Twins pitching shuts out Indians in opener
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.
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.