Santana homers, Indians beat Twins 4-3 to avoid sweep

CLEVELAND (AP) With the AL Central in danger of slipping away for the Cleveland Indians, Carlos Santana delivered.

Santana, coming off his first career All-Star appearance, hit a solo home run that broke a seventh-inning tie and the Indians avoided a sweep with a 4-3 win over the first-place Minnesota Twins on Sunday.

All-Star MVP Shane Bieber helped Cleveland salvage the finale and close within 6 1/2 games of the Twins.

''We lost the first two, but came back in the game today,'' Santana said. ''It's great. It's positive. We're playing good baseball.''

Santana lined an 0-2 pitch from Trevor May (3-2) into the right-field seats for his 21st homer of the season.

Bieber, who struck out the side in his one inning against the NL on Tuesday night in front of a hometown crowd, took a three-hit shutout into the seventh before Minnesota rallied with three runs and tied the game.

Two replay reviews - both resulting in a Minnesota batter being hit by a pitch - played a major role in the inning.

Bieber, who was given a loud ovation when he took the mound to start the game, admitted the unusual inning was frustrating.

''That's the way the game is,'' he said. ''Sometimes things don't go your way. Unfortunately that's kind of what replay is for.''

Luis Arraez drew a leadoff walk in the seventh and Mitch Garver was hit by a pitch, a call that was upheld after a Cleveland challenge. Marwin Gonzalez's single scored Arraez and Miguel Sano's single loaded the bases.

Bieber's 0-2 pitch to Jake Cave was ruled a foul ball, but the Twins challenged the call. The replay showed the ball hit Cave on the hand, forcing in a run and cutting the lead to 3-2.

Bieber struck out Jonathan Schoop and was relieved by Oliver Perez. Max Kepler's bloop hit to center tied the game. Jorge Polanco struck out and Cimber whiffed Cruz.

The Twins had the momentum, but only for a moment.

''It's nice for us to get punched in the stomach and come right back,'' Indians manager Terry Francona said. ''That was a good ending too. That would've been a tough day.''

While the Twins were pleased to leave town with a series win, May knew a sweep was in their grasp.

''This stings more than another game because that's one you want to steal with the way Bieber was throwing and we gave ourselves a chance,'' he said.

Adam Cimber (5-2) pitched 1 1/3 innings and worked out of two jams. The right-hander struck out Nelson Cruz with the bases loaded to end the seventh and whiffed Sano with the tying run on second to finish the eighth.

Brad Hand pitched the ninth for his 24th save in 25 opportunities. Second baseman Jason Kipnis misplayed Ehire Adrianza's grounder to start the inning, but Hand struck out the next three batters, including Polanco in a matchup of All-Stars.

Jose Ramirez gave Cleveland a first-inning lead with a run-scoring double. Greg Allen and Tyler Naquin had RBI singles in the fourth.

Twins All-Star Jose Berrios allowed three runs in five innings. The right-hander, who also pitched a scoreless inning against the NL, hasn't won since June 6.

''We showed them why we're in first place,'' he said. ''It was another competitive game in the fight for the division.''

Twins center fielder Byron Buxton was out of the lineup after leaving Saturday's game. He made a head-first, diving catch on Oscar Mercado's sinking liner in the eighth.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Twins: OF Eddie Rosario (sprained left ankle) ran the bases and took flyballs before the game. He has been on the 10-day injured list since June 28, but could be activated when Minnesota returns home Tuesday.

Indians: Naquin returned after missing two games with a sore back. He had two hits with an RBI and a stolen base.

LOOK AHEAD

The teams play 10 more times and the Twins have won five of the nine matchups.

''They're annoyed because they're behind and they're being told they shouldn't be, and we're annoyed because we're being told we're going to blow it,'' May said.

''We have a lot to be happy about,'' manager Rocco Baldelli said. ''We had a very nice series. If we play like this going forward, I think we're going to be OK.''

UP NEXT

Twins: RHP Michael Pineda (6-4, 4.56 ERA) takes on Mets RHP Zack Wheeler (6-5, 4.42 ERA) in the opener of a two-game series Tuesday at Target Field.

Indians: RHP Adam Plutko (3-1, 4.95 ERA) faces Tigers LHP Daniel Norris (2-8, 4.96 ERA) in a four-game series opener Monday at Progressive Field.

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CLE51-40
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  • W: A. Cimber (5-2)L: T. May (3-2)S: B. Hand (24)
  • HR: CLE - C. Santana (21)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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M. Kepler CF50110031.263.334.530.8640.5
J. Polanco SS50000025.311.367.508.875-1.0
N. Cruz DH40100033.275.367.549.916-0.5
L. Arraez 3B31100101.385.444.510.9554.0
M. Garver C31000021.288.370.607.9771.0
M. Gonzalez LF41310001.260.325.423.7486.0
M. Sano 1B40100033.237.318.564.882-0.5
J. Cave RF20010002.190.319.304.6232.0
a- E. Adrianza PH10000000.282.377.411.7880.0
J. Schoop 2B40000025.256.305.458.763-1.0
J. Berrios P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
Z. Littell P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
T. May P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
T. Duffey P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
  • a-grounded out for Cave in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
F. Lindor SS40000012.287.346.493.839-0.5
J. Kipnis 2B40100021.238.299.368.6670.0
C. Santana DH22111201.294.415.548.9639.0
B. Bradley 1B30000132.195.267.390.657-0.5
O. Mercado LF00000000.275.325.416.7400.0
J. Ramirez 3B40110002.222.309.356.6643.0
J. Bauers LF-1B41100013.240.312.403.7142.5
G. Allen CF41110020.218.279.410.6892.0
K. Plawecki C30000001.211.290.337.6270.0
T. Naquin RF30210000.273.311.471.7826.0
S. Bieber P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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B. Hand P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    BATTING
    • 2B - L. Arraez (6), M. Gonzalez (13)
    • RBI - M. Kepler (59), M. Gonzalez (31), J. Cave (8)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Polanco, N. Cruz 3 (3), L. Arraez, M. Sano, J. Cave, J. Schoop
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Ramirez (16), J. Bauers (12), T. Naquin (13)
    • HR - C. Santana (21)
    • RBI - C. Santana (54), J. Ramirez (37), G. Allen (13), T. Naquin (24)
    • 2-Out RBI - C. Santana (20), J. Ramirez (17)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - F. Lindor, J. Kipnis, J. Ramirez, J. Bauers 3 (3)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - T. Naquin (4)
    FIELDING
    • E - M. Garver (4)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Kipnis-Lindor-Bradley)
    • E - J. Kipnis (2)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Berrios5.06333603.101.146.0
    Z. Littell1.00000004.701.503.0
    T. May (L, 3-2)1.01110213.121.24-3.0
    T. Duffey1.00000103.601.203.5
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Berrios5.0
    Z. Littell1.0
    T. May (L, 3-2)1.0
    T. Duffey1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    S. Bieber6.15331903.491.0016.5
    O. Perez (BS, 3)0.11000103.331.19-0.5
    A. Cimber (W, 5-2)1.11000202.861.0710.0
    B. Hand (S, 24)1.00000302.110.9711.5
    PITCHERSIP
    S. Bieber6.1
    O. Perez (BS, 3)0.1
    A. Cimber (W, 5-2)1.1
    B. Hand (S, 24)1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Berrios 92-60, Z. Littell 10-9, T. May 16-13, T. Duffey 13-6
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Berrios 2-7, T. May 1-0
    • Batters Faced - J. Berrios 24, Z. Littell 3, T. May 4, T. Duffey 3
    PITCHING
    • WP - S. Bieber (6)
    • HBP - S. Bieber 2 (5)
    • Pitches-Strikes - S. Bieber 109-73, O. Perez 8-5, A. Cimber 19-13, B. Hand 15-14
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Bieber 7-3, A. Cimber 1-1, B. Hand 1-0
    • Batters Faced - S. Bieber 27, O. Perez 2, A. Cimber 5, B. Hand 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Kepler CF50110031.263.334.530.8640.5
    J. Polanco SS50000025.311.367.508.875-1.0
    N. Cruz DH40100033.275.367.549.916-0.5
    L. Arraez 3B31100101.385.444.510.9554.0
    M. Garver C31000021.288.370.607.9771.0
    M. Gonzalez LF41310001.260.325.423.7486.0
    M. Sano 1B40100033.237.318.564.882-0.5
    J. Cave RF20010002.190.319.304.6232.0
    a- E. Adrianza PH10000000.282.377.411.7880.0
    J. Schoop 2B40000025.256.305.458.763-1.0
    J. Berrios P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    Z. Littell P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    T. May P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    T. Duffey P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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    • a-grounded out for Cave in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    F. Lindor SS40000012.287.346.493.839-0.5
    J. Kipnis 2B40100021.238.299.368.6670.0
    C. Santana DH22111201.294.415.548.9639.0
    B. Bradley 1B30000132.195.267.390.657-0.5
    O. Mercado LF00000000.275.325.416.7400.0
    J. Ramirez 3B40110002.222.309.356.6643.0
    J. Bauers LF-1B41100013.240.312.403.7142.5
    G. Allen CF41110020.218.279.410.6892.0
    K. Plawecki C30000001.211.290.337.6270.0
    T. Naquin RF30210000.273.311.471.7826.0
    S. Bieber P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    O. Perez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    A. Cimber P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    B. Hand P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    Total3147413912-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - L. Arraez (6), M. Gonzalez (13)
      • RBI - M. Kepler (59), M. Gonzalez (31), J. Cave (8)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Polanco, N. Cruz 3 (3), L. Arraez, M. Sano, J. Cave, J. Schoop
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Ramirez (16), J. Bauers (12), T. Naquin (13)
      • HR - C. Santana (21)
      • RBI - C. Santana (54), J. Ramirez (37), G. Allen (13), T. Naquin (24)
      • 2-Out RBI - C. Santana (20), J. Ramirez (17)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - F. Lindor, J. Kipnis, J. Ramirez, J. Bauers 3 (3)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - T. Naquin (4)
      FIELDING
      • E - M. Garver (4)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Kipnis-Lindor-Bradley)
      • E - J. Kipnis (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Berrios5.06333603.101.146.0
      Z. Littell1.00000004.701.503.0
      T. May (L, 3-2)1.01110213.121.24-3.0
      T. Duffey1.00000103.601.203.5
      Total8.0744391---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Berrios5.0
      Z. Littell1.0
      T. May (L, 3-2)1.0
      T. Duffey1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      S. Bieber6.15331903.491.0016.5
      O. Perez (BS, 3)0.11000103.331.19-0.5
      A. Cimber (W, 5-2)1.11000202.861.0710.0
      B. Hand (S, 24)1.00000302.110.9711.5
      Total9.07331150---
      PITCHERSIP
      S. Bieber6.1
      O. Perez (BS, 3)0.1
      A. Cimber (W, 5-2)1.1
      B. Hand (S, 24)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Berrios 92-60, Z. Littell 10-9, T. May 16-13, T. Duffey 13-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Berrios 2-7, T. May 1-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Berrios 24, Z. Littell 3, T. May 4, T. Duffey 3
      PITCHING
      • WP - S. Bieber (6)
      • HBP - S. Bieber 2 (5)
      • Pitches-Strikes - S. Bieber 109-73, O. Perez 8-5, A. Cimber 19-13, B. Hand 15-14
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Bieber 7-3, A. Cimber 1-1, B. Hand 1-0
      • Batters Faced - S. Bieber 27, O. Perez 2, A. Cimber 5, B. Hand 4
      • 7TH INNING
        Santana homered to right34
        Kepler singled to shallow center, Gonzalez scored, Sano to third, Cave to second33
        Cave hit by pitch, Garver scored, Gonzalez to third, Sano to second23
        Gonzalez singled to right, Arraez scored, Garver to second13
      • 4TH INNING
        Naquin singled to center, Allen scored03
        Allen singled to center, Bauers scored02
      • 1ST INNING
        Ramirez doubled to deep right, Santana scored, Bradley to third01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Brad Hand relieved Adam Cimber
        • Ehire Adrianza hit for Jake Cave
        • E. Adrianza: Foul, Strike looking, Adrianza safe at first on 2nd baseman Kipnis fielding error
        • J. Schoop: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Schoop struck out swinging
        • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Kepler struck out swinging
        • J. Polanco: Strike swinging, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Polanco struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Oscar Mercado in left field
        • L. Arraez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Arraez doubled to deep right center
        • M. Garver: Strike looking, Ball, Garver grounded out to third
        • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Gonzalez lined out to center, Arraez to third
        • M. Sano: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Sano struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Tyler Duffey relieved Trevor May
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ramirez flied out to left
        • J. Bauers: Ball, Ball, Ball, Bauers flied out to left
        • G. Allen: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Allen struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • S. Bieber Pitching:
        • L. Arraez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Arraez walked
        • M. Garver: Strike looking, Ball, Garver hit by pitch, Arraez to second
        • M. Gonzalez: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Gonzalez singled to right, Arraez scored, Garver to second
        • M. Sano: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Sano singled to left, Garver to third, Gonzalez to second
        • J. Cave: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Cave hit by pitch, Garver scored, Gonzalez to third, Sano to second
        • J. Schoop: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Schoop struck out swinging
        • Oliver Perez relieved Shane Bieber
        • M. Kepler: Foul, Ball, Kepler singled to shallow center, Gonzalez scored, Sano to third, Cave to second
        • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Polanco struck out swinging
        • Adam Cimber relieved Oliver Perez
        • N. Cruz: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Cruz struck out looking
        • Middle of the 7th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Trevor May relieved Zack Littell
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Lindor grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Kipnis struck out swinging
        • C. Santana: Foul, Foul, Santana homered to right
        • B. Bradley: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • S. Bieber Pitching:
        • M. Kepler: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Kepler struck out, reached on wild pitch
        • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Polanco grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Kepler out at second
        • N. Cruz: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Cruz struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Zack Littell relieved Jose Berrios
        • G. Allen: Strike looking, Allen lined out to left
        • K. Plawecki: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Plawecki flied out to right
        • T. Naquin: Foul, Strike swinging, Naquin lined out to left
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • S. Bieber Pitching:
        • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Gonzalez doubled to deep right center
        • M. Sano: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Sano struck out looking
        • J. Cave: Foul, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Cave flied out to deep center, Gonzalez to third
        • J. Schoop: Ball, Foul, Foul, Schoop grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Berrios Pitching:
        • C. Santana: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Santana walked
        • B. Bradley: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bradley struck out looking
        • J. Ramirez: Ramirez flied out to center
        • J. Bauers: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bauers struck out swinging
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • S. Bieber Pitching:
        • N. Cruz: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Cruz struck out looking
        • L. Arraez: Ball, Arraez flied out to deep right
        • M. Garver: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Garver struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Berrios Pitching:
        • J. Bauers: Foul, Ball, Bauers doubled to deep left
        • G. Allen: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Allen singled to center, Bauers scored
        • K. Plawecki: Foul, Plawecki grounded out to shortstop, Allen to second
        • T. Naquin: Naquin singled to center, Allen scored
        • F. Lindor: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Lindor struck out swinging, Naquin stole second, Naquin to third on catcher Garver throwing error
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Kipnis struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 3RD INNING
        • S. Bieber Pitching:
        • J. Schoop: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Schoop grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Kepler: Strike swinging, Kepler grounded out to third
        • J. Polanco: Ball, Strike looking, Polanco grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Berrios Pitching:
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Kipnis reached on an infield single to third
        • C. Santana: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Santana flied out to left
        • B. Bradley: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ramirez grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • S. Bieber Pitching:
        • M. Garver: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Garver struck out swinging
        • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gonzalez singled to right
        • M. Sano: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Sano struck out swinging
        • J. Cave: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Cave grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Berrios Pitching:
        • G. Allen: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Allen struck out looking
        • K. Plawecki: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Plawecki popped out to second
        • T. Naquin: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Naquin doubled to deep right center
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Lindor fouled out to first
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • S. Bieber Pitching:
        • M. Kepler: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Kepler struck out swinging
        • J. Polanco: Ball, Polanco grounded out to first
        • N. Cruz: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Cruz singled to left center
        • L. Arraez: Foul, Foul, Arraez flied out to left
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Berrios Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Lindor fouled out to third
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Kipnis lined out to right
        • C. Santana: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Santana walked
        • B. Bradley: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bradley walked, Santana to second
        • J. Ramirez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ramirez doubled to deep right, Santana scored, Bradley to third
        • J. Bauers: Ball, Bauers flied out to left
        • End of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)