Tribe upend Twins
By Dan Myers
MINNEAPOLIS — The Cleveland Indians got four hits from first baseman Carlos Santana in an 8-2 win over the Minnesota Twins Tuesday at Target Field.
Santana's hits came in all shapes and sizes.
He doubled in the second inning and scored the game's first run later in the frame. He bunted for a single against the shift in the third, then hit a mammoth home run in the fifth inning. He also doubled again in the ninth to drive in the final two runs of the game for the Indians.
Cleveland right-hander Danny Salazar allowed one run on six hits and three walks in five innings, earning the win and improving to 2-4.
Twins righty Yohan Pino went 6 1/3 innings, but gave up four runs on seven hits, dropping to 1-3.
Minnesota second baseman Brian Dozier led the Twins attack, going 3-for-5 at the plate with a double and a solo homer, his career-high 19th.
Indians designated hitter Nick Swisher had three hits, including a double.
The Indians were on the board first, plating three runs in the top of the second. The first three batters reached. After catcher Yan Gomes struck out, right fielder Daniel Murphy singled sharply to right field, driving in two. Shortstop Mike Aviles followed with a sacrifice fly to center.
After a one-out single in the fourth inning, Twins right fielder Oswaldo Arcia scored on a fielder's choice to make it 3-1.
Cleveland got the run back in the next half inning on Santana's massive blast onto the right-field plaza, his 15th homer of the season, making it 4-1.
NOTES: The Indians recalled Tuesday's starter, RHP Danny Salazar, earlier in the day from Triple-A Columbus and optioned RHP C.C. Lee to Columbus to make room for him on the active roster. Salazar entered Tuesday with a 1-4 record and a 5.53 ERA in eight starts with the Indians this season. He is now 2-4 with a 5.12 ERA... Indians SS Asdrubal Cabrera was still suffering from the effects of lower-back spasms that caused him to be removed from the game Monday. Cleveland manager Terry Francona classified Cabrera as day-to-day. ... After the game Monday, the Twins recalled RHP Yohan Pino from Triple-A Rochester so he could start Tuesday night. The team optioned Monday's starter, LHP Kris Johnson, back to Rochester. ... Twins 1B Joe Mauer hit off a tee Tuesday, another step in his recovery from a strained oblique. Mauer has been on the 15-day disabled list since July 2 and Minnesota general manager Terry Ryan said there isn't a timetable for his return.