Rodney K's Lindor to end Twins' 3-2 win over Indians

CLEVELAND (AP) Minnesota's pitching staff rebounded from a double-digit loss with a gritty win Tuesday night.

Fernando Rodney struck out Francicso Lindor with the tying run on second base in the ninth inning after Adalberto Mejia pitched one-hit ball over five innings, and the Twins beat the Cleveland Indians 3-2.

''Mejia did a great job,'' Minnesota manager Paul Molitor said. ''He's shown some adeptness at being able to handle runners on base and pitch out of jams. We were able to hold it down, so it is a good win and a good response to last night.''

Lindor homered in the eighth but struck out looking on a 2-2 pitch as Rodney recorded his 325th career save - moving him into 17th on the career list.

Yan Gomes led off the ninth and was credited with a hit after Miguel Sano bobbled his groundball behind third base. Sano recovered, but Gomes beat the throw. Jason Kipnis struck out and pinch-hitter Melky Cabrera flied out.

Gomes took second on Mitch Garver's passed ball, but Rodney closed out his 25th save this season.

A bloop single by Lindor in the first was the only hit off Mejia (2-0), making his fourth start and fifth appearance of the season. The left-hander retired the last 12 hitters he faced and was pulled after throwing 68 pitches with a strained left wrist.

Gabriel Moya relieved Mejia to begin the sixth. The injury was announced the following inning.

''He came off the field and said last pitch he threw he had a stinging effect in the lower left forearm closer to the wrist that radiated up to the elbow,'' Molitor said. ''There was some swelling in the area. I don't think we will make a decision on his next start until we can look at him tomorrow.''

Meija, speaking through a translator, said he hasn't had this issue with his arm in the past.

''My last pitch was a slider,'' he said ''I felt like a shock from there, it was a little tension in my wrist.''

Cleveland managed only two hits through seven innings, but Lindor's homer and pinch-hitter Leonys Martin's sacrifice fly made it a one-run game.

Garver's homer in the second inning denied Carlos Carrasco (13-6) a chance to move into a tie for the AL lead in wins. The right-hander allowed three runs in 6 1/3 innings.

Eddie Rosario was 4 for 5 and is batting .355 (21 for 59) in 14 games against Cleveland this season.

Mejia dominated the Indians at Target Field last week, also pitching five scoreless innings and allowing one hit. He struggled against the first two hitters Tuesday before quickly settling in.

Lindor's popup fell in shallow right field. First baseman Joe Mauer raced out with his back to home plate and right fielder Max Kepler charged in, but the ball dropped between the two.

Mejia hit Michael Brantley with a pitch, but retired the next three hitters. Jose Ramirez hit into a forceout that moved Lindor to third, but Encarnacion flied out to shallow right and Mejia caught Brandon Guyer's soft liner to the mound.

Mejia walked Yonder Alonso to lead off the second, but that was the last baserunner he allowed.

''He's got good stuff, which we've seen every time we've faced him in limited looks,'' Indians manager Terry Francona said. ''We didn't get going until late.''

Garver's homer also ended stretch of 22 straight scoreless innings by Cleveland's pitching against Minnesota, including a 10-0 loss Monday.

The start of the game was delayed by rain for 2 hours, 10 minutes.

MILLER TIME

Andrew Miller struck out one and walked one in 1 2/3 scoreless innings. The left-hander was activated Friday after missing two months with right knee inflammation.

''That was good,'' Francona said. ''We're trying to find spots for him and win. He keeps making steps forward.''

SERIES EDGE

Although the Twins still trail the Indians by nine games in the AL Central, Minnesota is 8-6 against Cleveland this season. The Twins are 24-20 against the division.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Twins: RHP Matt Belisle (sore right knee) was placed on the 10-day disabled list and RHP Matt Magill was reinstated from the paternity list.

Indians: Gomes was in the lineup after missing three games with right knee tendinitis.

UP NEXT

RHP Jake Odorizzi (4-7, 4.60) starts for Minnesota on Wednesday against RHP Mike Clevinger (7-7, 3.48).

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  • W: A. Mejia (2-0)L: C. Carrasco (13-6)S: F. Rodney (25)
  • HR: MIN - M. Garver (6), CLE - F. Lindor (28)
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E. Rosario LF50400001.299.339.502.8416.0
J. Polanco SS50200013.291.366.385.7511.5
L. Morrison DH40000024.190.282.377.659-1.0
M. Sano 3B30000120.211.289.394.6830.0
M. Kepler RF40000013.236.329.424.753-0.5
L. Forsythe 2B21200100.224.290.305.5955.0
J. Cave CF41100013.276.308.472.7791.5
M. Garver C41131030.259.336.407.7446.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    F. Lindor SS51211011.296.376.565.9416.5
    M. Brantley LF31200000.299.350.465.8154.0
    J. Ramirez 3B40000013.297.407.6231.029-0.5
    E. Encarnacion DH30100112.233.322.469.7911.5
    E. Gonzalez PR-DH00000000.307.340.446.7850.0
    B. Guyer RF30000004.203.293.398.6920.0
    a- L. Martin PH-RF00010000.255.323.425.7471.0
    Y. Alonso 1B30000111.250.319.451.7690.5
    Y. Gomes C30100011.244.301.424.7251.5
    J. Kipnis 2B40000033.220.305.361.666-1.5
    R. Davis CF30000012.249.297.314.610-0.5
    b- M. Cabrera PH10000001.248.284.343.6270.0
    • a-hit a sacrifice fly for Guyer in the 8th
    • b-flied out for Davis in the 9th
    BATTING
    • 2B - E. Rosario 2 (28)
    • HR - M. Garver (6)
    • RBI - M. Garver 3 (25)
    BATTING
    • HR - F. Lindor (28)
    • SF - L. Martin (2)
    • RBI - F. Lindor (68), L. Martin (33)
    FIELDING
    • PB - M. Garver (6)
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - B. Guyer (2)
    • DP - (Carrasco-Lindor-Alonso)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    A. Mejia (W, 2-0)5.01001302.011.1621.5
    G. Moya (H, 1)1.01001005.931.321.0
    T. Rogers (H, 8)1.00000203.941.184.0
    T. Hildenberger (H, 17)1.03220214.071.23-1.0
    F. Rodney (S, 25)1.01000203.091.4010.0
    PITCHERSIP
    A. Mejia (W, 2-0)5.0
    G. Moya (H, 1)1.0
    T. Rogers (H, 8)1.0
    T. Hildenberger (H, 17)1.0
    F. Rodney (S, 25)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Carrasco (L, 13-6)6.110331813.691.166.0
    A. Miller1.20001103.631.502.5
    N. Ramirez1.01000204.131.163.0
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Carrasco (L, 13-6)6.1
    A. Miller1.2
    N. Ramirez1.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - A. Mejia (2)
    • HBP - A. Mejia (2), T. Rogers
    • Pitches-Strikes - A. Mejia 68-42, G. Moya 23-11, T. Rogers 11-9, T. Hildenberger 20-13, F. Rodney 17-11
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Mejia 4-8
    • Batters Faced - A. Mejia 18, G. Moya 5, T. Rogers 4, T. Hildenberger 6, F. Rodney 4
    PITCHING
    • HBP - C. Carrasco (6)
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Carrasco 97-63, A. Miller 18-10, N. Ramirez 15-11
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Carrasco 4-5, A. Miller 3-1
    • Batters Faced - C. Carrasco 29, A. Miller 6, N. Ramirez 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Mauer 1B50100010.272.352.361.7130.5
    E. Rosario LF50400001.299.339.502.8416.0
    J. Polanco SS50200013.291.366.385.7511.5
    L. Morrison DH40000024.190.282.377.659-1.0
    M. Sano 3B30000120.211.289.394.6830.0
    M. Kepler RF40000013.236.329.424.753-0.5
    L. Forsythe 2B21200100.224.290.305.5955.0
    J. Cave CF41100013.276.308.472.7791.5
    M. Garver C41131030.259.336.407.7446.5
    Total363113121114-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      F. Lindor SS51211011.296.376.565.9416.5
      M. Brantley LF31200000.299.350.465.8154.0
      J. Ramirez 3B40000013.297.407.6231.029-0.5
      E. Encarnacion DH30100112.233.322.469.7911.5
      E. Gonzalez PR-DH00000000.307.340.446.7850.0
      B. Guyer RF30000004.203.293.398.6920.0
      a- L. Martin PH-RF00010000.255.323.425.7471.0
      Y. Alonso 1B30000111.250.319.451.7690.5
      Y. Gomes C30100011.244.301.424.7251.5
      J. Kipnis 2B40000033.220.305.361.666-1.5
      R. Davis CF30000012.249.297.314.610-0.5
      b- M. Cabrera PH10000001.248.284.343.6270.0
      Total3226212918-----
      • a-hit a sacrifice fly for Guyer in the 8th
      • b-flied out for Davis in the 9th
      BATTING
      • 2B - E. Rosario 2 (28)
      • HR - M. Garver (6)
      • RBI - M. Garver 3 (25)
      BATTING
      • HR - F. Lindor (28)
      • SF - L. Martin (2)
      • RBI - F. Lindor (68), L. Martin (33)
      FIELDING
      • PB - M. Garver (6)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - B. Guyer (2)
      • DP - (Carrasco-Lindor-Alonso)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Mejia (W, 2-0)5.01001302.011.1621.5
      G. Moya (H, 1)1.01001005.931.321.0
      T. Rogers (H, 8)1.00000203.941.184.0
      T. Hildenberger (H, 17)1.03220214.071.23-1.0
      F. Rodney (S, 25)1.01000203.091.4010.0
      Total9.0622291---
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Mejia (W, 2-0)5.0
      G. Moya (H, 1)1.0
      T. Rogers (H, 8)1.0
      T. Hildenberger (H, 17)1.0
      F. Rodney (S, 25)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Carrasco (L, 13-6)6.110331813.691.166.0
      A. Miller1.20001103.631.502.5
      N. Ramirez1.01000204.131.163.0
      Total9.011332111---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Carrasco (L, 13-6)6.1
      A. Miller1.2
      N. Ramirez1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - A. Mejia (2)
      • HBP - A. Mejia (2), T. Rogers
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Mejia 68-42, G. Moya 23-11, T. Rogers 11-9, T. Hildenberger 20-13, F. Rodney 17-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Mejia 4-8
      • Batters Faced - A. Mejia 18, G. Moya 5, T. Rogers 4, T. Hildenberger 6, F. Rodney 4
      PITCHING
      • HBP - C. Carrasco (6)
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Carrasco 97-63, A. Miller 18-10, N. Ramirez 15-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Carrasco 4-5, A. Miller 3-1
      • Batters Faced - C. Carrasco 29, A. Miller 6, N. Ramirez 4
      • 8TH INNING
        Martin hit sacrifice fly to center, Brantley scored32
        Lindor homered to right center31
      • 2ND INNING
        Garver homered to left center, Forsythe and Cave scored30
      • 9TH INNING
        • Neil Ramirez relieved Andrew Miller
        • M. Garver: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Garver struck out swinging
        • J. Mauer: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Mauer singled to left
        • E. Rosario: Rosario flied out to deep left
        • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Polanco struck out looking
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Fernando Rodney relieved Trevor Hildenberger
        • Y. Gomes: Ball, Strike looking, Gomes reached on an infield single to third
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Kipnis struck out looking
        • Melky Cabrera hit for Rajai Davis
        • M. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Cabrera flied out to deep right
        • F. Lindor: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gomes to second on passed ball, Foul, Strike looking, Lindor struck out looking
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • A. Miller Pitching:
        • M. Sano: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Sano struck out looking
        • M. Kepler: Kepler grounded out to second
        • L. Forsythe: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Forsythe walked
        • J. Cave: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Cave flied out to deep left
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Trevor Hildenberger relieved Taylor Rogers
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Foul, Lindor homered to right center
        • M. Brantley: Brantley singled to right
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ramirez struck out swinging
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Encarnacion singled to right, Brantley to third
        • Erik Gonzalez ran for Edwin Encarnacion
        • Leonys Martin hit for Brandon Guyer
        • L. Martin: Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt to first, Strike swinging, Martin hit sacrifice fly to center, Brantley scored
        • Y. Alonso: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Ball (pitchout), Strike swinging, Alonso struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • C. Carrasco Pitching:
        • J. Mauer: Ball, Ball, Foul, Mauer grounded out to pitcher
        • E. Rosario: Strike looking, Rosario doubled to deep right
        • Andrew Miller relieved Carlos Carrasco
        • J. Polanco: Rosario stole third
        • L. Morrison: Strike looking, Foul, Morrison grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Taylor Rogers relieved Gabriel Moya
        • Y. Alonso: Foul, Alonso lined out to left
        • Y. Gomes: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gomes hit by pitch
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Kipnis struck out swinging
        • R. Davis: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • C. Carrasco Pitching:
        • L. Forsythe: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Forsythe singled to center
        • J. Cave: Cave grounded into double play pitcher to shortstop to first, Forsythe out at second
        • M. Garver: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Garver struck out looking
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Gabriel Moya relieved Adalberto Mejia
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Lindor lined out to center
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Strike looking, Brantley singled to right
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ramirez flied out to shallow left
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Encarnacion walked, Brantley to second
        • B. Guyer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Guyer flied out to deep left
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • C. Carrasco Pitching:
        • L. Morrison: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Morrison struck out swinging
        • M. Sano: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Sano struck out swinging
        • M. Kepler: Kepler lined out to center
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Mejia Pitching:
        • Y. Gomes: Ball, Gomes grounded out to third
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Kipnis struck out swinging
        • R. Davis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Davis grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • C. Carrasco Pitching:
        • M. Garver: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Garver struck out swinging
        • J. Mauer: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Mauer grounded out to first
        • E. Rosario: Strike swinging, Foul, Rosario doubled to deep center
        • J. Polanco: Polanco lined out to left
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • A. Mejia Pitching:
        • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Encarnacion struck out swinging
        • B. Guyer: Foul, Guyer popped out to first
        • Y. Alonso: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Alonso flied out to center
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • C. Carrasco Pitching:
        • M. Sano: Sano lined out to shortstop
        • M. Kepler: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Kepler struck out swinging
        • L. Forsythe: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Forsythe singled to center
        • J. Cave: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Cave struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • A. Mejia Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Lindor flied out to deep center
        • M. Brantley: Brantley grounded out to first
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ramirez flied out to left
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • C. Carrasco Pitching:
        • L. Forsythe: Ball, Ball, Forsythe hit by pitch
        • J. Cave: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Cave singled to center, Forsythe to second
        • M. Garver: Ball, Garver homered to left center, Forsythe and Cave scored
        • J. Mauer: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Mauer struck out swinging
        • E. Rosario: Ball, Strike looking, Rosario singled to right, Rosario out at second
        • J. Polanco: Ball, Foul, Ball, Polanco reached on an infield single to first
        • L. Morrison: Morrison lined out to center
        • Middle of the 2nd (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Mejia Pitching:
        • Y. Alonso: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Alonso walked
        • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Alonso to second on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Gomes struck out swinging
        • J. Kipnis: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Kipnis flied out to deep right
        • R. Davis: Davis flied out to right
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • C. Carrasco Pitching:
        • J. Mauer: Mauer flied out to deep left
        • E. Rosario: Ball, Rosario singled to center
        • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Polanco singled to right, Rosario to third
        • L. Morrison: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Morrison struck out swinging
        • M. Sano: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Sano walked, Polanco to second
        • M. Kepler: Foul, Strike swinging, Kepler grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Mejia Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Lindor singled to right
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Brantley hit by pitch, Lindor to second
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ramirez reached on fielder's choice to second, Lindor to third, Brantley out at second
        • E. Encarnacion: Encarnacion flied out to right
        • B. Guyer: Strike looking, Strike looking, Guyer lined out to pitcher
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)