Dobnak leads Twins past Cleveland

Max Kepler and Alex Avila both homered and Randy Dobnak pitched five shutout innings as the Minnesota Twins beat the Cleveland Indians 4-1 on Friday night, July 31, in matchup of American League Central teams off to hot starts at Target Field in Minneapolis.

Eddie Rosario had two hits and two RBIs and Jorge Polanco also had two hits for the Twins who evened the four-game series with the Indians at a game apiece — improving to 5-2 in the process. Cleveland sits at 5-3.

Dobnak (1-1) allowed just three singles and two walks while striking out four. Taylor Rogers pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to earn his second save.

Mike Clevinger (0-1) took the loss after allowing four runs on six hits and five walks in four innings. Clevinger, who struck out five, became the first Cleveland starter this season not to pitch at least six innings while also allowing two runs or fewer, snapping the franchise record at seven games.

Kepler gave Minnesota a 1-0 lead in the first with the eighth leadoff homer of his career and second of the season, driving a 3-1 fastball 444 feet into the upper deck in right-center.

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