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Guardians beat Twins 6-5 in 11 innings, take AL Central lead

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MINNEAPOLIS – Andres Jimenez had an RBI single in the 11th inning and the Cleveland Guardians beat the Minnesota 6-5 on Tuesday night to advance percentage points ahead of the Twins at the top of the AL Central Division.

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Brian Shaw, Sam Henges as well as Trevor Stefan each threw a scoreless inning of relief before Emmanuelle Klass earned his 16th save of 18 chances for the Guardians, whose record is 35-28 (.556) slightly ahead of Minnesota 38-31 (.551). By the end of June, the teams will fight seven more times.

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“It means something to all of us, but it’s June. I don’t want these guys to have to apologize for our position in the standings. Now they are winning back their (rear) positions, ”Cleveland manager Terry Francona said.

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FROM Oscar Gonzalez second, Jimenez went into center field with one strikeout, and the Guardians improved to 10-2 in their last 12 games and 16-4 since May 30.

Griffin Jax (4-1) were defeated.

Stefan (3-2) struck out Carlos Correa, Max Kepler as well as Gary SanchezMinnesota 3-4-5 hitters, with two on and none in 10th.

Cleveland’s bullpen has a 1.80 ERA since May 23rd.

“I feel like Tito probably has a good and easy choice on whoever he calls right now. They’re all hot and fun to watch and just cheer for,” Stefan said.

Luis Arraes hit a three-run home run in the seventh to give Minnesota a 5–3 lead, but Franmil Reyesknocked out a homer with two runs in his first game in almost a month Emily Pagan with two strikeouts in the eighth to tie him.

A right hamstring injury has sidelined Reyes since May 24. In the other four games, he knocked out bats.

Lost 3-2, Arraes, who leads the majors with a .362 batting average, drilled an offer from Eli Morgan to right center for his fourth home run. Several “MVP, MVP!” screams could be heard as he rounded the bases.

“I’d say he loves the big moments because he makes them, but I also think he loves all the moments and he’s good whether it’s tense or not,” said Twins manager Rocco Baldelli.

Morgan hasn’t allowed a point in 19 1/3 innings since May 8.

Josh Naylor hit a front-row home run in right field for a 3-0 lead in third, much better than Target Field’s 51 weeks earlier. Naylor’s 2021 season ended on June 27 when the right fielder suffered multiple broken legs and torn ligaments in a horrific flyball collision with second baseman Ernie Clement on short right field. He was on the COVID-19 list when the teams met in Minneapolis last month.

“I’m sure it had a special meaning for him, but it helped us too,” Francona said.

Stephen Kwan had four hits for Cleveland and Joseph Ramirez was 1 of 5 with a double double on his return to the lineup after missing two games with a right thumb injury. He leads the American League with 62 RBI.


Activated from the 15-day disabled list (left glute strain), Cleveland. Aaron Sivale allowed five hits, two earned wounds and withstood seven in the first start since May 20.

Minnesota Joe Ryan allowed three earned runs in his first three innings, but bounced back to post three scoreless frames in a row. In total, he allowed seven hits and landed seven hits, including the last three batters.


Guardians: OF Oscar Market was assigned to the task of making room for Reyes. . RHP Nick Sandlin was selected by Triple-A Columbus to match Civale’s comeback.

Gemini: RHP Josh Winder, out since May 18 with a right shoulder injury, is scheduled to throw 70 pitches on a rehab challenge for Triple-A St. on Wednesday. Paul. . SS Royce Lewis On Tuesday in Dallas, he underwent surgery to repair a torn right anterior cruciate ligament. “It looks like everything went well,” Baldelli said. . Out since June 13 due to lower back strain, 2B. Jorge Polanco has not yet begun a full-time baseball activity, but Baldelli said he would soon.


The scheduled starters for the second game of this three-game set on Wednesday are RHP. Triston Mackenzie (4-5, 2.96) for Cleveland and RHP Sonny Gray (3-1, 2.09) for Minnesota.


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