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Polanco's 10th-Inning Double Lifts Twins Past Cleveland 5-4

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jorge Polanco doubled with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning to score Max Kepler and give the Minnesota Twins a 5-4 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Monday night.

It was the second straight walk-off win for the Twins, who have won eight of 11. Polanco had a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning to beat Tampa Bay on Sunday. Minnesota last had consecutive walk-off wins Sept. 13-14, 2017.

Minnesota, which left the bases loaded in the ninth, had them loaded with no outs in the 10th. Rob Refsnyder hit a sharp ground ball to third baseman Jose Ramirez, who stepped on the bag and threw home to get Ryan Jeffers.

Polanco then lined a double down the right-field line off Nick Wittgren (2-6).

Caleb Thielbar (5-0), Minnesota's fourth reliever, pitched a 1-2-3 final inning, including strikeouts of Franmil Reyes and Bradley Zimmer.

Kepler and Ryan Jeffers homered, and Josh Donaldson and Luis Arraez had a pair of hits for Minnesota. Zimmer and Amed Rosario each had two hits for Cleveland.

Cal Quantrill survived an early scare to toss five innings for the Indians, allowing three earned runs on eight hits. He struck out four.

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - AUGUST 16: Jorge Polanco #11 of the Minnesota Twins celebrates his walk-off single in the 10th inning against the Cleveland Indians at Target Field on August 16, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Twins defeated the Indians 5-4. (Photo by David Berding/Getty Images)

A first-inning line drive from Donaldson drilled Quantrill in the left wrist. After a visit from the trainer, the right-hander stayed in the game.

That came three batters after Kepler hit his second leadoff home run in three games, but Zimmer countered with a two-run blast to center in the second. Polanco slid headfirst into home to score from first on a single to right-center in the third to tie the game.

Minnesota starter Griffin Jax gave up seven hits and four runs — two earned — in six innings. The Twins committed four errors behind him.

His last hitter, Austin Hedges, had an RBI double to give Cleveland a 4-3lead, but Andrés Giménez was thrown out at the plate.

Jeffers homered in Minnesota's half of the sixth.


Cleveland recalled RF Daniel Johnson from Triple-A Columbus for his third stint with the Indians this season and optioned LHP Logan Allen to the Clippers.

Minnesota swapped a pair of first-year players by recalling Gordon, an infielder and outfielder, from Triple-A St. Paul for the fourth time and optioning OF Trevor Larnach to the Saints.


Twins: CF Byron Buxton, out since June 22 with a left hand fracture, is expected to "get a pretty good workout" on Tuesday, manager Rocco Baldelli said. "We're going to test him to see just exactly where he is, and if there's anything still to be needed before we take the next step in his progression." … First-base coach Tommy Watkins left in the third inning with an illness and was replaced by major league field coordinator Kevin Morgan.


Game two of the three-game series is Tuesday. RHP Eli Morgan (1-5, 6.52) is scheduled to start for the Indians against Minnesota's RHP Bailey Ober (1-1, 4.53).

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