Twins take Game 2 vs Cleveland 4-1

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• THE TWINS defeated Cleveland tonight, moving back into sole possession of first place in the American League Central division.
• THE TWINS scored three runs in the first inning, their first time doing so against Cleveland since a four-run first on June 16, 2018 in Cleveland and
first time doing so at home since a three-run opening frame on June 1, 2018 at Target Field…Twins also scored in each of the first two innings, last
doing so against Cleveland on July 13, 2019 in Cleveland (1 R in 1st

, 2 R in 2nd); last time doing so at home was June 3, 2018 at Target Field (2 R in 1st
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1 R in 2nd)…tonight marked Twins’ third time scoring in each of the first two innings this season, also doing so on July 24 and 26 at Chicago-AL.
• THE TWINS homered in each of the first two innings tonight, solo shots by Max Kepler and Alex Avila…marked the second time this season the
club has done so, also Opening Day (July 24) at Chicago-AL…the Twins homered in each of the first two innings just thrice last season, on July 13 at
Cleveland, August 3 vs. Kansas City and August 31 vs. Detroit.
• THE TWINS lead the majors in first-inning runs (12) this season, after scoring three on Max Kepler’s solo homer and Eddie Rosario’s RBI
double…the Twins entered tonight tied at nine runs with New York-AL…in 2019, the Twins averaged .66 first-inning runs per game, compared to
their current 2.0-run pace.
• RANDY DOBNAK earned his first win of the season, scattering three hits and two walks over 5.0 shutout innings, with four strikeouts…marked the
longest scoreless start of his career…also crossed the 90-pitch threshold for the first time in his major league career, throwing 94 on the night and
surpassing his prior career-high pitch count of 78, done last September 25 at Detroit (6.0 IP)…marked his third career start and fourth career
appearance against Cleveland, both his most vs. any opponent…he’s now allowed just five earned runs in 35.1 career innings against the AL Central,
lowering his career ERA against the division to 1.27.
• MAX KEPLER belted his eighth career leadoff homer, leaving the yard to right field in the bottom of the first inning…marked his second leadoff
homer this season (Opening Day at White Sox) and eighth career leadoff homer, breaking a tie with Shannon Stewart for sole possession of fifth
place on the Twins’ all-time list…next up is Dan Gladden (12) on the Twins’ list…also marked his third career leadoff homer against Cleveland, tying
eight others for fifth most all-time against Cleveland…next up on the all-time list is Brian Downing, Brian Dozier and Curtis Granderson, who are all
tied for second place with four.
• EDDIE ROSARIO is hitting .306 (99-for-324) with 16 doubles, four triples, 20 home runs, 44 RBI and a .903 OPS in 85 career games vs.
Cleveland…the hits and home runs are both his personal most vs. any opponent…99 hits vs. the Tribe are the most in baseball since 2015.
• JORGE POLANCO went 2-for-4 tonight, giving him four multi-hit games in seven overall games played…he leads the team multi-hit games this
season…last season he had 54 multi-hit games, tied for fifth most in the American League.
FINAL 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
Cleveland 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 5 0 6
Minnesota 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 X 4 9 0 8

INDIANS IP H R ER BB SO HR WP PITCHES/K
Mike Clevinger (L) 4.0 6 4 4 5 5 2 0 88/47
Phil Maton 1.0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 23/16
Oliver Pérez 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 21/15
Cam Hill 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 13/8
Dominic Leone 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 13/6
TWINS IP H R ER BB SO HR WP PITCHES/K
Randy Dobnak (W) 5.0 3 0 0 2 4 0 0 94/63
Tyler Clippard 1.0 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 20/40
Tyler Duffey 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 14/8
Sergio Romo 1.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 19/11
Taylor Rogers (S) 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5/4

NEXT GAME:
Cleveland Indians at Minnesota Twins
Saturday, August 1 – 6:10 pm (CT)
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RHP Carlos Carrasco (1-0, 3.00)

vs.
RHP Kenta Maeda (1-0, 3.60)

-more-

• ALEX AVILA hit his first homer in a Twins uniform, a solo shot to right to lead off the second inning…marked his ninth career homer against
Cleveland, his third-highest total against any club in his career, as well as his 48th RBI against them, his most against any individual opponent.
• JOSH DONALDSON singled in the first and scored on Eddie Rosario’s double…was pinch-hit for in the bottom of the second inning, exiting the
game with right calf tightness…he is considered day-to-day.
• TAYLOR ROGERS earned his second save of the season with a 1-2-3 ninth inning…in each of his two saves he has faced the minimum and thrown
a total of 16 pitches, 13 strikes.

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