Encarnacion, Ramirez lead Indians past Twins, 6-2

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Trevor Bauer is his own toughest critic - even when victorious.

The Cleveland right-hander had some choice words to describe his performance Tuesday against Minnesota. Though Bauer struggled by his standards, he pitched deep enough to help the Indians beat the Twins by a 6-2 final.

''A frustrating outing personally, but things to build on,'' Bauer said. ''Obviously the team won, so that's the ultimate goal every time I go out there and pitch.''

Cleveland extended its lead in the American League Central to nine games over the Twins, who traded second baseman Brian Dozier to the Dodgers on Tuesday in the latest move that signaled another lost season for Minnesota.

It was an uncharacteristic outing for Bauer, who walked more batters (4) than he struck out (3) for the first time all season. The three strikeouts matched a season low and snapped a streak of 12 straight outings with at least seven strikeouts.

Bauer managed to pitch into the seventh inning but eventually gave way to reliever Brad Hand after allowing two runs on four hits in 6 1/3 innings.

''You look up in the fifth inning and he had one hit, but he had been out of the stretch every inning because he just wasn't commanding,'' said Indians manager Terry Francona. ''He fights and claws and doesn't give in and got himself a win, and we got a win out of it.''

One day after hitting a pair of homers against the Twins, Ramirez's bat stayed hot at Target Field. He drove in a run with a double in the third inning and added an RBI single in the fifth as part of a three-hit night.

Twins right-hander Kyle Gibson gave up three runs on five hits in six innings to earn his second loss in his last three starts.

''A couple of breaks here and there, a couple tough pitches that they put in play and put them in the right spots,'' Gibson said. ''Guys battled and hopefully we'll come out and get the series tomorrow.''

Miguel Sano doubled in the second inning and eventually scored the game's first run on a sacrifice fly by Jake Cave. The Twins didn't get another hit until Logan Morrison's solo homer off Bauer in the sixth cut Cleveland's lead to 3-2.

Greg Allen had a three-hit game and scored three of Cleveland's runs as the No. 9 hitter. It was Allen's second game back since being recalled from Triple-A Columbus.

Encarnacion's two-out bloop to right scored a pair in the seventh to give the Indians a 5-2 cushion. He added an RBI on a fielder's choice in the ninth inning. Encarnacion now has 76 RBI on the year, two behind Ramirez for the team lead.

''Our offensive numbers this year are pretty ridiculous across the board,'' Bauer said. ''Especially Edwin. He loves hitting here.''

MAY RETURNS TO THE TWINS

Minnesota right-hander Trevor May is back in the major leagues for the first time since 2016. He missed all of 2017 following Tommy John surgery on his right elbow and pitched for Triple-A Rochester this year before officially being recalled Tuesday by the Twins.

May was both a starter and a reliever for Minnesota in 2014 and 2015 but pitched exclusively out of the bullpen in 2016. He made four starts and nine relief appearances this season for Rochester before getting recalled.

''I think we all know that I have that versatility, and we talk about that quite a bit,'' May said Tuesday. ''At the moment, I like just getting the ball and letting it rip. I think that I have the mentality to take the ball at the end of the game and close the door.''

May made his season debut in the ninth inning, allowing one run on two hits.

TRAINERS ROOM

Indians: RHP Josh Tomlin (right hamstring) threw two 15-pitch innings in a simulated game Tuesday and will pitch Friday for Triple-A Columbus in a rehab start, manager Terry Francona said Tuesday. Tomlin will throw two innings in his rehab outing.

Twins: CF Byron Buxton, currently playing for Triple-A Rochester, reaggravated his injured wrist Monday and will be evaluated further. Twins manager Paul Molitor said it's likely Buxton will land on the minor league disabled list.

UP NEXT

Indians: RHP Carlos Carrasco starts the series finale for Cleveland, having won four of his last five starts.

Twins: LHP Adalberto Mejia is making just his third start of the year for the Twins, all of which have been since June 30.

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  • W: T. Bauer (10-6)L: K. Gibson (5-8)S: C. Allen (21)
  • HR: MIN - L. Morrison (14)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
F. Lindor SS42200112.292.369.564.9334.5
M. Brantley LF40000114.295.341.466.8080.5
J. Ramirez 3B40320101.298.408.6301.0389.0
E. Encarnacion DH50130014.235.321.473.7943.5
Y. Alonso 1B50000013.261.331.466.797-0.5
M. Cabrera RF30000020.264.297.374.671-1.0
B. Guyer RF10000000.202.293.387.6800.0
J. Kipnis 2B40000020.221.304.358.662-1.0
R. Perez C31200100.158.244.233.4785.0
G. Allen CF43300001.224.258.299.5576.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Mauer 1B50100002.276.357.365.7231.0
    E. Rosario LF50000004.300.343.504.8460.0
    J. Polanco SS20000211.275.365.374.7391.5
    L. Morrison DH31111001.193.290.383.6737.0
    M. Kepler RF40200002.231.318.417.7353.0
    M. Sano 3B31100102.205.275.404.6794.0
    E. Adrianza 2B20000011.248.310.383.693-0.5
    a- R. Grossman PH10000000.249.328.359.6870.0
    J. Cave CF30110021.279.309.471.7801.0
    B. Wilson C20000110.167.224.254.4780.5
    b- M. Garver PH00000100.269.350.413.7621.0
    • a-flied out for Adrianza in the 9th
    • b-walked for Wilson in the 9th
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Ramirez (28), R. Perez (4)
    • RBI - J. Ramirez 2 (78), E. Encarnacion 3 (76)
    • 2-Out RBI - J. Ramirez 2 (29), E. Encarnacion 2 (28)
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Kepler (22), M. Sano (11)
    • HR - L. Morrison (14)
    • SF - J. Cave
    • SH - E. Adrianza (4)
    • RBI - L. Morrison (37), J. Cave (15)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - J. Ramirez (25)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Ramirez-Kipnis-Alonso)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 2 (Polanco-Mauer; Adrianza-Polanco-Mauer)
    • E - M. Sano (6)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    T. Bauer (W, 10-6)6.14224312.341.1319.5
    B. Hand (H, 5)1.11000102.901.032.5
    C. Allen (S, 21)1.11001104.431.238.5
    PITCHERSIP
    T. Bauer (W, 10-6)6.1
    B. Hand (H, 5)1.1
    C. Allen (S, 21)1.1
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    K. Gibson (L, 5-8)6.05333603.471.218.0
    M. Belisle0.23221006.991.62-6.0
    T. Rogers0.10000104.191.260.5
    A. Reed1.01000004.711.432.0
    T. May1.02110109.002.000.5
    PITCHERSIP
    K. Gibson (L, 5-8)6.0
    M. Belisle0.2
    T. Rogers0.1
    A. Reed1.0
    T. May1.0
    PITCHING
    • HBP - T. Bauer (9)
    • Pitches-Strikes - T. Bauer 102-60, B. Hand 18-13, C. Allen 19-12
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Bauer 7-8, B. Hand 1-2
    • Batters Faced - T. Bauer 27, B. Hand 5, C. Allen 6
    PITCHING
    • IBB - M. Belisle
    • Pitches-Strikes - K. Gibson 98-57, M. Belisle 14-10, T. Rogers 7-4, A. Reed 12-6, T. May 15-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Gibson 9-2, M. Belisle 1-1, T. May 2-0
    • Batters Faced - K. Gibson 25, M. Belisle 6, T. Rogers, A. Reed 4, T. May 5
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    F. Lindor SS42200112.292.369.564.9334.5
    M. Brantley LF40000114.295.341.466.8080.5
    J. Ramirez 3B40320101.298.408.6301.0389.0
    E. Encarnacion DH50130014.235.321.473.7943.5
    Y. Alonso 1B50000013.261.331.466.797-0.5
    M. Cabrera RF30000020.264.297.374.671-1.0
    B. Guyer RF10000000.202.293.387.6800.0
    J. Kipnis 2B40000020.221.304.358.662-1.0
    R. Perez C31200100.158.244.233.4785.0
    G. Allen CF43300001.224.258.299.5576.0
    Total37611504815-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      J. Mauer 1B50100002.276.357.365.7231.0
      E. Rosario LF50000004.300.343.504.8460.0
      J. Polanco SS20000211.275.365.374.7391.5
      L. Morrison DH31111001.193.290.383.6737.0
      M. Kepler RF40200002.231.318.417.7353.0
      M. Sano 3B31100102.205.275.404.6794.0
      E. Adrianza 2B20000011.248.310.383.693-0.5
      a- R. Grossman PH10000000.249.328.359.6870.0
      J. Cave CF30110021.279.309.471.7801.0
      B. Wilson C20000110.167.224.254.4780.5
      b- M. Garver PH00000100.269.350.413.7621.0
      Total3026215514-----
      • a-flied out for Adrianza in the 9th
      • b-walked for Wilson in the 9th
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Ramirez (28), R. Perez (4)
      • RBI - J. Ramirez 2 (78), E. Encarnacion 3 (76)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Ramirez 2 (29), E. Encarnacion 2 (28)
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Kepler (22), M. Sano (11)
      • HR - L. Morrison (14)
      • SF - J. Cave
      • SH - E. Adrianza (4)
      • RBI - L. Morrison (37), J. Cave (15)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Ramirez (25)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Ramirez-Kipnis-Alonso)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Polanco-Mauer; Adrianza-Polanco-Mauer)
      • E - M. Sano (6)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      T. Bauer (W, 10-6)6.14224312.341.1319.5
      B. Hand (H, 5)1.11000102.901.032.5
      C. Allen (S, 21)1.11001104.431.238.5
      Total9.0622551---
      PITCHERSIP
      T. Bauer (W, 10-6)6.1
      B. Hand (H, 5)1.1
      C. Allen (S, 21)1.1
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      K. Gibson (L, 5-8)6.05333603.471.218.0
      M. Belisle0.23221006.991.62-6.0
      T. Rogers0.10000104.191.260.5
      A. Reed1.01000004.711.432.0
      T. May1.02110109.002.000.5
      Total9.01166480---
      PITCHERSIP
      K. Gibson (L, 5-8)6.0
      M. Belisle0.2
      T. Rogers0.1
      A. Reed1.0
      T. May1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - T. Bauer (9)
      • Pitches-Strikes - T. Bauer 102-60, B. Hand 18-13, C. Allen 19-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Bauer 7-8, B. Hand 1-2
      • Batters Faced - T. Bauer 27, B. Hand 5, C. Allen 6
      PITCHING
      • IBB - M. Belisle
      • Pitches-Strikes - K. Gibson 98-57, M. Belisle 14-10, T. Rogers 7-4, A. Reed 12-6, T. May 15-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Gibson 9-2, M. Belisle 1-1, T. May 2-0
      • Batters Faced - K. Gibson 25, M. Belisle 6, T. Rogers, A. Reed 4, T. May 5
      • 9TH INNING
        Encarnacion reached on fielder's choice to second, Lindor scored, Ramirez to third62
      • 7TH INNING
        Encarnacion singled to right, Allen and Lindor scored, Ramirez to third52
      • 6TH INNING
        Morrison homered to right center32
      • 5TH INNING
        Ramirez singled to right, Allen scored, Brantley to second31
      • 3RD INNING
        Ramirez doubled to deep right, Allen scored21
        Brantley grounded into double play shortstop to first, Perez scored, Allen to third, Lindor out at second11
      • 2ND INNING
        Cave hit sacrifice fly to left, Sano scored01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Trevor May relieved Addison Reed
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Lindor singled to right center
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Brantley struck out swinging
        • J. Ramirez: Ramirez singled to right, Lindor to third
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Ramirez stole second, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Encarnacion reached on fielder's choice to second, Lindor scored, Ramirez to third
        • Y. Alonso: Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Alonso grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Encarnacion out at second
        • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Robbie Grossman hit for Ehire Adrianza
        • R. Grossman: Grossman flied out to deep center
        • J. Cave: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Cave struck out swinging
        • Mitch Garver hit for Bobby Wilson
        • M. Garver: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Garver walked
        • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Ball, Mauer singled to right center, Garver to second
        • E. Rosario: Ball, Rosario flied out to left
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Addison Reed relieved Taylor Rogers
        • B. Guyer: Ball, Ball, Guyer flied out to shallow center
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Kipnis fouled out to catcher
        • R. Perez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Perez singled to center
        • G. Allen: Allen flied out to center
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • B. Hand Pitching:
        • J. Polanco: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Polanco struck out looking
        • L. Morrison: Ball, Morrison fouled out to third
        • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Ball, Kepler doubled to deep right center
        • Cody Allen relieved Brad Hand
        • M. Sano: Strike looking, Sano flied out to right
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Matt Belisle relieved Kyle Gibson
        • R. Perez: Ball, Perez flied out to deep right
        • G. Allen: Strike looking, Allen reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • F. Lindor: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Lindor reached on an infield single to third, Allen to third, Lindor to second on 3rd baseman Sano fielding error
        • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Brantley grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Ramirez: Ramirez intentionally walked
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Encarnacion singled to right, Allen and Lindor scored, Ramirez to third
        • Taylor Rogers relieved Matt Belisle
        • Y. Alonso: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Alonso struck out looking
        • Middle of the 7th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
        • Brandon Guyer in right field
        • J. Cave: Strike looking, Ball, Cave singled to left
        • B. Wilson: Strike looking, Wilson flied out to deep center, Cave to second
        • Brad Hand relieved Trevor Bauer
        • J. Mauer: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Mauer flied out to left
        • E. Rosario: Foul, Ball, Foul, Rosario grounded out to second
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • Y. Alonso: Ball, Alonso flied out to deep center
        • M. Cabrera: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Kipnis struck out looking
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Bauer Pitching:
        • L. Morrison: Strike looking, Foul, Morrison homered to right center
        • M. Kepler: Kepler singled to right
        • M. Sano: Strike swinging, Ball, Sano grounded into double play third to second to first, Kepler out at second
        • E. Adrianza: Foul, Ball, Adrianza grounded out to first
        • End of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • R. Perez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Perez walked
        • G. Allen: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Allen singled to left, Perez to second
        • F. Lindor: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Lindor reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Perez out at third, Allen to second
        • M. Brantley: Foul, Brantley reached on fielder's choice to second, Allen to third, Lindor out at second
        • J. Ramirez: Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ramirez singled to right, Allen scored, Brantley to second
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Encarnacion grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Bauer Pitching:
        • B. Wilson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Wilson walked
        • J. Mauer: Ball, Ball, Mauer lined out to left
        • E. Rosario: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Rosario reached on fielder's choice to first, Wilson out at second
        • J. Polanco: Ball, Ball, Polanco popped out to shortstop
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • Y. Alonso: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Alonso grounded out to first
        • M. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Cabrera grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Kipnis: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Kipnis struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Bauer Pitching:
        • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Kepler popped out to third
        • M. Sano: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Sano walked
        • E. Adrianza: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Adrianza struck out looking
        • J. Cave: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Cave struck out looking
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • R. Perez: Ball, Perez doubled to deep right center
        • G. Allen: Ball, Foul, Allen reached on bunt single to pitcher, Perez to third
        • F. Lindor: Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Lindor walked, Allen to second
        • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Ball, Brantley grounded into double play shortstop to first, Perez scored, Allen to third, Lindor out at second
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ramirez doubled to deep right, Allen scored
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Encarnacion struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Bauer Pitching:
        • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Mauer grounded out to second
        • E. Rosario: Rosario grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Polanco: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Polanco walked
        • L. Morrison: Ball, Ball, Morrison flied out to center
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • Y. Alonso: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Alonso grounded out to first
        • M. Cabrera: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Kipnis grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Bauer Pitching:
        • M. Sano: Strike looking, Sano doubled to left center
        • E. Adrianza: Adrianza hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Sano to third
        • J. Cave: Foul, Ball, Cave hit sacrifice fly to left, Sano scored
        • B. Wilson: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Wilson struck out looking
        • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Lindor struck out swinging
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Brantley walked
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ramirez flied out to left
        • E. Encarnacion: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Encarnacion grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Bauer Pitching:
        • J. Mauer: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Mauer lined out to right
        • E. Rosario: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Rosario grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Polanco walked
        • L. Morrison: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Morrison hit by pitch, Polanco to second
        • M. Kepler: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Kepler flied out to deep left
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)