Bauer, Santana power Indians to sweep

Paola Ditto
Aprile 22, 2017

Andrew Miller pitched 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief and the Indians took all three games in a series that included a rainout Wednesday night.

Carlos Santana delivered another RBI double in the seventh inning, and Tyler Duffey (0-1) and Taylor Rogers each walked in a run with the bases loaded.

Bauer struck out seven in 6 1/3 innings and Carlos Santana had two doubles and two RBIs to lead the Indians over the Minnesota Twins 6-2 on Thursday.

"We had Bauer on the ropes there with the balk and the walks", Brian Dozier said.

"I try to concentrate and try to win the game, that's why I'm hitting great", said Santana.

A pair of RBI doubles off the bats of Lonnie Chisenhall and Yan Gomes added two more ninth-inning insurance runs to seal the deal.

"Little by little", he said through a translator, "I feel better".

Twins: LHP Ryan O'Rourke, on the DL since March with a strained forearm, flew from Florida to the Twin Cities for an examination. Minnesota manager Paul Molitor was ejected for the first time this season and fifth time in his managerial career after catcher Jason Castro struck out in the eighth on a check swing that was ruled a swing by home plate umpire Alan Porter. Molitor appeared to be asking Porter to look for help from third base umpire Andy Fletcher, but he was quickly given the hook.

RHP Corey Kluber (1-1, 6.38) is on tap for his fourth start after earning his first win of the season last Saturday over Justin Verlander and the Tigers.

"I thought there was some inconsistencies today, but probably not the difference in the game", Molitor said.

"I don't have the scientific formula, but good hitters, as cold as they get, they get just that hot", Francona said. I haven't seen the video. He wasn't quite as sharp on a chilly afternoon with an opening pitch temperature of 43 degrees.

The Twins wasted another strong start from Santana, who stretched his scoreless-innings streak to 22 innings before Santana doubled home Almonte in the fifth.

Cleveland Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer, right, returns to the mound after backing up the plate as Minnesota Twins' Max Kepler scores on a sacrifice fly by Jorge Polanco in the fourth inning of a baseball game Thursday, April 20, 2017, in Minneapolis.

"It was tough. It was hard to get a good grip for the ball", he said after seeing his ERA rise to 0.64. "So, happy to get through with only two and the offense came back and scored one right away, which I think was really big". "I was trying to make a good pitch". But before the game, Molitor told reporters he is not contemplating sending his prized youngster back to Triple-A.

"We didn't contain there at the end", Molitor said. "But obviously it's not an unexpected question because people are going to wonder".

The Indians will fly to Chicago before playing the White Sox on Friday at 8:10 p.m. ET from Guaranteed Rate Field.

LHP Jose Quintana (0-3, 6.75) will oppose his top of the rotation counterpart in hopes that he can bounce back from allowing five runs in 5.2 innings to the Twins. Minnesota hosts Detroit and will have LHP Hector Santiago (1-1, 1.47) on the mound.

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