MINNEAPOLIS — The Indians began the second half of their season on Friday night, but it appears their bats and defense are still on vacation.
For a second straight night, defensive miscues allowed the Twins to beat Cleveland 3-2, sending the Indians into a two-game losing streak.
The Indians took the early 2-0 lead on a Jason Kipnis home run to left field. It was his 14th homer of the season.
The Twins quickly tied the game in the bottom half of the sixth inning on a Chris Colabello bloop single to right to score Justin Morneau.
Later in the same inning, Clete Thomas grounded to second where Jason Kipnis had a hard time fielding the ball. The Indians did not turn the double play, which would have ended the inning. Instead, the Twins took a 3-2 lead and held on for the win for a second straight night.
The Indians offense was held to just five total hits in the loss.
The Detroit Tigers lost to the Kansas City Royals, so the Indians did not lose any ground in the American League Central Division standings. They remain 1.5 games out of first place.
Rich Hill (1-2) was credited with the loss for the Tribe. The final game of the series will be Sunday at 2:10 p.m.