Twins suffer another loss
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Carlos Santana hit his 25th home run and Jeanmar Gomez pitched effectively into the seventh inning before leaving with an injury Saturday as the Cleveland Indians beat the Minnesota Twins 10-4.
Gomez (4-2) won his fourth straight start since being recalled from Triple-A Columbus on Aug. 30. He allowed two runs and seven hits over 6 2-3 innings, sending the Twins to their seventh straight loss.
Gomez was one out away from getting out of the seventh when he appeared to injure his leg trying to make a play on Ben Revere's bouncer up the middle. Gomez walked off the field unassisted and was relieved by Josh Judy.
The Indians made it easy for Gomez, scoring seven early runs off Anthony Swarzak (3-7). Minnesota has lost 12 of 13.
Already up 3-0 in the second, Cleveland got a two-run triple from Jason Kipnis before Santana lined a 3-2 pitch from Swarzak an estimated 414 feet into the right-field seats. Santana has four homers in his last five games.
Lester Oliveros relieved Swarzak and gave up an RBI double to Matt LaPorta before the Twins finally got out of the inning.
Chris Parmelee had three RBIs and three hits, including a two-run homer in the Twins eighth that made it 8-4. Cleveland added two more runs in the ninth on singles by Asdrubal Cabrera and Lonnie Chisenhall.
With Swarzak chased early, the Twins found some innings for starters Francisco Liriano and Brian Duensing who both fell out of Minnesota's rotation because of injuries.
Liriano, who went on the disabled list last month with a shoulder strain, pitched two scoreless innings in his first action since Aug. 25. Duensing made his second relief appearance since sustaining a strained oblique earlier this month and threw a scoreless seventh.