Just hours after finding out their most reliable starting pitcher had been suspended for the remainder of the season, the Twins rallied in front of a sold out crowd to beat the Indians 5-3 Saturday night at Target Field.
Mitch Garver slugged a solo homer in the first inning and then smashed a tie-breaking three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth to turn a 2-2 game into a 5-2 Twins lead.
The come-from-behind win came just hours after Michael Pineda was suspended by Major League Baseball for 60 games after testing positive for a diuretic listed among the league's banned substances.
Pineda, who apologized, has been Minnesota's most reliable starting pitcher since the All-Star break, and his suspension will keep him out the rest of the regular season, all of the postseason, and for 39 games to start the 2020 season.
It was reported that the Twins held a team meeting shortly after news of Pineda's suspension broke.
Jake Odorizzi responded by giving the Twins a solid start, striking out 10 batters before leaving with one out in the sixth inning. He wound up being charged with two earned runs after Cleveland tied the game 1-1 on a wild pitch by Tyler Duffey, and then took a 2-1 lead on an RBI double by Yasiel Puig.
Jonathan Schoop tied the game 2-2 in the eighth with an RBI triple, which was followed by Garver's 28th homer of the season.
Zack Littell pitched a clean seventh inning, Sergio Romo gave up one run in the eighth and Taylor Rogers worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his 25th save of the season.
Minnesota's now leads Cleveland by 6.5 games in the AL Central with 20 games to go.
Up next: Twins vs. Indians, 1:10 p.m. Sunday.