MLB: Willingham homer tops Cleveland
MINNEAPOLIS — Josh Willingham’s solo home run in the bottom of the eighth inning lifted the Minnesota Twins to a 4-3 win over the Cleveland Indians on Monday at Target Field.
Minnesota snapped a three-game losing streak.
The Twins, who never trailed in the game, scored two runs in the second inning and another in the third. The Indians scored single runs in the third and fifth innings, and they trailed 3-2 heading to the top of the eighth until a one-out double by pinch hitter Michael Brantley gave them life. Brantley moved to third on a groundout to first and scored the tying run on a single to right by catcher Roberto Perez.
Right-hander Casey Fien (5-4) blew the lead in the eighth, but he earned the victory thanks to Willingham’s 374-foot blast that cleared the left field wall by inches. Minnesota closer Glen Perkins worked a spotless ninth for his 23rd save.
Cleveland right-hander Bryan Shaw (4-2) worked one inning, giving up a single run on Willingham’s blast.
Back-to-back singles to start the second inning by first baseman Kendrys Morales and left fielder Willingham set up catcher Kurt Suzuki, who slapped a double to the gap in right-center field, scoring both runners and giving the Twins an early 2-0 lead.