TWINS 3, INDIANS 2
Miguel Sano hit a two-run homer and Nelson Cruz connected for a solo shot to lead injury-riddled Minnesota past Cleveland.
Sano homered in the sixth inning off Aaron Civale (3-3).
The Twins, who have several regulars and two starting pitchers on the injured list, lead the Indians by 2 1/2 games.
Kenta Maeda (4-0) gave up a leadoff homer in the first to Cesar Hernandez and then dodged trouble for the next four before turning it over to Minnesota’s bullpen.
Carlos Santana’s two-out RBI single in the seventh off Trevor May cut the Twins lead to lead to 3-2. But the right-hander shook it off and struck out slugger Franmil Reyes with runners at the corners to end the threat.
Taylor Rogers worked the ninth for his seventh save.
Cleveland was again without manager Terry Francona, who underwent surgery on a gastrointestinal condition last week. The 61-year-old Francona has missed 15 of the club’s 29 games.
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