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Minnesota at Cleveland

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Minnesota (18-20)2000012207111
Cleveland (22-14) «63000600x15171

Indians 15, Twins 7

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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CLEVELAND -- Paul Byrd was grateful for the run support.

Byrd (3-1) won for the first time in three starts in May and the Cleveland Indians had two six-run innings in accumulating season highs in hits and runs in a 15-7 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night.

"The offense totally picked us up," Byrd said after the Indians got 17 hits in their first game following a disappointing 4-6 trip to both coasts. "I gave up two, they came back with six and just didn't stop."

Jhonny Peralta homered and had four RBI, Grady Sizemore had four hits, including a two-run homer, and Josh Barfield had three hits and three RBI for the Indians.

Cleveland improved baseball's best home record to 12-3 in the opener of a seven-game homestand. The Indians play eight of their next 12 games against the AL Central, against whom they are 7-2 this season, including 3-0 against Minnesota.

Justin Morneau, in his second game since having his nose broken Saturday, hit two solo homers for Minnesota. It was his sixth career two-homer game. He did it May 8 against Chicago.

Michael Cuddyer had a two-run homer and Jason Kubel added a solo shot for the Twins, who came in with a league-low 23 homers in their first 37 games.

"We scored seven runs," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "When we score seven runs, we usually win."

Byrd (3-1) allowed five runs and seven hits over seven innings to improve to 7-3 in 13 career starts against the Twins. The right-hander struck out seven without a walk. He had no-decisions in his two previous starts, both 3-2 losses.

"I gave up three hard-hit balls and they scored five runs," Byrd said. "They're a good team and find a way to make something happen.

"I felt like I was pitching in Coors Field. The ball was really jumping."

Peralta's three-run homer, his eighth, keyed a six-run first off Ramon Ortiz (3-4).

After Cuddyer's fourth homer of the season put the Twins ahead 2-0 in the top half, Cleveland sent 11 men to bat against Ortiz, who lasted only one inning. The right-hander gave up six runs and seven hits in losing for the fourth time in five starts.

"I didn't make many good pitches," Ortiz said. "I feel good. My arm's good. I can't think about this game. I have to think about my next game."

Sizemore broke out of a 1-for-14 slump with a leadoff double and later singled in the inning. A sacrifice fly by Victor Martinez made it 2-1 and Peralta followed with a 408-foot shot to left-center for a 4-2 lead. Kelly Shoppach's two-run double made it 6-2.

"Grady got us started and the rest of the guys kept it going," Indians manager Eric Wedge said.

Sizemore's 4-for-5 night jumped his average 20 points to .259.

"I haven't been swinging like I want lately," Sizemore said. "I didn't try anything different. I just tried to keep it simple and get back in a groove. I hope it continues."

Peralta, Jason Michaels and Barfield added RBI singles off reliever Glen Perkins in the second to extend the lead to 9-2.

"Obviously, we got whacked tonight," Gardenhire said. "The starter didn't get through the first inning and it kept going from there."

Travis Hafner reached on an error and later scored on a sacrifice fly by David Dellucci in a six-run sixth against Jesse Crain. Barfield had a two-run double and scored on a single by Shoppach. Sizemore then hit his sixth homer for a 15-3 lead.

Morneau and Kubel connected off reliever Fernando Cabrera in the eighth, but the Twins lost for the ninth time in 12 games.

Notes

  • Hafner walked three times and has an AL-leading 34.
  • Ortiz is 0-4 with a 6.92 ERA in five starts after opening the season 3-0 with a 2.05 ERA. He came in 3-0 with a 2.25 ERA at Jacobs Field, his best career record at any ballpark.
  • Garrett Jones, called up when the Twins designated RHP Sidney Ponson for assignment, made his major league debut as the DH and recorded his first hit, a seventh-inning single.
  • Cleveland is 21-5 when scoring four or more runs.
 
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Travis Hafner thinks Jhonny Peralta is OK following the shortstop's three-run blast in the first.  (AP)
Travis Hafner thinks Jhonny Peralta is OK following the shortstop's three-run blast in the first. (AP)

Players of the Game
Cleveland

J. Peralta
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
Minnesota

J. Morneau
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 2
 
Minnesota Twins
Luis Castillo, 2B3010000 .327
   a- Luis Rodriguez, PH-2B2001000 .208
Jason Bartlett, SS5111022 .256
Michael Cuddyer, RF5122011 .286
Justin Morneau, 1B5222021 .281
Torii Hunter, CF3000021 .317
    Jason Tyner, CF1000000 .273
Jason Kubel, LF4121000 .265
Mike Redmond, C3110002 .308
Garrett Jones, DH3110100 .333
Nick Punto, 3B2010010 .222
   b- Jeff Cirillo, PH-3B2000001 .214
Totals38711718  
a-grounded out for Castillo in the 7th
b-grounded out for Punto in the 7th
Batting
HR - Michael Cuddyer (4, Byrd), Justin Morneau 2 (11, Byrd, Cabrera), Jason Kubel (1, Cabrera)
RBI - Luis Rodriguez (4), Jason Bartlett (10), Michael Cuddyer 2 (26), Justin Morneau 2 (25), Jason Kubel (14)
2-OUT RBI - Jason Bartlett (6)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Michael Cuddyer 1
DP - Cirillo-Rodriguez-Morneau
E - Nick Punto (1, Dropped line drive)
Minnesota Twins
Ramon Ortiz (L,3-4) 1766101 4.89
Glen Perkins 2433220 4.22
Matt Guerrier 2100020 2.31
Jesse Crain 0.2460001 5.51
Juan Rincon 1.1100100 3.00
Dennys Reyes 1000010 4.76
HBP - Martinez (by Jesse Crain)
Pitches-Strikes - Ramon Ortiz 34-15, Glen Perkins 48-29, Matt Guerrier 29-18, Jesse Crain 25-15, Juan Rincon 21-13, Dennys Reyes 7-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ramon Ortiz 1-2, Matt Guerrier 2-2, Jesse Crain 1-2, Juan Rincon 2-1, Dennys Reyes 2-0
Batters Faced - Ramon Ortiz 11, Glen Perkins 11, Matt Guerrier 7, Jesse Crain 8, Juan Rincon 5, Dennys Reyes 3
Cleveland Indians
Grady Sizemore, CF5242000 .259
    Franklin Gutierrez, CF0000000 .200
Casey Blake, 3B4110113 .252
    Mike Rouse, 3B0000000 .161
Travis Hafner, DH2300301 .274
Victor Martinez, 1B2211001 .327
   a- Ryan Garko, PH-1B1010000 .314
Jhonny Peralta, SS5224001 .252
David Dellucci, LF4001013 .250
Jason Michaels, RF5231000 .282
Josh Barfield, 2B5233010 .228
Kelly Shoppach, C5123021 .275
Totals3815171545  
a-singled for Martinez in the 7th
Batting
2B - Grady Sizemore (7, Ortiz), Jason Michaels (4, Ortiz), Josh Barfield (2, Crain), Kelly Shoppach (4, Ortiz)
HR - Grady Sizemore (6, Crain), Jhonny Peralta (8, Ortiz)
SF - Victor Martinez (1), David Dellucci (1)
RBI - Grady Sizemore 2 (17), Victor Martinez (28), Jhonny Peralta 4 (28), David Dellucci (5), Jason Michaels (9), Josh Barfield 3 (16), Kelly Shoppach 3 (6)
2-OUT RBI - Grady Sizemore 2 (11), Josh Barfield 2 (8), Kelly Shoppach 3 (5)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Rouse-Barfield-Garko
E - Jhonny Peralta (7, Misplayed grounder)
Cleveland Indians
Paul Byrd (W,3-1) 7755072 3.49
Fernando Cabrera 0.1322102 4.24
Roberto Hernandez 1.2100010 4.80
HBP - Redmond (by Paul Byrd)
Pitches-Strikes - Paul Byrd 91-71, Fernando Cabrera 21-10, Roberto Hernandez 17-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Paul Byrd 9-6, Fernando Cabrera 1-0, Roberto Hernandez 2-1
Batters Faced - Paul Byrd 30, Fernando Cabrera 5, Roberto Hernandez 5
Game Information
Attendance - 23325
Game Time - 2:49
Temperature - 84
Umpires - Home - Lance Barksdale, First Base - Jim Reynolds, Second Base - Chris Guccione, Third Base - Gary Cederstrom