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Twins 4, Indians 2: Brian Dozier hits 8th inning go-ahead homer

The Twins scored two runs in the bottom of the first, but it wasn’t enough. Lucky for them, they have Brian Dozier.

MLB: Minnesota Twins at Cleveland Indians
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This game started out rather laughably, with the Twins scoring two runs in the bottom the first inning thanks to two bad fielding errors by Jason Kipnis and Johnny Gomes. That is EXACTLY the kind of break the Twins needed, as they were facing Corey Kluber while also missing all of Miguel Sano (out due to sickness), Max Kepler (foot contusion), and Eddie Rosario in their line-up.

Kluber, of course, went seven innings and gave up no earned runs, but those two unearned runs really did him in. Jose Ramirez hit a solo home run for the Indians in the fourth, and they tied it up with an ultra-annoying RBI single by Francisco Lindor in the bottom of the seventh. Lucky for the Twins, they still have Brian Dozier, who launched his thirteenth home run of the season in the top of the eighth to give the Twins back the lead.

Chris Gimenez—who (lol) played LEFT FIELD in this game—hit another solo-shot in the top of the 9th to give the Twins a little insurance. Hecks yes.

The ninth was a little rocky, but (of course), Byron Buxton made a sweet diving catch to end the game and put thin Twins win in the books.


  • Brian Dozier: 1-for-4, go-ahead home run.
  • Joe Mauer: 2-for-2, two walks, one run scored.
  • Chris Gimenez: Played LEFT FIELD, went 1-for-4 with a home run.


  • Kennys Vargas: 0-for-4, 2 strikeouts.
  • Eduardo Escobar: 0-for-4, 2 strikeouts.
  • Jason Castro: 0-for-4, 3 strikeouts.


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