MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins, behind a terrific spot start from right-hander Anthony Swarzak and a three-hit effort from center fielder Danny Santana, defeated the Cleveland Indians 3-1 Wednesday at sunny Target Field, taking the rubber match of a three-game series.
Swarzak, starting in place of an injured Kyle Gibson, allowed only one run on two hits in five innings of work, improving to 2-0. Swarzak came through the Twins' minor league system as a starter, but has developed into a long reliever over the last couple of seasons. The start Wednesday was his first of the season.
Santana and right fielder Oswaldo Arcia had multi-hit games to pace the Minnesota offense.
Santana's one-out triple in the third inning was Minnesota's first hit. He scored one batter later when left fielder Sam Fuld singled to center. Santana also had a one-out single in the fifth inning, advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on second baseman Brian Dozier's bloop double into right field to give Minnesota the lead for good.
Arcia had two hits, including a solo home run in the sixth inning, his sixth of the season.
Indians right-hander Trevor Bauer (4-5) took the loss despite a quality start, allowing three earned runs over six innings on six hits and two walks. He also struck out seven.
Cleveland scored its only run of the day in the top of the third after left fielder Chris Dickerson reached on a walk. He scored two batters later on a double down the left field line by shortstop Jose Ramirez.
NOTES: The Indians recalled INF Jose Ramirez from Triple-A Columbus prior to the game. Ramirez started Wednesday at shortstop and batted second. He went 2-for-3. ... To make room for Ramirez, the Indians optioned RHP T.J. House to Columbus. House was the starter in the series opener on Monday, pitching five innings and allowing three earned runs in a no-decision. ... Indians SS Asdrubal Cabrera, who left the game Monday with lower back spasms, is still day-to-day but looked much improved on Wednesday. He could return to the lineup as soon as Thursday against Kansas City. ... Twins 1B Joe Mauer swung in the cage before the game, another positive step in his return from a strained oblique that has had him on the 15-day disabled list since July 2. ... Twins RHP Ricky Nolasco had the day off as he recovers from an ailing right elbow that has had him on the DL since July 8. He is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Sunday, and if all goes well, he could return to the Twins' rotation as soon as next week.