Indians' Yan Gomes suffers apparent shoulder injury

Alex Gordon and the defending World Series champion Royals are in danger of slipping out of contention

Alex Gordon and the defending World Series champion Royals are in danger of slipping out of contention

The day after his club taxed its bullpen in an 11-inning loss to the Minnesota Twins, the right-hander scattered six hits while allowing just one run over 7 2/3 innings as the Indians took the rubber match of the weekend's three-game set with a 6-1 win at Target Field. He swerved to avoid the tag of Twins first baseman Kennys Vargas, hit the bag awkwardly with his left foot and did a sommersault.

Gomes, who broke an 0-for-27 slump with a double in the third inning, was trying to beat out a grounder to third base in the fifth.

He was better two weeks later, giving up three earned runs over 6 1/3 innings while striking out four.

"Mistakes are part of the game", Gibson said. Then, shortstop Francisco Lindor hit an RBI single to center field, which drove in Santana.

Indians' designated hitter Mike Napoli went deep in Friday's 5-2 victory and reached base three times the following night to improve to 8-for-16 with two blasts, five RBIs and seven runs scored in his last five contests.

Former Minnesota Twin Rod Carew, right, presents former outfielder Torii Hunter, who retired previous year, with his jacket after Hunter was inducted into the Twins Hall of Fame during a ceremony prior to the Twins' baseball game against the Cleveland Indians on Saturday, July 16, 2016, in Minneapolis. Max Kepler's solo home run in the sixth inning kept the Twins from being shut out.

Twins: Ryan said 3B Trevor Plouffe, on the disabled list since July 2 with a fractured left rib, is making progress, but "there's still some things when he's sleeping and moving". Carlos Santana had three hits to increase his total to 19 during his 13-game hitting streak, but is 2-for-15 - albeit with two homers - versus Sunday starter Kyle Gibson.

Twins: CF Byron Buxton was in the lineup for a second straight day and manager Paul Molitor said the knee injury that occurred when Buxton crashed into the wall three games before the All-Star break is behind him now.

Jason Kipnis added two hits and Erik Gonzalez made his major league debut when he pinch-hit in the eighth inning.

The game was delayed by rain in the top of the 11th for 2 hours, 5 minutes. Matt Boyd (0-2, 5.77) is scheduled to start for the Tigers.

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