MINNEAPOLIS – The Indians, in a win-win situation, did what they had to do Friday night at Target Field. They got a solid start from Adam Plutko, good work from the scourge and a big inning of offense when they needed him most.
Roberto Perez started a four-way rally with a two-out single in the 11th inning, while the Indians beat the Twins, 6-2, to stay relevant in the Central AL race and stay close to the card race.
Perez, after deliberately striker Greg Allen was deliberately walking, single to right to score Yasiel Puig from third for a 3-2 lead. Puig opened the inning with a single to left Lewis Torpe. He took second on the ground ball from Jason Kipnis and went on to third on a wild pitch.
The inning was a moment late when Franmil Reyes struck for the fourth time in five bats, but Brooder Geterol intentionally walks Alan into a three-way player who saw manager Terry Francon burn Jake Bowers and Jordan Luplow.
Mike Freeman, after Perez's single, was hit by a pitch. Francisco Lindor took off the glove of third founder Miguel Sano to score Alan. Oscar Mercado finished the result with a double single to center for his third hit of the game.
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" It's a tough game to win. You're on your way. Just one foot away from home is not happy, and in the end we find a way to win. That was really good. ”
Tyler Clippard (1-0) won the victory as Bulpen, on a flickering ground late, made five pointless innings. Clipart, who released Adam Zimber with two in the ninth, went 1 1/3 innings with three penalties.
"Clippard is canceled all year," says Francono, "He just goes in and takes people out. Sometimes he invents things, but he just brings people out. Our whole bunch does a really good job."
The victory moved the Indians within 5 1/2 games of the Twins leading into the Alliance's central zone. In the wild card race, Tampa Bay beat Toronto 5-0 to secure its first wild card hold. second place for the wild card one game in front of the Indians, beat the Tigers in a suspended game on Friday afternoon and then play their scheduled game against the Tigers on Friday night. The Tribe was a game behind the A's after his win over the Twins, but that didn't include the result of Oakland and Detroit's second game.
Lindor gave the Indians a 1-0 lead in the third with a 433-foot homer on the square behind the wall in right center. It was his 28th homer of the season and fourth against the Twins this year. That was the only Michael Pineda start, 6-7 and 280 pounds, which he allowed when he hit 10 and came out with two in six dominant innings.
Pluto kept the Twins scoreless in their first three innings, but CJ Cron's double made it 1-1 in the fourth. Nelson Cruz started the inning by striking Pluto in the right hip with a return bachelor who went for a single. Eddie Rosario followed with a grunt between first and second that Lindor, who was playing pull, came out instead of Jason Kipnis. Lindor, with his momentum for the first, turned and threw for a second for the power, but there was no chance of a double play.
If he had left Kipnis to handle the ball, the chances of a double play would have improved.
Plutko followed with a hit by Miguel Sano, but Luis Areas set off to send Rosario to third place. Cron followed with his linear turn double to the wall in the center of the right.
The Twins made it 2-1 with three straight singles to start the fifth. Jake Cave opened with a single and was replaced by pincher liner LaMonta Wade. Max Kepler scored a single down the left field line to send Wade to third. Jorge Polanco pointed to the right for the lead.
"I very much wanted to go out and compete tonight," Plutko said. "Based on some of the conversations we had with Tito today, we all wanted to show everyone what we have. The last few games, we may have been a little down, but we really wanted to go strong tonight. "
Francono met with the team after Thursday's loss to the White Sox. Before Friday night's game, the Indians only had a player meeting.
The Indians finished the result in eighth. It started with a Mercado threesome against Sergio Romo, who was killed in the right corner. Romo retired Carlos Santana in a pop within a second, but Puig brought him home with a sacrifice fly towards the center.
"Pineda threw the ball well tonight, but Plutko was incredible," Mercado said. "He gave us a chance to win. After we got to 2-2 and saw the way he throws our bulper, we realized we had a chance. ”
Pluto stepped aside to be sixth, for his seventh qualitative start to the season. Shallowly allowed two runs on seven hits. He scored five and made one in his second start of the season against the Twins.
Pineda, facing the Indians for the second time this season, is 5-0 in his last seven starts. The ten breakthroughs were seasonal.
The Indians did not create many chances to score until late. One day after dealing with a 7-1 loss to the White Sox, they looked like they were still in the funk. They had five hits over nine innings and at times you wondered what they were thinking.
Bowers made a one-out walk in the ninth but was beaten for a second out by Zack Litel.
The last time the Indians played at Target Field, they took three out of four to advance to the draw on August 11th. 12 with an extra win over Boston, but since then they have fallen hard and fast.
The Tribe is August 10-13 from August 12, while the Twins went 16-7 to win first place in the AL Central.
Right-handed rookie Aaron Chwali (3-3, 1.94) will start Saturday night for the tribe.
Jake Odoritzzi, 3-1 in his last seven starts, is 2-0 with a 1.06 ERA against the Tribe in three starts. SportsTime Ohio, WTAM and WMMS will stream the game, which starts at 7:10 pm
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