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Indians Win 8th Road Series in 2016; Top Twins 6-1 in Minnesota

There was plenty of good on Sunday at Target Field in Minnesota as the Indians topped the Minnesota Twins 6-1 to take home their 8th road series win of the season.

Of course there was bad as well.

The bad was watching Yan Gomes, who has had a nightmare 2016 season, get carted off the field with a shoulder injury that looks like it’s going to take possibly weeks if not months to heal.

If you missed it, the injury to Gomes took place in the 5th when he was trying to outrun a ground ball, and while the tag was made coming off the bag, he looked to land very awkwardly on the bag at first, throwing out his shoulder and at first looking like he knee locked.

He was on the ground for about 10 minutes before being carted off the field.

Gomes is going back to Cleveland and will have the shoulder checked out, Terry Francona said Gomes will go on the DL, and he also tweaked his knee but he passed tests on the knee after the injury.

Chris Giminez came in, and did a great job, including putting up two big insurance runs with a single in the 6th to make it 4-1.

Jensen Lewis did say on ‘Indians Live’ after the game that Roberto Perez was a scratch for Columbus today, meaning it sounds like he’ll be in uniform for the Indians Monday night when the team takes on Kansas City.

The hero of the day though was Josh Tomlin, who continues to be amazing coming off an Indians loss. He’s now 13-1 with a 2.92 ERA in his last 18 starts after a loss, including going 7-0 on the road in those starts.

He threw 7.2 innings, throwing 107 pitches, allowing one run on a Max Kepler homer, giving up six hits, a walk and four strikeouts.

How great has Tomlin been? Overall he’s 10-2 with a 3.34 ERA, and this season he’s 6-0 with a 2.44 in 9 road starts.

The offense was helped out by three homers – Mike Napoli to give the Tribe a 1-0 lead in the 2nd, Tyler Naquin with a solo shot in the 8th, and Jason Kipnis with a homer in the 9th.

Napoli has 20 homers in 84 games this season, this after 18 homers in 133 games last season, and 17 homers in 119 games in 2014.

The team put up 13 hits with the six runs, including one by Carlos Santana, who continues his hitting streak which is up to 14 games, which is a career-high.

Now with 54 wins, the Tribe has a 6.5 game lead over the Tigers, 8 over the Royals, and 8.5 over the Chicago White Sox.

The Indians next go to Kansas City, where they play a Royals team they were swept by the last time they went to KC. Monday Corey Kluber goes for the Tribe against Edison Vólquez for the Royals.

Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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