Twins stay hot against Indians


By Steve Herrick - Associated Press



CLEVELAND — Joe Mauer had four hits and four RBI, Brian Dozier hit a three-run homer and the Minnesota Twins continued their mastery over the Cleveland Indians with a 13-5 win on Wednesday night.

Cleveland, the AL Central leader, fell to 4-8 against last-place Minnesota. The Twins have outscored the Indians 35-16 in winning the first three games of this series.

The Indians’ frustration boiled over when manager Terry Francona was ejected in the third inning.

The Indians’ lead over Detroit in the AL Central lead has shrunk to two games. Cleveland, which is 26-8 against the rest of the division, held a 7 1/2 game lead on July 20.

Tyler Duffey (6-8) allowed five runs in six innings. Eddie Rosario had three hits and three RBI while rookie Max Kepler had two hits and drove in two runs.

Trevor Bauer (7-5) gave up eight runs — seven earned — in 2 2/3 innings. Mike Napoli homered for the fifth straight game — matching Chris Davis and Jay Bruce for the longest streak in the majors this season — while Tyler Naquin also went deep for Cleveland.

Pitching coach Mickey Callaway was ejected with Francona, and pitcher Corey Kluber — who wasn’t in the game — was thrown out in the fifth.

Mauer had an RBI single in the second, a two-run double in the third and an RBI triple in the eighth. He also doubled in the first and walked in the sixth.

Dozier homered in the ninth.

Kepler is 7 for 12 with four homers and 10 RBI in the series. His two-run single in the third led to the ejections of Francona and Callaway. Minnesota scored five times in the inning.

The ejections came after a replay review upheld a ruling on the field that right fielder Lonnie Chisenhall didn’t catch a fly ball hit by Kepler. Chisenhall attempted to make a diving catch, and Francona immediately challenged the call.

Although replays shown on the Progressive Field scoreboard indicated Chisenhall made the catch, the call on the field stood. Francona and Callaway were tossed by plate umpire Manny Gonzalez.

Kluber was ejected by first-base umpire Jim Reynolds for arguing from the top step of the dugout after Abraham Almonte was called out on a close play.

Trainer’s room

Twins: OF Byron Buxton (right knee) wasn’t in the lineup for the third straight game

Indians: OF Michael Brantley (sore right shoulder) hit in the batting cage Wednesday. He’s played in only 11 games this season after surgery in November.

Up next

Twins: LHP Hector Santiago, acquired from the Angels before the trade deadline, makes his debut with Minnesota in the series finale.

Indians: RHP Mike Clevinger will be called up from Triple-A Columbus to start against the Twins.

By Steve Herrick

Associated Press

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