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August 11, 2019

What looked like a 9th inning collapse for the Indians in Minnesota turned into a heroic finish for the Tribe who took the series finale from the Twins 7-3 on Sunday to forge a tie for the AL Central lead.

Cleveland got to Twins starter Jose Berrios early, scoring a pair of 1st inning runs on a solo shot from Greg Allen and RBI double by Yasiel Puig. Carlos Santana later delivered an RBI single in the 3rd to give the Indians a 3-1 advantage, but his best work from the plate was still to come.

 

All-Star reliever Brad Hand took the mound with a 2-run lead in the 9th, and would allow Minnesota to force extra innings with Luis Arraez and Marwin Gonzalez each driving in runs. Cleveland wasted no time in their offensive half of the 10th, though, loading the bases with nobody out and Santana coming to the batter's box.

The All-Star slugger would smash a game-winning grand slam to deep left-center field, securing the Indians a 3rd win during their 4-game set in Minnesota. 

With matching 71-47 records, Cleveland and Minnesota are once again tied for the AL Central lead. The Tribe have the best record in baseball since June 1 with a mark of 43-18.

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