Final Score: Minnesota 1, Cleveland 0 (10 innings)
Cleveland, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Eduardo Escobar's 10th-inning solo homer
was the only meaningful offense in the contest, and sent Minnesota to a narrow
1-0 victory over Cleveland in the opener of a four-game series.
Sam Fuld collected two hits for the Twins, who have won three straight
including the final two in a home series win against Baltimore this past
"Really good pitching on both sides. A big home run by Escobar," said Twins
manager Ron Gardenhire.
Mike Aviles hit safely twice for the Indians, who stumbled to their eighth
loss in their last 10.
Escobar greeted John Axford (0-3) with a long blast to right which landed
several rows back in the bleachers to give the Twins a 1-0 edge. Brian Dozier
walked and Fuld's single moved him to third, but Dozier was erased at home on
a Trevor Plouffe grounder. Chris Colabello flied out and Marc Rzepczynski
induced a groundout from Jason Kubel to keep it a one-run margin.
Glen Perkins fanned two in a scoreless home half to earn his eighth save.
Caleb Thielbar (2-0) held down the fort in the ninth for the win.
"I want to go out there the next day, next game and get the job done. Erase
what happened the day before," Axford said.
Minnesota had runners on the corners in the fourth, but the rally ended when
Kurt Suzuki flied out to left, then Cleveland stranded Carlos Santana at
second in the home half thanks to Asdrubal Cabrera's fly to left.
The Twins also wasted a two-on, two-out situation in the seventh as Brian Shaw
relieved Zach McAllister and induced an inning-ending groundout from pinch-
Aviles was caught leaning while trying to steal second in the eighth.
McAllister fanned eight over 6 2/3 scoreless innings, walking one and giving
up five hits ... Minnesota counterpart Kyle Gibson walked three and served up
two hits over seven full frames ... Cleveland suffered its first 1-0 defeat
since June 25, 2011 at San Francisco ... Prior to the contest, the Indians
placed designated hitter Jason Giambi on the disabled list with a right calf
strain and activated catcher Yan Gomes from the paternity list.
05/06 00:05:35 ET
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