Twins hammer Tribe with HRs
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Byron Buxton homered for the second straight night, Rich Hill got his first win since July and the Minnesota Twins beat the Cleveland Indians 8-4 on Saturday.
Minnesota won for the ninth time in 11 games since it closed August with a six-game slide. It remained a game back of the AL Central-leading White Sox, who pounded Detroit in a 14-0 victory.
Hill (2-1) struck out seven while working five innings of two-run ball. It was his first win since his first start of the season July 29 against St. Louis.
Buxton’s two-run shot deep to the bullpens in left-center field was his eighth of the year and third in four games. Marwin Gonzalez and Willians Astudillo hit consecutive homers off Zach Plesac in the second. Eddie Rosario and Miguel Sano then went back-to-back in the ninth inning for the Twins.
Plesac (3-2) surrendered a season-high five runs in seven innings. He was making his third start since being recalled from the team’s alternate training site.
Jose Ramirez homered for Cleveland for the second straight game, but the Indians dropped their fifth straight. They have scored six runs over their past four games.
Minnesota RHP Michael Pineda (1-0, 2.77 ERA) makes his third start of the season today. Cleveland will have rookie RHP Triston McKenzie (2-0, 2.57 ERA) on the mound.
ROMO SUSPENDED: MINNEAPOLIS — Twins reliever Sergio Romo was suspended for one game by Major League Baseball on Saturday for jawing with Indians star Francisco Lindor.
Romo and Lindor also were fined for the incident, which occurred during Minnesota’s 3-1 victory Friday night. Romo decided to serve his suspension during Saturday night’s game against the Indians.
“It’s disappointing, but we support Serge,” Twins chief baseball officer Derek Falvey said. “We know he’s a fiery guy. He’s on the mound, he’s always competitive, he goes out there and always lets his emotions fly. Sometimes, that’s not as liked by others and sometimes, there’s some jawing back and forth.”
That’s part of professional sports, and it turned into something that was a little bit too much last night, and then the league had to hand down the discipline.”
Romo worked a perfect eighth, retiring Lindor on an inning-ending flyout. Romo and Lindor exchanged words as the shortstop ran toward first, and then the two walked toward each other before they were separated by teammates.
The Twins, Indians and Chicago White Sox are locked in a tight race for the AL Central lead. The Twins and Indians finish their weekend set on Sunday.
“The last thing we want is any type of suspension impact,” Falvey said. “We’re in a tight race here that’s very likely to come down to a couple of games across probably all of the seeds in the playoff picture, and we want to give ourselves the best chance to be in the best spot at the end of the year.”