MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Oscar Gonzalez tied the game with a two-game single and scored at the expense of Owen Miller as the Cleveland Guardians collected four runs in the ninth innings to stun the Minnesota Twins 11-10 on Wednesday night.
Gonzalez stood at home earlier and finished with four RBIs for the rising Guardians, who won the first two in a series of three games to precede a game against Minnesota at the top of AL Central. The teams also meet five times in four days next week in Cleveland.
“Crazy, crazy game,” said Guardians director Terry Francona.
Carlos Correa scored two home runs for the Twins, who have lost four of five and are 8-11 in June. Max Kepler and Gio Urshela also went deep for Minnesota.
Sam Hedges (1-0) threw an eighth without a score and Emmanuel Klas won his 17th save with a 1-2-3 ninth for Cleveland, which won 11 of 13 and is 17-4 from May 30. The Young Guardians also won the seventh consecutive series.
Clase has six saves as the Guardians started 7-1 on the road trip of the nine games.
“I feel we are a special team,” said Ahmed Rosario, through a translator.
With the Guardians down three places, Rosario and José Ramírez stood out to start ninth before a double RBI by Josh Naylor of Emilio Pagan made it 10-8.
Francona said if it was Byron Buxton in the center and not Gilberto Celestino the ball would have been caught.
“(Buxton) wanted to play, but he could not move well enough to play today,” said Gemini manager Rocco Baldelli, referring to a sore throat in his knee.
Gonzalez passed with a single in two runs by Griffin Jax and came second in the throw. Gonzalez finished third at the expense of Andrés Giménez before Miller lifted a fly ball to the left center enough distance as Cleveland completed its last exciting comeback.
Miller leads the American League with eight sacrificial flies.
Jax (4-2) lost for the second consecutive night.
Rosario equalized one season with four hits. Gonzalez hit a two-game hostage to give the Guardians a 7-6 lead in the seventh.
Urshela, who was doubly shy of the round, hit a three-run hostage as part of a seventh-four run for a 10-7 lead in Minnesota. All series were scored with two outs.
“There is no one in our club who has not (noted) at the moment,” Baldelli said. “We should be a little bit clear based on how we played the last two days and just the inability to get the job done.”
With a 5-1 lead, Twins’s key player Sonny Gray gave Austin Hedges a home run to start the fifth. Three consecutive singles – with Gray late to cover the first base in the last – combined with a mistake by Nick Gordon in the center ended Gray’s exit. A block by Caleb Thielbar made a series to get the Guardians 5-4.
Making his second start after losing 16 games with a right chest injury, Gray allowed her high season with four wins in a row in eight hits in four appearances. He had conceded nine hits and one had won a series of over 18 appearances in his previous three starts.
Cleveland’s key player, Triston McKenzie, came in with an average of 0.185 opponents, tying with Tampa Bay’s Shane McClananhan for second place in the big leagues behind Dodgers Tony Gonzolin’s 0.150.
Korea did not seem interested.
His first home run landed on the second deck on the left court and the third shot on goal was immediately in the center for the 3-1 lead.
Matching the shortest start to the season, McKenzie allowed nine hits and six wins in 4 1/3 innings.
Guardians: DH Franmil Reyes, who returned on Tuesday after losing 23 games with a right thigh tightness, did not play. He is expected to be in the starting lineup on Thursday.
Gemini: RHP Bailey Ober (right groin) said his last four or five days of fishing have gone well and he hopes to throw a mound later this week. Uel 1B Miguel Sanó, after undergoing surgery in early May to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee, made progress on the run, started beating and will have to do live drumming practice next week. H RHP Randy Dobnak (right middle finger toner) recently threw a 15-field bullpen, only for a quick ball at about 75% and has played catch at 120 feet.
The starters for Thursday afternoon’s final are scheduled to be RHP Zach Plesac (2-4, 4.41 ERA) for Cleveland and LHP Devin Smeltzer (3-1, 3.52) for Minnesota.
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