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Twins 4, Indians 0: Santana, Castro lead Twins to sweep

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The Twins move back into first place, and life is good again.

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Last Sunday the Twins got swept by the Indians in Minnesota. Today, they got their redemption.

Minnesota struck first today in the 2nd inning. Eddie Rosario and Eduardo Escobar led off with singles, and Jason Castro drove both of them in with a double to left. Austin Jackson had a chance to make the catch but just missed it. Rosario added another run in the 4th on a solo dong to right.

Castro drove in his third run in the 6th inning on another double, this time to right field. Rosario scored on the errant throw by Lonnie Chisenhall which missed the cut-off man. No error was charged, however.

Ervin Santana, meanwhile, was busy pitching 6 scoreless innings. It wasn’t an easy 6 innings, as he had to work his way out of multiple jams. He stranded two runners in the 2nd, the 4th, and 6th innings. All three of those innings were ended by Yan Gomes, twice on strikeouts. Not a good day for the Cleveland backstop.

Santana was done after that, his final line was 6 IP, 9 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K.

The Twins bullpen was tasked with getting 9 outs. Despite this seemingly impossible mission, they actually made it look pretty easy. Buddy Boshers is back, and he picked up 6 outs (7th and 8th innings). Brandon Kintzler came in for the 9th and pitched a clean inning to get the Twins the win, and the sweep.

The Twins swept the Indians on the road for the first time since 1991, which seems like one of those “that can’t be right” records.

Studs:

Joe Mauer: 2-5, 2B

Eddie Rosario: 3-4, HR (10), 3 R

Santana, Boshers, Kintzler: 9 IP, 0 R

Jason Castro: 2-4, 2 2B, 3 RBI

Duds:

NO DUDS TWINS SWEEP.

COTG:

gonzobob: “I’m calling for a sweep!”

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