Santana leads to Twins to sweep, first place in AL Central

Twins 4, Indians 0: Tribe swept out of first place by Minnesota

This weekend, Cleveland was the home team for three games against Minnesota. The Indians were one of the majors' best teams at home past year, ranking second behind the Cubs with a 53-28 record. In his last start against the Indians on May 12 in Cleveland, Santana pitched seven innings and combined with three relievers on a two-hit 1-0 shutout.

Santana pitched six shutout innings, surrendering up nine hits, but he did not issue a walk and struck out seven. Over the three-game set, Cleveland left 30 runners on base.

Last weekend, Cleveland played four games and scored 28 runs.

For good measure, former Indians catcher Chris Gimenez-who plays left field and first base on Saturday-hit a solo home run in the top of the ninth off Zach McAllister to give the Twins some insurance.

"This obviously shows we can beat them, that they're not unbeatable", Mejia said.

"I don't think this series we were disciplined enough", manager Terry Francona said.

"We kind of wanted to stomp on their throats while they are down".

Cleveland Indians' Jose Ramirez hits a double in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins, Sunday, June 25, 2017, in Cleveland.

Last Sunday, it seemed obvious the Twins just couldn't hang with Cleveland.

"That was a really fun series", Twins manager Paul Molitor said. "We got to come out tomorrow and get after it". Well, he was at it again Sunday, collecting four hits with two runs scored, a home run and two RBIs against the Nationals.

Mets catcher Rene Rivera jacked two home runs and drove in three runs to lead NY to an 8-2 win over the Giants.

Josh Tomlin (4-9) allowed four runs in 5 2/3 innings for Cleveland, which was coming off a 7-1 road trip.

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The idea holds water because not only did the Indians tie the game in the bottom of the 7 inning, Kluber exited at 106 pitches before Cody Allen gave up a game-winning home run to Brian Dozier in the 8th. They also won their first road series since April 10-13 at Kansas City.

The Indians' season-long struggles at home continued in earnest, with Cleveland falling to 15-20 at Progressive Field.

What better poster boy could you find for a team that has a -38 run differential and is 23-9 on the road? "You look at the box score today, we probably had the same amount of hits as they did or close, but we couldn't keep the line moving. We were certainly able to get our hits, but we never strung anything together".

In the fourth inning, the Indians had runners at second and third and one out but failed to score.

Francisco Lindor hit a ground ball to first baseman Kennys Vargas, who threw to shortstop Jorge Polanco at second for the force on Jackson.

Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda allowed seven runs in just four innings while watching three home runs leave Yankee Stadium in a loss to the Rangers. "Throw strikes. If they get a hit, good for them". "But try to locate everything".

Twins: 3B Miguel Sano (sinus infection) was not in the lineup after his symptoms worsened during the team flight.

To make matters worse, right fielder Max Kepler underwent tests on his bruised right foot, which absorbed a foul ball during his final at-bat in Friday's eighth inning.

NOTES: Indians OF Austin Jackson was removed from the game in the fifth inning with left quad tightness.

Twins: RHP Phil Hughes (sore arm) threw a scoreless inning Saturday for Triple-A Rochester on a minor league rehab assignment. He grounded out as pinch hitter to end the game against Hildenberger, who was making his major league debut.

Indians: RHP Carlos Carrasco, who leads the team with eight wins, will start Monday against Texas.

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