MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Byron Buxton homered for the second night in a row, Rich Hill had his first win since July and the Minnesota Twins beat the Cleveland Indians 8-4 on Saturday night.
Minnesota won for the ninth time in 11 games since closing August with a six-game losing streak. The Twins followed a game behind the White Sox, leaders of the AL Central, who thrashed Detroit 14-0 on the day.
Hill (2-1) struck out seven and threw two-run ball over five innings. He achieved his first win since his opening season opener on July 29 against St. Louis.
Buxton’s homer produced two runs, depositing the ball in the bullpens between left and center field. Buxton has eight homers this year and three in four games.
Venezuelans Marwin González and Willians Astudillo hit consecutive home runs off Zach Plesac in the second inning. Puerto Rican Eddie Rosario and Dominican Miguel Sanó did the same in the ninth inning for Minnesota.
Plesac (3-2) allowed five runs in seven innings.
For the Indians, Puerto Ricans Francisco Lindor 5-1, Roberto Pérez 4-0. The Venezuelan César Hernández 4-1. The Dominicans José Ramírez 3-2 with two runs scored and one RBI, Carlos Santana 3-1 with two runs scored, Franmil Reyes 4-0. Colombian Óscar Mercado 2-0 with a push.
For the Twins, the Dominicans Jorge Polanco 3-0, Nelson Cruz 3-0 with a run scored, Sanó 4-1 with a run scored and an RBI. Puerto Rican Rosario 4-2 with one run scored and two produced. Venezuelans González 3-2 with one run scored and two RBIs, Astudillo 3-1 with one run scored and one RBI.