Kipnis hits 3-run homer, sends Indians past Twins 5-3

CLEVELAND (AP) Jason Kipnis kept watching and hoping.

Kipnis' high drive barely cleared the right field wall for a three-run homer that broke a sixth-inning tie and sent the Cleveland Indians over the Minnesota Twins 5-3 on Thursday.

Usually, when it's close, Kipnis said he tries to study ''the outfielder and see how big his eyes are getting or if he's timing up a jump. Once the fans' arms go up, mine goes up with them.''

Kipnis, who has struggled offensively most of the season, lofted a 2-2 pitch from reliever Alan Busenitz that was just out of the reach of leaping Max Kepler. The homer came two batters after Yonder Alonso's tying single.

The AL Central-leading Indians opened a 14-game margin over second-place Minnesota. Cleveland is 31-11 against division opponents, and needed this win to beat the Twins 10-9 in the season series.

Mike Clevinger (10-7) allowed two unearned runs in 6 2/3 innings. The right-hander struck out nine and gave up four hits.

Brad Hand, the Indians' third reliever, allowed a leadoff homer to Miguel Sano in the ninth. Mitch Garver drew a one-out walk, but Hand struck out Jake Cave and Tyler Austin for his 30th save overall, and sixth since being acquired from San Diego at the trade deadline.

Cleveland reliever Cody Allen, who allowed two runs in the seventh inning and was the losing pitcher Wednesday, was booed when he entered the game with one out in the eighth.

The frequent closer walked Logan Forsythe, but retired Robbie Grossman on a flyball, causing some fans to rise to their feet and begin cheering. Forsythe was thrown out trying to advance on a pitch in the dirt.

Jake Odorizzi (5-9) was charged with three runs in 5 1/3 innings. He was pulled following one-out walks to Jose Ramirez and Edwin Encarnacion.

''I assumed I was staying in the game,'' Odorizzi said. ''I thought I had more in me, but that wasn't the case. I thought I had a pretty good game going. You're one pitch away from getting out of the inning.''

Ehre Adrianza hit a two-run homer in the fifth that gave Minnesota a 2-1 lead. The drive came after Ramirez misplayed a routine grounder to third base.

Encarnacion's RBI single put Cleveland ahead in the fourth.

Clevinger appeared to be hit in the upper leg by Forsythe's grounder in the fourth, but recovered in time to throw him out at first.

Clevinger limped around the mound, but stayed in the game after throwing a few warmup pitches. Carlos Carrasco was struck on his glove hand by Adrianza's line drive Tuesday, but also remained in the game. Carrasco missed three weeks after being hit in the right elbow by Joe Mauer's liner in June.

Clevinger threw 114 pitches, his third-highest total of the season, and believes manager Terry Francona is gaining confidence in him.

''I think I said this early, but it's a hard man to get his trust,'' Clevinger said. ''He's been around a while and really knows the game, so you've really got to earn it here. Especially with the staff that's before me, it's pretty clear why you have to earn it.''

Twins left fielder Eddie Rosario pulled up after beating out a groundball later in the fourth. He stayed in the game despite having a noticeable limp, but was removed in the bottom of the fifth with a strained right quad.

RARE STRATEGY

The Twins employed a four-man outfield against Ramirez in the first with the bases empty. Adrianza moved from shortstop to left field, leaving no one playing on the left side of the infield. Ramirez lined out to Kepler, who was shaded near the line and moved a step to make the catch.

''We talked about it before the series, just trying to gather what players will do against it,'' Twins manager Paul Molitor said. ''You could tell by Ramirez's reaction, he had to take it all in and step out of the box.''

''It shows you the impact Josey is having against the league,'' Francona said. ''But if teams do that, Josey's going to bunt a double. Josey'll end up on second one way or another.''

Ramirez stole his 29th base of the season in the seventh inning and has 33 doubles.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Twins: SS Jorge Polanco (hamstring/leg cramps) was held out of his third straight game, but performed some light running on the field. He was injured Sunday against Oakland.

Indians: RHP Nick Goody (sore elbow) will have arthroscopic surgery Friday. He's been out since May 3.

UP NEXT

Twins: LHP Stephen Gonsalves (0-2, 11.37 ERA) takes on Rangers RHP Drew Hutchison (2-2, 6.52 ERA) as Minnesota continues its nine-game road trip.

Indians: RHP Corey Kluber (16-7, 2.91 ERA) faces Rays RHP Tyler Glasnow (0-1, 3.80 ERA) in the opener of a three-game series.

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  • W: M. Clevinger (10-7)L: J. Odorizzi (5-9)S: B. Hand (30)
  • HR: MIN - E. Adrianza (6), M. Sano (13), CLE - J. Kipnis (13)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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L. Forsythe 2B30000110.239.315.310.6250.5
E. Rosario LF20100000.292.329.484.8131.0
R. Grossman LF20100001.258.337.365.7021.0
M. Sano 3B41111022.207.285.418.7035.0
M. Kepler RF40000032.227.316.425.741-1.5
M. Garver C31100100.260.332.411.7443.0
J. Cave CF40000033.257.304.453.757-1.5
T. Austin 1B30000122.237.298.520.8190.0
E. Adrianza SS31121021.250.306.387.6926.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    F. Lindor SS40000011.288.363.526.889-0.5
    M. Brantley LF41200000.304.358.468.8265.0
    J. Ramirez 3B21000201.290.402.6021.0045.0
    E. Encarnacion DH31110112.235.323.476.7993.5
    Y. Alonso 1B31110100.247.313.439.7524.0
    M. Cabrera RF30000014.276.332.441.773-0.5
    B. Guyer RF10000010.188.282.357.639-0.5
    J. Kipnis 2B41231002.229.316.373.69010.0
    R. Perez C20000010.152.241.225.466-0.5
    G. Allen CF30000011.241.276.315.591-0.5
      BATTING
      • HR - M. Sano (13), E. Adrianza (6)
      • RBI - M. Sano (40), E. Adrianza 2 (26)
      • 2-Out RBI - E. Adrianza 2 (12)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Kepler 2 (2), J. Cave, T. Austin, E. Adrianza
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Brantley 2 (33), J. Kipnis (24)
      • HR - J. Kipnis (13)
      • SH - R. Perez (7)
      • RBI - E. Encarnacion (91), Y. Alonso (76), J. Kipnis 3 (56)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Kipnis 3 (22)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - F. Lindor, E. Encarnacion 2 (2), J. Kipnis 2 (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Ramirez (29)
      FIELDING
      • E - J. Ramirez (9)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Odorizzi (L, 5-9)5.13333404.411.353.0
      A. Busenitz (BS, 1)0.22220114.791.79-3.5
      O. Drake1.01001005.901.511.0
      G. Moya1.00000104.911.293.5
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Odorizzi (L, 5-9)5.1
      A. Busenitz (BS, 1)0.2
      O. Drake1.0
      G. Moya1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Clevinger (W, 10-7)6.24201913.171.2127.5
      O. Perez (H, 12)0.20000201.110.581.0
      C. Allen (H, 3)0.20001004.611.36-1.0
      B. Hand (S, 30)1.01111312.661.108.5
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Clevinger (W, 10-7)6.2
      O. Perez (H, 12)0.2
      C. Allen (H, 3)0.2
      B. Hand (S, 30)1.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - O. Drake (4)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Odorizzi 94-53, A. Busenitz 19-12, O. Drake 19-12, G. Moya 15-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Odorizzi 3-9, O. Drake 3-0, G. Moya 1-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Odorizzi 22, A. Busenitz 4, O. Drake 5, G. Moya 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Clevinger 114-70, O. Perez 8-6, C. Allen 12-5, B. Hand 22-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Clevinger 7-5
      • Batters Faced - M. Clevinger 26, O. Perez 2, C. Allen 2, B. Hand 5
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      J. Mauer DH40000010.274.348.372.720-0.5
      L. Forsythe 2B30000110.239.315.310.6250.5
      E. Rosario LF20100000.292.329.484.8131.0
      R. Grossman LF20100001.258.337.365.7021.0
      M. Sano 3B41111022.207.285.418.7035.0
      M. Kepler RF40000032.227.316.425.741-1.5
      M. Garver C31100100.260.332.411.7443.0
      J. Cave CF40000033.257.304.453.757-1.5
      T. Austin 1B30000122.237.298.520.8190.0
      E. Adrianza SS31121021.250.306.387.6926.0
      Total32353231411-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        F. Lindor SS40000011.288.363.526.889-0.5
        M. Brantley LF41200000.304.358.468.8265.0
        J. Ramirez 3B21000201.290.402.6021.0045.0
        E. Encarnacion DH31110112.235.323.476.7993.5
        Y. Alonso 1B31110100.247.313.439.7524.0
        M. Cabrera RF30000014.276.332.441.773-0.5
        B. Guyer RF10000010.188.282.357.639-0.5
        J. Kipnis 2B41231002.229.316.373.69010.0
        R. Perez C20000010.152.241.225.466-0.5
        G. Allen CF30000011.241.276.315.591-0.5
        Total2956514611-----
          BATTING
          • HR - M. Sano (13), E. Adrianza (6)
          • RBI - M. Sano (40), E. Adrianza 2 (26)
          • 2-Out RBI - E. Adrianza 2 (12)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Kepler 2 (2), J. Cave, T. Austin, E. Adrianza
          BATTING
          • 2B - M. Brantley 2 (33), J. Kipnis (24)
          • HR - J. Kipnis (13)
          • SH - R. Perez (7)
          • RBI - E. Encarnacion (91), Y. Alonso (76), J. Kipnis 3 (56)
          • 2-Out RBI - J. Kipnis 3 (22)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - F. Lindor, E. Encarnacion 2 (2), J. Kipnis 2 (2)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - J. Ramirez (29)
          FIELDING
          • E - J. Ramirez (9)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Odorizzi (L, 5-9)5.13333404.411.353.0
          A. Busenitz (BS, 1)0.22220114.791.79-3.5
          O. Drake1.01001005.901.511.0
          G. Moya1.00000104.911.293.5
          Total8.0655461---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Odorizzi (L, 5-9)5.1
          A. Busenitz (BS, 1)0.2
          O. Drake1.0
          G. Moya1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Clevinger (W, 10-7)6.24201913.171.2127.5
          O. Perez (H, 12)0.20000201.110.581.0
          C. Allen (H, 3)0.20001004.611.36-1.0
          B. Hand (S, 30)1.01111312.661.108.5
          Total9.05313142---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Clevinger (W, 10-7)6.2
          O. Perez (H, 12)0.2
          C. Allen (H, 3)0.2
          B. Hand (S, 30)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - O. Drake (4)
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Odorizzi 94-53, A. Busenitz 19-12, O. Drake 19-12, G. Moya 15-11
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Odorizzi 3-9, O. Drake 3-0, G. Moya 1-1
          • Batters Faced - J. Odorizzi 22, A. Busenitz 4, O. Drake 5, G. Moya 3
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Clevinger 114-70, O. Perez 8-6, C. Allen 12-5, B. Hand 22-13
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Clevinger 7-5
          • Batters Faced - M. Clevinger 26, O. Perez 2, C. Allen 2, B. Hand 5
          • 9TH INNING
            Sano homered to right center35
          • 6TH INNING
            Kipnis homered to right, Encarnacion and Alonso scored25
            Alonso singled to left center, Ramirez scored, Encarnacion to second22
          • 5TH INNING
            Adrianza homered to right, Garver scored21
          • 4TH INNING
            Encarnacion singled to right, Brantley scored01
          • 9TH INNING
            • Brad Hand relieved Cody Allen
            • M. Sano: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Sano homered to right center
            • M. Kepler: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Kepler struck out swinging
            • M. Garver: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Garver walked
            • J. Cave: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Cave struck out looking
            • T. Austin: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Austin struck out looking
            • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • O. Perez Pitching:
            • J. Mauer: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Mauer struck out swinging
            • Cody Allen relieved Oliver Perez
            • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Forsythe walked
            • R. Grossman: Ball, Ball, Foul, Grossman flied out to right
            • M. Sano: Ball, Forsythe out at second, Forsythe picked off at second, catcher to pitcher
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Gabriel Moya relieved Oliver Drake
            • Y. Alonso: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Alonso flied out to right
            • B. Guyer: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Guyer struck out swinging
            • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Kipnis grounded out to first
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Brandon Guyer in right field
            • M. Garver: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Garver lined out to third
            • J. Cave: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Cave struck out swinging
            • T. Austin: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Austin walked
            • Oliver Perez relieved Mike Clevinger
            • E. Adrianza: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Adrianza struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Oliver Drake relieved Alan Busenitz
            • G. Allen: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Allen grounded out to third
            • F. Lindor: Strike swinging, Lindor grounded out to pitcher
            • M. Brantley: Strike swinging, Ball, Brantley doubled to shallow right
            • J. Ramirez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Brantley to third on wild pitch
            • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Ramirez stole second, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Encarnacion grounded out to third
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • M. Clevinger Pitching:
            • L. Forsythe: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Forsythe lined out to third
            • R. Grossman: Ball, Strike swinging, Grossman singled to center
            • M. Sano: Sano reached on fielder's choice to third, Grossman out at second
            • M. Kepler: Kepler flied out to center
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
            • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Brantley popped out to second
            • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ramirez walked
            • E. Encarnacion: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Encarnacion walked, Ramirez to second
            • Alan Busenitz relieved Jake Odorizzi
            • Y. Alonso: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Alonso singled to left center, Ramirez scored, Encarnacion to second
            • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Cabrera flied out to right
            • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Kipnis homered to right, Encarnacion and Alonso scored
            • R. Perez: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Perez struck out looking
            • End of the 6th (4 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • M. Clevinger Pitching:
            • M. Garver: Garver safe at first on 3rd baseman Ramirez fielding error
            • J. Cave: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Cave struck out swinging
            • T. Austin: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Austin struck out swinging
            • E. Adrianza: Ball, Ball, Adrianza homered to right, Garver scored
            • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Ball, Mauer lined out to left
            • Middle of the 5th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
            • Robbie Grossman in left field
            • R. Perez: Ball, Perez lined out to right
            • G. Allen: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Allen flied out to left
            • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Lindor struck out swinging
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • M. Clevinger Pitching:
            • L. Forsythe: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Forsythe grounded out to pitcher
            • E. Rosario: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Rosario reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • M. Sano: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Sano struck out swinging
            • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Kepler struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Brantley doubled to left center
            • J. Ramirez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ramirez flied out to right
            • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Encarnacion singled to right, Brantley scored
            • Y. Alonso: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Alonso walked, Encarnacion to second
            • M. Cabrera: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
            • J. Kipnis: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Kipnis flied out to deep left
            • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • M. Clevinger Pitching:
            • T. Austin: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Austin popped out to second
            • E. Adrianza: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Adrianza struck out looking
            • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Mauer grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
            • J. Kipnis: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Kipnis doubled to shallow left
            • R. Perez: Perez hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Kipnis to third
            • G. Allen: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Allen struck out swinging
            • F. Lindor: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Lindor grounded out to second
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • M. Clevinger Pitching:
            • M. Sano: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Sano struck out swinging
            • M. Kepler: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Kepler struck out swinging
            • M. Garver: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Garver singled to shallow right
            • J. Cave: Ball, Strike looking, Cave grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
            • E. Encarnacion: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul tip, Encarnacion struck out on foul tip
            • Y. Alonso: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Alonso grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Cabrera lined out to left
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • M. Clevinger Pitching:
            • J. Mauer: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Mauer grounded out to pitcher
            • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Forsythe struck out looking
            • E. Rosario: Rosario grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
            • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Lindor flied out to right
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Brantley popped out to third
            • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ramirez lined out to right
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)