The Minnesota Twins split a crucial doubleheader against the Cleveland Indians Wednesday at Progressive Field. The Twins won the first game, but lost the second one.
The loss in the second game snapped Minnesota's four-game winning streak.
As for Minnesota's race for the final Wild Card spot in the American League, the Astros won and the Angels lost, so the three-team race has the Astros a ½ game in front of the Angels and 1 1/2 games in front of the Twins. Houston is off today while the Twins play the Indians and the Angels play the Rangers.
Game 1: Twins 7, Cleveland 1
Joe Mauer had a big day. He was 2-for-5 with an RBI, two runs scored a home run and a double.
Mauer put the Twins on the scoreboard in the top of the first with his 10th home run of the season – a solo shot putting Minnesota on top 1-0.
Minnesota added four more in the third. Mauer got it rolling with his 33rd double of the season. He scored on a single from Trevor Plouffe. After the Twins loaded the bases, Torii Hunter cleared them with a double to push the lead to 5-0.
Gibson struck out nine, while holding Cleveland to four hits.
Game 2: Cleveland 10, Twins 2
Cleveland took the second game of the doubleheader 10-2 Wednesday night.
The Indians jumped on Twins starter Mike Pelfrey (6-11) early. After leaving the bases loaded against Pelfrey in the first, the Indians put a four spot on the board in the bottom of the second.
A key play came with the Twins trailing 2-0 and two out in the second inning, when they lost a challenge on a close play at first.
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After a delay of more than four minutes, and runners at the corners, Pelfrey threw a wild pitch that allowed Jose Ramirez to score. Carlos Santana then followed with a clutch hit to score another run, and the Indians pushed their lead to 4-0.
Pelfrey lasted just 1 2/3 innings. He gave up four runs on six hits while walking two.
Things didn't get a lot better against the Twins bullpen as the Indians extended their lead to 7-0 in the bottom of the fourth on a two-run homer by Francisco Lindor.
Ramirez added a three-run homer. He finished 2-for-4 with four RBIs and a pair of runs scored. Abraham Almonte also had a big night for Cleveland, he was 3-for-4 with two runs scored.
Cody Anderson (7-3) tossed seven shutout innings holding the Twins to two hits and four walks for the win.
Tyler Duffey (5-1) heads to the mound on Thursday in the series finale against Josh Tomlin (6-2).