The Guardians beat 6-5 in 11 innings, AL Central took the lead

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Andres Jiménez had an RBI single in the 11th inning and the Cleveland Guardians beat Minnesota 6-5 on Tuesday night to advance percentage points from the Twins over the AL Central Division.

Brian Shaw, Sam Hentges and Trevor Stephen each played an unscored inning of relief before Emmanuel Claes made his 16th save in 18 chances for the Guardians, whose 35–28 (.556) record surpassed Minnesota’s 38–8. 31 (.551) is far ahead. , By the end of June, the teams will score seven more fours.

“It means something to all of us, but it’s June. I don’t want those guys to apologize for the position we’re in. They’re playing their (back) right now,” said Cleveland manager Terry said Francona.

With scar González in second place, Jiménez sang in center field with an out and the Guardians improved to 10–2 in their last 12 games and 16–4 on May 30.

Griffin Jacques (4-1) lost.

Stephen (3-2) dismissed Minnesota’s 3-4-5 hitters Carlos Correa, Max Kepler and Gary Sanchez with two-on and none in the 10th.

The Cleveland bullpen has an ERA of 1.80 as of May 23.

“I think Tito probably has a nice, easy option that he just calls in. They’re all hot and it’s fun to watch and just cheer up,” Stephen said.

Luis Arrez scored a three-run home run in the seventh to give Minnesota a 5–3 lead, but Franmil Reyes, in his first game in nearly a month, lined up a two-run homer off Emilio Pagan with two outs in the eighth. erected. tie it.

A right hamstring injury had sidelined Reyes since May 24. He dismissed his other four batsmen.

Down 3-2, Arrez, who leads the Chiefs with a .362 batting average, offered seats to the right center for his fourth home run from Eli Morgan. Something like “MVP, MVP!” Chanting was heard as he rounded the bases.

“I would say he loves the big moments because he does, but I also think he loves all the moments and he’s good whether it’s a high-pressure spot or not,” said Twins manager Rocco Baldelli. Told.

Morgan had not allowed an earned run in 19 1/3 innings since 8 May.

Josh Naylor raced home for a 3-0 lead in third in the first row of seats in right field, a better goal field experience than he had 51 weeks earlier. Naylor’s 2021 season ended on June 27 when the right fielder sustained multiple leg fractures and torn ligaments in a gruesome collision with second baseman Ernie Clement on a fly ball at short right field. He was on the COVID-19 list when the teams met in Minneapolis last month.

“I’m sure it was extra meaningful to him, but it also helped us,” said Francona.

Steven Cowan had four hits for Cleveland and Jose Ramirez was 1 for 5 with a double bloop after returning to the lineup after losing two games with a right thumb injury. He leads the American League with 62 RBIs.

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Activated off the 15-day disabled list (straining the left glute muscle), Cleveland’s Aaron Sivale allowed five hits, two earned runs, and scored seven on his May 20 debut.

Minnesota’s Joe Ryan allowed three earned runs in his first three innings, but bounced back to post three straight scoreless frames. In all, he allowed seven hits and dismissed seven including his last three batsmen.

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The Guardian: Oscar Mercado was nominated for an assignment to make room for Reyes. … RHP Nick Sandlin was selected in the same move to return Sivale to Triple-A Columbus.

The Twins: RHP Josh Winder, out since May 18 with a right shoulder injury, is due to throw 70 pitches Wednesday in a rehab assignment for Triple-A St. … SS Royce Lewis had surgery on Tuesday in Dallas to repair his torn right ACL. “It seems that everything has turned out well,” Baldelli said. … With lower back stiffness since June 13, 2B Jorge Polanco has yet to resume full baseball activity, but Baldelli said it won’t be very long until he does.

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Scheduled starts for Wednesday’s second game of this three-game set are RHP Tristan McKenzie (4-5, 2.96) for Cleveland and RHP Sonny Gray (3-1, 2.09) for Minnesota.

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