American League Game Summary - Minnesota at Cleveland
(Friday, April 30th)
Final Score: Minnesota 9, Cleveland 3
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Orlando Hudson went 3-for-4 with two RBI and three runs scored, and the Minnesota Twins crushed the Cleveland Indians, 9-3, in the opener of a three-game set at Progressive Field.
Justin Morneau, who missed the last two games with a sore back, added a two- run homer, while Joe Mauer and Michael Cuddyer each had two hits and an RBI for the Twins, who are coming off their first series loss of the season after winning the first six.
Kevin Slowey (3-2), who had his start moved up due to Nick Blackburn's going on the family medical emergency list, lasted only five innings but earned the win, allowing three runs and nine hits while striking out six.
Jhonny Peralta tripled as part of a 3-for-4 day at the plate for the Indians, who have lost four of five. Grady Sizemore and Travis Hafner each had two hits and an RBI in defeat.
Fausto Carmona (3-1), coming off four consecutive quality starts to open the season, yielded six runs, eight hits and two walks in six frames for his first loss of the year.
"He's not fun to face," Hudson said. "He's throwing 92 to 95, 96, good movement, good slider, good changeup. But tonight we got his pitch count up a little bit early on."
Minnesota got on the board in the first on Morneau's blast to center, which also scored Mauer, who singled with two outs.
The Twins tacked on three more runs in the second for a 5-0 lead.
Two singles and a walk loaded the bases with nobody out, but Carmona was able to come back and strike out Brendan Harris. Carmona then induced what looked to be an inning-ending double play from Denard Span, but first baseman Matt LaPorta couldn't handle the low throw at first, allowing a run to score.
Span stole second, and Hudson drove in two runs with a single up the middle.
"I felt Fausto gave us another good effort," Indians manager Manny Acta said. "I mean, we didn't play clean baseball the whole night and I think I really liked the way he stayed out there after the second inning and just gave us six innings. It didn't show on the board."
Cuddyer's RBI single in the fifth gave the Twins a 6-0 lead, but the Indians came back with three in the home half.
Mike Redmond doubled in between two outfielders with one out, and Asdrubal Cabrera singled him to third. Sizemore followed with an RBI single up the middle, and Austin Kearns lined a two-out RBI single to left.
Hafner capped the frame with a run-scoring double for a 6-3 game, but Peralta flied out to end the threat.
Minnesota, though, responded with two more runs in the seventh on Mauer's double, and the Twins' bullpen shut down the Cleveland offense the rest of the way. Mauer was credited with only one RBI because of an error on Kearns.
Jason Kubel's RBI single in the ninth accounted for the final score.
Eagles band member Don Felder was in attendance...The Twins lead the season series, 3-1...Blackburn will miss the next three to seven days, and Jeff Manship was recalled from Triple-A and will start on Saturday in his place...Minnesota (15-8) recorded its first winning April since 2007...The Indians are 2-12 when scoring three runs or fewer...Carmona is 0-5 against Minnesota since 2008 and 3-7 lifetime against the Twins in 15 games -- 11 starts...The Indians activated pitcher Hector Ambriz from the 15-day disabled list and optioned pitcher Joe Smith to Triple-A Columbus. Ambriz pitched a scoreless inning in his major league debut.
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