MLB: Chisenhall's 2 HRs helps Indians sweep Twins
MINNEAPOLIS--Lonnie Chisenhall and the Cleveland Indians knew they were in for a long day in Minnesota on Saturday with a split doubleheader. A rain delay in the second game only made the work last a little longer and the reward was first place i...
MINNEAPOLIS-Lonnie Chisenhall and the Cleveland Indians knew they were in for a long day in Minnesota on Saturday with a split doubleheader.
A rain delay in the second game only made the work last a little longer and the reward was first place in the American League Central.
Chisenhall homered twice and drove in four runs, and Cleveland beat the Minnesota Twins 6-2 in the nightcap to sweep the doubleheader and surpass Minnesota for the top spot in the division.
The Indians won the first three contests of the four-game weekend series and lead the Twins by one game in the Central, the first time Minnesota hasn't owned at least a share of the division lead since May 10.
Jose Ramirez had two hits in the nightcap after homering from both sides of the plate in the Indians' 9-3 victory in the first game. Ramirez is 8-for-14 with two home runs, four doubles, four RBIs and four runs scored in the series. He has multiple hits in each of his last five games.
Austin Jackson and Francisco Lindor also homered in the second game as Cleveland pounded six homers in the doubleheader.
Nick Goody (1-0) earned his first major league win in his 58th career appearance. Goody pitched 1 2/3 innings and allowed one run on a homer by Brian Dozier after relieving starter Mike Clevinger.
Clevinger gave up one run on two hits, a walk and four strikeouts in four innings in his return to the rotation.
Jackson and Chisenhall hit homers in the fourth inning against Minnesota starter Adalberto Mejia before rain came in the fifth inning and delayed the game for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Neither starter made it back after the delay.
Mejia (1-3) pitched 4 2/3 innings, yielding two runs, five hits and three walks. Tyler Duffey pitched for the Twins after the delay and walked Carlos Santana to lead off the sixth.
Jackson singled and Chisenhall hit a three-run homer to provide the big cushion and turn the game over to Cleveland's bullpen.
NOTES: Minnesota optioned RHP Ryan Pressly to Triple-A Rochester before the doubleheader and called up Saturday's Game 1 starter LHP Adam Wilk. RHP Alex Wimmers was added as the 26th man for the doubleheader. ... Saturday was Minnesota's third doubleheader of the season at Target Field. The Twins still have two doubleheaders on the road remaining this season to make up games.