Garver walk-off double gives weary Twins 5-4 win vs. Indians

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Twins lost two more teammates to trades before the game.

They finished the night, at least, in a better mood.

Mitch Garver drove in the winning run with a one-out double in the ninth inning, capping a 5-4 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Monday night and triggering the familiar bucket-dumping celebration in the infield after he rounded second base.

The Twins had more cold water poured on their disappointing season in the afternoon, when reliever Zach Duke and starter Lance Lynn were sent away in separate deals for more minor leaguers.

''That was a big win for us as a group, as a group of brothers,'' Garver said. ''We lost some key guys to our team this year, and to come back and kind of put that one away and finish that game like is pretty exciting for us.''

Jose Ramirez hit two home runs for Cleveland to match Boston's J.D. Martinez for the most in the majors with 32, but the Indians fell to 3-7 against the Twins this season. The Twins still trail by eight games in the AL Central, not nearly close enough for the front office to halt the sell-off two-thirds of the way through this disappointing season. Eduardo Escobar, who thrived at third base while Miguel Sano was out, and reliever Ryan Pressly were dealt for prospects on Friday.

''It's really good way to start the series, especially with all the tumultuous things that have been going on,'' manager Paul Molitor said.

Sano, who hit an RBI single earlier and went 2 for 3 for his first hits in the majors since June 12, drew a walk to start the ninth against Neil Ramirez (0-1). Jake Cave advanced pinch-runner Ehire Adrianza with a sacrifice bunt. Then Garver delivered the deep drive to left-center field.

Fernando Rodney (3-2) pitched a scoreless ninth, striking out Yonder Alonso with runners at second and third. He struck out Ramirez two batters before that.

Twins starter Ervin Santana got one out in the sixth before being removed, allowing four runs on six hits and two walks, and gave up both of Ramirez's homers before another solo shot by Yan Gomes that gave the Indians a 3-2 lead in the fifth.

Jorge Polanco's two-run single in the bottom of that inning against Shane Bieber put the Twins in front, but Santana lost the lead again when Cave made an ill-advised dive for a sinking line drive by Alonso to center field. That went for an RBI double to score Edwin Encarnacion from first base with one out.

HOLD TIGHT

Bieber allowed four runs, three earned, on six hits in 6 1/3 innings, a sharp improvement from the seven runs in 1 2/3 innings he gave up to Pittsburgh last week.

''I felt more like myself tonight,'' Bieber said.

SLUMP? NOT SO MUCH

Ramirez hit his 31st homer on a full count in the first inning against Santana, a no-doubt drive to right field that stopped a hitless stretch of 17 at-bats. Ramirez had 11 walks during those seven-plus games.

''Sometimes the pitchers are throwing you a lot of strikes. Sometimes they're throwing balls. So I just stay focused on trying to get my pitches and, yeah, I feel normal,'' Ramirez said through a translator.

TRADE ADJUSTMENTS

The Twins announced Adalberto Mejia will start on Wednesday afternoon, taking Lynn's place in the rotation. Duke's departure opened a spot in the bullpen for Addison Reed, who was returned from his rehab assignment.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Indians: OF Greg Allen was called up from Triple-A Columbus before the game, and RHP Adam Plutko was sent down. With Lonnie Chisenhall, Tyler Naquin and Bradley Zimmer all out with injuries, Allen will help fortify the unsettled CF and RF spots with Rajai Davis, Brandon Guyer and Melky Cabrera.

Twins: Sano, who missed a month with hamstring trouble and after struggling upon his return was sent to the minor leagues for what turned out to be a six-week stay for conditioning and refining his swing, went 0 for 7 with five strikeouts in his first two games back over the weekend.

UP NEXT

Indians: RHP Trevor Bauer (9-6, 2.32 ERA) will pitch on Tuesday night. The All-Star kept up his career-best season against Pittsburgh last week by striking out 10 batters over seven scoreless innings while surrendering only two hits.

Twins: RHP Kyle Gibson (5-7, 3.42), who held MLB batting leader Boston to one run on four hits over eight innings last week, will take the mound for the middle game of the series.

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  • W: F. Rodney (3-2)L: N. Ramirez (0-1)
  • HR: CLE - Y. Gomes (11), J. Ramirez 2 (32)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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F. Lindor SS40100100.290.366.564.9316.0
M. Brantley LF50000003.298.343.471.8140.0
J. Ramirez 3B42222111.294.404.6261.03014.5
E. Encarnacion DH31100112.236.323.477.8005.5
Y. Alonso 1B40110112.265.335.473.8083.5
M. Cabrera RF30100101.273.306.386.6922.0
R. Davis PR-CF00000000.256.306.325.6310.0
J. Kipnis 2B40100010.224.307.362.6690.5
Y. Gomes C41111014.240.297.422.7185.5
G. Allen CF-RF40100002.210.245.287.5321.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Mauer 1B30000121.278.360.368.7280.0
    E. Rosario LF30000114.303.347.509.8560.5
    J. Polanco SS40120011.281.360.382.7422.5
    B. Dozier 2B41100012.224.305.402.7081.5
    M. Kepler DH41100001.228.316.413.7292.0
    R. Grossman RF30010001.250.329.360.6891.0
    M. Sano 3B31210110.203.270.399.6695.5
    E. Adrianza PR01000000.250.313.387.7001.0
    J. Cave CF30100011.277.311.475.7870.5
    M. Garver C41210011.269.347.413.7604.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - Y. Alonso (16)
      • 3B - F. Lindor
      • HR - J. Ramirez 2 (32), Y. Gomes (11)
      • RBI - J. Ramirez 2 (76), Y. Alonso (64), Y. Gomes (34)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Ramirez (27)
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Sano (10), M. Garver (12)
      • SF - R. Grossman (4)
      • SH - J. Cave
      • RBI - J. Polanco 2 (9), R. Grossman (33), M. Sano (28), M. Garver (22)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Polanco 2 (6)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - F. Lindor (16), J. Ramirez (24), E. Encarnacion
      BASERUNNING
      • Picked Off - M. Sano
      FIELDING
      • E - J. Kipnis (9)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Polanco-Mauer)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      S. Bieber6.16432704.731.4213.5
      O. Perez0.20000101.080.540.5
      C. Allen1.01000004.571.222.0
      N. Ramirez (L, 0-1)0.11111004.331.19-8.0
      PITCHERSIP
      S. Bieber6.1
      O. Perez0.2
      C. Allen1.0
      N. Ramirez (L, 0-1)0.1
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      E. Santana5.16442136.101.553.5
      G. Moya0.20000007.561.320.0
      T. Hildenberger1.01001103.681.191.5
      T. Rogers0.12000004.221.27-2.0
      M. Magill0.20000103.721.160.5
      F. Rodney (W, 3-2)1.00002203.401.369.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - S. Bieber 95-67, O. Perez 8-6, C. Allen 17-11, N. Ramirez 13-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Bieber 4-8, O. Perez 1-0, N. Ramirez 1-0
      • Batters Faced - S. Bieber 27, O. Perez 2, C. Allen 4, N. Ramirez 3
      PITCHING
      • IBB - T. Hildenberger (7)
      • HBP - E. Santana (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - E. Santana 88-60, G. Moya 3-2, T. Hildenberger 19-12, T. Rogers 10-6, M. Magill 8-6, F. Rodney 23-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Santana 2-12, G. Moya 2-0, T. Hildenberger 1-1, F. Rodney 1-0
      • Batters Faced - E. Santana 24, G. Moya 2, T. Hildenberger 5, T. Rogers 3, M. Magill 2, F. Rodney 5
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      F. Lindor SS40100100.290.366.564.9316.0
      M. Brantley LF50000003.298.343.471.8140.0
      J. Ramirez 3B42222111.294.404.6261.03014.5
      E. Encarnacion DH31100112.236.323.477.8005.5
      Y. Alonso 1B40110112.265.335.473.8083.5
      M. Cabrera RF30100101.273.306.386.6922.0
      R. Davis PR-CF00000000.256.306.325.6310.0
      J. Kipnis 2B40100010.224.307.362.6690.5
      Y. Gomes C41111014.240.297.422.7185.5
      G. Allen CF-RF40100002.210.245.287.5321.0
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        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        J. Mauer 1B30000121.278.360.368.7280.0
        E. Rosario LF30000114.303.347.509.8560.5
        J. Polanco SS40120011.281.360.382.7422.5
        B. Dozier 2B41100012.224.305.402.7081.5
        M. Kepler DH41100001.228.316.413.7292.0
        R. Grossman RF30010001.250.329.360.6891.0
        M. Sano 3B31210110.203.270.399.6695.5
        E. Adrianza PR01000000.250.313.387.7001.0
        J. Cave CF30100011.277.311.475.7870.5
        M. Garver C41210011.269.347.413.7604.5
        Total3158503812-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - Y. Alonso (16)
          • 3B - F. Lindor
          • HR - J. Ramirez 2 (32), Y. Gomes (11)
          • RBI - J. Ramirez 2 (76), Y. Alonso (64), Y. Gomes (34)
          • 2-Out RBI - J. Ramirez (27)
          BATTING
          • 2B - M. Sano (10), M. Garver (12)
          • SF - R. Grossman (4)
          • SH - J. Cave
          • RBI - J. Polanco 2 (9), R. Grossman (33), M. Sano (28), M. Garver (22)
          • 2-Out RBI - J. Polanco 2 (6)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - F. Lindor (16), J. Ramirez (24), E. Encarnacion
          BASERUNNING
          • Picked Off - M. Sano
          FIELDING
          • E - J. Kipnis (9)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Polanco-Mauer)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          S. Bieber6.16432704.731.4213.5
          O. Perez0.20000101.080.540.5
          C. Allen1.01000004.571.222.0
          N. Ramirez (L, 0-1)0.11111004.331.19-8.0
          Total8.1854380---
          PITCHERSIP
          S. Bieber6.1
          O. Perez0.2
          C. Allen1.0
          N. Ramirez (L, 0-1)0.1
          Total8.1
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          E. Santana5.16442136.101.553.5
          G. Moya0.20000007.561.320.0
          T. Hildenberger1.01001103.681.191.5
          T. Rogers0.12000004.221.27-2.0
          M. Magill0.20000103.721.160.5
          F. Rodney (W, 3-2)1.00002203.401.369.0
          Total9.0944553---
          PITCHERSIP
          E. Santana5.1
          G. Moya0.2
          T. Hildenberger1.0
          T. Rogers0.1
          M. Magill0.2
          F. Rodney (W, 3-2)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - S. Bieber 95-67, O. Perez 8-6, C. Allen 17-11, N. Ramirez 13-8
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Bieber 4-8, O. Perez 1-0, N. Ramirez 1-0
          • Batters Faced - S. Bieber 27, O. Perez 2, C. Allen 4, N. Ramirez 3
          PITCHING
          • IBB - T. Hildenberger (7)
          • HBP - E. Santana (2)
          • Pitches-Strikes - E. Santana 88-60, G. Moya 3-2, T. Hildenberger 19-12, T. Rogers 10-6, M. Magill 8-6, F. Rodney 23-10
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Santana 2-12, G. Moya 2-0, T. Hildenberger 1-1, F. Rodney 1-0
          • Batters Faced - E. Santana 24, G. Moya 2, T. Hildenberger 5, T. Rogers 3, M. Magill 2, F. Rodney 5
          • 9TH INNING
            Garver doubled to left center, Adrianza scored45
          • 6TH INNING
            Alonso doubled to center, Encarnacion scored44
          • 5TH INNING
            Polanco singled to right, Sano and Garver scored, Mauer to second34
            Gomes homered to left center32
          • 4TH INNING
            Ramirez homered to right22
          • 2ND INNING
            Sano doubled to left center, Kepler scored12
            Grossman hit sacrifice fly to center, Dozier scored11
          • 1ST INNING
            Ramirez homered to right10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Fernando Rodney relieved Matt Magill
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Lindor walked
            • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Lindor stole second, Brantley grounded out to shortstop, Lindor to third
            • J. Ramirez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Ramirez struck out swinging
            • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Encarnacion walked
            • Y. Alonso: Ball, Encarnacion stole second, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Alonso struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Neil Ramirez relieved Cody Allen
            • M. Sano: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Sano walked
            • Ehire Adrianza ran for Miguel Sano
            • J. Cave: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Cave hit sacrifice bunt to third, Adrianza to second
            • M. Garver: Strike looking, Garver doubled to left center, Adrianza scored
          • 8TH INNING
            • Taylor Rogers relieved Trevor Hildenberger
            • Y. Alonso: Foul, Ball, Ball, Alonso lined out to left
            • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Cabrera singled to right
            • Rajai Davis ran for Melky Cabrera
            • J. Kipnis: Kipnis singled to shallow left, Davis to second
            • Matt Magill relieved Taylor Rogers
            • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt to second, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gomes struck out swinging
            • G. Allen: Ball, Allen flied out to left
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Cody Allen relieved Oliver Perez
            • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Polanco popped out to second
            • B. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Dozier singled to center
            • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Kepler flied out to left
            • R. Grossman: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Grossman lined out to left
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Trevor Hildenberger relieved Gabriel Moya
            • G. Allen: Ball, Strike looking, Allen flied out to left
            • F. Lindor: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Lindor tripled to right
            • M. Brantley: Foul, Ball, Ball, Brantley grounded out to second
            • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Ramirez intentionally walked
            • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Ramirez stole second, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Encarnacion struck out looking
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • S. Bieber Pitching:
            • J. Cave: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike swinging, Cave singled to right center
            • M. Garver: Strike looking, Garver flied out to deep center
            • Oliver Perez relieved Shane Bieber
            • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Mauer struck out looking
            • E. Rosario: Strike swinging, Foul, Rosario grounded out to first
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • E. Santana Pitching:
            • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ramirez flied out to center
            • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Encarnacion hit by pitch
            • Y. Alonso: Alonso doubled to center, Encarnacion scored
            • M. Cabrera: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Cabrera walked
            • Gabriel Moya relieved Ervin Santana
            • J. Kipnis: Ball, Kipnis grounded out to first, Alonso to third, Cabrera to second
            • Y. Gomes: Gomes grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • S. Bieber Pitching:
            • M. Kepler: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Kepler grounded out to second
            • R. Grossman: Grossman flied out to deep right
            • M. Sano: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Sano struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • E. Santana Pitching:
            • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Kipnis fouled out to first
            • Y. Gomes: Ball, Gomes homered to left center
            • G. Allen: Ball, Allen singled to right
            • F. Lindor: Lindor fouled out to third, Allen to second
            • M. Brantley: Brantley flied out to left
            • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • S. Bieber Pitching:
            • M. Sano: Strike looking, Sano singled to shallow center
            • J. Cave: Foul, Ball, Cave lined out to right
            • M. Garver: Ball, Foul, Foul, Garver singled to center, Sano to second
            • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Mauer walked, Sano to third, Garver to second
            • E. Rosario: Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
            • J. Polanco: Ball, Ball, Polanco singled to right, Sano and Garver scored, Mauer to second
            • B. Dozier: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
            • End of the 5th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • E. Santana Pitching:
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Brantley lined out to center
            • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ramirez homered to right
            • E. Encarnacion: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Encarnacion singled to center
            • Y. Alonso: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Alonso walked, Encarnacion to second
            • M. Cabrera: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Cabrera grounded into double play shortstop to first, Alonso out at second
            • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • S. Bieber Pitching:
            • B. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Dozier fouled out to third
            • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Kepler lined out to center
            • R. Grossman: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Grossman grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • E. Santana Pitching:
            • Y. Gomes: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Gomes lined out to shortstop
            • G. Allen: Strike looking, Allen lined out to second
            • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Lindor lined out to left
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • S. Bieber Pitching:
            • M. Garver: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Garver struck out looking
            • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Mauer grounded out to shortstop
            • E. Rosario: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Rosario walked
            • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Polanco popped out to shortstop
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • E. Santana Pitching:
            • Y. Alonso: Foul, Ball, Alonso lined out to left
            • M. Cabrera: Foul, Cabrera flied out to center
            • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Kipnis struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • S. Bieber Pitching:
            • B. Dozier: Dozier safe at first on 2nd baseman Kipnis fielding error
            • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Kepler singled to right, Dozier to third
            • R. Grossman: Ball, Ball, Foul, Grossman hit sacrifice fly to center, Dozier scored
            • M. Sano: Sano doubled to left center, Kepler scored
            • J. Cave: Strike looking, Ball, Sano picked off at second, catcher to shortstop, Strike looking, Strike looking, Cave struck out looking
            • End of the 2nd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 1ST INNING
            • E. Santana Pitching:
            • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Lindor popped out to shortstop
            • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Brantley lined out to center
            • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ramirez homered to right
            • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Encarnacion grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • S. Bieber Pitching:
            • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Mauer struck out swinging
            • E. Rosario: Strike looking, Rosario popped out to third
            • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Polanco struck out on foul tip
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)