Cleveland, OH, United States (4E Sports) – Carlos Santana and Jason Kipnis smacked two-run homers apiece while Zach McAllister tossed six strong innings as the Cleveland Indians defeated the Minnesota Twins, 7-2, Saturday at Progressive Field.
McAllister allowed two runs on four hits with two walks and five strikeouts to improve to 7-7 as the Indians (70-59) won four of their last five games. However, Cleveland remains 2 1/2 games back of the American League’s second Wild Card spot.
Santana and Kipnis both delivered their 16th homer of the year while Michael Brantley snapped out of a 0-for-22 slide with a run-scoring single in the fifth for the Indians.
Twins starter Liam Hendricks (0-2) lasted just 4 1/3 innings after giving up homers to Santana and Kipnis. Overall, he allowed seven runs on seven hits with a walk and no strikeout.
Brian Dozier smacked his 13th homer and drove in two runs as the Twins dropped to 57-71.
The Indians quickly pounded on Hendricks with Santana hitting a two-run homer in the first frame but Dozier retaliated with a run-scoring sacrifice fly in the third to cut the lead to 2-1.
Then, Kipnis belted a two-run shot with two outs in the third that snapped his 0-for-19 slump while Nick Swisher and Brantley added a two-run double and a run-scoring single, respectively, in the fifth for a 7-1 lead.