Indians use home runs to finally defeat Twins 9-2

Posted at 3:59 PM, Aug 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-04 15:59:02-04

Carlos Santana hit a three-run homer, Francisco Lindor added a two-run shot and the Cleveland Indians salvaged the finale of a four-game series with Minnesota 9-2 on Thursday.

The AL Central-leading Indians were outscored 35-16 by the last-place Twins in the first three games. Cleveland is 5-8 against Minnesota and 26-8 against the rest of the division.

Santana homered in the third off Hector Santiago (10-5), who made his first start with the Twins since being acquired from the Angels on Monday.

Lindor homered in Cleveland's three-run seventh. Jason Kipins hit his career-high 18th home run, a solo shot in the first. Jose Ramirez added a solo homer in the eighth.

Dan Otero (3-1), who worked out of a fifth-inning jam, retired all four hitters he faced. Andrew Miller, acquired from the Yankees on Sunday, struck out three in 1 1/3 innings.

The Indians traded four minor leaguers for Miller, one of the most dominating relievers in baseball. The left-hander struck out Byron Buxton to end the sixth and whiffed Joe Mauer and Max Kepler in the seventh.

Brian Dozier hit a leadoff homer in the fifth for Minnesota, which scored in double figures in the series' first three games.

Rajai Davis stole second and third before scoring on a wild pitch in the seventh.

Santiago had won seven straight decisions and lost for the first time since June 10, also to the Indians. The left-hander was acquired in a four-player deal that sent pitcher Ricky Nolasco to Los Angeles.

Rookie Mike Clevinger, recalled before the game, allowed two runs in 4 1/3 innings, the longest outing by a Cleveland starter in the series

A pair of base-running mistakes hurt Minnesota scoring chances. Mauer was caught off first on a lineout to right field before Kurt Suzuki crossed the plate in the third.

Kepler lined a hit to right in the fifth with Mauer on first. Mauer moved up a base but Kepler running with his head down, tried for second, Mauer was tagged out in a rundown.