Sands, Almonte lead Indians’ 17-4 rout of Twins

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CLEVELAND — Jerry Sands had a pinch-hit grand slam and Abraham Almonte, called up from the minors before the game, was 4 for 5 with a two-run homer, leading the Cleveland Indians  to a 17-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Saturday night.

Trevor Bauer (9-8) won for the first time since July 8, allowing four runs in 6 1-3 innings. He gave up solo homers to Joe Mauer and Eddie Rosario and a two-run homer to Kurt Suzuki.

The Indians recorded season-highs in runs and hits (19), forcing Twins manager Paul Molitor to use outfielder Shane Robinson to pitch in the eighth. Robinson walked Mike Aviles with the bases loaded, but retired the next three hitters.

Sands, batting for Lonnie Chisenhall in the fifth, homered to right off Blaine Boyer. Three consecutive walks by Ryan O’Rourke loaded the bases before Sands broke an 0-for-11 slump with his second career grand slam.


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