Buxton, Twins Hand Cleveland’s Bieber 1st Loss, Beat Indians 3-1
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Byron Buxton hit a two-run homer and Kenta Maeda pitched seven shutout innings for Minnesota, as the Twins handed ace hurler Shane Bieber his first loss of the season with a 3-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians.
Bieber yielded five hits and two walks with eight strikeouts in seven innings. That matched a season-most three runs allowed, on the homers by Buxton and rookie Ryan Jeffers.
Bieber's baseball-best ERA rose from 1.32 to a mere 1.53. He became the fastest starting pitcher since 1900 to reach 100 strikeouts in a season. He hit the milestone in 62 1/3 innings.
The two teams play again Saturday night at Target Field in Minneapolis.