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Twins stop Guardians 3-1 to take series


The Twins beat Cleveland 3-1 on Sunday at Target Field, winning the series 2-1 in front of a reported crowd of 19,850.

Max Kepler put his team on the board early with his first inning RBI single. Cleveland briefly equalized on Jose Ramirez’s fourth solo home run to the right deck.

But the Twins followed that up with homers in back-to-back innings, first from Gio Urshela in the bottom of the fourth, then from Byron Buxton in the fifth. Urshela also homered in Saturday’s loss after he hadn’t homered since Opening Day.

Twins starter Joe Ryan had 100 pitches, starting after the sixth with 103 to his name. He allowed four hits, but only one home run. He also didn’t drop a single goal and struck out five. Ryan also picked up the win, giving him a 4-2 record. Emilio Pagan made his fifth save.

Cleveland starter Triston McKenzie (2-3) went seven innings, allowing three hits, three runs — including both homers — and two walks, but struck out four.

The Twins improved to 20-15 as they embark on a road trip to Oakland and Kansas City for the coming week. Cleveland fell to 16-17.

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