MINNEAPOLIS — (AP) Byron Buxton hit a two-run homer and Kenta Maeda pitched seven shutout innings for Minnesota, as the Twins handed ace hurler Shane Bieber his first loss of the season with a 3-1 victory over the Indians.
Bieber yielded five hits and two walks with eight strikeouts in seven innings. That matched a season-most three runs allowed, on the homers by Buxton and rookie Ryan Jeffers.
Bieber's baseball-best ERA rose from 1.32 to a mere 1.53. He became the fastest starting pitcher since 1900 to reach 100 strikeouts in a season. He hit the milestone in 62 1/3 innings.
The Tribe's bats struggled again with just six hits, two coming from Jose Ramirez (including a ninth-inning home rum). The team has now dropped four in a row to fall to third in the American League Central Division, and has been outscored 25-8 during that stretch.
The two teams will face off again Saturday night at 8:07 p.m., with Cleveland's Zach Plesac (3-1, 1.32 ERA) taking the mound against Minnesota's Rich Hill (1-1, 3.86).