Guardians outlast Twins in extras

The Cleveland Guardians began their three-game set with the Minnesota Twins Tuesday, coming away with a 6-5 victory in extra-innings.

It was a more than welcome return for both Franmil Reyes and Aaron Civale. The Guardians activated both earlier in the day with Civale slated to start while Reyes batted sixth in the lineup. In his first start in about a month Civale delivered by allowing just two runs in 5 innings while striking out seven and walking one. This was one of the better starts for Civale this season as he has largely struggled. Meanwhile it was Reyes who came through for Cleveland in the top of the 8th with a game-tying two-run homer.

With the game tied the Guardians headed to extras with a chance to take the first game in Minnesota. After a scoreless 10th it was Andres Gimenez who pulled through in the 11th to give Cleveland the lead.

The one run advantage was all the Guardians needed as Emmanuel Clase came in for the bottom of the inning and shut the door on just six pitches.

Where things stand

Currently Cleveland and Minnesota are technically tied forfirst place in the American League Central but the Guardians hold the edge winning percentage wise (.556-.551) due to games played. Cleveland can take sole possession of first place with a win on Wednesday. The Guardians will start the surging Triston McKenzie while Minnesota will send overdue for regression Sonny Gray to the mound.

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