Five-run 1st inning not enough for Twins
By Dan Myers
MINNEAPOLIS — The Cleveland Indians overcame an early five-run deficit Tuesday in a 7-5 win over the Minnesota Twins at Target Field.
Cleveland overcame a nightmare first inning in which it allowed five runs before recording an out. The Indians then picked away at Minnesota's advantage until finally taking the lead with a three-run sixth inning.
The Indians used eight pitchers in the win after starter Trevor Bauer was yanked in the fourth. Left-hander Kyle Crockett, who entered for Bauer, was credited with the win (3-0), despite throwing only two-thirds of an inning.
Cody Allen worked around a one-out single in the ninth for his 16th save of the year.
Twins starter Kyle Gibson was done after 5 1/3 innings, allowing five runs on eight hits and a walk. Lefty Brian Duensing relieved him in the sixth and allowed two runs on three hits over two-thirds of an inning, taking the loss (3-3).
The crucial hit in the sixth came off the bat of pinch hitter Tyler Holt, who was recalled from Triple-A Columbus earlier in the day after Cleveland placed Ryan Raburn on the 15-day disabled list with a sore wrist.
Holt's two-run double turned a 5-4 deficit into a 6-5 lead and were the first two RBIs of Holt's big-league career. Holt later scored on center fielder Michael Bourn's single to left field, providing the final margin.
The Twins' first five hitters of the game scored against Bauer. A leadoff double by center fielder Danny Santana and a walk by second baseman Brian Dozier put two on for first baseman Joe Mauer, who cracked a ground-rule double over the wall in left-center field for a 1-0 lead.
Designated hitter Kennys Vargas followed with a single to right that scored Dozier before the big hammer, a long home run over the wall in right by right fielder Oswaldo Arcia, his 13th of the season and third in as many games.
After that, Bauer settled down, retiring the next 14 batters he faced while Cleveland's bats came alive.
The Indians got one back in the second on a solo home run by catcher Yan Gomes, two more in the fourth on a two-run single by designated hitter Zach Walters and one in the fifth, when Bourne led off the inning with a double and later scored on a wild pitch.
Bauer was lifted after a two-out walk in the fifth. His line was ugly — 4 2/3 innings, five runs on four hits and two walks — but his ability to recover from the poor start was crucial for Cleveland.
NOTES: The Indians signed RHP Scott Atchison to a one-year extension with a club option for 2016. Atchison entered Tuesday with a 6-0 record and a 2.95 ERA in 53 appearances this season. ... The Indians placed UT Ryan Raburn on the 15-day disabled list due to right wrist soreness. Raburn is hitting .191 with three homers and 21 RBIs this season. ... Cleveland recalled OF Tyler Holt from Triple-A Columbus to take Raburn's spot on the roster. Holt batted .385 in 13 at-bats with the Indians earlier this season. ... Twins RHP Mike Pelfrey is playing catch from 100 feet as he tries to return from surgery on his right elbow, but GM Terry Ryan confirmed that Pelfrey will not pitch again this season.