Lindor hits 2 of Cleveland's 4 homers in 5-2 win over Twins

CLEVELAND (AP) Indians manager Terry Francona doesn't need any reminders about how well the Minnesota Twins have played this season. The numbers are in front of him every day.

Francona's approach is for the Indians to try to win each game, and that is just what they did against the team with the best record in the majors.

Francisco Lindor hit two of Cleveland's four home runs Tuesday and the Indians defeated the Twins 5-2.

Lindor hit a solo home run in the third and broke a 1-all tie with a two-run homer in the fifth. Roberto Perez and Jake Bauers added back-to-back homers in the seventh.

The Indians have struggled offensively, but at least for one night out-hit the Twins 6-5. Minnesota holds a 10 1/2-game lead over Cleveland in AL Central and leads the AL in runs, homers and batting average.

''I know we're far from first place right now,'' Lindor said. ''It's inevitable to see how many games out we are, but it doesn't matter. We've still got a long way to go.''

Shane Bieber (5-2) gave up solo homers to Marwin Gonzalez in the second and Eddie Rosario in the sixth. He allowed two runs and struck out seven in seven-plus innings.

Bieber was pulled after Byron Buxton reached on Lindor's fielding error to start the eighth. Oliver Perez struck out Max Kepler, Jorge Polanco and Nelson Cruz. Brad Hand hit Mitch Garver with one out in the ninth, but got Gonzalez to bounce into a game-ending double play. Hand picked up his 17th save in 17 opportunities.

Rookie left-hander Devin Smeltzer (0-1) gave up all four homers in his second major league start. Smeltzer allowed five runs in 6 1/3 innings.

''The hits, I'm not worried about,'' he said. ''I know they left the yard, but I got behind in the count. That's why I left them over the plate and why they got me.''

Lindor, who missed the first three weeks because of calf and ankle injuries, doubled in the seventh and walked in the first.

''He needed to get some at-bats and everything, but now he's starting to look like Frankie,'' Francona said.

Rosario moved into a tie for the AL lead with his 18th home run. Jorge Polanco, who ranks second in the league in batting, was 1 for 3 for a .336 average. Cruz played for the first time since May 12 when he strained his left wrist, and was 0 for 4 with three strikeouts.

Smeltzer, a 23-year-old left-hander, pitched six scoreless innings against Tampa Bay in his major league debut last week. He was diagnosed with bladder cancer when he was nine years old. The cancer went into full remission when in 2012. Smeltzer was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2016 and acquired by the Twins last season for second baseman Brian Dozier.

HEADS UP

Smeltzer's attempted pickoff throw in the first inning caught Gonzalez off guard, striking him on the right upper chest. A stunned Gonzalez grabbed the ball before breaking into laughter, as did Lindor, who was on first.

''I haven't fooled anybody in probably four years with that,'' Smeltzer said. ''I guess it worked because I fooled our first baseman.''

Twins manager Rocco Baldelli also joked about the miscue, saying, ''All of (Marwin's) buddies in the dugout gave it to him pretty good. Smeltzer has got a pretty good pickoff move.''

SOLID CLUB

Francona believes the Twins, who have won 16 of 20, are for real.

''They're hitting the ball like crazy,'' he said. ''Their starting pitching is getting them deep enough into games where they can mix and match in their bullpen. They've really put together a pretty nice little run here.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Twins: RHP Michael Pineda (right knee tendinitis) is on track to be activated off the 10-day injured list after he becomes eligible on Thursday.

Indians: RHP Mike Clevinger (strained muscle in upper back) will begin a rehab assignment Thursday at Triple-A Columbus. ... RHP Jefry Rodriguez (strained shoulder) is on the 10-day IL and will be shut down for two to three weeks.

UP NEXT

Twins: LHP Martin Perez (7-2, 3.71 ERA) has allowed 24 earned runs in 23 2/3 career innings against Cleveland, posting a 1-2 record and 9.13 ERA in six appearances.

Indians: RHP Carlos Carrasco (4-6, 4.98 ERA) has lost three consecutive starts. His last victory was on May 14, when he threw seven scoreless innings against the White Sox.

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  • W: S. Bieber (5-2)L: D. Smeltzer (0-1)S: B. Hand (17)
  • HR: MIN - M. Gonzalez (7), E. Rosario (18), CLE - R. Perez (8), F. Lindor 2 (10), J. Bauers (6)
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J. Polanco SS40100011.336.402.578.981-0.5
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M. Garver C30000020.314.410.6981.1080.0
M. Gonzalez 1B41211001.250.319.404.7238.0
M. Sano 3B20000111.250.355.6541.0090.5
J. Schoop 2B30100000.262.318.503.8202.0
B. Buxton CF30000002.263.320.508.8280.0
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R. Harper P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    F. Lindor SS32332100.306.377.538.91516.0
    O. Mercado LF40000012.259.328.362.690-0.5
    C. Santana 1B40100000.286.402.505.9071.0
    J. Luplow RF20000102.237.294.505.7991.0
    a- T. Naquin PH-RF10000010.275.313.374.686-0.5
    J. Ramirez 3B40000003.202.303.307.6100.0
    J. Kipnis 2B30000000.216.277.315.5920.0
    R. Perez C31111000.220.320.425.7456.0
    J. Bauers DH31111010.218.312.356.6685.5
    L. Martin CF21000110.214.294.352.6461.5
    S. Bieber P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    O. Perez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    B. Hand P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    • a-struck out for Luplow in the 8th
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Gonzalez (8), J. Schoop (14)
    • HR - E. Rosario (18), M. Gonzalez (7)
    • RBI - E. Rosario (50), M. Gonzalez (20)
    • 2-Out RBI - E. Rosario (16), M. Gonzalez (11)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - N. Cruz, M. Sano, B. Buxton 2 (2)
    BATTING
    • 2B - F. Lindor (7)
    • HR - F. Lindor 2 (10), R. Perez (8), J. Bauers (6)
    • RBI - F. Lindor 3 (23), R. Perez (19), J. Bauers (21)
    • 2-Out RBI - F. Lindor 2 (7)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - O. Mercado, J. Ramirez 2 (2)
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - J. Polanco (2)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Sano-Schoop-Gonzalez)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Lindor-Kipnis-Santana)
    • E - F. Lindor (3)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    D. Smeltzer (L, 0-1)6.15553243.650.891.0
    R. Harper0.21000101.850.99-0.5
    T. Duffey1.00000102.451.163.5
    PITCHERSIP
    D. Smeltzer (L, 0-1)6.1
    R. Harper0.2
    T. Duffey1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    S. Bieber (W, 5-2)7.05221723.571.0726.5
    O. Perez (H, 5)1.00000303.501.004.5
    B. Hand (S, 17)1.00000001.090.8110.0
    PITCHERSIP
    S. Bieber (W, 5-2)7.0
    O. Perez (H, 5)1.0
    B. Hand (S, 17)1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - D. Smeltzer 82-49, R. Harper 10-7, T. Duffey 10-8
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Smeltzer 8-8, R. Harper 1-0, T. Duffey 1-1
    • Batters Faced - D. Smeltzer 26, R. Harper 3, T. Duffey 3
    PITCHING
    • HBP - B. Hand (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - S. Bieber 104-63, O. Perez 13-10, B. Hand 8-5
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Bieber 9-5, B. Hand 1-1
    • Batters Faced - S. Bieber 27, O. Perez 3, B. Hand 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    M. Kepler RF40000031.257.326.500.826-1.5
    J. Polanco SS40100011.336.402.578.981-0.5
    N. Cruz DH40000032.262.345.492.837-1.5
    E. Rosario LF41111000.276.310.548.8586.0
    M. Garver C30000020.314.410.6981.1080.0
    M. Gonzalez 1B41211001.250.319.404.7238.0
    M. Sano 3B20000111.250.355.6541.0090.5
    J. Schoop 2B30100000.262.318.503.8202.0
    B. Buxton CF30000002.263.320.508.8280.0
    D. Smeltzer P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    R. Harper P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    T. Duffey P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    Total3125221108-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      F. Lindor SS32332100.306.377.538.91516.0
      O. Mercado LF40000012.259.328.362.690-0.5
      C. Santana 1B40100000.286.402.505.9071.0
      J. Luplow RF20000102.237.294.505.7991.0
      a- T. Naquin PH-RF10000010.275.313.374.686-0.5
      J. Ramirez 3B40000003.202.303.307.6100.0
      J. Kipnis 2B30000000.216.277.315.5920.0
      R. Perez C31111000.220.320.425.7456.0
      J. Bauers DH31111010.218.312.356.6685.5
      L. Martin CF21000110.214.294.352.6461.5
      S. Bieber P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      O. Perez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      B. Hand P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      Total295654347-----
      • a-struck out for Luplow in the 8th
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Gonzalez (8), J. Schoop (14)
      • HR - E. Rosario (18), M. Gonzalez (7)
      • RBI - E. Rosario (50), M. Gonzalez (20)
      • 2-Out RBI - E. Rosario (16), M. Gonzalez (11)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - N. Cruz, M. Sano, B. Buxton 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - F. Lindor (7)
      • HR - F. Lindor 2 (10), R. Perez (8), J. Bauers (6)
      • RBI - F. Lindor 3 (23), R. Perez (19), J. Bauers (21)
      • 2-Out RBI - F. Lindor 2 (7)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - O. Mercado, J. Ramirez 2 (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - J. Polanco (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Sano-Schoop-Gonzalez)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Lindor-Kipnis-Santana)
      • E - F. Lindor (3)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Smeltzer (L, 0-1)6.15553243.650.891.0
      R. Harper0.21000101.850.99-0.5
      T. Duffey1.00000102.451.163.5
      Total8.0655344---
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Smeltzer (L, 0-1)6.1
      R. Harper0.2
      T. Duffey1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      S. Bieber (W, 5-2)7.05221723.571.0726.5
      O. Perez (H, 5)1.00000303.501.004.5
      B. Hand (S, 17)1.00000001.090.8110.0
      Total9.05221102---
      PITCHERSIP
      S. Bieber (W, 5-2)7.0
      O. Perez (H, 5)1.0
      B. Hand (S, 17)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Smeltzer 82-49, R. Harper 10-7, T. Duffey 10-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Smeltzer 8-8, R. Harper 1-0, T. Duffey 1-1
      • Batters Faced - D. Smeltzer 26, R. Harper 3, T. Duffey 3
      PITCHING
      • HBP - B. Hand (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - S. Bieber 104-63, O. Perez 13-10, B. Hand 8-5
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Bieber 9-5, B. Hand 1-1
      • Batters Faced - S. Bieber 27, O. Perez 3, B. Hand 3
      • 7TH INNING
        Bauers homered to right25
        Perez homered to center24
      • 6TH INNING
        Rosario homered to right center23
      • 5TH INNING
        Lindor homered to left center, Martin scored13
      • 3RD INNING
        Lindor homered to left center11
      • 2ND INNING
        Gonzalez homered to right center10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Brad Hand relieved Oliver Perez
        • E. Rosario: Ball, Foul, Ball, Rosario popped out to third
        • M. Garver: Ball, Garver hit by pitch
        • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Foul, Gonzalez grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Garver out at second
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • S. Bieber Pitching:
        • B. Buxton: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Buxton safe at first on shortstop Lindor fielding error
        • Oliver Perez relieved Shane Bieber
        • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Kepler struck out looking
        • J. Polanco: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Polanco struck out swinging
        • N. Cruz: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Cruz struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
        • Tyler Duffey relieved Ryne Harper
        • Ca. Santana: Foul, Santana grounded out to first
        • Tyler Naquin hit for Jordan Luplow
        • T. Naquin: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Naquin struck out swinging
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ramirez flied out to deep center
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • S. Bieber Pitching:
        • M. Gonzalez: Gonzalez grounded out to first
        • M. Sano: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Sano struck out swinging
        • J. Schoop: Schoop flied out to deep right
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Smeltzer Pitching:
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Kipnis flied out to deep center
        • R. Perez: Strike looking, Perez homered to center
        • J. Bauers: Bauers homered to right
        • Ryne Harper relieved Devin Smeltzer
        • L. Martin: Ball, Strike swinging, Martin grounded out to shortstop
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Strike swinging, Lindor doubled to deep left
        • O. Mercado: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Mercado struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • S. Bieber Pitching:
        • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Polanco grounded out to pitcher
        • N. Cruz: Ball, Cruz grounded out to second
        • E. Rosario: Rosario homered to right center
        • M. Garver: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Garver struck out looking
        • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • D. Smeltzer Pitching:
        • Ca. Santana: Santana flied out to right
        • J. Luplow: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Luplow walked
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ramirez grounded into double play third to second to first, Luplow out at second
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • S. Bieber Pitching:
        • J. Schoop: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Schoop grounded out to shortstop
        • B. Buxton: Buxton grounded out to pitcher
        • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Kepler struck out looking
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Smeltzer Pitching:
        • R. Perez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Perez flied out to shallow right
        • J. Bauers: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bauers struck out swinging
        • L. Martin: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Martin walked
        • F. Lindor: Pickoff attempt, Lindor homered to left center, Martin scored
        • O. Mercado: Mercado grounded out to second
        • End of the 5th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • S. Bieber Pitching:
        • E. Rosario: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Rosario popped out to third
        • M. Garver: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Garver popped out to catcher
        • M. Gonzalez: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gonzalez doubled to left
        • M. Sano: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Sano grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • D. Smeltzer Pitching:
        • J. Luplow: Luplow grounded out to third
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ramirez flied out to deep right
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Kipnis flied out to deep left
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • S. Bieber Pitching:
        • M. Kepler: Kepler grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Polanco: Ball, Ball, Polanco lined out to shortstop
        • N. Cruz: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Cruz struck out looking
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Smeltzer Pitching:
        • L. Martin: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Martin struck out looking
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Lindor homered to left center
        • O. Mercado: Ball, Mercado grounded out to shortstop
        • Ca. Santana: Ball, Ball, Santana grounded out to third
        • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • S. Bieber Pitching:
        • E. Rosario: Strike swinging, Foul, Rosario grounded out to first
        • M. Garver: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Garver struck out swinging
        • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Foul, Gonzalez homered to right center
        • M. Sano: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Sano walked
        • J. Schoop: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Schoop doubled to deep left, Sano to third
        • B. Buxton: Ball, Buxton popped out to third
        • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Smeltzer Pitching:
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Foul, Kipnis grounded out to first
        • R. Perez: Strike looking, Foul, Perez grounded out to third
        • J. Bauers: Ball, Bauers fouled out to third
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • S. Bieber Pitching:
        • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Kepler struck out swinging
        • J. Polanco: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Polanco singled to right
        • N. Cruz: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cruz struck out swinging
        • E. Rosario: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Polanco caught stealing second, catcher to shortstop
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • D. Smeltzer Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Lindor walked
        • O. Mercado: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Mercado reached on fielder's choice to third, Lindor out at second
        • Ca. Santana: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Santana singled to left, Mercado to second
        • J. Luplow: Ball, Ball, Foul, Luplow popped out to third
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ramirez lined out to center
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)