MINNEAPOLIS – Jorge Polanco drove in the game-ending run for the third time in four games, hitting a bases loaded single line in the 11th inning as the Minnesota Twins beat the Indians 8-7 on Wednesday night. of Cleveland.
The Twins survived after squandering a two-run lead in the ninth inning, and came close to winning the game in the tenth. Cleveland third baseman Ernie Clement jumped to steal a hit from Luis Arráez, and center fielder Myles Straw dived for a two-out catch, a line from Ryan Jeffers.
Danny Coulombe (3-1), Minnesota’s eighth pitcher, worked an inning and was aided by Nick Gordon, who deprived Badley Zimmer of what seemed like a sure hit as he slid to capture the ball into left field with two outs. .
Justin Garza (2-1), Cleveland’s seventh pitcher, took the loss.
Polanco, who also hit an RBI single in the first inning, finished Monday’s game against Cleveland with a double in the 10th. A day later, he hit a sacrifice fly in the ninth to kill off Tampa Bay.
With five RBIs ending games this season, Polanco equaled a club record, set by Kent Hrbek in 1987.
The Quisqueyano is the third player since 1920 to push the career that ends three games in a row. He joined George Scott of Milwaukee, who did it from August 11-14, 1973, and Tony Peña, of Pittsburgh, who did it from June 2-6, 1982, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
“He is a special hitter. In those moments, he seeks to help the team. He throws it behind his back and knows what to do,” said his compatriot and teammate Miguel Sanó, who hit a home run and produced three runs.
For the Indians, the Dominicans Amed Rosario 6-2 with an RBI, José Ramírez 6-2 with two runs scored and two RBIs, Franmil Reyes 5-1 with one run scored and one produced. Colombian Oscar Mercado 1-0 with one scored.
For the Twins, the Dominicans Polanco 6-2 with two RBIs, Sanó 4-2 with two runs scored and three RBIs. Venezuelan Arráez 3-1 with a run scored and a RBI.