Allen struggles again Indians lost 4-3 to Twins

CLEVELAND (AP) Cody Allen only knows one way out of his pitching funk.

''You gotta kinda keep grinding, grinding, grinding,'' he said.

Fortunately for the Indians, there's still time for Allen to grind before October arrives.

Cleveland's struggling closer gave up a two-out, two-run single to Robbie Grossman in the seventh inning as the Minnesota Twins rallied for a 4-3 over the Indians on Wednesday night.

Down 3-2, the Twins came back against Allen (4-6), the Indians' career saves leader who has not been himself of late. In his last five appearances, Allen has allowed six runs in four innings. Last Friday, he blew a save and the game by giving up consecutive homers in the ninth inning at Kansas City.

His confidence is shaken.

''I'm sure it's not at an all-time high,'' Indians manager Terry Francona said. ''That's part of the game. He's going through a tough time. He'll work and for us to get to where we want to go we need him real bad, so we'll work with him.''

Minnesota's Joe Mauer became the third player in club history to score 1,000 career runs. Mauer doubled and scored on Eddie Rosario's double in the fifth to join Hall of Famers Kirby Puckett (1,071) and Harmon Killebrew (1,047).

Twins rookie Willians Astudillo hit his first career homer in the third.

As Allen looks to find his command, Francona is looking for other places to use him than in the ninth. Allen came in earlier than usual to protect a one-run lead in the seventh and got two quick outs before walking Logan Forsythe.

Eddie Rosario singled and Allen gave up a four-pitch walk to Miguel Sano, drawing boos from Indians fans before Grossman ripped his two-run single through the right side.

''Didn't make pitches,'' Allen said. ''Even the first two guys, quality pitches weren't great. It's just the name of the game, though. The odds are in my favor. Didn't make any good pitches that whole inning. Was able to get two quick outs and I just couldn't get that third out.

''We've seen this year, myself and our bullpen at times as a whole, that third out can be kind of elusive. And for me personally, that's just how it is right now.''

Trevor May (3-0) picked up the win and Trevor Hildenberger worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his fifth save as the Twins improved to 9-9 against the AL Central leaders.

With a win Thursday, Minnesota can take the season series from Cleveland - a consolation prize against a team the Twins have chased all season.

''It's not going to save your season by beating the Indians 10 of 19 ,'' manager Paul Molitor said. ''But I wouldn't mind accomplishing that.''

Allen's latest outing wasn't the only issue with Cleveland's bullpen. Before the game, the team placed left-hander Andrew Miller on the disabled list with shoulder soreness. It's the third stint on the DL this season for Miller, who has been limited to just 27 games.

Miller compared his soreness to what he experiences in spring training.

''Minor setback,'' Miller said. ''It's frustrating. It's been a frustrating stretch for quite a while for me, but I think it's the right thing to do. It's going to make a big difference and it'll help me.''

DOUBLE TROUBLE

Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor and third baseman Jose Ramirez both have reached at least 20 homers and 20 steals, becoming the first pair of Cleveland players to do it since Bobby Bonds and Toby Harrah in 1979.

RUN, JOE, RUN

Molitor praised Mauer for reaching his latest milestone.

''Pretty good company there,'' Molitor said. ''You've got to get on base a lot. He's probably not quite the base runner he was when he was younger. He's always been pretty astute about decision making. I've always said there's an art to scoring runs. He's climbing up a lot of ladders in Twins history.''

FAMILY AFFAIR

Toby Gardenhire, who manages the Twins' Class A team at Cedar Rapids, will be added to the big league coaching staff when Minnesota plays at Detroit next month. Gardenhire's father, Ron, is Detroit's manager. He also managed the Twins from 2002-14.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Twins: SS Jorge Polanco (strained left hamstring) was out of the lineup for the second straight day. He took swings in the indoor cages, but couldn't work out on the field before the game because of rain.

Indians: OF Rajai Davis (non-baseball medical condition) served as designated hitter and Neil Ramirez (back spasms) pitched at Double-Akron. Davis went 0 for 3 with a strikeout and Ramirez worked one scoreless inning.

UP NEXT

Mike Clevinger will face the Twins for the third time this season, facing right-hander Jake Odorizzi, who has already pitched against Cleveland four times in 2018.

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  • W: T. May (3-0)L: C. Allen (4-6)S: T. Hildenberger (5)
  • HR: MIN - W. Astudillo (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. Mauer 1B51100012.277.351.376.7272.5
L. Forsythe 2B21000211.242.316.313.6293.5
E. Rosario LF51310011.291.329.484.8125.5
M. Sano 3B40000124.206.285.409.6940.0
R. Grossman RF30220000.256.336.364.7006.0
M. Kepler RF10000002.229.319.429.7470.0
T. Austin DH30000214.241.299.529.8291.5
J. Cave CF40100013.263.311.463.7731.5
E. Adrianza SS40100014.249.305.375.6810.5
W. Astudillo C41111012.269.296.462.7585.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    F. Lindor SS51100001.290.366.530.8954.0
    M. Brantley LF40000001.302.357.463.8210.0
    J. Ramirez 3B41100001.292.402.6041.0062.0
    E. Encarnacion DH31110100.235.322.477.7995.0
    Y. Alonso 1B20110100.247.311.440.7513.0
    a- Y. Diaz PH-1B10000010.320.346.400.746-0.5
    M. Cabrera RF40210002.281.337.449.7863.0
    B. Guyer PR-RF00000000.190.283.359.6430.0
    J. Kipnis 2B30100111.226.315.363.6782.5
    Y. Gomes C40100014.260.310.430.7400.5
    G. Allen CF40000022.244.280.319.599-1.0
    • a-struck out for Alonso in the 8th
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Mauer (21), E. Rosario (31), R. Grossman (18), J. Cave (10)
    • HR - W. Astudillo
    • RBI - E. Rosario (74), R. Grossman 2 (37), W. Astudillo (4)
    • 2-Out RBI - E. Rosario (33), R. Grossman 2 (21)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Mauer 2 (2), M. Sano 2 (2), T. Austin 2 (2), E. Adrianza 4 (4)
    BATTING
    • 2B - E. Encarnacion (15), J. Kipnis (23)
    • RBI - E. Encarnacion (90), Y. Alonso (75), M. Cabrera (28)
    • 2-Out RBI - E. Encarnacion (37), Y. Alonso (27), M. Cabrera (9)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - F. Lindor, M. Cabrera 2 (2), Y. Gomes 3 (3), G. Allen
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - F. Lindor (20)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Sano-Mauer)
    • E - J. Cave (4)
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - M. Cabrera (3)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    K. Stewart4.26332206.612.022.0
    T. May (W, 3-0)1.11001202.081.009.0
    T. Rogers (H, 12)2.01000103.201.075.5
    T. Hildenberger (S, 5)1.00000004.381.2610.0
    PITCHERSIP
    K. Stewart4.2
    T. May (W, 3-0)1.1
    T. Rogers (H, 12)2.0
    T. Hildenberger (S, 5)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    A. Plutko5.15222514.941.258.5
    O. Perez (H, 11)0.20000101.140.590.5
    C. Allen (L, 4-6) (BS, 5)1.02222104.661.36-7.5
    T. Olson1.01001206.431.522.0
    A. Cimber1.01000003.591.212.0
    PITCHERSIP
    A. Plutko5.1
    O. Perez (H, 11)0.2
    C. Allen (L, 4-6) (BS, 5)1.0
    T. Olson1.0
    A. Cimber1.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - K. Stewart (4)
    • Pitches-Strikes - K. Stewart 94-56, T. May 28-18, T. Rogers 19-13, T. Hildenberger 8-7
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Stewart 9-3, T. Rogers 1-3, T. Hildenberger 2-1
    • Batters Faced - K. Stewart 22, T. May 6, T. Rogers 6, T. Hildenberger 3
    PITCHING
    • WP - A. Plutko (2)
    • HBP - A. Plutko, A. Cimber (4)
    • Pitches-Strikes - A. Plutko 95-63, O. Perez 11-8, C. Allen 22-10, T. Olson 19-12, A. Cimber 19-11
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Plutko 3-8, O. Perez 1-0, A. Cimber 2-1
    • Batters Faced - A. Plutko 24, O. Perez 2, C. Allen 6, T. Olson 5, A. Cimber 5
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Mauer 1B51100012.277.351.376.7272.5
    L. Forsythe 2B21000211.242.316.313.6293.5
    E. Rosario LF51310011.291.329.484.8125.5
    M. Sano 3B40000124.206.285.409.6940.0
    R. Grossman RF30220000.256.336.364.7006.0
    M. Kepler RF10000002.229.319.429.7470.0
    T. Austin DH30000214.241.299.529.8291.5
    J. Cave CF40100013.263.311.463.7731.5
    E. Adrianza SS40100014.249.305.375.6810.5
    W. Astudillo C41111012.269.296.462.7585.5
    Total3549415923-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      F. Lindor SS51100001.290.366.530.8954.0
      M. Brantley LF40000001.302.357.463.8210.0
      J. Ramirez 3B41100001.292.402.6041.0062.0
      E. Encarnacion DH31110100.235.322.477.7995.0
      Y. Alonso 1B20110100.247.311.440.7513.0
      a- Y. Diaz PH-1B10000010.320.346.400.746-0.5
      M. Cabrera RF40210002.281.337.449.7863.0
      B. Guyer PR-RF00000000.190.283.359.6430.0
      J. Kipnis 2B30100111.226.315.363.6782.5
      Y. Gomes C40100014.260.310.430.7400.5
      G. Allen CF40000022.244.280.319.599-1.0
      Total3438303512-----
      • a-struck out for Alonso in the 8th
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Mauer (21), E. Rosario (31), R. Grossman (18), J. Cave (10)
      • HR - W. Astudillo
      • RBI - E. Rosario (74), R. Grossman 2 (37), W. Astudillo (4)
      • 2-Out RBI - E. Rosario (33), R. Grossman 2 (21)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Mauer 2 (2), M. Sano 2 (2), T. Austin 2 (2), E. Adrianza 4 (4)
      BATTING
      • 2B - E. Encarnacion (15), J. Kipnis (23)
      • RBI - E. Encarnacion (90), Y. Alonso (75), M. Cabrera (28)
      • 2-Out RBI - E. Encarnacion (37), Y. Alonso (27), M. Cabrera (9)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - F. Lindor, M. Cabrera 2 (2), Y. Gomes 3 (3), G. Allen
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - F. Lindor (20)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Sano-Mauer)
      • E - J. Cave (4)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - M. Cabrera (3)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      K. Stewart4.26332206.612.022.0
      T. May (W, 3-0)1.11001202.081.009.0
      T. Rogers (H, 12)2.01000103.201.075.5
      T. Hildenberger (S, 5)1.00000004.381.2610.0
      Total9.0833350---
      PITCHERSIP
      K. Stewart4.2
      T. May (W, 3-0)1.1
      T. Rogers (H, 12)2.0
      T. Hildenberger (S, 5)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Plutko5.15222514.941.258.5
      O. Perez (H, 11)0.20000101.140.590.5
      C. Allen (L, 4-6) (BS, 5)1.02222104.661.36-7.5
      T. Olson1.01001206.431.522.0
      A. Cimber1.01000003.591.212.0
      Total9.0944591---
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Plutko5.1
      O. Perez (H, 11)0.2
      C. Allen (L, 4-6) (BS, 5)1.0
      T. Olson1.0
      A. Cimber1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - K. Stewart (4)
      • Pitches-Strikes - K. Stewart 94-56, T. May 28-18, T. Rogers 19-13, T. Hildenberger 8-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Stewart 9-3, T. Rogers 1-3, T. Hildenberger 2-1
      • Batters Faced - K. Stewart 22, T. May 6, T. Rogers 6, T. Hildenberger 3
      PITCHING
      • WP - A. Plutko (2)
      • HBP - A. Plutko, A. Cimber (4)
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Plutko 95-63, O. Perez 11-8, C. Allen 22-10, T. Olson 19-12, A. Cimber 19-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Plutko 3-8, O. Perez 1-0, A. Cimber 2-1
      • Batters Faced - A. Plutko 24, O. Perez 2, C. Allen 6, T. Olson 5, A. Cimber 5
      • 7TH INNING
        Grossman singled to right, Forsythe and Rosario scored, Sano out at third43
      • 5TH INNING
        Encarnacion doubled to deep right, Ramirez scored23
        Rosario doubled to deep center, Mauer scored22
      • 3RD INNING
        Astudillo homered to left12
      • 1ST INNING
        Cabrera singled to left center, Encarnacion scored, Alonso to second02
        Alonso singled to center, Lindor scored, Encarnacion to third on center fielder Cave fielding error01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Adam Cimber relieved Tyler Olson
        • L. Forsythe: Ball, Forsythe hit by pitch
        • E. Rosario: Foul, Strike (foul tip), Rosario singled to right, Forsythe to second
        • M. Sano: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Sano reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Forsythe to third, Rosario out at second
        • M. Kepler: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Kepler popped out to third
        • T. Austin: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Austin grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Trevor Hildenberger relieved Taylor Rogers
        • Y. Gomes: Ball, Foul, Foul, Gomes grounded out to second
        • G. Allen: Allen lined out to center
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Foul, Lindor grounded out to second
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Tyler Olson relieved Cody Allen
        • T. Austin: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Austin walked
        • J. Cave: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Cave struck out swinging
        • E. Adrianza: Adrianza singled to left, Austin to second
        • W. Astudillo: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Astudillo struck out swinging
        • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Mauer lined out to left
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Yandy Diaz hit for Yonder Alonso
        • Max Kepler in right field
        • Y. Diaz: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Diaz struck out swinging
        • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Cabrera singled to center
        • Brandon Guyer ran for Melky Cabrera
        • J. Kipnis: Kipnis lined into double play third to first, Guyer out at first
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Cody Allen relieved Oliver Perez
        • W. Astudillo: Astudillo flied out to center
        • J. Mauer: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Mauer struck out swinging
        • L. Forsythe: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Forsythe walked
        • E. Rosario: Strike swinging, Ball, Rosario singled to left center, Forsythe to third
        • M. Sano: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Sano walked, Rosario to second
        • R. Grossman: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Grossman singled to right, Forsythe and Rosario scored, Sano out at third
        • Middle of the 7th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Taylor Rogers relieved Trevor May
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Brantley grounded out to second
        • J. Ramirez: Ramirez lined out to center
        • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Encarnacion popped out to first
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • A. Plutko Pitching:
        • R. Grossman: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Grossman doubled to deep right center
        • T. Austin: Foul, Austin flied out to deep right, Grossman to third
        • Oliver Perez relieved Adam Plutko
        • J. Cave: Strike looking, Cave grounded out to first
        • E. Adrianza: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Adrianza struck out on foul tip
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • T. May Pitching:
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Kipnis struck out looking
        • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Gomes singled to deep left
        • G. Allen: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Allen struck out swinging
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Lindor flied out to shallow left
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • A. Plutko Pitching:
        • W. Astudillo: Strike looking, Ball, Astudillo flied out to deep right
        • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Foul, Mauer doubled to deep right
        • L. Forsythe: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Forsythe struck out looking
        • E. Rosario: Rosario doubled to deep center, Mauer scored
        • M. Sano: Sano grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • K. Stewart Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Lindor flied out to right
        • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Ball, Brantley flied out to deep left
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Strike looking, Ramirez singled to left
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Encarnacion doubled to deep right, Ramirez scored
        • Trevor May relieved Kohl Stewart
        • Y. Alonso: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Alonso walked
        • M. Cabrera: Strike swinging, Cabrera lined out to center
        • End of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • A. Plutko Pitching:
        • R. Grossman: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Grossman flied out to left
        • T. Austin: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Austin walked
        • J. Cave: Cave reached on fielder's choice to second, Austin out at second
        • E. Adrianza: Foul, Ball, Ball, Adrianza flied out to left
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • K. Stewart Pitching:
        • M. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Cabrera grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Kipnis doubled to right
        • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gomes struck out swinging
        • G. Allen: Foul, Ball, Kipnis to third on wild pitch, Foul, Ball, Allen grounded out to second
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • A. Plutko Pitching:
        • W. Astudillo: Ball, Astudillo homered to left
        • J. Mauer: Foul, Mauer flied out to deep center
        • L. Forsythe: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Forsythe walked
        • E. Rosario: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Forsythe to second on wild pitch, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
        • M. Sano: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Sano struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • K. Stewart Pitching:
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ramirez grounded out to pitcher
        • E. Encarnacion: Encarnacion grounded out to third
        • Y. Alonso: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Alonso grounded out to third
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • A. Plutko Pitching:
        • M. Sano: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Sano struck out swinging
        • R. Grossman: Strike looking, Ball, Grossman hit by pitch
        • T. Austin: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Austin struck out swinging
        • J. Cave: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Cave doubled to deep left, Grossman to third
        • E. Adrianza: Ball, Foul, Ball, Adrianza popped out to second
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • K. Stewart Pitching:
        • G. Allen: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Allen struck out looking
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Lindor grounded out to second
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Foul, Ball, Brantley grounded out to first
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • A. Plutko Pitching:
        • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Mauer grounded out to first
        • L. Forsythe: Ball, Ball, Forsythe flied out to center
        • E. Rosario: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Rosario flied out to center
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • K. Stewart Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Lindor singled to right
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Brantley lined out to left
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Lindor stole second, Strike looking, Ramirez grounded out to pitcher
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Encarnacion walked
        • Y. Alonso: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Alonso singled to center, Lindor scored, Encarnacion to third on center fielder Cave fielding error
        • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Cabrera singled to left center, Encarnacion scored, Alonso to second
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Kipnis walked, Alonso to third, Cabrera to second
        • Y. Gomes: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Gomes grounded out to third
        • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)