Indians trim Twins 7-5 to salvage AL Central series finale

CLEVELAND (AP) After getting rained out, beaten twice and nearly counted out, the Indians saved something from their biggest weekend this season.

They're not finished yet.

''We're going to keep fighting,'' said starter Shane Bieber.

The Indians kept their faint hopes of winning the AL Central alive on Sunday with a 7-5 win over the big-swinging Minnesota Twins, who hit four more homers and tied a major league record with four players getting at least 30.

Roberto Perez's three-run homer in the sixth off Kyle Gibson put the Indians ahead and they bounced back after dropping a doubleheader on Saturday that seemed to doom their postseason chances.

But the Indians didn't fold and stopped the Twins from extending their lead.

''We responded very well,'' said Perez, who has 23 homers and is batting .406 in his last 10 games. ''The first two games were tough losses. It was a must-win. We came out with a lot of energy. I thought guys had better at-bats and I'm glad we got the win.''

Perez's 417-foot shot to center field capped a four-run rally in the sixth inning that began with Jason Kipnis hitting a double off Fernando Romero (0-1) after re-injuring his right wrist.

Nick Wittgren (5-1) relieved Bieber and held the Twins to one run in 1 1/3 innings before manager Terry Francona, who didn't have closer Brad Hand available this weekend, then got creative to close out the Twins.

James Hoyt worked the eighth and got two outs in the ninth before Oliver Perez popped up red-hot Eddie Rosario for his first save this season - and first since 2017 with Washington.

''My stomach was in my throat,'' Francona said. ''But I'll tell ya what, Hoyt, that's a big ask. I mean coming on the heels of pitching yesterday and just not being in that role here. He did a good job.''

With the win, the Indians are back within 4 1/2 games of the Twins while they chase Oakland and Tampa Bay in the wild card race.

Rosario homered twice and Miguel Sano and rookie LaMonte Wade Jr. connected as the Twins became the 13th team - and first since the 2009 Philadelphia Phillies - to have four players reach 30 homers in the same season.

Sano, who homered in the third off starter Shane Bieber, has 29 and two weeks left to reach the milestone, which would give Minnesota the record in a year when home run marks are falling all around baseball.

Rosario's 419-foot homer in the sixth tied it 2-2 and gave him 30 homers, joining Nelson Cruz (37), Max Kepler (36) and Mitch Garver (30) at the plateau.

''It is really awesome,'' Rosario said. ''But I'm going for more and more and to get to five guys - if that's the record for five guys hitting 30 homers, that's awesome.''

Second baseman Jonathan Schoop had two of four errors by the Twins, who lost for just the third time in their last 17 road games.

They came to Cleveland looking to put away the Indians and nearly did with another power-packed performance, only to be undone by defensive lapses.

''It was too much for us to overcome,'' said manager Rocco Baldelli, who rested several regulars and pushed All-Star Jose Berrios' scheduled start back one day. ''That being said, we pitched well enough to win. We swung the bats well enough to win. We just didn't get the job done in the field.''

NOT JUSTIN

Bieber eclipsed 200 innings this season after throwing 114 2/3 for the Indians as a rookie. At 24, he's the youngest Cleveland pitcher to reach 200 innings since CC Sabathia did it as a 21-year-old in 2001.

KIPNIS HURT

Kipnis is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Monday. He missed three games earlier this month with a similar condition.

TAKE THAT

The Twins have the upper hand in the standings, but the Indians won the season series 10-9.

OSCAR-WORTHY

Indians rookie Oscar Mercado is on a tear at the plate.

He has six multi-hit games in his last 11 and is batting .400 (18 of 45) over the span with seven runs.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Twins: Utility INF Ehire Adrianza rejoined the club Saturday to begin treatment for a strained right oblique. Adrianza, who got hurt while swinging against Washington on Thursday, hopes to be playing by the end of the regular season.

Indians: Hand threw in the outfield before the game. The left-hander has struggled during the season's second half and the club is hoping rest will help. There's no timetable on his return. ... RHP Corey Kluber didn't have any issues after playing catch for the first time since straining an oblique. The two-time Cy Young winner hasn't pitched for Cleveland since breaking his arm on May 1.

UP NEXT

Twins: Open a three-game series at home against Chicago with Berrios (12-8, 3.63 ERA) starting against White Sox right-hander Reynaldo Lopez (9-13, 5.35).

Indians: Following an off day, Cleveland opens a three-game series against Detroit with Adam Plutko (6-4, 4.42) facing Matthew Boyd (8-11, 4.54). The Indians have won 13 straight over the Tigers.

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MIN91-58
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CLE87-63
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  • W: N. Wittgren (5-1)L: F. Romero (0-1)S: O. Perez (1)
  • HR: MIN - M. Sano (29), E. Rosario 2 (31), L. Wade (1), CLE - R. Perez (23)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
L. Arraez DH40100112.344.411.447.8571.5
M. Sano 3B51211022.241.341.556.8976.0
J. Cave RF50200021.257.344.450.7942.0
E. Rosario LF52322002.275.299.500.79913.0
W. Astudillo C31100103.265.296.367.6643.0
J. Schoop 2B40100022.260.311.485.7960.0
L. Wade CF41121001.120.371.240.6117.0
C. Cron 1B40100001.253.313.471.7831.0
R. Torreyes SS20000021.200.200.200.400-1.0
a- J. Polanco PH-SS20100000.302.362.495.8571.0
  • a-singled for Torreyes in the 6th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
F. Lindor SS51100012.292.343.535.8781.5
O. Mercado CF31200100.281.330.439.7693.0
C. Santana 1B41010003.280.398.527.9252.0
Y. Puig RF30100111.256.317.451.7681.5
J. Kipnis 2B31100002.245.304.410.7153.0
a- M. Freeman PH-2B10110000.273.368.406.7742.0
F. Reyes DH31000113.244.307.501.8081.5
G. Allen LF41210001.234.294.359.6536.0
R. Perez C31231001.236.320.456.77510.0
R. Flaherty 3B40000014.000.000.000.000-0.5
  • a-singled for Kipnis in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Cave (10)
  • HR - M. Sano (29), E. Rosario 2 (31), L. Wade
  • RBI - M. Sano (66), E. Rosario 2 (99), L. Wade 2 (4)
  • 2-Out RBI - E. Rosario (36), L. Wade 2 (2)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - L. Arraez (20), E. Rosario, W. Astudillo 2 (20), J. Schoop, R. Torreyes
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Kipnis (23)
  • HR - R. Perez (23)
  • RBI - C. Santana (89), M. Freeman (22), G. Allen (26), R. Perez 3 (58)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - F. Lindor 2 (40), J. Kipnis, F. Reyes, R. Flaherty
BASERUNNING
  • SB - G. Allen (8)
  • CS - O. Mercado (4)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Schoop-Torreyes-Cron; Polanco-Schoop-Cron)
  • E - E. Rosario (4), J. Schoop 2 (14), R. Torreyes
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - Y. Puig (8)
  • DP - (Kipnis-Lindor-Santana)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
R. Dobnak5.06211202.121.538.0
F. Romero (L, 0-1) (H, 1)0.11321107.362.18-8.5
K. Gibson (BS, 1)1.02211014.761.40-1.0
R. Harper1.21000103.441.112.5
PITCHERSIP
R. Dobnak5.0
F. Romero (L, 0-1) (H, 1)0.1
K. Gibson (BS, 1)1.0
R. Harper1.2
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Bieber5.211441433.261.031.0
N. Wittgren (W, 5-1)1.12110312.781.078.5
J. Hoyt (H, 1)1.20001200.000.643.0
O. Perez (S, 1)0.10000003.491.227.0
PITCHERSIP
S. Bieber5.2
N. Wittgren (W, 5-1)1.1
J. Hoyt (H, 1)1.2
O. Perez (S, 1)0.1
PITCHING
  • WP - F. Romero (5)
  • HBP - R. Dobnak
  • Pitches-Strikes - R. Dobnak 74-45, F. Romero 17-9, K. Gibson 31-16, R. Harper 18-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Dobnak 9-2, F. Romero 1-0, K. Gibson 2-2, R. Harper 2-1
  • Batters Faced - R. Dobnak 21, F. Romero 4, K. Gibson 7, R. Harper 5
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Bieber 100-64, N. Wittgren 22-18, J. Hoyt 20-14, O. Perez 2-2
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Bieber 6-5, N. Wittgren 1-0, J. Hoyt 3-0
  • Batters Faced - S. Bieber 27, N. Wittgren 6, J. Hoyt 6, O. Perez
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
L. Arraez DH40100112.344.411.447.8571.5
M. Sano 3B51211022.241.341.556.8976.0
J. Cave RF50200021.257.344.450.7942.0
E. Rosario LF52322002.275.299.500.79913.0
W. Astudillo C31100103.265.296.367.6643.0
J. Schoop 2B40100022.260.311.485.7960.0
L. Wade CF41121001.120.371.240.6117.0
C. Cron 1B40100001.253.313.471.7831.0
R. Torreyes SS20000021.200.200.200.400-1.0
a- J. Polanco PH-SS20100000.302.362.495.8571.0
Total38513542915-----
HITTERSAB
L. Arraez DH4
M. Sano 3B5
J. Cave RF5
E. Rosario LF5
W. Astudillo C3
J. Schoop 2B4
L. Wade CF4
C. Cron 1B4
R. Torreyes SS2
a- J. Polanco PH-SS2
Total38
  • a-singled for Torreyes in the 6th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
F. Lindor SS51100012.292.343.535.8781.5
O. Mercado CF31200100.281.330.439.7693.0
C. Santana 1B41010003.280.398.527.9252.0
Y. Puig RF30100111.256.317.451.7681.5
J. Kipnis 2B31100002.245.304.410.7153.0
a- M. Freeman PH-2B10110000.273.368.406.7742.0
F. Reyes DH31000113.244.307.501.8081.5
G. Allen LF41210001.234.294.359.6536.0
R. Perez C31231001.236.320.456.77510.0
R. Flaherty 3B40000014.000.000.000.000-0.5
Total33710613417-----
HITTERSAB
F. Lindor SS5
O. Mercado CF3
C. Santana 1B4
Y. Puig RF3
J. Kipnis 2B3
a- M. Freeman PH-2B1
F. Reyes DH3
G. Allen LF4
R. Perez C3
R. Flaherty 3B4
Total33
  • a-singled for Kipnis in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Cave (10)
  • HR - M. Sano (29), E. Rosario 2 (31), L. Wade
  • RBI - M. Sano (66), E. Rosario 2 (99), L. Wade 2 (4)
  • 2-Out RBI - E. Rosario (36), L. Wade 2 (2)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - L. Arraez (20), E. Rosario, W. Astudillo 2 (20), J. Schoop, R. Torreyes
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Kipnis (23)
  • HR - R. Perez (23)
  • RBI - C. Santana (89), M. Freeman (22), G. Allen (26), R. Perez 3 (58)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - F. Lindor 2 (40), J. Kipnis, F. Reyes, R. Flaherty
BASERUNNING
  • SB - G. Allen (8)
  • CS - O. Mercado (4)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Schoop-Torreyes-Cron; Polanco-Schoop-Cron)
  • E - E. Rosario (4), J. Schoop 2 (14), R. Torreyes
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - Y. Puig (8)
  • DP - (Kipnis-Lindor-Santana)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
R. Dobnak5.06211202.121.538.0
F. Romero (L, 0-1) (H, 1)0.11321107.362.18-8.5
K. Gibson (BS, 1)1.02211014.761.40-1.0
R. Harper1.21000103.441.112.5
Total8.01074341---
PITCHERSIP
R. Dobnak5.0
F. Romero (L, 0-1) (H, 1)0.1
K. Gibson (BS, 1)1.0
R. Harper1.2
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Bieber5.211441433.261.031.0
N. Wittgren (W, 5-1)1.12110312.781.078.5
J. Hoyt (H, 1)1.20001200.000.643.0
O. Perez (S, 1)0.10000003.491.227.0
Total9.01355294---
PITCHERSIP
S. Bieber5.2
N. Wittgren (W, 5-1)1.1
J. Hoyt (H, 1)1.2
O. Perez (S, 1)0.1
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - F. Romero (5)
  • HBP - R. Dobnak
  • Pitches-Strikes - R. Dobnak 74-45, F. Romero 17-9, K. Gibson 31-16, R. Harper 18-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Dobnak 9-2, F. Romero 1-0, K. Gibson 2-2, R. Harper 2-1
  • Batters Faced - R. Dobnak 21, F. Romero 4, K. Gibson 7, R. Harper 5
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Bieber 100-64, N. Wittgren 22-18, J. Hoyt 20-14, O. Perez 2-2
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Bieber 6-5, N. Wittgren 1-0, J. Hoyt 3-0
  • Batters Faced - S. Bieber 27, N. Wittgren 6, J. Hoyt 6, O. Perez
  • 7TH INNING
    Freeman singled to left center, Mercado scored, Puig to second57
    Rosario homered to right center56
  • 6TH INNING
    Perez homered to center, Reyes and Allen scored46
    Allen safe at first on 2nd baseman Schoop fielding error, Kipnis scored, Reyes to third43
    Wade homered to right center, Astudillo scored42
    Rosario homered to right22
  • 3RD INNING
    Sano homered to left12
  • 1ST INNING
    Kipnis reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Santana scored, Puig out at second on shortstop Torreyes throwing error02
    Santana reached on fielder's choice to second, Lindor scored, Mercado out at second01
  • 9TH INNING
    • J. Hoyt Pitching:
    • L. Arraez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Arraez walked
    • M. Sano: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Sano struck out swinging
    • J. Cave: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Cave struck out swinging
    • Oliver Perez relieved James Hoyt
    • E. Rosario: Strike swinging, Rosario fouled out to catcher
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • James Hoyt relieved Nick Wittgren
    • L. Wade: Strike looking, Wade grounded out to second
    • C. Cron: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Cron grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Polanco: Ball, Polanco grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • R. Harper Pitching:
    • G. Allen: Ball, Allen singled to right
    • R. Perez: Ball, Strike looking, Allen stole second, Perez flied out to center
    • R. Flaherty: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Flaherty struck out looking
    • F. Lindor: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Lindor grounded out to first
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • N. Wittgren Pitching:
    • M. Sano: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Sano struck out swinging
    • J. Cave: Strike looking, Cave grounded out to shortstop
    • E. Rosario: Rosario homered to right center
    • W. Astudillo: Strike looking, Astudillo singled to right
    • J. Schoop: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Schoop struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • K. Gibson Pitching:
    • O. Mercado: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Mercado walked
    • Ca. Santana: Santana lined out to center
    • Y. Puig: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Puig reached on fielder's choice to third, Mercado to second on 2nd baseman Schoop fielding error
    • Mike Freeman hit for Jason Kipnis
    • M. Freeman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Freeman singled to left center, Mercado scored, Puig to second
    • Ryne Harper relieved Kyle Gibson
    • F. Reyes: Strike swinging, Reyes grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Freeman out at second
    • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
  • 6TH INNING
    • S. Bieber Pitching:
    • J. Cave: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Cave struck out swinging
    • E. Rosario: Foul, Rosario homered to right
    • W. Astudillo: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Astudillo walked
    • J. Schoop: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Schoop struck out swinging
    • L. Wade: Wade homered to right center, Astudillo scored
    • C. Cron: Strike looking, Ball, Cron singled to center
    • Jorge Polanco hit for Ronald Torreyes
    • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Polanco singled to right, Cron to second
    • Nick Wittgren relieved Shane Bieber
    • L. Arraez: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Arraez struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Fernando Romero relieved Randy Dobnak
    • Y. Puig: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Puig struck out swinging
    • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Kipnis doubled to deep left
    • F. Reyes: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Reyes walked
    • G. Allen: Ball, Kipnis to third, Reyes to second on wild pitch, Strike (foul tip), Allen safe at first on 2nd baseman Schoop fielding error, Kipnis scored, Reyes to third
    • Kyle Gibson relieved Fernando Romero
    • R. Perez: Ball, Perez homered to center, Reyes and Allen scored
    • R. Flaherty: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Flaherty lined out to right
    • F. Lindor: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Lindor grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 6th (4 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 5TH INNING
    • S. Bieber Pitching:
    • R. Torreyes: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Torreyes struck out looking
    • L. Arraez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Arraez singled to center
    • M. Sano: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Sano grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Arraez out at second
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • R. Dobnak Pitching:
    • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Lindor grounded out to first
    • O. Mercado: Foul, Mercado lined out to center
    • Ca. Santana: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Santana grounded out to second
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • S. Bieber Pitching:
    • J. Schoop: Strike swinging, Ball, Schoop grounded out to third
    • L. Wade: Foul, Wade lined out to center
    • C. Cron: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Cron grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • R. Dobnak Pitching:
    • F. Reyes: Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Reyes grounded out to first
    • G. Allen: Allen grounded out to first
    • R. Perez: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Perez singled to center
    • R. Flaherty: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Flaherty grounded out to first
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • S. Bieber Pitching:
    • L. Arraez: Foul, Arraez flied out to left
    • M. Sano: Ball, Sano homered to left
    • J. Cave: Cave doubled to deep center
    • E. Rosario: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Rosario lined out to left
    • W. Astudillo: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Astudillo grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • R. Dobnak Pitching:
    • O. Mercado: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Mercado singled to left
    • Ca. Santana: Ball, Santana flied out to center
    • Y. Puig: Strike looking, Mercado caught stealing second, catcher to second, Ball, Strike swinging, Puig singled to center
    • J. Kipnis: Kipnis grounded out to second
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • S. Bieber Pitching:
    • J. Schoop: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Schoop singled to right
    • L. Wade: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Wade flied out to left
    • C. Cron: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Cron grounded out to pitcher, Schoop to second
    • R. Torreyes: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Torreyes struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • R. Dobnak Pitching:
    • G. Allen: Ball, Ball, Allen singled to right
    • R. Perez: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Perez hit by pitch, Allen to second
    • R. Flaherty: Strike swinging, Flaherty grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Allen to third, Perez out at second
    • F. Lindor: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Lindor struck out looking
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • S. Bieber Pitching:
    • L. Arraez: Ball, Arraez grounded out to second
    • M. Sano: Strike looking, Sano singled to right, Sano out at second
    • J. Cave: Ball, Foul, Cave singled to right
    • E. Rosario: Ball, Rosario singled to right, Cave to third
    • W. Astudillo: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Astudillo flied out to shallow right
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • R. Dobnak Pitching:
    • F. Lindor: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Lindor singled to left, Lindor to second on left fielder Rosario fielding error
    • O. Mercado: Ball, Strike swinging, Mercado singled to center, Lindor to third
    • Ca. Santana: Ball, Strike swinging, Santana reached on fielder's choice to second, Lindor scored, Mercado out at second
    • Y. Puig: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Puig walked, Santana to second
    • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Kipnis reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Santana scored, Puig out at second on shortstop Torreyes throwing error
    • F. Reyes: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Reyes struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 2 Errors)