American League Game Summary - Minnesota at Cleveland|
(Sunday, June 23rd)
Final Score: Minnesota 5, Cleveland 3
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Oswaldo Arcia and Josh Willingham each
knocked in two runs and the Minnesota Twins held off the Cleveland Indians,
5-3, to avoid a three-game series sweep.
Trevor Plouffe had one RBI for the Twins, who had 12 hits.
Pedro Hernandez (3-1) got the start for Minnesota due to Mike Pelfrey being
placed on the 15-day disabled list prior to the game. He allowed two runs on
three hits while walking six over five innings.
"I thought he did a tremendous job," Ryan Doumit said. "I thought the way he
started off was justifiable. He had a long day yesterday and the start kind of
snuck up on him. But he settled in nicely, and he pitched well enough to get
Drew Stubbs hit a solo homer for the Indians, who had a four-game winning
streak snapped. Jason Kipnis and Yan Gomes added an RBI apiece.
"We lost a tough game today," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "But if we
play like this, we're going to be okay. I'll take our chances."
Cleveland starter Carlos Carrasco (0-3) gave up three runs on six hits while
walking four over 4 2/3 innings.
The Twins got on the board in the first inning. Joe Mauer doubled down the
left-field line, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on Willingham's
single to left.
Cleveland scored one run in the second and third frames to take the lead. Mark
Reynolds, Carlos Santana and Ryan Raburn worked three straight walks to start
the second. Gomes' sacrifice fly tied the game. Hernandez, however, retired
the next two batters to limit the damage.
Mike Aviles walked to begin the third and raced home on Kipnis' double off the
wall in left-center field.
Minnesota scored a pair of runs in the fifth to take the lead back. Clete
Thomas singled and Mauer walked. Following two quick outs, Arcia and Plouffe
hit consecutive RBI singles to make it 3-2 Twins.
The Twins tacked on another run in the seventh. Mauer singled, advanced to
second on a wild pitch, moved to third on Doumit's infield single and
raced home on Willingham's base hit to left.
Stubbs led off the bottom half of the frame with a homer, cutting the gap to
4-3. Stubbs, however, grounded out with runners on the corners and two outs in
Minnesota tacked on an insurance run in the ninth. Ryan Doumit singled and
scored on Arcia's two-out double to left.
Glen Perkins worked around a two-out double in the ninth to pick up his 19th
save of the season.
The Indians fell to 4-2 against the Twins this season ... Cleveland first
baseman Nick Swisher returned to the lineup after missing six games with a
sore left shoulder. He went 0-for-5 ... Pelfrey landed on the DL with a back
strain ... Hernandez was recalled from Triple-A Rochester prior to the game
... The Twins had homered in seven straight games.
06/23 23:19:41 ET