American League Game Summary - Minnesota at Cleveland|
(Sunday, June 3rd)
Final Score: Minnesota 6, Cleveland 3
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Scott Diamond did not allow an earned run and
the Twins' lineup came to life in the team's 6-3 win over Cleveland in the
rubber match of a three-game series.
Diamond (4-1), making his sixth career start, went seven innings and allowed
three runs -- all unearned -- in the win. He gave up seven hits and no walks
as he lowered his earned run average to 1.86.
"We were mixing it up," Diamond said. "I think me and [Twins catcher Ryan]
Doumit did a really good job of working in and out today and we kept a lot of
hitters off-balanced and moving their feet a lot."
"We couldn't get anything offensively going against Diamond," Indians manager
Manny Acta said. "He kept our guys off-balance the whole day with that cutter
that he was throwing inside to right-handers and changeups and that fastball
against our righties."
The bottom three hitters in the Twins lineup were productive throughout the
day. Brian Dozier picked up two hits, while Trevor Plouffe added three in the
win. Alexi Casilla, who hit ninth, did not pick up a hit, but he did plate two
runs with a pair of sacrifice flies.
Justin Masterson (2-5) struggled throughout his six innings. He gave up seven
hits and walked three, while striking out three, in the loss.
"A lot of balls in the infield," Masterson said. "They laid down some nice
bunts. I really don't think anyone can get to those."
The Twins scored in three of the first four innings to build a 3-0 lead.
Denard Span drew a leadoff walk to start the game. After stealing second
base, he scored when Joe Mauer grounded a single through the right side to get
the Twins on the board.
Masterson walked Mauer with two outs in the third before Josh Willingham
doubled to put runners at second and third with one out. Justin Morneau then
broke his bat, but the ball hit off Masterson's leg for an infield single to
make it 2-0.
Dozier led off the fourth with a bunt single and moved to second on a wild
pitch. Plouffe then reached base with a perfect bunt before Casilla lofted a
fly ball to center field to score Dozier.
"We manufactured some runs the first part of the game," Twins manager Ron
Gardenhire said. "Putting some bunts down, dropping some drag bunts down and
getting around the bases okay."
Cleveland scored twice in the fourth after Jason Kipnis reached base to start
the inning on Dozier's throwing error. The Indians then successfully executed
a hit-and-run to put runners on the corners with no outs. Jose Lopez followed
with a sac fly to get the Indians on the board. Two batters later, Shelley
Duncan delivered a two-out single to pull Cleveland within a run.
The Twins got the two runs back in the seventh inning. Willingham roped a line
drive down the third base line for his second double of the day, scoring Ben
Revere. Two batters later, Doumit made the score 5-2 after he hit a hard
ground ball to third base that Lopez was unable to play.
An RBI double by Lou Marson cut Minnesota's lead back to two in bottom half,
but Plouffe doubled and scored on a sacrifice fly in the eighth, giving the
Twins a 6-3 lead.
Glen Perkins and Matt Capps, who picked up his 12th save, kept the Indians off
the board in the final two frames to preserve the win.
Mauer left the game in the eighth inning...Minnesota relievers have allowed
one run in 18 innings against Cleveland this season...The Indians lost three
straight series for the first time since July 22-31, 2011...Michael Brantley
extended his hit streak to 12 games for Cleveland...Indians reliever Chris
Perez has held opponents scoreless in his last eight appearances.
06/03 20:51:21 ET