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Polanco, Twins win 6-0, split doubleheader with Guardians

Polanco, Twins win 6-0, split doubleheader with Guardians

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.

Byron Buxton hit his 20th homer and Jose Miranda connected in the second game for the Twins, who have taken two of three in this five-game set between division rivals.

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…

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