Bullpen coughs up lead in loss to Indians

Bullpen coughs up lead in loss to Indians

MINNEAPOLIS -- Trevor Bauer threw 6 1/3 solid innings, and Carlos Santana connected on a pair of RBI doubles to lift the Indians to a three-game sweep over the Twins with a 6-2 win on Thursday afternoon at Target Field.

Cleveland trailed by a run heading into the seventh after another strong outing from Twins right-hander Ervin Santana, but rallied for three runs. Carlos Santana tied it with an RBI double off lefty Taylor Rogers, who walked Michael Brantley for the go-ahead run after an intentional walk to Francisco Lindor. The Indians got an insurance run on another bases-loaded walk from Jose Ramirez.

It gave Bauer his first win of the year, as the right-hander allowed two runs on three hits and three walks with seven strikeouts. He was hurt by a two-run fourth, when he balked home a run and gave up a sacrifice fly to Jorge Polanco.

"He had the one tough inning -- it was kind of a weird inning," Indians manager Terry Francona said of Bauer. "But he only gave up two, and then other than that he was really good on a tough day."

Santana K's Diaz

Ervin Santana was in line for his fourth win, but was stuck with a no-decision after the bullpen couldn't hold the lead. Santana went six frames, surrendering one run on four hits and three walks. He has a 0.64 ERA in four outings this year.

"I threw a lot of pitches in the first few innings," said Santana, who finished with 113 pitches. "I couldn't find my location where I wanted to. But the last few innings, I made an adjustment and pitched better."

The Indians broke it open with two runs in the ninth on RBI doubles from Yan Gomes and Lonnie Chisenhall off right-hander Ryan Pressly.

Santana's RBI double

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED

Santana ends Santana's streak: Ervin Santana hadn't allowed a run in 22 innings before Carlos Santana ended it with an RBI double with two outs in the fifth. It came on a 1-2 fastball outside the zone, but it was hit hard, leaving the bat at 100.5 mph, per Statcast™.

"Santana, I know the last three starts he's thrown well," Carlos Santana said. "For me, I try to concentrate in the middle. He used for me a lot of changeups, but I tried to make good contact." More >

Brantley walks, Tribe takes lead

Intentional walk backfires: After Santana's game-tying RBI double in the seventh, the Twins opted to send Lindor to first to load the bases with one out. It didn't work out, as Brantley worked a seven-pitch walk against Rogers despite falling behind 0-2 in the count, to bring home the go-ahead run. Cleveland got an insurance run on Ramirez's walk against Matt Belisle.

"Rogers is a strike-thrower," Twins manager Paul Molitor said. "He got ahead of Brantley 0-2 and kept trying to pound him in. He fouled off one breaking ball in the sequence after he got ahead. He made some close pitches. Certainly when you load the bases after an intentional walk, there's always that risk." More >

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Ervin Santana's 22-inning scoreless streak that ended on Carlos Santana's RBI double in the fifth was tied for the fifth-longest in Twins history. The club record is 33 innings set by Johan Santana in 2004.

Kepler's double stands on review

REPLAY REVIEW
Twins right fielder Max Kepler's double down the right-field line with one out in the sixth was reviewed, but the call on the field stood as called. Kepler was stranded at second with Robbie Grossman popping up to third and Jason Castro striking out looking.

Molitor gets tossed from game

MOLITOR EJECTED
Molitor was ejected by home-plate umpire Alan Porter in the eighth for arguing after Jason Castro was called out on strikes on a foul tip to end the inning. It was the first time Molitor was tossed this season.

"I thought there were some inconsistencies today," Molitor said. "Probably wasn't the difference in the game. I just felt on that particular check swing it was close, and I haven't looked at it to be honest, but it's a hard call to make when you're tracking the pitch. That's what they have they have the rule for."

WHAT'S NEXT
Indians: Cleveland heads to Chicago for a three-game series starting Friday at 8:10 p.m. ET. Right-hander Corey Kluber (1-1, 6.38 ERA) will start in Friday's series opener. He was originally scheduled to start Thursday in Minnesota but had his outing pushed back a day due to a rainout Wednesday.

Twins: The Twins host the Tigers in a three-game series that begins on Friday at 7:10 p.m. CT. Left-hander Hector Santiago (1-1, 1.47 ERA) starts for the Twins and held the White Sox scoreless for seven innings last time out.

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Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and listen to his podcast.

Tyler Mason is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Indians on Thursday.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.