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Shane Bieber strikes out 13, ties record as Cleveland Indians top Minnesota Twins 2-0

His 27 strikeouts in his first two starts matched the mark set by Karl Spooner of the Brooklyn Dodgers in September 1954.
Credit: Jim Mone/AP
Cleveland Indians' pitcher Shane Bieber throws against the Minnesota Twins in the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Minneapolis.

MINNEAPOLIS — (AP) Cleveland's Shane Bieber has tied the major league record for strikeouts in a pitcher's first two starts of the season.

Bieber punched out 13 Minnesota Twins over eight innings as the Indians won Thursday, 2-0. The 25-year-old fanned 14 over six scoreless frames on Friday against Kansas City, and his 27 strikeouts in his first two starts matched the record set by Karl Spooner of the Brooklyn Dodgers in September 1954.

Facing a Twins team that came in with the second-best run differential in baseball, Bieber allowed three singles in his eight innings. Francisco Lindor supplied all the offense Cleveland needed with a two-run homer in the third inning off Jose Berríos.

Bieber held serve from there, with three of his punch-outs coming against former AL MVP Josh Donaldson. The last of that trifecta came with the tying runs aboard in the sixth.

Rookie James Karinchak earned his first big league save with a 1-2-3 ninth, one day after regular closer Brad Hand allowed three runs and picked up a loss against the Chicago White Sox. Karinchack has yet to allow a hit in three appearances so far this season.

The Tribe (5-2) and Twins (4-2) will be back at it tomorrow at 8:10 p.m. from Minneapolis. Mike Clevinger will take the mound against Minnesota's Ryan Dobnak.