MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Yan Gomes and Jason Kipnis each had three hits including a home run, and the Cleveland Indians beat the Minnesota Twins 9-3 in the first game of a day-night doubleheader Thursday.
Gomes hit a three-run homer in the eighth for his first three-hit game since April 23, 2016. Kipnis went deep two batters later to make it 7-2.
Winners of six straight, the Indians are 9-0 at Target Field this year, outscoring Minnesota 65-19.
Byron Buxton homered for Minnesota, which set a franchise record by striking out 19 times in a nine-inning game.
Carlos Carrasco (12-5) allowed five hits in five innings. He retired nine straight batters— including five straight strikeouts — after Buxton’s second-inning home run. Carrasco has struck out 19 batters in 13 innings over his last two starts.
Cleveland starters have held opponents to one run or fewer in 10 of the last 13 games.
Jorge Polanco had an RBI triple with no outs in the seventh to get Minnesota to within 3-2, but Jason Castro struck out and Brian Dozier grounded out against Bryan Shaw before Tyler Olson struck out Robbie Grossman.
Kyle Gibson (6-10) allowed three runs on seven hits in four-plus innings for the Twins. Among his 97 pitches, he hit two batters and threw a wild pitch. This is the 15th time in 21 starts this season that Gibson didn’t pitch six innings.
Jay Bruce had a two-run single in the first for the Indians and Kipnis an RBI single in the second.
Cleveland 3B Jose Ramirez left the game in the second inning with an apparent right forearm injury. The first-time All-Star has 18 home runs and 58 RBIs this season. He leads the American League with 61 extra-base hits, including a league-tying 38 doubles.
PERKINS IS BACK
Twins reliever Glen Perkins allowed two runs in one-third of an inning after being reinstated from the disabled list. He missed more than 16 months with shoulder trouble.
Ten of his 19 pitches were strikes. He gave up a walk and hit two batters.
Perkins last pitched for the Twins on April 10, 2016, eventually having surgery to repair a torn labrum on June 23, 2016. The former closer and three-time All-Star has spent his entire career with the Twins organization since being drafted in the first round in 2004.
Indians: LHP Andrew Miller struck out two in a scoreless inning for Triple-A Columbus on Wednesday. On the disabled list since Aug. 2 with right knee tendinitis, the reliever is expected to rejoin Cleveland on Friday in Kansas City.
Twins: LHP Dietrich Enns was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a left shoulder strain. Enns, who missed 2½ months earlier this year with a shoulder strain, said he’s not sure if it’s same thing. An MRI is expected Thursday.
Ryan Merritt (0-0, 3.60) is scheduled to start Game 2 of the doubleheader for Cleveland against Minnesota’s Aaron Slegers (0-0, 0.00). Both were called up as their team’s 26th man. Making his major league debut, Slegers is 13-4 with a 3.18 ERA this season at Triple-A Rochester.
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