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Triston McKenzie, Cleveland Indians take 1st game of doubleheader; Minnesota Twins gain split with Game 2 win

McKenzie had seven strikeouts with just three hits, one run and one walk allowed.

MINNEAPOLIS — Editor's Note: The above video is from a previously published story

Triston McKenzie turned in another stellar start for Cleveland. He cruised through six innings of the first game of a doubleheader to lead the Indians past Minnesota 3-1. Twins starter Joe Ryan took a comebacker off the wrist in the sixth inning to remove half of the pitching duel. 

McKenzie had seven strikeouts with just three hits, one run and one walk allowed. This was his fifth straight outing of six innings or more and one run or less. 

Ryan gave up three hits, one run and one walk with seven strikeouts in five innings.

McKenzie trailed after an RBI double by Andrelton Simmons in the third, but Bradley Zimmer tied the game in the fifth with a home run off the shutters fronting the parking ramp behind the second deck in right field.

Austin Hedges hit a go-ahead RBI double in the seventh against Danny Coulombe (3-2), and a fielding error on third baseman Luis Arraez off a sharp ground ball by pinch-hitter Yu Chang yielded an insurance run for closer Emmanuel Clase, who recorded his 23rd save in 27 chances with a perfect seventh.

Ryan Jeffers had four RBIs in the nightcap as the Twins gained a split with a 6-3 victory.

After starter Charlie Barnes gave up back-to-back RBI doubles to Amed Rosario and José Ramírez in a three-run third, the Twins used a four-run fourth inning against Indians starter Logan Allen (1-7) to rally in the second game.

Jeffers hit a two-run double, Willians Astudillo added an RBI double and Nick Gordon gave them the lead with an RBI single. Jeffers then added a two-run shot in the sixth for his 13th homer this season, and Kyle Barraclough (1-0) pitched a perfect fifth for his first victory with the Twins. Alex Colomé picked up his 14th save in 20 attempts with a scoreless seventh.

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