Twins Drop First Game in Twin Bill
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Yan Gomes and Jason Kipnis each had three hits including a home run, and the Cleveland Indians beat the Minnesota Twins 9-3 in the first game of a day-night doubleheader Thursday.
Gomes hit a three-run homer in the eighth for his first three-hit game since April 23, 2016. Kipnis went deep two batters later to make it 7-2.
Winners of six straight, the Indians are 9-0 at Target Field this year, outscoring the Twins 65-19.
Byron Buxton homered for Minnesota, which set a franchise record by striking out 19 times in a nine-inning game.
Carlos Carrasco (12-5) allowed five hits in five innings. He retired nine straight batters— including five straight strikeouts — after Buxton's second-inning home run.
Kyle Gibson (6-10) allowed three runs on seven hits in four-plus innings for the Twins. This is the 15th time in 21 starts this season that Gibson didn't pitch six innings.