CLEVELAND — Carlos Santana spoke loudly with his bat while Corey Kluber and T.J. House spoke with their arms in a Tribe doubleheader sweep of the Minnesota Twins Thursday afternoon at Progressive Field.
Santana hit his 26th homer of the year in the first inning of game one to give the Indians a 2-1 lead. They never let up as Cleveland posted an 8-2 victory in support of starter Kluber. With the victory, Kluber notched his 15th win of the season while going 8 and a third innings and striking out 7 batters. Yan Gomes also homered in the game as he belted number 18 on the season.
In the second game, House was brilliant once again. He went 7 innings and kept the visitors off the scoreboard. House struck out 8 batters and scattered only 4 hits to get his 3rd win of the season. Santana drove in both runs in the game. His 27th homer in the 4th inning gave the home team a 1-0 lead. He then drove in the second run in the bottom of the 8th inning to make it the final 2-0. Bryan Shaw and Cody Allen pitched the 8th and 9th innings to secure the win.
With the sweep, the Indians moved within 4.5 games of the divisional lead and 3.5 game out of a wild card spot.
The Indians take on the Tigers Friday night in Detroit.