INDIANS & PIRATES Friday’s games
Escobar’s homers lead Twins past Tribe
Eduardo Escobar hit two homers and drove in four runs, Jose Berrios pitched six effective innings and the Minnesota Twins pulled away for a 7-4 win against the Cleveland Indians on Friday night.
Escobar’s three-run homer in the first started the night against Cleveland starter Carlos Carrasco (6-4). Escobar added a solo shot, his 10th of the season, in the seventh as Minnesota snapped a three-game losing streak.
The infielder has four multi-homer games in his career and two this season. Escobar, 5-foot-10 and 185 pounds, broke out last season with 21 home runs for the Twins.
Edwin Encarnacion homered for the Indians, who had their season-high six game-winning streak snapped.
Berrios (6-5) allowed four runs and five hits with a walk and seven strikeouts. It wasn’t the type of sharp outing he had in his previous three starts when he gave up five runs total over 222/3 innings and pitched into the eighth inning each time.
Fernando Rodney secured his 12th save in 15 chances, which includes nine straight.
Carrasco had his second-shortest outing of the season with 32/3 innings. Miguel Sano’s RBI double chased Carrrasco after the right-hander tied a season high with six runs on seven hits and three walks.
Encarnacion hit a two-run homer to the second deck in left field in the sixth, but the Twins kept adding to their early lead.
Taillon pitches shutout vs. Cards
Jameson Taillon pitched three-hit ball over eight innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-0 on Friday night for their second win in their past seven games.
Pittsburgh had lost three straight to St. Louis during a 3-10 stretch, mostly against NL Central opponents.
Taillon (3-4) hadn’t won since April 8, when he one-hit the Cincinnati Reds in a 5-0 win. He was nearly as good this time against St. Louis, striking out six and walking one to slim his ERA to 3.97.
St. Louis has dropped three of five. Miles Mikolas (6-1) gave up two runs — one earned — in six innings. He allowed six hits, struck out two and walked one. This was his first loss since returning to the U.S. following a stint in the Japanese professional league.
Adam Frazier doubled in the third and tripled in the fifth before scoring Pittsburgh’s first two runs. His double ricocheted off Mikolas’ left foot and bounced into shallow left field. He scored on Josh Bell’s sacrifice fly.
Francisco Cervelli followed Frazier’s triple with his own to give the Pirates a 2-0 lead.
Pittsburgh tacked on two more runs in the eighth on an RBI double by Corey Dickerson and a sacrifice fly from Colin Moran.
Marcell Ozuna had two of the three hits off Taillon, both infield singles. Dexter Fowler also had a single.