CLEVELAND – Kyle Garlick hit a three run homer in the 10th inning ahead of James Karinchak, and the Minnesota Twins beat the Cleveland Indians 8-5 on Sunday.
Garlick came in the seventh field to replace Max Kepler in the right field, who completed his 13th home run at Progressive Field in the fourth, also a three.
Cleveland finished the game in ninth when Jordan Luplow, who replaced injured Franmil Reyes on the cleanup site, brought the bond run home with a squeeze of Bunt.
The twins reacted quickly against Karinchak (2-1). Luis Arraez was the automatic runner on the second base, and Josh Donaldson left. Garlick scored 3-2 in midfield.
In addition to earning Minnesota its first extra inning win in nine attempts, the home run earned Garlick a Gatorade shower from Kepler.
“That was my first time” Garlick said of the celebration in front of Minnesota’s dugout. “It felt really good.”
Garlick’s post-game interview with reporters was interrupted by a hug from teammate Miguel Sano. The twins took two out of three of their rivals at AL Central after arriving in Cleveland at 4:30 a.m. on Friday after double-headering at the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday.
Karinchak had allowed one run and three hits with 38 strokes in 20 2/3 innings.
“The child’s man” Indian manager Terry Francona said. “This is the (fourth) hit he gave up of the year. That’s pretty amazing. “
Hanser Robles (1-1) went to Cesar Hernandez to start ninth, and Amed Rosario scored his fourth goal of the day with an infield single. Hernandez finished third when Jose Ramirez flew into the deep center. Luplow put down a bunt in first place and Hernandez slipped home.
Francona said Luplow was alone. Eddie Rosario knocked out and Owen Miller, who was playing in his first major league game, was knocked out.
Tyler Duffey threw 10th place for his first save.
The extra inning loss was a tough day for the Indians, who announced ahead of the game that Reyes would miss five to seven weeks with an internal oblique strain. Reyes leads the team in RBIs and is runner-up in home runs.
Cleveland starter Zach Plesac pulled back his first nine goals, but the Twins broke up for the second time in the series in the fourth after trailing 3-0.
Arraez and Donaldson started the inning with singles. Kepler, who was playing his 40th game in Cleveland, sent a 2-0 pitch on the right field line to close the deficit. He has a total of 17 homers against the Indians.
Rob Refsyder’s single gave Minnesota the lead. Andrelton Simmons RBI groundout ended the day for Plesac, who was weighed down with five runs – three of which earned – in 3 2/3 innings.
The twins scored nine goals in the fourth inning of their 10-0 win on Friday night.
Minnesota starter JA Happ allowed four runs and hit a season high of 10 in six innings.
Kepler, who played with an aching Achilles tendon, also finished fifth. Minnesota manager Rocco Baldelli said the twins had been monitoring Kepler throughout the game and decided to win him over to Garlick in the seventh.
A few innings later, Garlick got the biggest hit of the day.
“Sometimes that’s how things play out,” he said. Baldelli said. “Garlick has beaten it into midfield. Karnichak is about as bad as it gets. “
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Miller, who fought .406 at Triple-A Columbus, was called up to take Reyes’ squad spot. He started with a designated batsman and was 0 for 5 with three strokes.
Miller received the news after the game in Toledo on Saturday night. The call led to unexpected changes in family plans as Miller’s brother Noah was scheduled to attend his graduation ceremony at Ozaukee High School in Wisconsin on Sunday.
“In the end they skipped it” Owen Miller said. “They said that playing in the big leagues for the first time is a little rarer than graduating from high school. My brother was perfectly fine that he had missed this to go to Cleveland. “
Twins: RHP Kenta Maeda is on the 10-day list of injured with a right adductor trunk. He was removed after five innings on Saturday. … DH Nelson Cruz (injured left wrist) and INF Jorge Polanco (ankle) are left out.
Indian: C Roberto Perez, who underwent surgery for a broken right thumb this month, was moved to the 60-day injured list.
Indians: LHP Sam Hentges (1-1) starts the first part of a series with four games tonight in Detroit.
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