Carrasco, Indians top Twins 2-0 to push lead to 10 games

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Cleveland Indians have turned this division race into a late-summer cruise, with the Minnesota Twins already in future-planning mode.

Carlos Carrasco struck out 10 while taking a shutout into the eighth inning, winning his fourth straight start since returning from the disabled list to carry the Indians to a 2-0 victory over the Twins on Wednesday.

Brad Hand recorded the last five outs for his second save in as many attempts with the Indians, who stretched their lead over the Twins in the AL Central to 10 games and improved to 32-15 in intra-division games this season.

''It's fun,'' Hand said. ''We've played some good baseball, so just try to keep things going and ride it out.''

After the Indians acquired Hand and fellow reliever Adam Cimber from San Diego during the All-Star break, the Twins front office formally surrendered 2018 by trading five regulars in separate trades that fetched 12 players and only one current major leaguer.

Carrasco (13-5), who missed three weeks with a bruised elbow before his reinstatement on July 6, has 63 strikeouts in his last eight starts. This was his fourth turn with double-digit strikeouts, and he won his fifth straight decision. Carrasco picked up a victory with one inning of relief on July 15, right before the All-Star break.

''That's part of how we feel we can be a good team,'' manager Terry Francona said. ''Every time we send a starter out there, we feel like we've got a chance.''

The Indians, who won a series against the Twins for the first time in four tries this year, have allowed only 13 runs over their last six games. Their ERA against AL Central teams is 2.70 this season, the best intra-division mark in MLB. The Indians also led the major leagues in July in runs, steals and batting average.

The bullpen that has been their biggest concern? Over the past nine games, Indians relievers have a collective 1.08 ERA. Hand, the two-time All-Star and Minnesota native, had 24 saves in 29 opportunities with the Padres.

Jorge Polanco, who had two of Minnesota's five hits, singled in the fourth after Carrasco retired the first 11 batters. Joe Mauer hit his first triple of the year after an eight-pitch, two-out at-bat in the sixth, but Carrasco struck out the side.

''It's pretty scary if you've got a guy like that,'' shortstop Francisco Lindor said.

The Twins agreed.

''His changeup was on. His slider was on,'' left fielder Max Kepler said. ''He was getting sneaky fastballs by people because he was using so much off-speed.''

THROWING THROUGH

Adalberto Mejia gave the Twins five scoreless innings to start with only one hit allowed, but reliever Matt Magill allowed a run in the sixth when Rajai Davis came home during catcher Mitch Garver's throw to second base to catch Jose Ramirez stealing. Davis, who was not credited with a stolen base, started the rally with a single.

The Twins directed Garver to throw rather than hold the ball.

''I wasn't going to give him a free base,'' manager Paul Molitor said.

MARTIN ON BOARD

Leonys Martin, who was acquired to bolster the injury-depleted outfield in an intra-division trade with the Detroit Tigers to beat the deadline on Tuesday, made his Cleveland debut as a pinch-hitter in the sixth inning and singled in the ninth. Greg Allen, who had three runs and three hits on Tuesday, was sent back to Triple-A Columbus after two games.

FORSYTHE FORSAKES SLEEP

Logan Forsythe, who came to Minnesota with two minor league players from the Dodgers in the trade for Brian Dozier, made his first appearance for the Twins by sharply grounding into a double play as a pinch-hitter in the eighth. Lindor made a slick scoop and pivot to start the play.

After boarding a red-eye flight from Los Angeles, Forsythe was at the ballpark for the matinee with minimal rest.

''It's a new way to kind of mesh in with a new clubhouse and a core group of veterans,'' said Forsythe, who'll take most of the games at second base to fill in for Dozier. ''It's just exciting, man. It's a new chapter.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Miller could rejoin the bullpen on Friday, Francona said, or he might be asked to stay on his rehab assignment and pitch more than one inning. Miller has been out for more than two months with right knee trouble.

UP NEXT

Indians: There's no game scheduled on Thursday, before the team returns home to host Los Angeles in a three-game series. RHP Mike Clevinger (7-7, 3.43 ERA) starts for the Indians, and RHP Jaime Barria (6-7, 3.74 ERA) pitches for the Angels.

Twins: Following a day off, RHP Jake Odorizzi (4-7, 4.58 ERA) takes the mound on Friday night to start a three-game series against Kansas City. RHP Heath Fillmyer (0-1, 3.29 ERA) pitches for the Royals.

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  • W: C. Carrasco (13-5)L: M. Magill (2-2)S: B. Hand (26)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
F. Lindor SS20000300.291.371.561.9323.0
R. Davis CF-LF51100015.255.303.321.6251.5
J. Ramirez 3B40200001.301.409.6311.0402.0
E. Encarnacion DH30100102.236.323.475.7983.0
B. Guyer RF10000000.200.296.384.6801.0
a- L. Martin PH-CF21100001.252.322.410.7322.0
Y. Alonso 1B40000012.258.327.461.788-0.5
Y. Gomes C40110010.240.296.419.7151.5
M. Cabrera LF-RF40100012.263.295.368.6640.5
E. Gonzalez 2B40100013.310.343.450.7930.5
  • a-flied out for Guyer in the 6th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Mauer DH40100020.276.356.370.7262.0
E. Rosario LF40000021.297.340.499.839-1.0
J. Polanco SS40200000.284.370.379.7492.0
L. Morrison 1B40000012.190.287.378.664-0.5
M. Sano 3B30100010.207.276.402.6790.5
M. Kepler RF-CF30100011.231.318.416.7340.5
M. Garver C30000021.265.345.407.752-1.0
J. Cave CF20000010.274.304.462.766-0.5
a- R. Grossman PH-RF00000100.249.330.359.6891.0
E. Adrianza 2B20000020.245.307.380.687-1.0
b- L. Forsythe PH-2B10000001.206.269.289.5580.0
  • a-walked for Cave in the 8th
  • b-grounded into a double play for Adrianza in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Ramirez (29), E. Encarnacion (14)
  • RBI - Y. Gomes (35)
BATTING
  • 3B - J. Mauer
BASERUNNING
  • CS - J. Ramirez (4)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Carrasco-Lindor-Alonso; Lindor-Gonzalez-Alonso)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - M. Kepler (6)
  • DP - 2 (Sano-Morrison; Kepler-Polanco)
  • E - J. Cave (2), J. Polanco (3)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Carrasco (W, 13-5)7.140001003.661.1332.0
B. Hand (S, 26)1.21001202.811.039.0
PITCHERSIP
C. Carrasco (W, 13-5)7.1
B. Hand (S, 26)1.2
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Mejia5.01003202.601.3812.0
M. Magill (L, 2-2)1.03110003.861.21-6.0
G. Moya1.01000206.751.293.0
T. Hildenberger1.01000003.611.182.0
F. Rodney1.02101103.321.400.5
PITCHERSIP
A. Mejia5.0
M. Magill (L, 2-2)1.0
G. Moya1.0
T. Hildenberger1.0
F. Rodney1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Carrasco 101-72, B. Hand 27-20
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Carrasco 7-4, B. Hand 2-0
  • Batters Faced - C. Carrasco 25, B. Hand 6
PITCHING
  • WP - F. Rodney (2)
  • IBB - F. Rodney
  • HBP - A. Mejia
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Mejia 74-45, M. Magill 25-17, G. Moya 18-12, T. Hildenberger 14-8, F. Rodney 24-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Mejia 5-6, T. Hildenberger 2-1, F. Rodney 3-0
  • Batters Faced - A. Mejia 18, M. Magill 5, G. Moya 4, T. Hildenberger 4, F. Rodney 7
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
F. Lindor SS20000300.291.371.561.9323.0
R. Davis CF-LF51100015.255.303.321.6251.5
J. Ramirez 3B40200001.301.409.6311.0402.0
E. Encarnacion DH30100102.236.323.475.7983.0
B. Guyer RF10000000.200.296.384.6801.0
a- L. Martin PH-CF21100001.252.322.410.7322.0
Y. Alonso 1B40000012.258.327.461.788-0.5
Y. Gomes C40110010.240.296.419.7151.5
M. Cabrera LF-RF40100012.263.295.368.6640.5
E. Gonzalez 2B40100013.310.343.450.7930.5
Total3328104516-----
HITTERSAB
F. Lindor SS2
R. Davis CF-LF5
J. Ramirez 3B4
E. Encarnacion DH3
B. Guyer RF1
a- L. Martin PH-CF2
Y. Alonso 1B4
Y. Gomes C4
M. Cabrera LF-RF4
E. Gonzalez 2B4
Total33
  • a-flied out for Guyer in the 6th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Mauer DH40100020.276.356.370.7262.0
E. Rosario LF40000021.297.340.499.839-1.0
J. Polanco SS40200000.284.370.379.7492.0
L. Morrison 1B40000012.190.287.378.664-0.5
M. Sano 3B30100010.207.276.402.6790.5
M. Kepler RF-CF30100011.231.318.416.7340.5
M. Garver C30000021.265.345.407.752-1.0
J. Cave CF20000010.274.304.462.766-0.5
a- R. Grossman PH-RF00000100.249.330.359.6891.0
E. Adrianza 2B20000020.245.307.380.687-1.0
b- L. Forsythe PH-2B10000001.206.269.289.5580.0
Total3005001126-----
HITTERSAB
J. Mauer DH4
E. Rosario LF4
J. Polanco SS4
L. Morrison 1B4
M. Sano 3B3
M. Kepler RF-CF3
M. Garver C3
J. Cave CF2
a- R. Grossman PH-RF0
E. Adrianza 2B2
b- L. Forsythe PH-2B1
Total30
  • a-walked for Cave in the 8th
  • b-grounded into a double play for Adrianza in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Ramirez (29), E. Encarnacion (14)
  • RBI - Y. Gomes (35)
BATTING
  • 3B - J. Mauer
BASERUNNING
  • CS - J. Ramirez (4)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Carrasco-Lindor-Alonso; Lindor-Gonzalez-Alonso)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - M. Kepler (6)
  • DP - 2 (Sano-Morrison; Kepler-Polanco)
  • E - J. Cave (2), J. Polanco (3)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Carrasco (W, 13-5)7.140001003.661.1332.0
B. Hand (S, 26)1.21001202.811.039.0
Total9.05001120---
PITCHERSIP
C. Carrasco (W, 13-5)7.1
B. Hand (S, 26)1.2
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Mejia5.01003202.601.3812.0
M. Magill (L, 2-2)1.03110003.861.21-6.0
G. Moya1.01000206.751.293.0
T. Hildenberger1.01000003.611.182.0
F. Rodney1.02101103.321.400.5
Total9.0821450---
PITCHERSIP
A. Mejia5.0
M. Magill (L, 2-2)1.0
G. Moya1.0
T. Hildenberger1.0
F. Rodney1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Carrasco 101-72, B. Hand 27-20
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Carrasco 7-4, B. Hand 2-0
  • Batters Faced - C. Carrasco 25, B. Hand 6
PITCHING
  • WP - F. Rodney (2)
  • IBB - F. Rodney
  • HBP - A. Mejia
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Mejia 74-45, M. Magill 25-17, G. Moya 18-12, T. Hildenberger 14-8, F. Rodney 24-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Mejia 5-6, T. Hildenberger 2-1, F. Rodney 3-0
  • Batters Faced - A. Mejia 18, M. Magill 5, G. Moya 4, T. Hildenberger 4, F. Rodney 7
  • 9TH INNING
    Gomes singled to left center, Martin scored, Alonso to second20
  • 6TH INNING
    Ball, Davis scored, Ramirez out at second10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Fernando Rodney relieved Trevor Hildenberger
    • L. Martin: Strike looking, Martin singled to left
    • Y. Alonso: Alonso reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Martin to third on shortstop Polanco fielding error
    • Y. Gomes: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gomes singled to left center, Martin scored, Alonso to second
    • M. Cabrera: Ball, Alonso to third, Gomes to second on wild pitch, Foul, Ball, Ball, Cabrera grounded out to second
    • E. Gonzalez: Strike swinging, Ball, Gonzalez grounded out to shortstop
    • F. Lindor: Ball, Ball, Lindor intentionally walked
    • R. Davis: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
    • B. Hand Pitching:
    • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Mauer struck out looking
    • E. Rosario: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Rosario grounded out to second
    • J. Polanco: Polanco reached on bunt single to shortstop
    • L. Morrison: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Morrison struck out swinging
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Trevor Hildenberger relieved Gabriel Moya
    • F. Lindor: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Lindor grounded out to first
    • R. Davis: Strike looking, Ball, Davis popped out to second
    • J. Ramirez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ramirez doubled to left
    • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Encarnacion grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • C. Carrasco Pitching:
    • M. Kepler: Ball, Foul, Kepler singled to right
    • M. Garver: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Garver flied out to center
    • Brad Hand relieved Carlos Carrasco
    • Robbie Grossman hit for Jake Cave
    • R. Grossman: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Grossman walked, Kepler to second
    • Logan Forsythe hit for Ehire Adrianza
    • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Strike looking, Forsythe grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Grossman out at second
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Gabriel Moya relieved Matt Magill
    • Y. Alonso: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Alonso struck out swinging
    • Y. Gomes: Ball, Gomes flied out to right
    • M. Cabrera: Strike swinging, Cabrera singled to center, Cabrera to second on center fielder Cave fielding error
    • E. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
    • C. Carrasco Pitching:
    • J. Polanco: Ball, Polanco grounded out to second
    • L. Morrison: Strike looking, Ball, Morrison grounded out to second
    • M. Sano: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Sano flied out to deep left
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Matt Magill relieved Adalberto Mejia
    • F. Lindor: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Lindor lined out to center
    • R. Davis: Ball, Strike swinging, Davis singled to shallow left
    • J. Ramirez: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ramirez singled to right, Davis to third
    • E. Encarnacion: Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Davis scored, Ramirez out at second, Encarnacion doubled to left
    • Leonys Martin hit for Brandon Guyer
    • L. Martin: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Martin flied out to center
    • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Carrasco Pitching:
    • J. Cave: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Cave struck out swinging
    • E. Adrianza: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Adrianza struck out swinging
    • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Mauer tripled to deep right
    • E. Rosario: Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • A. Mejia Pitching:
    • Y. Gomes: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gomes struck out swinging
    • M. Cabrera: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Cabrera grounded out to shortstop
    • E. Gonzalez: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Gonzalez lined out to second
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Carrasco Pitching:
    • M. Sano: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Sano singled to left
    • M. Kepler: Kepler grounded into double play pitcher to shortstop to first, Sano out at second
    • M. Garver: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Garver struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • A. Mejia Pitching:
    • J. Ramirez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ramirez grounded out to third
    • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Encarnacion walked
    • B. Guyer: Ball, Guyer hit by pitch, Encarnacion to second
    • Y. Alonso: Strike looking, Alonso lined into double play right to shortstop, Encarnacion out at second
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Carrasco Pitching:
    • J. Mauer: Foul, Foul, Mauer grounded out to shortstop
    • E. Rosario: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
    • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Polanco singled to right
    • L. Morrison: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Morrison lined out to center
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • A. Mejia Pitching:
    • M. Cabrera: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
    • E. Gonzalez: Ball, Gonzalez singled to left
    • F. Lindor: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Lindor walked, Gonzalez to second
    • R. Davis: Davis grounded into double play third to first, Gonzalez out at third
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • C. Carrasco Pitching:
    • M. Garver: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Garver struck out swinging
    • J. Cave: Cave grounded out to shortstop
    • E. Adrianza: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Adrianza struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • A. Mejia Pitching:
    • B. Guyer: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Guyer flied out to left
    • Y. Alonso: Strike swinging, Alonso fouled out to shortstop
    • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Gomes grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Carrasco Pitching:
    • L. Morrison: Strike looking, Morrison grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Sano: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Sano struck out swinging
    • M. Kepler: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Kepler struck out looking
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • A. Mejia Pitching:
    • F. Lindor: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Lindor walked
    • R. Davis: Davis flied out to left
    • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Ramirez popped out to second
    • E. Encarnacion: Foul, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Encarnacion grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Carrasco Pitching:
    • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Mauer struck out swinging
    • E. Rosario: Ball, Foul, Foul, Rosario grounded out to second
    • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Strike looking, Polanco fouled out to third
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)