American League Game Summary - Cleveland at Minnesota|
(Friday, September 7th)
Final Score: Cleveland 7, Minnesota 6
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Michael Brantley drove home the go-ahead
run during a three-run seventh inning on Friday and the Cleveland Indians
held on for a 7-6 victory over the Minnesota Twins in the opener of a four-
game series at Target Field.
Russ Canzler went 3-for-4 with a two-run home run and three RBI, Shin-Soo Choo
had an RBI single among his three hits and Cord Phelps contributed a pinch-hit
RBI for the Indians, who have won three of their last four.
David Huff (1-0) earned the win with 3 1/3 innings of relief work behind
starter Jeanmar Gomez, who allowed four runs on three hits and three walks
over three innings.
"It was a good comeback win," Indians manager Manny Acta said. "I think David
saved the day for us. He came in and shut them down and gave us a chance to
come back and win the ball game."
Josh Willingham drove in three runs, while Ben Revere, Justin Morneau and
Chris Parmelee each added an RBI for the Twins, who fell for the fourth time
in their last five games.
Tyler Robertson (1-2) was tagged with the loss after yielding two runs -- one
earned -- on a pair of walks in one inning of relief work.
With the game tied at four, Cleveland took control for good with three runs in
the seventh inning. Jason Kipnis began the inning with a walk and went to
second on a throwing error by Morneau. Asdrubal Cabrera walked and Carlos
Santana grounded into a fielder's choice to put runners on the corners.
Brantley then broke the tie with an RBI single into right and Canzler reached
with an infield hit to load the bases with one down.
Casey Kotchman then singled off pitcher Alex Burnett and Phelps drew a pinch-
hit, bases-loaded walk to extend the lead to 7-4.
Willingham doubled home Joe Mauer in the eighth to cut the deficit to two.
Facing Chris Perez in the ninth, Trevor Plouffe led off with a bloop double
and pinch-runner Alexi Casilla went to third on a groundout by Pedro Florimon
Jr. before scoring on a groundout by Revere to cut the lead to 7-6.
Perez fanned pinch-hitter Matt Carson to nail down his 35th save of the
Earlier, The Twins got on the board first with a run in the second inning.
Willingham and Morneau walked and moved up one base on a groundout by Ryan
Doumit before Willingham trotted home on a sacrifice fly by Parmelee.
Florimon began the Minnesota third with a single and Revere followed with a
base hit. Mauer walked two batters later to load the bases with one out and
Willingham ripped a two-run double down into the right field corner. Morneau
drove home Mauer to widen the lead to 4-0.
Cleveland got on the board in the fourth after Canzler laced a two-run shot
into the seats in left.
The Indians then tied the game in the fifth. Jack Hannahan doubled to start
the inning and scored when Choo ripped a single up the middle. Kipnis followed
with a double and Brantley was intentionally walked to load the bases before
Canzler smashed a single to third, allowing Kipnis to score the tying run.
"We had some big hits, but couldn't put it together late to get it done,"
Willingham said. "They did a good job."
Cleveland improved to 15-38 since the All-Star break ... Minnesota starter
Liam Hendriks allowed four runs on eight hits with three walks and two
strikeouts over five innings. He remains winless this season ... Minnesota
finished 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position and left five men on base.
09/08 00:26:37 ET