American League Game Summary - Cleveland at Minnesota|
(Monday, July 21)
Final Score: Minnesota 4, Cleveland 3
Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Josh Willingham's solo homer in the
bottom of the eighth inning broke a tie and made the Minnesota Twins 4-3
winners over the Cleveland Indians in the opener of this three-game set.
The Twins never trailed and held a 3-2 advantage before Cleveland tied the
score with a run in the top of the eighth. Willingham, who scored earlier in
the contest, stepped up with one out in the bottom of the stanza and took a
Bryan Shaw (4-2) offering out to left for his ninth bomb of the season.
Casey Fien (5-4) got the win after allowing a run in the eighth, and All-Star
Glen Perkins tossed a perfect ninth to secure his 23rd save of the year.
The win snaps Minnesota's six-game home losing skid against the Indians.
Kris Johnson went five innings for the Twins, surrendering two runs on five
hits. Johnson remains winless in four starts and seven appearances for his
"It's the end result. The Twins got a victory, that's what counts," said
Kurt Suzuki went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI for the Twins, who snapped a
three-game losing skid.
Cleveland starter T.J. House went five innings, allowing three runs on six
"My job is to limit the damage," said House. "If I can go out there and do
that every time, I feel like I'll have pretty good success."
Consecutive singles by Kendrys Morales and Willingham in the home second led
to Suzuki's two-run double to the gap in right-center field.
Both teams put one run across in the third, with Chris Dickerson's two-out RBI
single cutting the deficit in half before Trevor Plouffe restored Minnesota's
two-run edge with a double to center.
Cleveland chipped away, again coming within a run in the fifth inning when Yan
Gomes doubled home Dickerson, who drew a two-out walk to extend the inning.
Michael Brantley's pinch-hit double in the top of the eighth led to the tying
run. Nick Swisher advanced Brantley to third with a groundout and Roberto
Perez made it 3-3 with his single up the middle.
Cleveland recalled House from Mahoning Valley of the New York-
Penn League prior to the game and optioned pitcher Austin Adams to Triple-A
Columbus ... The season series is now 4-4 ... Morales extended his hit
streak to 11 games.
07/22 01:00:45 ET