Andrew Albers threw a two-hitter in his second career start and the Minnesota Twins backed him with a pair of home runs to beat the Cleveland Indians 3-0 Monday night.
Albers (2-0) allowed just two singles, walked none and struck out two.
Brian Dozier and Trevor Plouffe homered to help the Twins win for the eighth time in 11 games.
Prized prospect Danny Salazar (1-1) gave up three runs on three hits with three walks and five strikeouts in four innings. The slumping Indians have lost seven of their last eight and are in danger of sliding out of the playoff chase.
Jason Kipnis and Yan Gomes had the only hits for Cleveland.
Albers, a soft-tossing lefty from Canada, had Tommy John surgery in 2009 and made his big league debut at 27 years old in his last start. He threw 8 1-3 scoreless innings at Kansas City and now has ripped off 17 1-3 straight scoreless to start his career.
He kept the Indians off-balance with an assortment of breaking pitches all night, outshining the overpower...