MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jorge Polanco hit an RBI double in the seventh inning and Jhoan Duran finished a combined eight-hitter, helping the Minnesota Twins top the Cleveland Guardians 1-0 on Friday night.
Polanco’s drive off Nick Sandlin (2-3) went high off the right-field wall, scoring Kyle Farmer from second base. The teams went a combined 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position before Minnesota broke through.
Brock Stewart (2-0) got three outs for the win, stranding a pair of runners in the seventh after Jovani Moran allowed two hits.
Duran entered with one out in the eighth with Steven Kwan on second base and the heart of the Guardians order ahead. Duran struck out José Ramírez, intentionally walked Josh Naylor and struck out Andrés Giménez to end the inning.
He then worked the ninth for his eighth save in nine chances.
The Twins have won the first two games of the series and four of five overall.
Sandlin, who hadn’t allowed a hit in his previous eight outings, surrendered two hits and a walk in one inning.
Cleveland’s Aaron Civale pitched five innings in his return from the injured list. He missed 48 games while dealing with a strained left oblique. He gave up four hits and walked two.
Minnesota’s Bailey Ober tossed six innings of four-hit ball. The Guardians got their first hit of the game with two outs in the fourth on a sinking liner from Naylor that deflected off the glove of right fielder Max Kepler.
Guardians: To make room on the active roster for Civale, Cal Quantrill was placed on the 15-day injured list with right shoulder inflammation. Quantrill allowed eight runs in 4 1/3 innings in his last start on Tuesday. … INF Josh Bell was placed on the paternity list, and INF Brayan Rocchio was recalled from Triple-A.
Twins: Slugger Joey Gallo was scratched with a hamstring injury. … Byron Buxton was out of the lineup after being hit in the ribs by a pitch in Thursday’s game. X-rays showed no breaks, but Buxton was still sore a day later. … SS Carlos Correa was out of the lineup as he deals with plantar fasciitis, the second time this season he’s dealt with the issue. … OF Max Kepler was back in the lineup after he was pulled Thursday with a migraine.
RHP Sonny Gray (4-0, 1.94 ERA) starts for Minnesota on Saturday night, putting his American League-best ERA on the line. Cleveland counters with LHP Logan Allen (2-2, 2.72 ERA). Allen hasn’t allowed more than three runs in any of his seven career starts and is coming off seven scoreless innings with 10 strikeouts against Baltimore.