Twins' Gardenhire earns 1,000th victory Saturday
CLEVELAND — Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire joined an exclusive club on Saturday, picking up his 1,000th career win as a Major League manager as the Twins beat the Cleveland Indians 7-3.
Brian Dozier hit the second pitch of the game out of the park and starter Kyle Gibson pitched five solid innings as Gardenhire became the 60th manager in history to win 1,000 games.
Only four other active managers have 1,000 wins: Bruce Bochy (1,534), Mike Scioscia (1,234) Buck Showalter (1,165) and Terry Francona (1,123).
“I haven’t looked at the list,” Gardenhire said. “I’ve kind of stayed away from all that stuff. We talked about it earlier, but I haven’t really gotten into it that much: how many, who. Maybe now I’ll look at it.”
Francona, who was the most recent manager to reach 1,000 wins, doing so with Boston on July 23, 2011, had a front row seat for Gardenhire’s entrance into the 1,000 win club.
“That number means you’re getting old,” Francona said. “I wish it had come a little later for Gardy than today.”
Following the game Twins players good-naturedly sported t-shirts that read “1,000 wins ... 67 ejections.”
Gardenhire’s first career win as a manager came at Kansas City on April 1, 2002.
In his first start of the season, Gibson, a 26-year-old right-hander, held Cleveland to one run on three hits over five innings to get the win.
“It’s exciting to get the win, but really this is Gardy’s win today,” said Gibson.
Cleveland starter Carlos Carrasco, also in his first start of the season, struggled early and took the loss.
Minnesota never trailed in the game, and it didn’t take long for the Twins to take the lead.
Dozier, who had three hits in Minnesota’s 7-2 loss to Cleveland on Friday night, hit Carrasco’s second pitch of the game over the left field wall for his first home run, which triggered a three-run first inning rally.
“I missed my spot,” said Carrasco. “It was supposed to be a fastball down and away but instead I threw it inside.”
Later in the inning, Josh Willingham doubled to left-center and went to third when Carrasco retired Chris Colabello on an infield grounder.
Trevor Plouffe revived the rally by drawing a walk. A single by Jason Kubel moved Plouffe to third, and Plouffe scored on a two-out single by Aaron Hicks, giving Minnesota a 3-0 lead.
The Twins extended their lead to 5-0 in the third inning. Carrasco hit Colabello to start the inning. Plouffe followed with a double to right-center, scoring Colabello to make it 4-0.
Plouffe then went to third on a passed ball charged to Cleveland catcher Yan Gomes, and Plouffe scored on a second passed ball by Gomes, extending Minnesota’s lead to 5-0.
In 5 2/3 innings Carrasco gave up five runs, four earned, on seven hits. He struck out seven and walked two.
“It’s there. We know it’s in there,” Francona said of Carrasco’s potential. “There’s a lot to like, but we’ve got to get it out.”
The Indians scored a run in the third inning, which began with a double into the right field corner by Lonnie Chisenhall.
Chisenhall went to third when Nick Swisher hit into a double play, and scored on a wild pitch by Gibson, cutting the Twins’ lead to 5-1.
Gibson gave up one run on three hits, struck out three and walked four in five innings.
The Twins scored their last two runs in the ninth inning off Cleveland reliever Vinnie Pestano, who threw a run-scoring wild pitch and gave up an RBI single to Kubel.
Cleveland countered with two runs in the bottom of the ninth on an RBI single by Asdrubal Cabrera and sacrifice fly by Gomes off Glen Perkins.
Notes: Twins outfielder Oswaldo Arcia did not play Saturday because of a sore right wrist. Jason Kubel replaced Arcia in right field. ... Indians manager Terry Francona said DH Jason Giambi probably will get some minor league at-bats on a rehab assignment before he is activated from the disabled list. Giambi has been on the DL since the start of the season because of a fractured rib. ... Gametime temperature at Progressive Field was 24 degrees.