Twins' Mejia labors through 5-0 shutout of Indians

Cleveland Indians receive boost from potent offense

Dozier homered into the left field porch on a 3-2 pitch and narrowed Cleveland's lead over Minnesota in the AL Central to one-half game.

The Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins continue to beat up each other, in each other's back yard. Sano said his fever had subsided and the sinus congestion he's been dealing with for a week, dating to a rain-marred home doubleheader with the Indians last weekend, is improving as well.

Cleveland's Corey Kluber struck out a season-high 13 and allowed three hits in seven innings, but throwing errors by second baseman Jason Kipnis and catcher Yan Gomes led to two unearned runs in the first. Cleveland is also 8-1 in Tomlin's last nine Sunday starts, and 2-6 in Tomlin's last eight starts.

Cleveland was coming off a 7-1 road trip, including a four-game sweep at Target Field last weekend that gave the Indians first place in the division. Springer hit his 22nd home run, a 456-foot blast to straightaway center field, and Gurriel hit his eighth homer, a two-run shot into the upper deck in left field that was estimated at 420 feet. "So, we wanted to stick it to them here. We wanted to stomp on their throats".

"He trusts himself even when there's base runners that he can find his way out", manager Paul Molitor told reporters after the game, noting that Santana's slider was better than in his previous outing, and his fastball velocity was strong. "They played their butts off".

Castro hit a two-run double in the second and an RBI double in the sixth.

"It was just a poor job of executing pitches kind of the whole game", Tomlin said.

Though the team has underachieved for the majority of the still-young 2017 season, it appears the Cleveland Indians are hitting their stride at the right time.

Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Adalberto Mejia delivers in the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Friday, June 23, 2017, in Cleveland.

Conversely, Minnesota doesn't play so Minnesota Nice away from home as their 23-9 road record - including a 5-1 mark in Cleveland - is the best in the major leagues. "We were certainly able to get our hits, but we never strung anything together".

Cleveland's hit with a runner in scoring position came in the fourth, but didn't produce a run.

Four Houston relievers - Michael Feliz, Chris Devenski, Will Harris and Luke Gregerson - combined for seven scoreless innings of three-hit relief as the Astros won the final two games of the series. "At times I thought, 'If this hitter gets a hit, this run comes in.' But I try not to think that way and try to not let a hitter get to first base".

The Twins improbably overcame all those lineup absences and beat the Indians on Saturday. That allowed the Indians to move past the Twins and into first place in the American League Central by 2 1/2 games. Max Kepler, out Saturday after fouling a ball off his foot, played right field.

The Indians' Austin Jackson hits a single in the seventh inning.

Twins: RHP Phil Hughes (sore arm) threw a scoreless inning Saturday for Triple-A Rochester on a minor league rehab assignment.

Minnesota's feel-good story of going from having the worst record in the major leagues last season at 59-103 to early-season contender seemed to end the weekend before last.

After a Joe Mauer walk, Robbie Grossman doubled to right field, scoring Dozier on Kluber's singular mistake of the day. Jose Bautista drove in a season-high four runs, and Francisco Liriano earned his 100th career victory.

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