MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Andres Jimenez and Steven Kwan hit solo homers, Sean Bieber got off to a strong start and the Cleveland Guards finished Sunday with a strong start. 4-1 swept the Minnesota Twins.
Bieber (10-8) went 6 1/3 innings, allowing 5 hits and 1 run while batting 7. Bieber has allowed just over two runs in his last nine games. James Karinchak walked a pair of batters in the ninth, but retired to earn his second save.
“It’s a big deal,” Bieber said of the three-game sweep. “I think there are good reasons why we feel good about it. “We can continue to do better in many areas, but we know this is the big streak to come. So it’s good for us to be able to take advantage of it. “
Cleveland has lost nine of its previous 13 games, but still leads Minnesota 1 1/2 in American League Central heading into the series. The Guardians strengthened their position and the Twins lost nine of 11 games to sit in third place, 4 1/2 games behind.
“It’s not done yet,” said Minnesota’s Luis Arraez. “We expect a lot of games to come. We’re just waiting for Kansas City. We just need to win games. That’s it.”
Josh Winder (4-4) allowed two runs for the Twins in four innings after being called up from Triple-A St. Paul before the game. Wind, who started in the majors for the first time since July 13, recently returned from the minor league injured roster.
Minnesota trailed early for the third straight game, with Jimenez hitting his 16th home run in the second. Guan led third with his fourth homer of the year.
Gary Sanchez teeed off in the fifth inning as a pinch hitter for the Twins as his ball came out of the third base bag, allowing Nick Gordon to score from third base. Gio Urshela and Gordon led Bieber’s single in game 7, allowing the runners to enter the corner without exiting.
Bieber took out Kyle Garlick during a pop on the court. Sam Hentges picked up Bieber before striking to leave it tied for third.
“We did it again and had some great hitting at the end of the game,” Minnesota manager Rocco Bardelli said. “Not enough. It’s not the series that we’re here even close to looking for. … I would say it’s disappointing that there are still games to be played here, and games against this team, and also He there are games against other teams in our division.
The Guardians added two insurances in the ninth.
“I don’t remember winning here and being so anxious at the end of the game,” Cleveland manager Terry Francona said. “We did hard, but we won and it wasn’t easy.”
The Guardians have won five straight against Minnesota and posted their first sweep of the Twins since 2017.
“It’s a big weekend, a big weekend for us,” Hentges said.
observe and succeed
Guan had three hits on Sunday and continued his stellar rookie season with a big streak. He’s 4 for 11 from the field with 4 walks in the series and is now at .291. He added his 14th stolen base on Sunday.
“He’s smart, he’s careful,” Francona said of Guan’s home run on the first pitch. “He’s careful, talks to (batting coach Chris Valleka) before every hit. He hits the ball well. »
Guardian: Guan’s right hand received medical attention after getting caught in the dirt during his first flight.
Twins: Max Kepler left with a bruised right leg after two innings. He fouled a ball from his leg in his only at bat. … RHP Chris Archer is on the disabled list with a tight right chest. He left Saturday’s game after pitching two innings. … RHP Bailey Ober (strained right groin) began Triple-A St. Paul rehabilitation on Sunday, pitching 4 2/3 innings with one run allowed.
Twins: RHP Joe Ryan (10-8, 4.05) starts the series opener against Kansas City on Tuesday (6 p.m., 1060/103.1 KGFX) after the day of rest. The Royals will start with LHP Kris Bubic (2-11, 5.40).