Cleveland walks off again against Twins

August 9, 2018

CLEVELAND While Cleveland coasts to the American League Central Division title, the Twins are finishing up what they could call the Year of the Walkoff.

What the Twins have learned from suffering 12 walkoff losses this season is that theres a resulting hangover. On Thursday, they needed extra strength relief but didnt get enough.

After a three-run home run by Jorge Polanco tied the game in the sixth, Cleveland got an RBI single by Michael Brantley in the ninth that scored Greg Allen from third to give the Indians a 5-4 walkoff win at Progressive Field.

Relievers Gabriel Moya and Taylor Rogers provided 3⅔ scoreless innings for the Twins. Addison Reed got the last out of the eighth, but Allen led off the ninth with a single to right, then stole second. Francisco Lindor grounded out to first, allowing Allen to advance to third. Brantley slipped a ground ball just under the diving attempt by first baseman Miguel Sano to win it.

Cleveland took three of the four games against the Twins in the series while extending its lead in the division to 11 games over the second-place Twins.

Lindors three-run homer in the ninth inning on Wednesday dealt the Twins a 5-2 walkoff loss, and the Twins should have had the Aspirin out in the clubhouse afterward, for they were 2-9 in games following a walkoff loss.

Thats now 2-10 after suffering back-to-back walkoff losses for the first time this season.

Cleveland got a solo home run from Yonder Alonso and a two-run single by Lindor in the second inning Wednesday to take a 3-0 lead against Twins righthander Jose Berrios. Berrios lasted just four innings and 97 pitches while issuing a season high six walks. The Indians left seven runners on base against him and were 2-for-8 with runners scoring position.

The Twins were being dominated by Indians ace Corey Kluber before Jake Caves sacrifice fly in the fifth and three-run homer by Polanco his first of the season after serving an 80-game suspension for a PED violation tied the game at 4-4 in the sixth.

The Twins start a three-game series in Detroit on Friday night.

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