The Associated Press
CLEVELAND–Trevor Bauer struck out 11 and allowed just three hits in six innings as the Cleveland Indians hit four home runs in routing the Minnesota Twins 10-0 last night.
Bauer (11-6) has 206 strikeouts this season, one behind Boston’s Chris Sale for the AL lead.
The right-hander has 10 double-figure strikeout games, tying him with Sale for the league lead.
Bauer also leads the AL with 159 2/3 innings pitched.
Edwin Encarnacion drove in four runs, including a three-run homer in the seventh.
Yonder Alonso, Brandon Guyer, and Jason Kipnis also homered for Cleveland, which leads Minnesota by 10 games in the AL Central.
Alonso’s home run started Cleveland’s four-run fourth while Guyer added a two-run shot, both coming off Kyle Gibson (5-9).
Matt Belisle gave up Kipnis’ lead-off homer in the sixth and also Encarnacion’s blast.
Adam Cimber, Oliver Perez, and Dan Otero each pitched an inning to close Cleveland’s AL-leading 12th shutout.
Bauer struck out every batter in the starting lineup and ended his night with a flourish in the sixth.
Polanco doubled with one out and was at third when Miguel Sano drew a two-out walk, but Bauer struck out Max Kepler on his 112 pitch.
Bauer hasn’t lost since June 29 and is 4-0 in his last seven starts.
He was given a standing ovation when he recorded his 200th strikeout of the season against Bobby Wilson in the third.
Gibson allowed six runs(four earned) in five innings. Belisle gave up four runs in two innings.
Catcher Mitch Garver worked the eighth, allowing only Francisco Lindor’s one-out single.
Minnesota placed outfielder Robbie Grossman (strained right hamstring) on the 10-day disabled list and recalled outfielder Johnny Field from ‘AAA’ Rochester.
Grossman was injured running out a double Sunday.
The Twins claimed Field last week after he was designated for assignment by the Indians.
Elsewhere in the AL, New York blanked Chicago 7-0, Seattle edged Texas 4-3 (12 innings), and L.A. beat Detroit 6-2.
Over in the NL, Miami edged St. Louis 2-1, New York beat Cincinnati 6-4, Colorado blanked Pittsburgh 2-0, and Philadelphia nipped Arizona 2-1 (14 innings).
The Chicago Cubs beat Kansas City 3-1 and Houston downed San Francisco 3-1 in interleague play.