MINNEAPOLIS ( Associated Press) — Nick Gordon hit a home run in the third inning, standing in for Minnesota starter Devin Smeltzer, and the Twins dodged a sweep, cooling the Cleveland Guardians with a 1-0 win on Thursday.
Gordon, subbing for star Byron Buxton in middle field, took a 1-2 curveball from Zach Plesac (3-4) into the grass berm just beyond the wall. in the centre.
The Guardian failed to score against a struggling Minnesota bullpen after loading base without an outside in the seventh inning, getting a man on second base with one in the eighth and putting a runner on second with one in the ninth. Gave. Caleb Thielbar recorded his first save by dismissing pinch-hitter Steven Cowan to end the game.
Cleveland lost just the fifth time in its last 22 games. The Guardians (36–29) lead the AL Central race by percentage points, having played six fewer games than the Twins (39–32). There is a five-match series between the two teams next week.
After taking a 10-7 ninth-innings lead in an 11-10 loss on Wednesday and a 5-3 eighth-innings lead in a 6-5 loss on Tuesday, the Twins were badly hit by a pick-me-up from Smeltzer. was needed (4-1). The left-handed batsman ran in six innings, allowing only two singles and one double, while taking one of three dismissals.
Plesack completed six innings, allowing three hits and two runs. He hit a six.
The Twins had Buxton on the bench for the second straight game because of the pain and swelling in his right knee that plagued him throughout the season, his constant absence in two months. Manager Rocco Baldelli said the team is not currently considering an injured list stint to help Buxton with a chronic case of patellar tendinitis.
“Is it worse this year than it was before? I’d say it’s accurate. I’d say it’s true. But we’re still going to continue to treat it day in and day out,” Baldelli said.
The Guardian: RHP Yohan Ramirez, who was acquired in a trade with Seattle last month, joins his new club for the first time after eight scoreless innings with Triple-A Columbus. RHP Anthony Castro was sent down on Wednesday night after being allowed four runs in the seventh inning, as the recently established 13-pitcher roster continues to trigger maximum league-wide transactions.
The Twins: Rookie RHP Josh Winder (shoulder injury) was returned from his rehab assignment and sent off to Triple-A St. Paul, with the pitcher’s range unfeasible to carry six starters. He is in line for a 27th-man call-up starting during Tuesday’s doubleheader in Cleveland.
The Guardian: RHP Cal Quantrill (4-4, 3.77 ERA) will open the first match of a three-match series against Boston on Friday night. He has played more than six innings in six of his last seven turns. RHP Nick Pivetta (7-5, 3.31) starts for the Red Sox.
The Twins: RHP Dylan Bundy (4-3, 5.17) takes over the mound to start a three-game against Colorado Friday night, his best start of the season last week in Arizona with one run allowed in eight innings with. RHP German Marquez (3-5, 6.16) pitches to the Rockies.
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