CLEVELAND — — Faced with their hardest problem thus far this season, the younger Guardians wanted to point out they might deal with themselves in a crucial sequence.
The Twins had been no match.
Josh Naylor and Amed Rosario hit three-run homers, Cal Quantrill stored his residence unbeaten streak intact and Cleveland thumped Minnesota 11-4 on Monday, taking 4 of 5 from one in all their AL Central pursuers.
The Guardians adopted up a sweep at Minnesota earlier this month by successful a sequence they needed to have and opening a seven-sport lead over the Twins, who’ve been ravaged by accidents down the stretch.
“Unfortunately, when you get to September some video games simply matter extra,” Quantrill mentioned. “These final eight video games towards the Twins mattered extra. We knew it, they knew it and I felt that we confirmed up and confirmed what we are able to do in massive moments.
“The boys actually took this problem significantly and rose to the event.”
Naylor homered within the first inning off Sonny Gray (8-5) and Rosario linked within the sixth off rookie Ronny Henriquez to make it 7-3 as the primary-place Guardians opened a 4-sport division lead over Chicago.
Cleveland begins a 3-sport sequence in Chicago on Tuesday towards the second-place White Sox, who had been idle.
Nick Gordon homered off Quantrill (13-5) for the Twins, who got here to city hoping to chop into the Guardians’ lead however left additional behind. Cleveland went 13-6 towards Minnesota, successful 9 of the final 10.
“We’re not going to take a look at anybody besides ourselves and be actual about the way in which we performed,” Twins supervisor Rocco Baldelli mentioned. “There had been simply too many moments within the sequence that would have swung both approach the place they bought the higher of us.”
Rosario was brutal on Twins pitchers within the sequence, batting .440 (11 of 25) with two homers and 11 RBI.
Quantrill caught round till the sixth and improved to 13-0 in 32 begins at Progressive Field. The proper-hander is one win shy of matching Vic Raschi’s report for dominance in a single ballpark. Raschi went 14-0 at Comiskey Park from 1947-55.
“I do not know the precise numbers, however I like pitching at residence,” Quantrill mentioned. “I suppose I do not wish to jinx something.”
Sam Hentges bought seven straight outs for his first skilled save. The left-hander did not know he was credited till he bought to the clubhouse.
“We’ll take that one,” he mentioned.
Gray left after two innings with tightness in his proper hamstring. The proper-hander had been pitching with soreness in his final couple of begins, however it bought extra extreme and Baldelli determined to tug him.
“Sonny wasn’t proper and we might see that,” Baldelli mentioned. “He cannot take himself out of the sport, that is not the sort of participant that he’s.”
Naylor put Gray in an early gap together with his 18th homer, a no-doubt shot to proper.
Rosario reached on a fielder’s alternative and José Ramírez singled earlier than Naylor, who has finished a few of his finest work late in video games this season, guessed proper and pounded Gray’s 2-1 curveball 413 toes.
It was one other massive second for Naylor, who had a pleasant comeback after breaking a leg final yr. Naylor additionally hit a double and let loose a loud scream after snagging a line drive and stepping on first for a double play to finish the sixth.
“He brings the power each day,” Quantrill. “Nails clearly went via a fairly robust damage final yr and it has been superior seeing him come again from that and actually reside as much as what all of us believed he might do.
“He’s an excellent teammate and he performs with a whole lot of ardour. It comes out nonetheless it comes out, however at this time was an incredible day for him. Got us off to an excellent begin, and I believe we’ll want that power down the stretch right here.”
Minnesota’s Luis Arráez went 1 for 3 and at .317 is one level forward of Boston’s Xander Bogaerts and New York’s Aaron Judge, who’s attempting to turn out to be the primary participant to win the Triple Crown (homers, RBI and common) since Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera in 2012
“How are you able to not?” Baldelli mentioned when requested if he is pulling for Arráez. “You do not wish to between Aaron Judge and something on this world. … My cash is on Luis.”
Twins: Minnesota has been overrun by accidents, and the membership has been with out some key gamers for prolonged intervals. OF Byron Buxton has been out since Aug. 23 with a strained proper hip. With the staff fading from the postseason race, it is attainable the Twins will not carry gamers again this season. “I’m not desperate to have these discussions proper now,” mentioned Baldelli.
Guardians: The staff is hoping to have RHP Zach Plesac (damaged proper hand) pitch in a simulated sport Tuesday for Triple-A Columbus. If the timing is not proper, Plesac could must pitch within the Clippers’ sport at Toledo.
Twins: Open a 3-sport sequence in Kansas City with RHP Dylan Bundy (8-7, 4.68 ERA) going through Royals RHP Zack Greinke (4-9, 4.10).
Guardians: RHP Aaron Civale (2-6, 5.40) might be activated to make his first begin since Aug. 28 within the sequence opener towards Chicago’s Dylan Cease (14-7, 2.16). Civale had been out with elbow irritation.