CLEVELAND (AP) – Byron Buxton homered on Logan Allen’s second pitch and went 5 for 5. Mitch Garver hit two homers, and the struggling Twins connected six times to end a four-game game for the first time and pushing his average to .438.with a 10-2 thumping of the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday. Buxton’s eighth homer triggered a three-homer barrage in the first off Allen (1-4), who allowed six in a 12-batter span over two starts. Buxton added two doubles and two singles while getting five hits in a
Not long after Buxton returned to the dugout in the first, Josh Donaldson hit a 425-foot homer. Allen walked Nelson Cruz and surrendered Jorge Polanco’s 426-foot homer into the left-field bleachers to give the Twins a 4-0 lead after 14 pitches.
J.A. Happ (2-0)of all the run support. The left-hander, who carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning against Pittsburgh in his previous start, . Garver connected for a solo homer in the fifth and added a two-run rocket in the seventh off rookie Sam Hentges to make it 10-2. Williams Astudiollo also homered as Minnesota salvaged the three-game and won for just the second time in 10 games.
Amed Rosario homered for the Indians, who went 3-5 in their homestand against the, Yankees, and Twins. Buxton came in batting .390 and was leaders in several offensive categories, so Twins manager Rocco Baldelli moved him into the leadoff spot for the second time this season.
set the tone for the Twins, who connected for 1,201 feet of homers in the first of Allen.
The left-hander, who was rockedin a start against New York, got a sarcastic Bronx cheer from Indians fans when he finally threw a strike and again when recording an out. He was mercifully pulled in the second and probably won’t be in Cleveland much longer.
Buxton doubled with one out in the second to chase Allen, and one out later, Cruz delivered a two-run double off Trevor Stephan to make it 6-0.
Astudillo’s second homerahead 7-1 in the third, and Garver’s third homer – a shot that smacked off a beer sign in left – gave Happ a seven-run cushion in the fifth.
Unable to find good spots for Oliver Pérez to pitch, the Indians designated the 39-year-old left-hander for assignment. “It was having a tough time figuring out how to use him,” manager Terry Francona said. “He was kind of pitching in games that were spread out, which doesn’t kind of fit the role for a lefty specialist. I told him last night, ‘Man, I haven’t figured it out.’”
Pérez was re-signed this winter after spending the past threewith Cleveland.
Nick Wittgren returned to the club after being placed on paternity leave.
Twins: Minnesota will have Thursday off before beginning a three-game home series on Friday against Kansas City, with Michael Pineda starting. Thetheir starter.
Indians: Following an off day, the Indiansin Chicago with Cy Young winner Shane Bieber (2-2) facing left-hander Dallas Keuchel (1-0).
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