Tomlin tosses 7 2-3 strong innings; Indians beat Twins 6-1

Cleveland Indians pitcher Josh Tomlin throws against the Minnesota Twins during the second inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 17, 2016, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Craig Lassig)
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Josh Tomlin pitched 7 2-3 strong innings, Mike Napoli hit one of three Cleveland homers and the Indians beat the Minnesota Twins 6-1 Sunday.

Chris Gimenez had two RBIs off the bench as the division-leading Indians won for just the third time in eight games.

Max Kepler homered for Minnesota.

Tomlin (10-2), who gave up eight runs – including a season-high five earned – in 4 2-3 innings against Detroit in his previous outing July 6, looked more like the pitcher that had six straight quality starts before that outing. He allowed six hits and struck out four against the Twins.

Minnesota had two runners on in the first, but just three over the next four innings as Tomlin breezed through the Minnesota lineup. He retired 11 straight before Kepler homered in the sixth.

Twins starter Kyle Gibson (2-6) allowed 10 hits and four earned runs in six innings. He struck out four.