The Cleveland Guardians gather in four races in the ninth to survive twins in the back and forth slug party, 11-10

MEMORY POLICE – They are the team that refuses to lose. It does not matter what the situation is, what deficit the Guardians play until they can no longer play.

The Gs did it again Wednesday night, gathering four runs in the ninth inning to beat the Twins 11-10 and extend their lead at AL Central to a full game.

They came into the ninth behind, 10-7, after a three-run homer by Gio Urshela in the seventh. They did not seem bothered by that.

Amed Rosario, who finished with four hits, opened with a single off Twins reliever Emilio Pagan, who worked on his second inning. Jose Ramirez sent him to third place with a single to the right, and Josh Naylor doubled the fence in the middle to score Rosario, placing Ramirez in third place. Rookie Oscar Gonzalez hit a single single in the middle to equalize to 10-10, but the Guardians were not finished.

Amed Rosario moved Gonzalez to third place with a sacrificial shock. Owen Miller delivered with the clear signal on a sacrificial flight – his MLB-leading eighth of the season.

Emmanuel Clase hit the ninth for his 17th save in 19 chances.

“Like Tuesday night, it was two clubs that really wanted to win,” said manager Terry Francona. “They came back, we came back. Luckily, when it was over, we had one more (in us), because it was a lot of back and forth.”

The Guardians are 7-1 on this nine-game trip to Denver, Los Angeles and now Minneapolis. They are 15-4 in June and have won 17 of their last 21.

They have been touched by baseball gods on this his journey. They have won four matches with one race and three with two races. Three of the victories have come in extra innings and they have scored in their final battle in six of the seven victories.

Why is this happening?

“We are very robust,” Rosario said through interpreter Agustin Rivero. “We never give up and we play with the joy of playing the game. That is one of the reasons we have been able to return late in these matches.”

Joy is one thing, but the fact that Rosario hits .354 (28-for-79) in June doesn’t hurt either.

Anthony Castro had Urshela, who made his big league debut with the Indians, down in the count, 1-2, in the seventh, as the twins’ third baseman sent the next lane over the wall in the left center to turn a 7-7 draw into a lead in three races. Urshela fell twice during the cycle as he went 3-for-4.

The twins came into the match with a 78-50 advantage at home and it turned out. They left the yard four more times, with three of the Homes coming against starter Triston McKenzie. But the Guardians’ power play proved itself to be good.

Austin Hedges started a three-run rally in the fifth with a leadoff homer. In the seventh, Rosario and rookie Gonzalez hummed to a 7-6 lead.

Rosario homered to the left to start the inning from Jharel Cotton. It was his third hit of the game and reduced Minnesota’s lead to 6-5. Gonzalez, with Ramirez in second place after being hit by a pitch and stealing second, struck a 3-2 pitch from Cotton into the left field seats for the lead. It was Gonzalez’s second major league homer who both came on this tour.

Anthony Gose started the seventh for Cleveland by retiring Luis Arraez. Castro took off and retired Carlos Correa on a long drive to the left lane. Correa had homerated in his first two strokes. But Castro walked Max Kepler and gave up a line-drive single to Gary Sanchez on the right as Kepler went to third.

Alex Kirilloff, with the defense moved to the left, singled through the freed hole with cards, to score Kepler with the equalizer. Urshela solved it with her fifth career homer against Cleveland.

Francona used six relievers in Tuesday’s 6-5 win in 11 innings. A brief start by McKenzie did not help anything on Wednesday.

“It was hard,” Francona said when asked to run the pen Wednesday. “We actually had plans for Anthony (Castro) to go two innings tonight. Last night, everyone who hit the fight was up at least twice and Shaw was up three times.

“I do not want to hurt people. They would be willing to pitch, but you can not. You hope people who understand the game understand it.”

The twins hacked away at McKenzie for a 5-1 lead through four innings. They leaned heavily on solo homerun, a gremlin that continues to plague McKenzie. Of the 14 homers McKenzie has allowed this year, 12 have come with empty bases.

“He really didn’t like his fastball very much,” Francona said. “They had a really good approach. You could see they were trying to get on top of his fastball because he has life on him. They made him pay for his mistakes.”

Arraez opened the game with a long drive to the left field, which Steven Kwan caught at the fence. Correa followed with a drive into the left field seats, which Kwan could not catch for a 1-0 lead.

The Twins made it 2-0 on Ryan Jeffers’ double in the second. Urshela and Trevor Lanach single in front of Jeffers to set the table. McKenzie escaped further trouble by stopping the next two batteries with runners-up in second and third place.

Kwan tripled Myles Straw to 2-1 in the third. Straw, in a 13-to-101 (.129) slip, reached on a one-out double by Twins starter Sonny Gray.

However, McKenzie could not keep the ball in the goal area.

Correa started the third with his second homer in a row for a 3-1 lead. The twins turned to their short game in the fourth. Urshela, after opening the inning with a triple missed by Straw in the middle, scored on a perfect squeeze bundle of Jeffers rolling under McKenzie’s glove to make it 4-1. Jeffers came around to score on Nick Gordon’s single and a victim escape by Arraez.

The Guardians responded quickly in the fifth as they scored three times to make it 5-4. Hedges, who came into the game and hit .163, hit a leadoff homer to start the rally. Straw and Kwan followed with singles in a row. When Gordon crossed Kwan’s single to center, Straw went to third and Kwan to second on the foul.

Rosario made it three singles in a row as he beat Minnesota starter Sonny Gray first on a grounder second to score Straw and send Kwan to third. Left Caleb Thielbar relieved and stepped Ramirez on a bad jump to the first. Thielbar, with Josh Naylor on the plate, was accused of having a bias over an attempt to move to first as Kwan scored to make it 5-4.

McKenzie once again could not keep the ball in the yard.

Kepler started the fifth with a homer to the left field for a 6-4 lead. When Sanchez lined up in the middle, McKenzie was done for the night. He allowed a season-high six runs in 4 1/3 innings. He hit five and went one. McKenzie’s ERA against the twins this year is 7.15.

Next: RHP Zach Plesac (2-4, 4.41) vs. LHP Devin Smeltzer (3-1, 3.52) Thursday at 13.10 Bally Sports Great Lakes, WTAM, WMMS and Guardians Radio Network will carry the game.

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