Eddie Rosario celebrated his homecoming to Minneapolis with a tiebreaking, two-run single in the eighth inning, propelling the Cleveland Indians to a 4-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Thursday.
It was the first game at Target Field in a visitor's uniform for Rosario, who signed a one-year, $8 million free agent contract with the Indians in February after starring for six seasons in Minnesota. The Twins declined to offer him a contract for 2021. He was voted the Twins' team MVP in 2018 and had career-high totals of 32 home runs and 109 RBIs in 2019.
In a 1-1 game, Cleveland opened the eighth inning with back-to-back singles by Austin Hedges and Cesar Hernandez off reliever Jorge Alcala (1-2).
Amed Rosario then hit into what was initially ruled a double play, but the Indians successfully challenged the out call at first. Jose Ramirez was intentionally walked to load the bases, and Eddie Rosario singled to center on reliever Taylor Rogers' first pitch to drive in Hedges and Amed Rosario.
Bobby Bradley made it 4-1 with an RBI fielder's choice.
Blake Parker (1-0) picked up the win with a scoreless inning of relief. James Karinchak pitched around a two-out Jorge Polanco double in the ninth for his ninth save.
Hedges and Harold Ramirez each had two hits for Cleveland.
Josh Donaldson and Polanco had two hits apiece for Minnesota.
Twins starter Jose Berrios, whose last loss occurred on April 20, left after allowing one run on four hits over 6 1/3 innings. He walked two and struck out nine.
Minnesota took a 1-0 lead in the first inning off Cleveland starter J.C. Mejia.
Luis Arraez led off with a single and advanced to second on a one-out walk by Trevor Larnach. Mejia then got Nelson Cruz to pop out to short but was then called for a balk with Max Kepler batting to allow the runners to move to second and third. Arraez scored when Mejia uncorked a wild pitch.
The Indians tied it in the second.
Bradley led off with a walk and went to second on a single by Harold Ramirez. Berrios then struck out Josh Naylor and Bradley Zimmer and started to walk off the mound when he threw what he thought was strike three to Hedges. On the following pitch, Hedges then drove in Bradley with a broken-bat single to left.
--Field Level Media