(Sports Network) - Jeanmar Gomez surpassed his entire run total this season in
one start last week. The Indians starter will look to rebound the evening when
Cleveland plays the Minnesota Twins in the opener of a two-game series.
Gomez had allowed just seven runs over five games, including four starts, this
season and was looking for a second straight win on Wednesday versus the White
Sox before getting rocked in an 8-1 loss. He was charged with season highs of
eight runs, nine hits and four walks over 6 2/3 innings, allowing six runs in
the fourth inning.
The right-hander dropped to 2-2 on the season and saw his earned run average
jump from 2.82 to 4.66.
"Gomez just couldn't throw strikes the first four innings. He struggled with
his control to a point where in the fourth inning he had more balls than
strikes thrown," Indians manager Manny Acta said. "When you're not
overpowering you're really not going to get away with it up here and they made
him pay for it."
Gomez, 24, is 1-1 with a 5.23 ERA in four career games versus the Twins, three
of those starts.
Cleveland took the opener of its four-game set with Boston last week, but was
outscored 23-7 in losing the final three encounters. That includes a 12-1 rout
at the hands of the Red Sox on Sunday.
Justin Masterson was touched for six runs on seven hits and a walk in six
innings for Cleveland, which has dropped five of its last six and leads
Detroit by just one game for first place in the American League Central.
The Indians nearly made it a game in the third inning, when they were down
4-0. Asdrubal Cabrera drew a bases-loaded walk, but Travis Hafner followed by
hitting into an inning-ending double play.
The Twins were able to edge by the Blue Jays on Sunday by a 4-3 margin, with
Brian Dozier hitting his first career homer and Ryan Doumit adding a two-run
Scott Diamond pitched seven scoreless frames, allowing five hits while walking
none and fanning four to help the Twins split the four-game series. Matt Capps
worked around a one-out hit in the ninth to pick up his seventh save.
Carl Pavano is expected to make the start for the Twins tonight despite having
an MRI on his right shoulder. The test revealed only inflammation, so the
veteran gets a chance to rebound from his shortest outing of the season.
Pavano lasted just four-plus innings on Wednesday against the Angels, touched
for five runs -- four earned -- on 10 hits. He didn't walk a batter, but
struck out just one.
"I wasn't able to [execute] consistently and they got to me," Pavano said.
The 36-year-old failed to pitch at least six innings for the first time since
Sept. 7 and is 2-3 with a 5.02 ERA in seven starts. He is 3-3 with a 2.83 ERA
in 10 career meetings with the Twins.
The Indians have won eight of their past nine against the Twins.
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