American League Game Summary - Cleveland at Minnesota|
(Friday, July 19th)
Final Score: Minnesota 3, Cleveland 2
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Joe Mauer came through with a clutch two-
out RBI single in the eighth inning to lift the Minnesota Twins over the
Cleveland Indians, 3-2, in the opener of a three-game set at Target Field.
Pedro Florimon singled off Joe Smith (4-1) to begin the eighth. Brian Dozier
reached first when first baseman Nick Swisher dropped Lonnie Chisenhall's
throw from third. Florimon advanced to third on a Trevor Plouffe double play.
Mauer then delivered a line drive base hit to center to break the tie and give
the Twins a 3-2 lead.
"In a game like that, you don't want to ever give them extra opportunities and
it came back to haunt us," Indians manager Terry Francona said.
Plouffe had two RBI and Florimon scored twice for the Twins, who have won
three straight following a six-game skid.
Casey Fien (2-2) pitched a the eighth frame to earn the win. Glen Perkins
tossed a 1-2-3 ninth inning to secure the victory and collect his 22nd save of
the season. Florimon made a sparkling defensive play by diving to take a hit
away from Michael Brantley to lead off the ninth.
Michael Bourn went 2-for-4 while driving in both runs for the Indians, who
had their four-game win streak broken.
Indians starter Scott Kazmir continued to pitch well despite a mediocre
record. He allowed two unearned runs on two hits and three walks in six
frames. Kazmir has a 1.95 earned run average over his last six starts with
just two wins to show for it.
Mike Pelfrey tossed 5 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on four hits and three
walks while fanning five.
"I just wasn't making pitches," Pelfrey admitted. "Luckily guys made plays
Chisenhall led off the third with a double to center field and Drew Stubbs was
pegged in the elbow to put two runners on with one out. Bourn sliced a full-
count fastball to the left-center field wall for a two-run double.
Florimon reached on a two-out walk in the sixth. Dozier's ground ball went in
and out of third baseman Chisenhall's glove for an error and went proceeded to
roll into no-man's land by second which put both runners into scoring
position. Plouffe connected on a single that dropped in front of Stubbs in
left to tie the game.
Ryan Doumit stood on second base with no outs in the seventh, but Minnesota
couldn't find a way to bring him in. After a strikeout, Aaron Hicks' groundout
advanced Doumit to third, but Clete Thomas went down looking to end the
Jason Kipnis walked with two outs in the top of the eighth, but was caught
trying to steal second.
Minnesota recalled first baseman Chris Colabello from Triple-A Rochester prior
to the game ... Cleveland's pitching staff has not allowed a home run in 68
straight innings ... The Indians finished 1-for-5 with runners in scoring
position, while Minnesota went 2-for-8.
07/20 03:27:36 ET