The Cleveland Guardians defeated the Minnesota Twins on the road on Tuesday night by a final score of 4-2, tying the series at critical series at 1-1.
For Cleveland (63-70), the Guardians got on the board first in the 2nd inning with a solo home run by catcher Bo Naylor to give the team a 1-0 lead. The following 3rd inning, third baseman Jose Ramirez was able to reach home and score due to a wild pitch by Twins pitcher Pablo Lopez to give Cleveland a 2-0 lead. In the 4th inning, first baseman Kole Calhoun hit a ground ball to score a run and extend the Cleveland lead to 3-0. Finally in the 7th inning, outfielder Will Brennan hit an RBI single to give Cleveland a 4-1 lead and eventual 4-2 win.
Starting pitcher Gavin Williams only went 1.0 inning with 30 pitches, leaving after the 1st inning due to knee soreness, and allowing a walk but no hits or runs. Relief pitcher Hunter Gaddis got his second win of the season for going 3.0 innings, striking out two batters, and allowing four hits and a walk for one earned run. Closer Emmanuel Clase got his 35th save of the season for going the 9th inning and limiting the damage to one hit for a run.
For Minnesota (69-64), the Twins were able to score in the 4th inning due to a solo home run by designated hitter Royce Lewis to cut the Cleveland lead to 3-1. Minnesota attempted to mount a comeback in the 9th inning, beginning with a solo home run by outfielder Michael Taylor, but the comeback was unsuccessful and the Twins fell to the Guardians 4-2.
Starting pitcher Pablo Lopez suffered his seventh loss of the season for going 6.0 innings, striking out five batters, and allowing eight hits and three walks for three earned runs.
The Guardians will attempt to win the three-game series on the road against the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday, August 30th, with first pitch set for 1:10 p.m.