CLEVELAND ( Associated Press) — Josh Naylor hit a two-run homer with two outs in the 10th inning, completing a four-run rally that gave the Cleveland Guardians a 7-6 win over the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday night.
Amade Rosario started the comeback with a close one-off double from Emilio Pagan, who scored on automatic runner Richie Palacios, prompting the Twins to bring down Jharrell Cotton (2-2).
A passed ball from Ryan Jeffers hit Steven Cowan and Cotton retired Jose Ramirez before Naylor drove his first game-ending homer to the left field porch.
After scoring the bases, Naylor made Cleveland manager Terry Francona wear the helmet. Earlier this season, a fired-up Naylor threw his helmet into the dugout after a big homer in Chicago.
Minnesota took a 6-3 lead at the top of the 10th on an RBI single from pinch-hitter Carlos Correa and a two-run homer by Max Kepler of Eli Morgan (4-2). It was Kepler’s 14th home run in 45 career games at progressive field.
The teams are split four games into a five-match series, placing the Twins’ lead at two over the second-placed Guardians in the AL Central.
Alex Kiriloff hit a two-run homer in the sixth and Gio Ursella followed with a single shot from Guardian starter Cal Quantrill, tying the game at 3 on Minnesota’s second back-to-back homers of the year.
Kiriloff had the best of her season with three hits, while Ursella had a pair. AL batting leader Luis Arrez scored 0 for 5 for the Twins, bringing his average to .337.
Quantrill played a career-high eight innings, conceding three runs for eight hits, while striking in three. The right handed batsman did not issue a walk.
Cleveland took a 2–0 lead, scoring Kwan off Framille Reyes on an earlier RBI grounder. Rosario also came home when Arrez threw the ball while attempting to initiate a double play.
The Guardians made it 3–0 in the third when Kwan scored a single, stole the second and scored on Naylor’s sacrificial fly.
Twins Wright Dylan Bundy conceded two, conceded three runs in five innings.
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Twins of Byron Buxton scored 52 home runs, 95 RBIs and 112 runs in their last 162 matches, which began on 1 September 2019. Ninth. Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said, “I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone hit that level for that long – and it still seems like he’s capable of more.” “Buck is a great player.”
Twins: Correa (leg pain) was not in the lineup after playing all 18 innings on the field during Tuesday’s doubleheader. Baldelli said the two-time All-Star shortstop was “a bit green”, but used him off the bench in the 10th. “Carlos wanted both games in the doubleheader, but we had to give him a day off in this series,” Baldelli said.
The Guardian: C Austin Hedges (concussion), who is on a seven-day injured list, is working towards a bullpen session. “He had a more hedgy personality than he had in a couple days, so I think he’s doing fine,” Francona said. Hedges was hit with a foul ball against the Red Sox on Saturday.
Twins: RHP Chris Archer (2-3, 3.14 ERA) seeks first win of his career over Cleveland in five-match series finale. Archer is 0-7 with a 5.87 ERA in eight games, all starts, against the Guardians franchise.
The Guardian: RHP Shane Bieber (3-4, 3.07 ERA) lost his last start for the first time since May 22, conceding three runs in seven innings against Boston. Bieber leads 2-1 with 2.52 ERAs in his last six outings.
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