Twins take slugfest over Tribe
CLEVELAND — Chris Colabello had two hits and four RBIs and Joe Mauer had three hits as Minnesota Twins outscored the Cleveland Indians 10-7 on Sunday.
The Indians collected 15 hits, including four by David Murphy and three by Michael Brantley. Jason Kipnis added three RBIs, but it wasn’t enough for the Indians, who lost two of the three games in the series.
It was a tough day for both starting pitchers. Cleveland starter Justin Masterson gave up six runs on seven hits in 3 2/3 innings while Twins starter Ricky Nolasco gave up five runs on seven hits and four walks in four innings.
The Twins took a 2-0 lead by scoring twice in the second inning, one of the runs coming on an RBI single by catcher Kurt Suzuki. Cleveland tied it in the bottom half of the inning on a two-run home run by Yan Gomes.
In the third, the Twins batted around and scored three runs on three hits in a rally that also included two walks by Masterson. Brian Dozier led off the inning with a walk, went to third on a single by Mauer, and scored on a throwing error by catcher Gomes.
Trevor Plouffe and Jason Kubel added RBI singles later in the inning to give Minnesota a 5-2 lead. The Twins scored another run in the fourth inning when they knocked Masterson out of the game. Dozier again led off the inning with a walk, the second of his three walks in the game.
Masterson struck out the next two batters, but Colabello, the last hitter faced by Masterson, stroked a two-out RBI single to make the score 6-2.
Cleveland cut the Minnesota lead to 6-5 with a three-run fourth inning. Nolasco walked three and gave up two hits in the inning. The key hit was a three-run double into the left field corner by Kipnis.
The Indians tied it at 6-6 in the fifth inning when Lonnie Chisenhall doubled and scored on a double by Murphy off reliever Anthony Swarzak, who gave up two runs on five hits in 1 1/3 innings, but still got the win. He is 1-0.
The Twins countered with three runs in the top of the sixth inning off Indians reliever Blake Wood. Wood, (0-1), who took the loss, walked two and hit a batter to load the bases with one out. Colabello unloaded them with a three-run double to left center, giving the Twins a 9-6 lead.
Michael Brantley’s RBI single in the sixth inning cut the Twins’ lead to 9-7. A sacrifice fly by Aaron Hicks in the ninth accounted for Minnesota’s final run.
Notes: Twins outfielder Oswaldo Arcia remains sidelined with a sore right wrist. He will be examined by Twins doctors on Monday and hopes to play by Wednesday. If not, he could be a candidate for the DL. ... Josh Willingham left the game in the bottom of the second inning after getting hit in the left wrist by a pitch from Justin Masterson. X-rays were negative and Willingham is listed as day-to-day. ... Indians outfielder Michael Bourn, on the DL with a strained hamstring, is expected to play two games on a minor league rehab assignment, and if he has no setbacks could be activated late in the week.