Carrasco shines, Encarnacion homers, Indians beat Twins 8-1

Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Jose Quintana delivers in the first inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians Sunday

Carrasco shines, Encarnacion homers, Indians beat Twins 8-1

Indians (35-31) vs. Twins (34-32) First pitch: 2:10 p.m. Broadcast info: SportsTime Ohio; WMMS 100.7 FM; WTAM 1100 AM; Indians Radio Network.

Twins left-hander Adam Wilk (0-1) was also a Saturday call-up from Triple-A as Minnesota deals with a depleted rotation due to an injury to Hector Santiago as well as poor performance from the back end of the rotation.

Red-hot Jose Ramirez and the Cleveland Indians open a four-game series at Baltimore after storming atop the AL Central with a four-game sweep of Minnesota over the weekend.

Just don't expect the Indians to let their guard down now that they've regained first place.

"Those guys went out there and got some runs, so the only thing we had to do as a pitching staff is come in there and throw up zeroes on the board", Carrasco said. "I'm glad he didn't". We've still got a lot of season to go. "I think we've got to get greedy, that's the way the game is".

There has been an expectation for much of this season that it will be only a matter of time before the Cleveland Indians get their act together and take control of the American League Central.

Ramirez touched off a three-run first inning with a two-out homer off Adam Wilk (0-2).

Brian Dozier added a solo homer for Minnesota in the sixth. The Twins still have two doubleheaders on the road remaining this season to make up games. "We kind of anticipated having some fun this series and competing, and it hasn't really worked out". The two-run shot was his third homer of the series and 15th of the season and it gave the Indians a 3-0 lead.

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Yovani Gallardo (3-7) retired the first two batters in the opening inning before giving up five straight hits.

Joyce reached base five times, Jesse Hahn (3-4) pitched five innings to defeat NY for the first time in his career and Jed Lowrie had an RBI single to keep the A's rolling at home.

DETROIT Chris Archer pitched six strong innings, Daniel Robertson drove in two runs and scored a third, and Tampa Bay bounced back to beat Detroit.

Jose Ramirez had three hits on Sunday for his sixth straight multi-hit game for the Indians, who beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 12-5 before facing their division rivals.

In the first two games of this four-game set, the Indians have scored 17 runs on 24 hits. "Throughout all of it you have to concentrate and figure out what you're doing well in those good moments to get out of those bad moments". Cleveland RHP Danny Salazar, on the 10-day disabled list because of right shoulder soreness, will throw a bullpen session Monday. He's been on the DL since June 4.

"I thought today was far and away his best outing", Cleveland manager Terry Francona said.

Erik Gonzalez singled and Jason Kipnis doubled in the fourth. Edwin Encarnacion walked and Carlos Santana singled before Zimmer plated both with a single to right field. Urshela was called up for Saturday's doubleheader and went 0 for 4 in the second game. The Twins, meanwhile, sent Ryan Pressly to the minors and made Wimmers their 26th man. On Friday night, Thames game-ending shot in the 10th was the seventh home run of the game. The Tribe is still in a good position, but they must take care of business against the Twins starting tonight. On the other side, Bauer has allowed three or less earned runs in six of his last seven games and is allowing a solid.246 batting average against these Twins in 187 at bats.

Aside from the late damage, Bauer earned the win behind a final line of 7 IP, 4 H, 2 R/ER, 2 BB, 8 K (105 pitches, 72 strikes, 68.6%, five groundouts, three flyouts).

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