American League Game Summary - Cleveland at Minnesota|
(Monday, May 14th)
Final Score: Cleveland 5, Minnesota 4
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Shin-Soo Choo knocked in the game-winning
run in the top of the ninth inning as the Cleveland Indians earned a 5-4
victory over the Minnesota Twins in the opener of a two-game set at Target
With Matt Capps (0-2) on the mound, Casey Kotchman started the rally with a
one-out single. After Aaron Cunningham popped out, Kotchman advanced to second
on a wild pitch by Capps, and Choo ripped a 3-2 two-seam fastball into right
field to bring home pinch-runner Lou Marson.
"That last pitch just ran back over the plate," remarked Capps. "I made a nice
pitch two pitches before that kind of froze him and I was trying to throw that
Chris Perez worked a 1-2-3 bottom of the inning to nail down his 12th save of
the season, which made a winner out of Joe Smith (3-1), who got the final out
of the home eighth.
Kotchman crushed a two-run homer, while Carlos Santana and Travis Hafner each
added a run batted in for the Indians, who snapped a three-game skid.
Jeanmar Gomez went seven strong innings in the start for Cleveland, giving up
one unearned run on three hits and three walks while fanning two in the no-
"Gomez did a very good job, he threw a lot of strikes and had good life
on his fastball," Indians manager Manny Acta said. "He threw a lot of ground
outs and did a very good job. I feel bad he didn't get the win, but I'm glad
we were able to pull it out."
Ryan Doumit clubbed a two-run home run and Josh Willingham added an RBI double
for the Twins, who have dropped two of their last three.
Minnesota broke a scoreless deadlock in the third. Darin Mastroianni roped a
single up the middle to start the inning and moved to second on a groundout by
Drew Butera. Jamey Carroll followed with a walk and both runners advanced on a
passed ball by Santana, who then compounded his error by throwing it into left
field, which allowed Mastroianni to score.
The Indians got the run back plus one in the fourth to take a 2-1 lead. Jason
Kipnis started the frame with a base hit and Asdrubal Cabrera ripped a ground-
rule double into the left field seats to put runners on second and third with
no outs. Kipnis hustled home on a groundout by Hafner and Cabrera came home on
a sac fly by Santana.
The Tribe added two more runs in the fifth when Jose Lopez doubled to start
the inning and Kotchman followed by waiting back and hammering a changeup from
Twins starter Carl Pavano over the wall in right field for a 4-1 cushion.
Minnesota battled back with three runs in the eighth to tie the game at four.
Facing Vinnie Pestano to start the frame, Denard Span worked a leadoff walk
and after Brian Dozier and Joe Mauer made outs, Willingham smashed a double
down the left field line to bring home Span to make it 4-2.
Nick Hagadone replaced Pestano on the mound and immediately served up Doumit's
homer on a 2-0 fastball that quickly found its way into the left field seats.
Monday marked the first meeting of the season between the AL Central rivals.
Cleveland took the season series last year, 11-7...Kipnis extended his road
hitting streak to 10 games...Gomez's seven-inning performance matched the
longest outing of his career. It was the third time in his career and second
time this season that he has pitched seven frames...Cleveland finished 2-for-7
with runners in scoring position and stranded six, while Minnesota was 2-for-6
with men in scoring position and left six on base...Pavano lasted six innings
and gave up four runs on six hits without walking a batter and fanning three.
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