CLEVELAND — Jorge Polanco drove in three runs in his first game back from the injured list and rookie Josh Winder pitched six stellar innings as the Minnesota Twins earned a day-night doubleheader split with a 6-0 win over the Cleveland Guardians on Tuesday night.
Amed Rosario‘s clutch two-run single in the eighth inning rallied Cleveland to a 3-2 win in the opener, snapping the Guardians’ five-game losing streak.
Polanco came off an IL stint for lower back tightness between games and cracked a two-run homer in the third inning off rookie Konnor Pilkington (1-1) as the Twins restored their lead in the AL Central to three games over the Guardians.
Winder (3-2) was brought up as the club’s 27th man for the doubleheader and excelled in just his fourth major league start – and first since May 27. The right-hander allowed four hits and one walk.
Tyler Duffy (one inning) and Jovani Moran (two) completed the combined five-hit shutout- the second time Minnesota has blanked Cleveland in a week.
Polanco’s eighth homer gave the Twins a 3-0 lead in the third.
Carols Correa walked with two down and Luis Arraez, who entered the day leading the AL with a .342 average, ripped a triple into the right-field corner to make it 1-0. Polanco followed by lifting a 1-1 pitch over the 19-foot-high wall in left.
It was Polanco’s first homer since June 7 and before the infield mainstay was forced to go on the injured list for the first time in his nine-year major league career.
Cleveland’s defense prevented the Twins from tacking on more runs in the fourth, when Ryan Jeffers was thrown out at second trying to stretch a single and Miranda got caught off third after a failed safety squeeze.
Polanco, though, made it 4-0 in the fifth when he avoided a double play by legged out a grounder. Miranda’s fifth homer made it…