CLEVELAND (AP) — Andrés Giménez hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning and the Cleveland Guardians beat the Minnesota Twins 5-3 for their second straight walk-off win against their AL Central rivals.
Giménez went deep to center on a 3-2 pitch from Tyler Thornburg as Minnesota’s bullpen imploded again. José Ramírez drew a leadoff walk. Josh Naylor’s groundout moved Ramírez to second and Owen Miller flied out. Giménez followed with his game-winner to send Cleveland’s players pouring out of the dugout in celebration for the second consecutive day.
The Twins failed to hold a 6-3 lead in the 10th inning on Wednesday night, when the Guardians scored four times and won the game on Naylor’s two-run homer.
Cleveland took the five-game series and moved within one game of first place in the division.
Twins manager Rocco Baldelli on the game:
Minnesota continues their homestand tonight as they bring in Baltimore. 7:10 p.m. first pitch on 950 KWAT.