Indians sweep Rangers in doubleheader, gear up for Twins

CLEVELAND (AP) For two months, they've chiseled, chipped and whittled away at Minnesota's large lead.

The Indians are in position to erase it completely.

Jose Ramirez homered in both games, Cleveland's bullpen combined on a four-hitter in the second game and the Indians swept a doubleheader Wednesday from the Texas Rangers to set up a four-game showdown series against the AL-Central leading Twins.

''It's what we wanted,'' said second baseman Jason Kipnis. ''We wanted to play some fun games down the stretch.''

Ramirez hit a two-run homer in the opener as the Indians won 2-0, and he connected again in his first at-bat in the second game as Cleveland rolled to a 5-1 victory.

By going a baseball-best 38-16 since June 4, the Indians have slashed Minnesota's 11 1/2-game lead to two in a division still very much up for grabs. The teams will open their series on Thursday at Target Field, and Kipnis for one can't wait to get it started.

''Today was a big day,'' he said. ''Everyone wanted to get these two. Everyone was kind of watching the scoreboard over in Minnesota, too, and we knew it had a chance to be a big day for us and it worked out perfectly for us. Guys are in a good mood, feeling good and excited to get to Minnesota.''

Ramirez, who has raised his average nearly 50 points since late June, connected in the second inning of the second game off Lance Lynn (14-7). Franmil Reyes hit a sacrifice fly in the seventh and Carlos Santana, Yasiel Puig and Kipnis drove in runs in the eighth as the Indians (68-46) went 22 games over .500 for the first time in 2019.

Indians manager Terry Francona turned to his relievers in the second game and the reliable group came through with Tyler Clippard pitching two perfect innings and A.J. Cole (3-1) - Cleveland's third pitcher - getting the win by working 2 2/3 scoreless.

Nick Wittgren got the final five outs for his third save.

''They were tremendous,'' Francona said. ''Clippard set the tone and guys went multiple innings and they got lefties and righties out. ... There's no wiggle room for anybody to really have a bad inning and nobody did. That was really impressive.''

The Rangers managed only two runs in three games at Progressive Field. Texas won the opener 1-0, but then didn't score for 21 straight innings before Willie Calhoun homered leading off the eighth.

Making up for a sluggish start this season, Ramirez homered off Lynn, who entered 3-0 with a 0.95 ERA in three career starts against Cleveland.

But the right-hander made one mistake in the second, grooving a 95 mph fastball on his first pitch to Ramirez, who turned and deposited it into the lower seats in right field.

''I made one bad pitch to Ramirez,'' Lynn said. ''It didn't go where I wanted to. He's kind of been in that zone you've seen him in the last couple of years. When you make a mistake he puts a good swing on it.''

In the opener, Ramirez connected off Ariel Jurado (6-7), who had blanked the Indians on two singles before allowing the third baseman's 15th homer.

Nick Goody (3-0) replaced rookie starter Zach Plesac in the seventh and pitched two scoreless innings. All-Star closer Brad Hand struck out the side in the ninth for his 28th save.

UMP INJURED

Plate umpire Chris Guccione left the second game in the middle of the fourth, shortly after he was struck in the mask with a foul tip. Guccione was replaced by John Libka, who left his spot at third to go behind the plate.

''He was kind of showing concussion-like symptoms,'' Francona said. ''That scares you immediately.''

ZEROES

The Indians have 12 shutouts, tied with the Los Angeles Dodgers for the most in the majors.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: RHP Shawn Kelley (sore biceps) was activated from the 10-day injured list and was brought in during the eighth inning of the second game.

Indians: Francona said the plan is for RHP Corey Kluber to throw ''50-ish'' pitches in his rehab start Thursday for Triple-A Columbus, a significant step for the two-time Cy Young winner in his recovery from a broken right arm. Francona added that Kluber, who was struck by a line drive on May 1, is cleared to throw his full array of pitches.

UP NEXT

Rangers: Rookie LHP Kolby Allard will be recalled from Triple-A Nashville and make his debut for Texas on Friday in Milwaukee. He was acquired from Atlanta at the trade deadline.

Indians: RHP Mike Clevinger (6-2, 3.07 ERA), who had his start pushed back by Tuesday's rainout, starts the series opener against Twins RHP Kyle Gibson (11-4, 4.02). Clevinger is 3-0 with a 1.80 ERA in his last three road starts.

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  • W: A. Cole (3-1)L: L. Lynn (14-7)S: N. Wittgren (3)
  • HR: TEX - W. Calhoun (9), CLE - J. Ramirez (16)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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E. Andrus SS30000011.284.321.414.735-0.5
N. Mazara RF30000021.262.312.444.757-1.0
W. Calhoun LF31211010.291.326.575.9016.5
R. Odor 2B30000021.204.271.434.705-1.0
S. Heineman CF30000001.200.273.200.4730.0
I. Kiner-Falefa 3B20100000.231.301.339.6401.0
a- H. Pence PH10000000.287.337.550.8870.0
L. Forsythe 3B00000000.252.359.403.7630.0
J. Mathis C20000001.166.219.235.4540.0
b- D. DeShields PH10000010.264.347.373.719-0.5
  • a-grounded out for Kiner-Falefa in the 8th
  • b-struck out for Mathis in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
F. Lindor SS31100101.301.352.527.8784.0
T. Naquin LF-RF40000013.284.315.482.797-0.5
C. Santana 1B31110110.282.403.524.9274.5
Y. Puig DH30110023.254.306.469.7752.0
J. Ramirez 3B42211001.245.317.436.7539.0
J. Kipnis 2B41210020.258.319.412.7305.0
F. Reyes RF20010000.243.297.507.8051.0
O. Mercado CF10000001.284.331.459.7900.0
G. Allen CF-LF30200010.235.298.378.6760.5
K. Plawecki C20000111.214.294.339.6330.5
    BATTING
    • HR - W. Calhoun (9)
    • RBI - W. Calhoun (25)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - N. Mazara
    BATTING
    • 2B - F. Lindor (25), C. Santana (22), J. Ramirez (28), J. Kipnis 2 (18)
    • HR - J. Ramirez (16)
    • SF - F. Reyes (6)
    • RBI - C. Santana (64), Y. Puig (64), J. Ramirez (60), J. Kipnis (52), F. Reyes (48)
    • 2-Out RBI - J. Kipnis (23)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - Y. Puig 3 (3), J. Ramirez, O. Mercado
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - G. Allen (2)
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - W. Calhoun
    • DP - (Odor-Andrus-Santana)
    • PB - J. Mathis (5)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 2 (Kipnis-Santana; Ramirez-Kipnis-Santana)
    • E - F. Lindor (7)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    L. Lynn (L, 14-7)7.04213813.601.1915.0
    J. Chavez0.24330004.681.31-7.0
    S. Kelley0.11000002.971.17-1.0
    PITCHERSIP
    L. Lynn (L, 14-7)7.0
    J. Chavez0.2
    S. Kelley0.1
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    T. Clippard2.00000302.740.917.5
    H. Wood2.01000102.251.095.5
    A. Cole (W, 3-1)2.22000203.811.5012.0
    O. Perez (H, 14)0.21110213.031.25-1.0
    N. Wittgren (S, 3)1.20000102.620.9410.5
    PITCHERSIP
    T. Clippard2.0
    H. Wood2.0
    A. Cole (W, 3-1)2.2
    O. Perez (H, 14)0.2
    N. Wittgren (S, 3)1.2
    PITCHING
    • WP - L. Lynn (12)
    • HBP - L. Lynn (5)
    • Pitches-Strikes - L. Lynn 120-73, J. Chavez 23-14, S. Kelley 10-6
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Lynn 4-7
    • Batters Faced - L. Lynn 27, J. Chavez 5, S. Kelley 2
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - T. Clippard 26-19, H. Wood 29-17, A. Cole 30-21, O. Perez 9-9, N. Wittgren 17-13
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Clippard 1-2, H. Wood 2-3, A. Cole 2-2, N. Wittgren 1-3
    • Batters Faced - T. Clippard 6, H. Wood 7, A. Cole 8, O. Perez 3, N. Wittgren 5
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    S. Choo DH40100010.276.374.480.8540.5
    D. Santana 1B40000011.316.344.577.920-0.5
    E. Andrus SS30000011.284.321.414.735-0.5
    N. Mazara RF30000021.262.312.444.757-1.0
    W. Calhoun LF31211010.291.326.575.9016.5
    R. Odor 2B30000021.204.271.434.705-1.0
    S. Heineman CF30000001.200.273.200.4730.0
    I. Kiner-Falefa 3B20100000.231.301.339.6401.0
    a- H. Pence PH10000000.287.337.550.8870.0
    L. Forsythe 3B00000000.252.359.403.7630.0
    J. Mathis C20000001.166.219.235.4540.0
    b- D. DeShields PH10000010.264.347.373.719-0.5
    Total291411096-----
    • a-grounded out for Kiner-Falefa in the 8th
    • b-struck out for Mathis in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    F. Lindor SS31100101.301.352.527.8784.0
    T. Naquin LF-RF40000013.284.315.482.797-0.5
    C. Santana 1B31110110.282.403.524.9274.5
    Y. Puig DH30110023.254.306.469.7752.0
    J. Ramirez 3B42211001.245.317.436.7539.0
    J. Kipnis 2B41210020.258.319.412.7305.0
    F. Reyes RF20010000.243.297.507.8051.0
    O. Mercado CF10000001.284.331.459.7900.0
    G. Allen CF-LF30200010.235.298.378.6760.5
    K. Plawecki C20000111.214.294.339.6330.5
    Total2959513810-----
    HITTERSAB
    F. Lindor SS3
    T. Naquin LF-RF4
    C. Santana 1B3
    Y. Puig DH3
    J. Ramirez 3B4
    J. Kipnis 2B4
    F. Reyes RF2
    O. Mercado CF1
    G. Allen CF-LF3
    K. Plawecki C2
    Total29
      BATTING
      • HR - W. Calhoun (9)
      • RBI - W. Calhoun (25)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - N. Mazara
      BATTING
      • 2B - F. Lindor (25), C. Santana (22), J. Ramirez (28), J. Kipnis 2 (18)
      • HR - J. Ramirez (16)
      • SF - F. Reyes (6)
      • RBI - C. Santana (64), Y. Puig (64), J. Ramirez (60), J. Kipnis (52), F. Reyes (48)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Kipnis (23)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - Y. Puig 3 (3), J. Ramirez, O. Mercado
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - G. Allen (2)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - W. Calhoun
      • DP - (Odor-Andrus-Santana)
      • PB - J. Mathis (5)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Kipnis-Santana; Ramirez-Kipnis-Santana)
      • E - F. Lindor (7)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      L. Lynn (L, 14-7)7.04213813.601.1915.0
      J. Chavez0.24330004.681.31-7.0
      S. Kelley0.11000002.971.17-1.0
      Total8.0954381---
      PITCHERSIP
      L. Lynn (L, 14-7)7.0
      J. Chavez0.2
      S. Kelley0.1
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      T. Clippard2.00000302.740.917.5
      H. Wood2.01000102.251.095.5
      A. Cole (W, 3-1)2.22000203.811.5012.0
      O. Perez (H, 14)0.21110213.031.25-1.0
      N. Wittgren (S, 3)1.20000102.620.9410.5
      Total9.0411091---
      PITCHERSIP
      T. Clippard2.0
      H. Wood2.0
      A. Cole (W, 3-1)2.2
      O. Perez (H, 14)0.2
      N. Wittgren (S, 3)1.2
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - L. Lynn (12)
      • HBP - L. Lynn (5)
      • Pitches-Strikes - L. Lynn 120-73, J. Chavez 23-14, S. Kelley 10-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Lynn 4-7
      • Batters Faced - L. Lynn 27, J. Chavez 5, S. Kelley 2
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - T. Clippard 26-19, H. Wood 29-17, A. Cole 30-21, O. Perez 9-9, N. Wittgren 17-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Clippard 1-2, H. Wood 2-3, A. Cole 2-2, N. Wittgren 1-3
      • Batters Faced - T. Clippard 6, H. Wood 7, A. Cole 8, O. Perez 3, N. Wittgren 5
      • 8TH INNING
        Kipnis doubled to deep right, Ramirez scored15
        Puig singled to left, Santana scored, Puig out at second14
        Santana doubled to deep right, Lindor scored13
        Calhoun homered to right12
      • 7TH INNING
        Reyes hit sacrifice fly to right, Kipnis scored02
      • 2ND INNING
        Ramirez homered to right01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Delino DeShields hit for Jeff Mathis
        • D. DeShields: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, DeShields struck out looking
        • S. Choo: Choo flied out to left
        • D. Santana: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Santana lined out to center
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Oscar Mercado in center field
        • W. Calhoun: Strike looking, Calhoun homered to right
        • R. Odor: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Odor struck out swinging
        • Nick Wittgren relieved Oliver Perez
        • S. Heineman: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Heineman flied out to center
        • Hunter Pence hit for Isiah Kiner-Falefa
        • H. Pence: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pence grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Logan Forsythe at third base
        • Jesse Chavez relieved Lance Lynn
        • F. Lindor: Foul, Lindor doubled to deep right
        • T. Naquin: Strike looking, Naquin popped out to third
        • Ca. Santana: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Santana doubled to deep right, Lindor scored
        • Y. Puig: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Puig singled to left, Santana scored, Puig out at second
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ramirez doubled to deep right
        • Shawn Kelley relieved Jesse Chavez
        • J. Kipnis: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Kipnis doubled to deep right, Ramirez scored
        • O. Mercado: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Mercado flied out to right
        • End of the 8th (3 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • A. Cole Pitching:
        • D. Santana: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
        • El. Andrus: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Andrus flied out to left
        • Oliver Perez relieved A.J. Cole
        • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Mazara struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • L. Lynn Pitching:
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Kipnis doubled to deep right center
        • F. Reyes: Foul, Ball, Ball, Kipnis to third on passed ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Reyes hit sacrifice fly to right, Kipnis scored
        • G. Allen: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Allen struck out swinging
        • K. Plawecki: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Plawecki grounded out to second
        • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • A. Cole Pitching:
        • I. Kiner-Falefa: Foul, Kiner-Falefa singled to left
        • J. Mathis: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Mathis grounded into double play third to second to first, Kiner-Falefa out at second
        • S. Choo: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Choo struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • L. Lynn Pitching:
        • T. Naquin: Foul, Ball, Ball, Naquin lined out to right
        • Ca. Santana: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Santana lined out to right
        • Y. Puig: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Puig hit by pitch
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ramirez grounded out to first
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • A.J. Cole relieved Hunter Wood
        • W. Calhoun: Calhoun singled to left
        • R. Odor: Odor popped out to second
        • S. Heineman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Heineman grounded into double play second to first, Calhoun out at second
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • L. Lynn Pitching:
        • G. Allen: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Allen singled to center
        • K. Plawecki: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Plawecki struck out swinging
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Lindor grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Allen out at second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • H. Wood Pitching:
        • S. Choo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Choo singled to left center
        • D. Santana: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Santana reached on fielder's choice to second, Santana to second, Choo out at second on shortstop Lindor throwing error
        • El. Andrus: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Andrus struck out swinging
        • N. Mazara: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Mazara popped out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
        • L. Lynn Pitching:
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ramirez grounded out to second
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Kipnis struck out swinging
        • F. Reyes: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Reyes lined out to third
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • Hunter Wood relieved Tyler Clippard
        • S. Heineman: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Heineman flied out to right
        • I. Kiner-Falefa: Ball, Ball, Kiner-Falefa flied out to right
        • J. Mathis: Ball, Ball, Mathis grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • L. Lynn Pitching:
        • G. Allen: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Allen singled to center
        • K. Plawecki: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Allen caught stealing second, catcher to second, Ball, Plawecki walked
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Lindor walked, Plawecki to second
        • T. Naquin: Ball, Naquin flied out to left
        • Ca. Santana: Ball, Plawecki to third, Lindor to second on wild pitch, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Santana walked
        • Y. Puig: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Puig struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • T. Clippard Pitching:
        • N. Mazara: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Mazara struck out swinging
        • W. Calhoun: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Calhoun struck out swinging
        • R. Odor: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Odor struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • L. Lynn Pitching:
        • Y. Puig: Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Puig struck out swinging
        • J. Ramirez: Ramirez homered to right
        • J. Kipnis: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Kipnis struck out swinging
        • F. Reyes: Strike swinging, Reyes fouled out to catcher
        • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • T. Clippard Pitching:
        • S. Choo: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Choo fouled out to third
        • D. Santana: Foul, Santana flied out to deep left
        • El. Andrus: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Andrus grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • L. Lynn Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Lindor lined out to right
        • T. Naquin: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Naquin struck out swinging
        • Ca. Santana: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)