Indians escape bases-loaded jam in 9th, hold off Twins 2-1

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Greg Allen and Brad Hand helped get the Cleveland Indians out of the cold and into the warmth of the clubhouse with their first victory of the season.

Allen hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth inning, and Hand escaped a bases-loaded jam in the bottom half of the inning as the Indians held off the Minnesota Twins 2-1 on Saturday.

The gametime temperature was 34 degrees, the third coldest in the history of Target Field, and neither team seemed comfortable at the plate.

The three-time AL Central champion Indians handed new Twins manager Rocco Baldelli his first loss. The teams combined for just six hits, four by the Indians.

''Runs, they can be hard to come by in early - well, it's March. It's not even April,'' Indians manager Terry Francona said. ''But it's cold and you've kind of got to fight for everything you can get.''

Cleveland's depleted infield almost proved costly. Byron Buxton led off the Twins ninth with a popup in a stiff wind that shortstop Max Moroff - subbing for injured All-Star Francisco Lindor - let fall for a double. After an intentional walk to Nelson Cruz with two outs, a walk to Eddie Rosario loaded the bases.

Hand retired C.J. Cron on a flyball to end it for a save, completing a combined two-hitter.

''I have lot of confidence that our guys are going to go out there and hit some balls hard and get the job done,'' said Baldelli, whose team has scored three runs in its first two games. ''Once we getting into a groove and get into some better weather and get out there and get in a routine, I think it'll be OK.''

Jon Edwards (1-0) retired both batters he faced in the eighth for his first career victory.

It was 1-all when Carlos Santana singled with one out in the ninth and reliever Blake Parker (0-1) threw two wild pitches. Allen's drive to deep center field scored Allen.

Twins starter Jake Odorizzi tied a career high with 11 strikeouts over six innings. He allowed just one hit and two walks. It was a promising start to the season after Odorizzi posted a career-worst 4.49 ERA last year, his first season with the Twins.

''It was a good way to set the tone,'' Odorizzi said. ''Get our guys in there and start hitting. You don't want your guys to sit out there too long when it's cold and get a little stiff.''

Indians starter Trevor Bauer began his season in style, giving up one run on one hit with a walk and nine strikeouts over seven innings. Bauer finished second in the AL with a 2.21 ERA last year.

Bauer noted the cold conditions proved advantageous in commanding his pitches.

''My changeup is designed to slip, so when there's no grip on the ball, it makes it real nice,'' Bauer said. ''I didn't throw many curveballs, but the slider and changeup were really good.''

Hanley Ramirez put the Indians on top 1-0 with a solo homer in the fourth inning. Ramirez hit a 3-0 pitch deep into the second deck.

The Twins got that run back in the bottom of the frame when Polanco hit a one-out triple and scored when Cruz grounded out.

RAMIREZ DELIVERS

Ramirez hit his first home run since last May 12, when he was with the Red Sox.

''Hitting's all about timing. Sometimes it takes a little while for a hitter to get timing down,'' said Ramirez, who signed a minor league deal with the Indians in late February and made the club during spring training. ''I've been feeling good lately, and that's the key.''

As for swinging on a 3-0 pitch, he said Francona gave him the green light, but he remained cautious with his approach.

''I only hit 3-0 when I feel good,'' Ramirez said. ''If I don't feel like my timing is there, I won't swing. I was looking for a pitch I could handle and that's exactly what he threw.''

JOINING THE 10K-10K CLUB

The Twins became just the second team since 1893 to open the season with their first two starters each striking out at least 10 batters. Jose Berrios posted 10 strikeouts on Thursday, followed by Odorizzi's 11.

The only other time that had happened was in 2001, when Randy Johnson struck out 10 and Curt Schilling fanned 12 in the Arizona Diamondbacks' first two games.

''We can't ask for anything more than what we've got in the last two days,'' Baldelli said.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Indians: Manager Terry Francona said Lindor (sprained left ankle) will visit Dr. Robert Anderson in Green Bay, Wisconsin, on Monday. The orthopedic surgeon specializes in working with professional athletes. ''They felt having the best look at it makes sense, and I commend them for that,'' Francona said.

UP NEXT

Indians: RHP Carlos Carrasco (17-10, 3.38 in 2018) makes his season debut on Sunday when Cleveland and Minnesota close out their three-game series. He's coming off a year in which he set a career high with 231 strikeouts in 192 innings pitched.

Twins: RHP Michael Pineda will step onto a major league mound on Sunday for the first time since July 5, 2017, when he was pitching for the Yankees. He underwent Tommy John surgery later that month, signed with the Twins in the offseason, and spent all of 2018 on the disabled list. Pineda pitched a team-high 20 1/3 innings in spring training and struck out 20.

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  • W: J. Edwards (1-0)L: B. Parker (0-1)S: B. Hand (1)
  • HR: CLE - H. Ramirez (1)
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  • a-struck out for Bauers in the 7th
  • b-hit a sacrifice fly for Luplow in the 9th
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    BATTING
    • HR - H. Ramirez
    • SF - G. Allen
    • RBI - H. Ramirez, G. Allen
    • 2-Out RBI - H. Ramirez
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Ramirez 2 (2), R. Perez 3 (3)
    BATTING
    • 2B - B. Buxton (2)
    • 3B - J. Polanco
    • RBI - N. Cruz
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Cron 3 (3)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Miller-Moroff-Santana)
    • E - R. Perez
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    T. Bauer7.01111901.290.2925.5
    T. Olson0.10000000.000.000.0
    J. Edwards (W, 1-0)0.20000000.000.007.0
    B. Hand (S, 1)1.01002100.002.257.5
    PITCHERSIP
    T. Bauer7.0
    T. Olson0.1
    J. Edwards (W, 1-0)0.2
    B. Hand (S, 1)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Odorizzi6.011121111.500.5022.5
    T. May0.11000000.003.00-1.0
    A. Mejia0.20000200.000.001.0
    T. Rogers1.01000000.000.432.0
    B. Parker (L, 0-1)1.01111009.002.00-5.0
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Odorizzi6.0
    T. May0.1
    A. Mejia0.2
    T. Rogers1.0
    B. Parker (L, 0-1)1.0
    PITCHING
    • IBB - B. Hand
    • HBP - T. Bauer
    • Pitches-Strikes - T. Bauer 108-67, T. Olson 3-3, J. Edwards 5-5, B. Hand 20-12
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Bauer 4-7
    • Batters Faced - T. Bauer 23, T. Olson, J. Edwards 2, B. Hand 6
    PITCHING
    • WP - B. Parker 2 (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Odorizzi 92-57, T. May 9-5, A. Mejia 10-7, T. Rogers 11-10, B. Parker 19-7
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Odorizzi 3-4, T. Rogers 1-2, B. Parker 1-2
    • Batters Faced - J. Odorizzi 21, T. May 2, A. Mejia 2, T. Rogers 4, B. Parker 5
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    L. Martin CF30000111.143.250.286.5360.5
    J. Ramirez 3B40000022.000.000.000.000-1.0
    T. Naquin RF40000030.000.000.000.000-1.5
    C. Santana 1B41100000.167.286.167.4522.0
    H. Ramirez DH21211200.400.5711.0001.5719.0
    J. Bauers LF20000011.000.000.000.000-0.5
    a- J. Luplow PH-LF10000011.000.000.000.000-0.5
    b- G. Allen PH-LF00010000.000.000.000.0001.0
    R. Perez C40000023.000.000.000.000-1.0
    B. Miller 2B30100010.333.333.333.6670.5
    M. Moroff SS30000021.000.000.000.000-1.0
    E. Stamets SS00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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    HITTERSAB
    L. Martin CF3
    J. Ramirez 3B4
    T. Naquin RF4
    C. Santana 1B4
    H. Ramirez DH2
    J. Bauers LF2
    a- J. Luplow PH-LF1
    b- G. Allen PH-LF0
    R. Perez C4
    B. Miller 2B3
    M. Moroff SS3
    E. Stamets SS0
    Total30
    • a-struck out for Bauers in the 7th
    • b-hit a sacrifice fly for Luplow in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
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    J. Polanco SS31100111.167.375.500.8754.5
    N. Cruz DH20010100.167.375.167.5423.0
    J. Cave PR-DH00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    E. Rosario LF30000102.000.125.000.1251.0
    C. Cron 1B40000025.143.143.143.286-1.0
    M. Gonzalez 3B30000020.200.333.400.733-1.0
    J. Schoop 2B30000020.000.167.000.167-1.0
    M. Garver C30000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    B. Buxton CF30100010.333.333.6671.0001.5
    Total2812103109-----
      BATTING
      • HR - H. Ramirez
      • SF - G. Allen
      • RBI - H. Ramirez, G. Allen
      • 2-Out RBI - H. Ramirez
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Ramirez 2 (2), R. Perez 3 (3)
      BATTING
      • 2B - B. Buxton (2)
      • 3B - J. Polanco
      • RBI - N. Cruz
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Cron 3 (3)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Miller-Moroff-Santana)
      • E - R. Perez
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      T. Bauer7.01111901.290.2925.5
      T. Olson0.10000000.000.000.0
      J. Edwards (W, 1-0)0.20000000.000.007.0
      B. Hand (S, 1)1.01002100.002.257.5
      Total9.02113100---
      PITCHERSIP
      T. Bauer7.0
      T. Olson0.1
      J. Edwards (W, 1-0)0.2
      B. Hand (S, 1)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Odorizzi6.011121111.500.5022.5
      T. May0.11000000.003.00-1.0
      A. Mejia0.20000200.000.001.0
      T. Rogers1.01000000.000.432.0
      B. Parker (L, 0-1)1.01111009.002.00-5.0
      Total9.04223131---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Odorizzi6.0
      T. May0.1
      A. Mejia0.2
      T. Rogers1.0
      B. Parker (L, 0-1)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • IBB - B. Hand
      • HBP - T. Bauer
      • Pitches-Strikes - T. Bauer 108-67, T. Olson 3-3, J. Edwards 5-5, B. Hand 20-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Bauer 4-7
      • Batters Faced - T. Bauer 23, T. Olson, J. Edwards 2, B. Hand 6
      PITCHING
      • WP - B. Parker 2 (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Odorizzi 92-57, T. May 9-5, A. Mejia 10-7, T. Rogers 11-10, B. Parker 19-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Odorizzi 3-4, T. Rogers 1-2, B. Parker 1-2
      • Batters Faced - J. Odorizzi 21, T. May 2, A. Mejia 2, T. Rogers 4, B. Parker 5
      • 9TH INNING
        Allen hit sacrifice fly to center, Santana scored21
      • 4TH INNING
        Cruz grounded out to first, Polanco scored11
        Ramirez homered to left10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Blake Parker relieved Taylor Rogers
        • T. Naquin: Ball, Naquin popped out to catcher
        • C. Santana: Ball, Ball, Santana singled to right center
        • H. Ramirez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Santana to second on wild pitch, Ball, Santana to third on wild pitch, Ball, Ramirez walked
        • Greg Allen hit for Jordan Luplow
        • G. Allen: Ball, Ball, Allen hit sacrifice fly to center, Santana scored
        • R. Perez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Perez grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Brad Hand relieved Jon Edwards
        • Eric Stamets at shortstop
        • B. Buxton: Ball, Buxton doubled to shallow right center
        • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Kepler struck out swinging
        • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Polanco lined out to center, Buxton to third
        • N. Cruz: Cruz intentionally walked
        • E. Rosario: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging
        • Rosario walked, Cave to second
        • C. Cron: Strike swinging, Cron flied out to right
        • Jake Cave at designated hitter
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Taylor Rogers relieved Adalberto Mejia
        • B. Miller: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Miller singled to center
        • M. Moroff: Pickoff attempt, Moroff reached on fielder's choice to second, Miller out at second
        • L. Martin: Strike looking, Foul, Martin flied out to center
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ramirez flied out to right
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Tyler Olson relieved Trevor Bauer
        • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Gonzalez flied out to right
        • Jon Edwards relieved Tyler Olson
        • J. Schoop: Foul, Strike swinging, Schoop lined out to shortstop
        • M. Garver: Strike looking, Garver popped out to second
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Trevor May relieved Jake Odorizzi
        • C. Santana: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Santana flied out to left
        • H. Ramirez: Ball, Foul, Ramirez reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • Adalberto Mejia relieved Trevor May
        • Jordan Luplow hit for Jake Bauers
        • J. Luplow: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Luplow struck out swinging
        • R. Perez: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • T. Bauer Pitching:
        • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Polanco walked
        • N. Cruz: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Polanco to second on catcher Perez throwing error, Ball, Ball, Cruz hit by pitch
        • E. Rosario: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Rosario flied out to left
        • C. Cron: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Cron grounded out to shortstop, Cruz out at second
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 6TH INNING
        • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
        • L. Martin: Martin popped bunt out to first
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ramirez struck out swinging
        • T. Naquin: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Naquin struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Bauer Pitching:
        • M. Garver: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Garver flied out to deep right
        • B. Buxton: Strike looking, Buxton flied out to left
        • M. Kepler: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Kepler struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
        • R. Perez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Perez grounded out to third
        • B. Miller: Miller grounded bunt out to pitcher
        • M. Moroff: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Moroff struck out looking
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Bauer Pitching:
        • C. Cron: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Cron struck out swinging
        • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike looking, Gonzalez struck out looking
        • J. Schoop: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Schoop struck out swinging
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
        • T. Naquin: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Naquin struck out swinging
        • C. Santana: Ball, Strike looking, Santana popped out to third
        • H. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ramirez homered to left
        • J. Bauers: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Bauers struck out on foul tip
        • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • T. Bauer Pitching:
        • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Kepler fouled out to third
        • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Polanco tripled to deep right center
        • N. Cruz: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Cruz grounded out to first, Polanco scored
        • E. Rosario: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Rosario grounded out to second
        • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
        • B. Miller: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Miller struck out swinging
        • M. Moroff: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Moroff struck out looking
        • L. Martin: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Martin walked
        • J. Ramirez: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ramirez flied out to center
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Bauer Pitching:
        • J. Schoop: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Schoop struck out swinging
        • M. Garver: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Garver grounded out to third
        • B. Buxton: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Buxton struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
        • C. Santana: Strike looking, Ball, Santana grounded out to shortstop
        • H. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ramirez walked
        • J. Bauers: Ball, Foul, Bauers popped out to second
        • R. Perez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Bauer Pitching:
        • E. Rosario: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Rosario flied out to right
        • C. Cron: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Cron struck out swinging
        • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Gonzalez struck out looking
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
        • L. Martin: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Strike looking, Martin struck out looking
        • J. Ramirez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ramirez struck out swinging
        • T. Naquin: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Naquin struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Bauer Pitching:
        • M. Kepler: Ball, Foul, Kepler fouled out to third
        • J. Polanco: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Polanco struck out swinging
        • N. Cruz: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Cruz lined out to right
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)