MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins started out their series against Cleveland with plenty of promise when they pounded out five runs in the first inning.
They haven’t scored since then.
Indians rookie lefty T.J. House threw shutout ball into the sixth inning, combining with four relievers to pitch the Indians past the Twins 5-0 Wednesday night.
House (2-3) gave up four hits while striking out five and walked three, as Cleveland extended Minnesota’s scoreless streak to 17 innings. The string started in Tuesday night’s 7-5 loss.
“Unfortunately we didn’t do anything offensively and you have to tip your hat to those guys on the other side,” manager Ron Gardenhire said after his team fell to a season-worst 15 games under .500. “They made pitches when they had to. He threw it up there and flipped it and spun it and we couldn’t do too awful much tonight.”
The Twins stranded nine runners, five of them in scoring position.
Mike Aviles homered among his three hits and drove in two runs. Rookie Zach Walters homered off Twins starter Ricky Nolasco (5-9), who gave up four runs in 6 2-3 innings, falling to 0-2 since coming off the disabled list.
“I thought I was a lot better today and made a lot of good pitches. A couple pitches I’d like to have back but at the end of the day I thought I threw the ball well,” said Nolasco, who missed 32 games with a right elbow problem.
“It’s getting there. It’s a step in the right direction as far as feeling good and being able to reach back here and there, to have that flexibility,” he said.