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José Ramírez homers, drives in 3 runs as AL Central-leading Guardians wallop scuffling Twins 11-4

MINNEAPOLIS — José Ramírez homered and had three RBIs and Logan Allen pitched six strong innings, sending the Cleveland Guardians to an 11-4 romp on Saturday night over the Minnesota Twins, who lost their fifth straight and remained in an offensive funk.

Ramírez hit a two-run homer in the first inning off Bailey Ober (4-2) and added an RBI double and single on the same night the Guardians celebrated their All-Star third baseman with a bobblehead giveaway.

Needing a triple for the cycle — Cleveland's lone one at home came in 1933 — Ramírez popped to second in the sixth and grounded to first in the seventh.

Tyler Freeman had a career-high four hits and also drove in three runs as the AL Central-leading Guardians moved a season-best 12 games over .500.

Allen (5-2) held the Twins to five singles and hasn't given up a run in his last 12 innings over two starts. The left-hander walked one and struck out seven.

Andrés Giménez had two RBIs for Cleveland and rookie Kyle Manzardo got his first RBI with a double in the fifth.

The Twins are scuffling after winning 17 of 20. They scored four runs in the ninth to avoid being shut out for the third time in five days, and have been outscored 28-7 during their five-game slide.

Minnesota's Byron Buxton went 1 for 4 with an RBI in his first game back after being sidelined two weeks with right knee inflammation.

Ramírez, who homered in the eighth inning to help the Guardians win Friday's series opener, connected off Ober in the first to conclude a 12-pitch at-bat.

With Freeman on first after a leadoff single, Ramírez fouled off seven pitches before connecting for his 11th homer this season and No. 227 of his career. The shot moved him into fourth place in team history behind Jim Thome (337), Albert Belle (242) and Manny Ramirez (236).

The homer also ended the Guardians' scoreless streak against Ober at 18 innings. The right-hander was touched up for five runs and eight hits in four innings.

Ramírez was at it again in the third, hitting an RBI double ahead of Josh Naylor's sacrifice fly as the Guardians took a 4-0 lead.

Cleveland made it 5-0 off Ober in the fourth on Freeman's RBI double. The Guardians added two more in the fifth on a run-scoring single by Will Brennan and Manzardo's double.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Guardians: RHP Eli Morgan (shoulder inflammation) is "trucking along," according to manager Stephen Vogt. Morgan has been on the injured list for a month. He's made two rehab appearances at Triple-A Columbus. ... Vogt said LF Steven Kwan (hamstring) had no problems following his first batting practice session since getting hurt. "We're excited about his progression," Vogt said.

UP NEXT

Twins RHP Chris Paddack (4-2, 4.89 ERA) makes his first career start against Cleveland in the series finale against Guardians RHP Tanner Bibee (2-1, 4.34).

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