It was the first time Jose Berrios had pitched more than seven innings since June 28, a key development for the Twins as he attempts to put a disastrous August behind him.
All-Star Lucas Giolito, who pitched a complete-game shutout at Target Field last month, has been shut down for the season because of an injury.
The Twins not only get back a player they can use all over the field, they get one who is batting .263 with 15 home runs and 43 RBI.
Here's at look at what Cleveland would need to do to catch the Twins, based on how the teams do over the final 12 games of the season
Jose Berrios gave up two runs and pitched into the eighth inning as the Twins beat the Chicago White Sox 5-3 at Target Field on Monday night.
Twins starter Jose Berrios put together his second consecutive strong start, this time looking dominant after giving up a couple of early runs.
Kyle Gibson made a surprise relief appearance and surrendered a game-turning three-run homer to Roberto Perez, and the error-prone Twins dropped a sloppy 7-5 decision to the Indians.
Phil Miller joins Michael Rand after covering the Twins' big weekend series victory in Cleveland.
Multi-positional everyday player Gonzalez has been out of the lineup since Aug. 27 with an abdominal/oblique strain, an injury that he initially believed was minor.
Rookie flamethrower Brusdar Graterol has been a starter in the minors for the Twins organization, but he will be used out of the bullpen the rest of this year.
The word of the weekend around Minnesota sports: Resiliency. The Twins, especially, personified that by taking two of three from the Indians.
The Twins are beginning their final homestand. They have retaken the major league home run lead 287-286 from the Yankees, who have played two more games.
A look back at Sunday afternoon's game.
Jose Berrios will get an extra day off in the wake of Saturday's doubleheader sweep of Cleveland.
Miguel Sano crushed a tie-breaking grand slam in Game 2 of a Saturday doubleheader, and the Twins all but terminated the Indians' three-year reign atop the AL Central with 2-0 and 9-5 victories.
Sam Dyson, acquired minutes before the trade deadline in July, threw two pitches in the bullpen on Friday, the first time on a mound in 10 days, and the pain in his right shoulder immediately returned.
No. 1 spot in Twins order can provide instant offense.
Brusdar Graterol doesn't know the Twins' history. But he made plenty of it on Saturday.
Twins rookie Brusdar Graterol, who threw seven pitches faster than 100 mph on Saturday, says through interpreter Elvis Martinez that he was having fun but tried to stay focused on getting outs.
Seven different Twins relievers pitched 11⅓ shutout innings Saturday, giving up just five hits without a walk.