosario homered to left
            • M. Sano: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Sano walked
            • L. Morrison: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Morrison struck out swinging
            • E. Escobar: Foul, Escobar doubled to left center, Sano scored
            • M. Kepler: Ball, Kepler lined out to center
            • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)