The Cleveland Guardians were able to defeat the Minnesota Twins at home on Thursday afternoon by a final score of 5-3.
The win is the second straight for Cleveland, as well as the third win in the last four games.
For Cleveland (39-34), outfielder Steven Kwan was walked with the bases loaded to score a run, while outfielder Myles Straw hit an RBI single to score a run and a throwing error the same play was able to allow another run to score which tied the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the 8th inning. In the bottom of the 9th inning, second baseman Andres Gimenez hit a two-run homerun to win the game, the second straight game that Cleveland has won with a walk-off homerun. Starting pitcher Shane Bieber went 6.0 innings and struck out five batters, while allowing five hits and three earned runs. Meanwhile, closing pitcher Emmanuel Clase got his second win of the season for going 1.0 innings and striking out a batter.
For Minnesota (43-36), the Twins took a 3-1 lead in the top of the 3rd inning due to a three-run double by first baseman Jose Miranda, but were unable to sustain that lead. Starting pitcher Chris Archer went 4.0 innings and allowed one hit and one earned runs, but allowed six walks and struck out two batters. Relief pitcher Tyler Thornburg took the loss for going 1.2 innings and allowing two hits, three walks and three earned runs.
The Cleveland Guardians will be at home again on Friday night to take on the New York Yankees to start a three-game series on Friday, July 1st, with first pitch set for 7:10 p.m.