American League Game Summary - Cleveland at Minnesota|
(Saturday, July 20th)
Final Score: Minnesota 3, Cleveland 2
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Ryan Doumit knocked in a run and scored the
eventual game-winner during Minnesota's three-run sixth inning, as the Twins
edged the Cleveland Indians, 3-2, in the middle test of a three-game set at
Chris Colabello recorded an RBI single and Clete Thomas also drove in a run to
give the Twins their fourth straight victory following a 1-12 stretch.
Kevin Correia (7-6) gave up two runs on three hits and one walk over six
innings to pick up his second win in his last nine starts.
"I feel like I've been 6-6 for two months," Correia said. "I thought I might
not get it tonight, but then we came back and capitalized and got three runs
and it ended up being enough."
Jason Kipnis belted a two-run homer for the Indians, who have lost the first
two games out of the break after winning four in row heading into it.
"You can make excuses for a while, but we're going to need some guys to start
stepping up here," Kipnis said. "We're kind of shooting ourselves in the foot
right now in these last two games."
Rich Hill (1-2) took the loss behind Corey Kluber, who struck out seven and
allowed just three hits and two walks over his five-inning scoreless stint.
Correia and Kluber traded zeroes over the first five frames and were rarely
threatened while doing so.
Things changed in the sixth, however.
Lonnie Chisenhall led off the top half with a base hit, and two outs later
Kipnis went the other way and cleared the left-field wall for his 14th home
run of the season.
Having thrown 93 pitches and dealing with tightness in his left hip, Kluber
was pulled for Hill to begin the bottom half, and the Twins took advantage
with three runs. Joe Mauer led off with a walk and moved to third on Justin
Morneau's single through the right side. Doumit followed with a high chopper
to third, and Chisenhall's throw home was well wide, allowing Mauer to cross
the plate and both runners to move up a base.
Bryan Shaw relieved Hill and was greeted by Colabello's run-scoring flare to
right. Shaw appeared to get out of the inning with a 2-2 tie after recording a
strikeout and inducing a potential double-play off the bat of Thomas, but
Kipnis bobbled the ground ball and Thomas beat out Asdrubal Cabrera's throw
from second as Doumit crossed with the go-ahead run.
Jared Burton stranded a pair in the away seventh, Doumit threw out Cabrera
trying to turn a single into a double in Casey Fein's scoreless eighth, and
Glen Perkins worked around a leadoff single in the ninth to post his 23rd
Perkins has not allowed a run in his last 18 appearances.
Colabello's RBI was the first of his career ... The Twins have won by one run
on consecutive days after dropping their previous six one-run games ... Kluber
has a 2.22 ERA (6 ER, 24 1/3 innings) in four July starts ... Cleveland's
pitching staff has not allowed a home run in 76 straight innings ... Cleveland
turns to its All-Star on Sunday, as Justin Masterson looks to salvage the
series when he faces Twins lefty Scott Diamond.
07/21 01:15:27 ET