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Buscher helps Twins snap out of funk, hammer Carmona

CBSSports.com wire reports
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CLEVELAND -- After ending a five-game losing streak, the Minnesota Twins even enjoyed the simple task of congratulating each other on the field.

Brian Buscher hit a three-run homer and had a career-high five RBI to help Minnesota beat the Cleveland Indians 11-4 Saturday night behind a six-run first inning.

"We're happy tonight," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We haven't shaken hands in a week. It was a nice win for us."

Buscher's big game provided a boost for Scott Baker (7-3), who lasted five innings for the win.

On the other side, Fausto Carmona's return to Cleveland's rotation was a rocky one. The right-hander, who missed two months with a strained left hip, allowed nine runs in 2 1/3 innings.

"I was a little off," Carmona said. "I felt like I was completely off with some of my pitches."

The loss followed a busy day off the field for the Indians, who traded third baseman Casey Blake to the Los Angeles Dodgers for two minor leaguers. Cleveland, which abandoned hope of repeating as AL Central champions several weeks ago, dealt ace pitcher CC Sabathia to Milwaukee on July 7.

The Twins' outburst in the first was highlighted by Buscher's homer, an inning in which Carmona (4-3) threw 40 pitches.

Carmona, who was 19-8 last season, hadn't pitched since May 23 when he left a start against Texas with the hip injury. He walked the bases loaded in the first before giving up Jason Kubel's RBI single and a two-run single by Delmon Young. Buscher homered to right on a 1-2 pitch with two outs.

The Twins finished off Carmona in the third. Mike Lamb doubled in a run and Buscher followed with a two-run single. Buscher is 4-for-7 in his career against Carmona.

"I think he was geared up," Indians manager Eric Wedge said. "He was really rushing out there early on and had trouble gearing down. You know he is going to be better next time."

Buscher, the No. 8 hitter, added an infield single in the ninth. Young, who bats sixth, also had three hits.

"It kind of took the pressure off, scoring six runs in the first," Gardenhire said. "We need production up and down the lineup."

Andy Marte, who will see the bulk of the playing time at third base with Blake gone, hit a solo homer in the fifth for Cleveland.

Baker was removed without retiring a batter in the sixth. He was pulled after Jhonny Peralta's two-run single. The right-hander has won five of his last six decisions.

"It was one of those nights when you know what you're doing wrong, but you can't make the corrections," Baker said. "I was trying to guide the ball. It was a constant battle. It worked out, but I would have liked to do better."

Baker held Toronto to one run in eight innings in his last start, but got the loss in a 1-0 defeat.

"They all even out," Baker said. "It's just the way it is. You know guys are going to pick you up."

Brian Bass, Craig Breslow, Jesse Crain and Matt Guerrier each pitched an inning for the Twins.

Notes

  • LHP Aaron Laffey was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo to make room for Carmona.
  • In another deal, the Indians acquired RHP Anthony Reyes from St. Louis. He has been sent to Buffalo, but is expected to pitch for the Indians this season.
  • DH Travis Hafner (sore right shoulder) has been moved to the 60-day disabled list. The Indians hope he can return this season.
  • Twins OF Carlos Gomez didn't play after bruising his lower back and tailbone when he crashed into the wall while making a catch Friday. He will likely miss Sunday's game.
  • SS Nick Punto broke an 0-for-15 skid with a single in the eighth inning.
 
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Brian Buscher gets the job done in limited opportunities. He's hitting .333 this season. (AP)
Brian Buscher gets the job done in limited opportunities. He's hitting .333 this season. (AP)

Players of the Game
Minnesota

B. Buscher
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 5
Cleveland

J. Peralta
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Minnesota Twins
Denard Span, CF5110102 .337
Alexi Casilla, 2B5210003 .315
Joe Mauer, C4111100 .320
Justin Morneau, 1B3220200 .319
Jason Kubel, RF4122011 .263
Delmon Young, LF5232012 .297
Mike Lamb, DH5111005 .228
Brian Buscher, 3B5135011 .333
Nick Punto, SS5010022 .288
Totals4111151145  
Batting
2B - Justin Morneau (24, Carmona), Mike Lamb (10, Carmona)
HR - Brian Buscher (3, Carmona)
SF - Jason Kubel (5)
RBI - Joe Mauer (46), Jason Kubel 2 (50), Delmon Young 2 (41), Mike Lamb (28), Brian Buscher 5 (26)
2-OUT RBI - Brian Buscher 3 (9)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Punto-Casilla-Morneau
Minnesota Twins
Scott Baker (W,7-3) 5533351 3.38
Brian Bass 1000110 4.96
Craig Breslow 1000010 2.19
Jesse Crain 1211020 3.51
Matt Guerrier 1100010 3.33
WP - Scott Baker (3), Brian Bass (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Baker 97-60, Brian Bass 17-11, Craig Breslow 16-9, Jesse Crain 15-10, Matt Guerrier 11-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Baker 5-4, Brian Bass 1-1, Jesse Crain 1-0, Matt Guerrier 2-0
Batters Faced - Scott Baker 22, Brian Bass 4, Craig Breslow 3, Jesse Crain 5, Matt Guerrier 4
Cleveland Indians
Grady Sizemore, CF5010032 .273
David Dellucci, DH5110002 .224
Shin-Soo Choo, LF3110120 .258
Jhonny Peralta, SS4122001 .272
Kelly Shoppach, C3011121 .254
Ryan Garko, 1B4000013 .236
Andy Marte, 3B3111101 .190
Franklin Gutierrez, RF4000012 .219
Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B2000110 .183
   a- Andy Gonzalez, PH10100001.000
Totals34484410  
a-singled for A. Cabrera in the 9th
Batting
2B - Shin-Soo Choo (12, Baker)
3B - Jhonny Peralta (2, Crain)
HR - Andy Marte (3, Baker)
RBI - Jhonny Peralta 2 (54), Kelly Shoppach (27), Andy Marte (5)
Team LOB - 7
Cleveland Indians
Fausto Carmona (L,4-3) 2.1799311 4.33
Thomas Mastny 2.2200120 11.68
Jensen Lewis 2.1522010 4.89
Rafael Betancourt 0.2000010 5.77
Edward Mujica 1100000 4.12
Pitches-Strikes - Fausto Carmona 69-41, Thomas Mastny 41-27, Jensen Lewis 42-31, Rafael Betancourt 10-6, Edward Mujica 15-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Fausto Carmona 3-3, Thomas Mastny 3-3, Jensen Lewis 2-4, Edward Mujica 2-1
Batters Faced - Fausto Carmona 17, Thomas Mastny 11, Jensen Lewis 12, Rafael Betancourt 2, Edward Mujica 4
Game Information
Attendance - 35390
Game Time - 3:21
Temperature - 84
Umpires - Home - Jim Joyce, First Base - Jeff Nelson, Second Base - Adrian Johnson, Third Base - Tim Tschida