Indians complete sweep in MinnesotaSep 18, 2011 - 11:13 PM
Cleveland starter Justin Masterson (12-10) lasted six innings, allowing three runs -- one earned -- on seven hits and one walk. He struck out three.
Minnesota starter Carl Pavano (8-13) picked up the loss. He went 6 2/3 innings, surrendering four runs -- one earned -- on five hits while walking one and fanning six.
The Twins jumped out to a 3-0 lead after six innings. Luke Hughes scored on a Joe Beason groundout in the second frame to start the scoring for Minnesota.
In the fourth inning, Hughes crossed the plate for a second time when Indians catcher Lou Marson committed a throwing error while Joe Benson attempted to steal second base. Hughes scored a third time in the sixth when Brian Dinkelman singled to right field.
The Indians exploded for six runs in the seventh, five coming with two outs. Shelly Duncan began the scoring with a home run to left. Jose Mijares relieved Pavano with the bases loaded. Mijares walked Jason Kipnis to bring home Ezequiel Carrera. Alex Burnett came on to pitch for Minnesota, and walked Carlos Santana to push across the tying run.
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire went to the bullpen once again, this time bringing in Glen Perkins, who allowed an RBI infield single to Jim Thome. Duncan came up for the second time in the inning and doubled to deep left to score two more and make it 6-3.
Minnesota tallied two bases loaded walks by Danny Valencia and Ben Revere off of Vinnie Pestano to trim the lead to 6-5 in the eighth.
Cleveland's Chris Perez closed things out in the ninth for his 34th save of the year.
The Twins and Indians finalized the Jim Thome trade from August 25 with Cleveland sending $20,000 to Minnesota...Dinkelman went 4-for-5 for Minnesota...The Indians are now 60-3 when leading after eight innings.
- CLEVELAND: 6
Sep 18 5:32 PM
- Trevor Plouffe popped out to second to end the inning.
Indians 6, Twins 5 End 8Sep 18 5:16 PM
- Pinch-Hitter Danny Valencia walked. Chris Parmelee scored on the play. Bases loaded with two outs and Ben Revere due up.
Indians 6, Twins 4 Bot 8, 2 OutsSep 18 5:12 PM
- Shelley Duncan doubled to left scored Jason Kipnis and Carlos Santana. On the play, Cord Phelps advances to third. Runners on second and third with two outs and Lonnie Chisenhall due up.
Indians 6, Twins 3 Top 7, 2 OutsSep 18 4:31 PM
- Jim Thome singled to short scored Kosuke Fukudome. On the play, Carlos Santana advances to second and Jason Kipnis advances to third. Bases loaded with two outs and Shelley Duncan due up.
Indians 4, Twins 3 Top 7, 2 OutsSep 18 4:28 PM
- Carlos Santana walked. Lou Marson scored on the play. Bases loaded with two outs and Jim Thome due up.
Indians 3, Twins 3 Top 7, 2 OutsSep 18 4:24 PM
- Jason Kipnis walked. Ezequiel Carrera scored on the play. Bases loaded with two outs and Carlos Santana due up.
Indians 2, Twins 3 Top 7, 2 OutsSep 18 4:19 PM
- Jason Donald flied out to right. Runner on first with one out and Ezequiel Carrera due up.
Indians 1, Twins 3 Top 7, 1 OutSep 18 4:04 PM
- Brian Dinkelman singled to right scored Luke Hughes. Runner on first with one out and Joe Benson due up.
Indians 0, Twins 3 Bot 6, 1 OutSep 18 3:52 PM
- Joe Benson stole second advances to third on Lou Marson's throwing error. On the play, Luke Hughes scores. Runner on third with one out and Jason Repko at the plate.
Indians 0, Twins 2 Bot 4, 1 OutSep 18 3:16 PM
- Jason Repko fouled out to third. Runner on second with two outs and Drew Butera due up.
Indians 0, Twins 1 Bot 2, 2 OutsSep 18 2:44 PM
- CLEVELAND: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
Sep 18 2:14 PM
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