MLB: Twins snap skid with wild win at Cleveland
CLEVELAND -- Torii Hunter's home run in the top of the ninth inning lifted the Minnesota Twins to a wild 10-9 win over the Cleveland Indians on Friday night at Progressive Field.
CLEVELAND - Torii Hunter’s home run in the top of the ninth inning lifted the Minnesota Twins to a wild 10-9 win over the Cleveland Indians on Friday night at Progressive Field.
The victory snapped the Twins’ five-game losing streak.
With the score tied 9-9 and one out in the top of the ninth, Hunter belted the first pitch to him by right-hander Bryan Shaw (1-2) over the right field wall for his 18th home run of the season.
Hunter fell a triple short of hitting for the cycle. He had a single, double, home run and three RBI in five at-bats.
Twins right-hander Trevor May (8-7) pitched a scoreless eighth to get the win. Left-hander Glen Perkins pitched the ninth to pick up his American League-leading 30th save.
After blowing an early 6-0 lead, the Twins fell behind 9-7. They scored a run in the fifth to make it 9-8, then tied it with a run in the sixth.
Right-hander Zach McAllister, the fourth of six Cleveland pitchers, came out of the bullpen to start the sixth. Twins second baseman Brian Dozier led off the inning with his 24th home run of the season to tie the score at 9.
Center fielder Aaron Hicks added three hits for the Twins, who banged out 15 hits, eight of them for extra bases.
Twins pitchers gave up a combined nine runs in the third and fourth innings but then held the Indians scoreless on three hits in the last five innings.
After combining for no runs and two hits in the first two innings, the teams produced 10 runs and 11 hits in the third.
The Twins scored six runs in the top of the inning - all charged to rookie right-hander Cody Anderson, who never made it out of the third.
Hicks led off the inning with a single and went to second on a sacrifice bunt by catcher Kurt Suzuki.
Hicks scored the first run of the game on a single by shortstop Eduardo Escobar. Dozier followed with a double, moving Escobar to third. The Indians intentionally walked first baseman Joe Mauer to load the bases, and Anderson retired designated hitter Miguel Sano on an infield popup for the second out.
But third baseman Trevor Plouffe ripped a double to left field, scoring Escobar and Dozier to give Minnesota a 3-0 lead. Hunter followed with a two-run single to make it 5-0. Anderson was removed from the game after Hunter’s hit.
Anderson gave up six runs and five hits in 2 2/3 innings. In his first four starts this season, he had a 0.89 ERA and an opponents batting average of .165. In Anderson’s next four starts, he had a 10.19 ERA and a .380 opponents batting average.
After right-hander Austin Adams relieved Anderson, left fielder Eddie Rosario greeted Adams with a triple to left field, driving in Plouffe to give the Twins a 6-0 lead.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Indians batted around and produced four runs and five hits against right-hander Mike Pelfrey.
With runners at first and second and one out, shortstop Francisco Lindor singled to load the bases. Left fielder Michael Brantley drove in a run with a single to left and designated hitter Carlos Santana drew a bases-loaded walk to make it 6-2.
A sacrifice fly by catcher Yan Gomes and a two-out RBI single by right fielder Lonnie Chisenhall cut the Minnesota lead to 6-4.
Sano’s RBI double in the top of the fourth made it 7-4, but Brantley’s two-run double in the bottom of the inning cut it to 7-6 and knocked Pelfrey from the game.
Right-hander A.J. Achter relieved Pelfrey, who in 3 2/3 innings gave up seven runs and 10 hits.
After intentionally walking Santana, Achter served up a three-run homer to Gomes, putting the Indians in front 9-7.
But in the top of the fifth, the Twins made it 9-8 on an RBI single by Hicks.
NOTES: The Indians traded OF Michael Bourn, OF Nick Swisher and cash to Atlanta for INF Chris Johnson, who is expected to join the Indians on Saturday. ... The Indians’ waiver claim of RHP Deolis Guerra from Pittsburgh on Aug. 5 has been rescinded because of a previous left knee injury. He has been returned to the Pirates and placed on the 15-day disabled list. LHP Michael Roth, who was designated for assignment by the Indians following the Guerra waiver claim, has accepted an outright assignment to Triple-A Columbus. ... The Twins recalled C Chris Herrmann and RHP A.J. Achter from Triple-A Rochester. RHP Tyler Duffey was optioned to Rochester and C Eric Fryer was designated for assignment.