Twins pitch­ing shuts out In­di­ans in opener

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Sports -

Five Min­nesota pitch­ers com­bined to stop Cleve­land’s of­fense and the Twins widened their lead in the AL Central by de­feat­ing the In­di­ans 2-0 in the first game of Saturday’s day-night dou­ble­header.

The Twins were forced to go with a bullpen game in both ends of the dou­ble­header af­ter Fri­day night’s game was post­poned by rain in the third in­ning.

That strat­egy worked to per­fec­tion in the opener of the show­down se­ries, and Min­nesota leads Cleve­land by 41⁄2 games.

Zack Lit­tell (5-0) re­lieved starter Devin Smeltzer in the fourth and struck out two in two in­nings.

Tay­lor Rogers got the fi­nal five outs for his 26th save, but had to work out of trou­ble in the eighth and ninth.

Jorge Polanco hit a two-run homer in the sec­ond off Mike Clevinger (11-3), who had won 10 con­sec­u­tive de­ci­sions. Clevinger struck out 10 in eight in­nings, but lost for the first time since June 28.

TONY DEJAK AP

Cleve­land’s Roberto Perez is hit in the face with a pitch by Min­nesota’s Tyler Duffy that de­flected off of Perez’s shoul­der in the sev­enth in­ning Saturday.

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