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Minnesota (53-65)00021001008171

Indians rally to beat Twins in 12 innings

CBSSports.com wire reports
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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Cleveland Indians hope Wednesday's rally will help turn things around.

Michael Brantley hit a sacrifice fly in the 12th inning and the Indians came back to beat the Minnesota Twins 9-8.

Carlos Santana and Jason Giambi homered for the Indians, who won for just the third time in 10 games.

Joe Mauer tied a career high with five hits for Minnesota.

"When you get a win like today where you go back and forth ... it's definitely crucial," said Mike Aviles, who had a pair of RBI.

Nick Swisher and Jason Kipnis singled off Ryan Pressly (3-3) to open the 12th. Swisher moved to third on a fly out and scored easily on Brantley's fly out to center field.

Chris Perez (5-2) blew a save but got the win. Joe Smith earned his second save, including a strikeout of Mauer to end the game.

Santana homered off Glen Perkins in the 10th to give Cleveland an 8-7 lead. Mauer responded in the bottom half with a shot off Perez.

The Indians, who trail Detroit by six games in the AL Central, were swept at home by the Tigers last week and then lost two of three at home to the Los Angeles Angels. After losing 3-0 to the Twins on Monday, Cleveland has won two straight.

The Indians open a three-game series Friday at Oakland before playing three at the Angels.

"We just need to keep trying to win series. I think the biggest thing is going game-by-game and hopefully the series will start piling up," Aviles said.

Cleveland trailed 7-3 entering the eighth inning. After the first two batters reached base against Casey Fien, Brantley had an RBI single and Giambi followed with a three-run homer that tied it.

"I'm a strike thrower. I'm going to pitch to contact, and today they got me," Fien said. "I left the ball up in the zone to Giambi, and he hurt me."

Minnesota starter Kyle Gibson allowed six hits and three earned runs in 5 1/3 innings, the fourth straight start he's failed to go at least six innings.

Josh Roenicke, Caleb Thielbar and Jared Burton pitched 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief before Fien struggled in the eighth.

"Casey's been lights out, one of the better setup guys in our league, since we put him in that role," manager Ron Gardenhire said.

Looking to build on the confidence gained from pitching one-hit ball in five relief innings last Friday, Cleveland starter Carlos Carrasco allowed 10 hits and four earned runs in 4 1/3 innings. Carrasco, who was recalled from Triple-A Friday, is winless in seven starts this year and hasn't won since June 29, 2011, at Arizona.

"Consistently, from start to start he holds his stuff very well, but he just makes too many mistakes. A lot of times you can't get away with one mistake to good hitters. There's times where he makes one or two or three during an at-bat and he's paying for it," manager Terry Francona said.

Mauer, who singled and moved to third on a double by Justin Morneau, scored on a first-inning sacrifice fly by Josh Willingham. Morneau then scored on a double by Oswaldo Arcia. Brian Dozier and Mauer had RBI singles in the second to give Minnesota a 4-0 lead.

The Twins went 6 for 13 with runners in scoring position after going 3 for 48 over their last six games. Minnesota entered the game last in the American League, hitting .230 in such situations.

Mauer hit a two-run single in the sixth and Chris Colabello an RBI single in the seventh to make it 7-3.

Notes

  • Mauer has five five-hit games in his career. The previous one was July 26, 2010, at Kansas City.
  • The Indians have signed Cuban free agent RHP Leandro Linares to a minor league contract and sent the 19-year-old to their player development complex in Goodyear, Ariz.
  • Twins GM Terry Ryan said that C-DH-OF Ryan Doumit is expected to be activated from the seven-day concussion DL "in the next couple days."
  • Twins SS Pedro Florimon singled in the second to end his 19 at-bat hitless streak.
  • Minnesota is scheduled to send Mike Pelfrey (4-10, 5.32) to the mound Thursday in the opener of a four-game home series against the White Sox. Chicago is scheduled to counter with Andre Rienzo (0-0, 2.95).
  • Cleveland's Justin Masterson (13-8, 3.59) is scheduled to face the A's A.J. Griffin (10-8, 3.88) Friday in Oakland.
 
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Reliever Joe Smith and catcher Carlos Santana greet after a hard-fought, extra-inning win over the Twins.  (USATSI)
Reliever Joe Smith and catcher Carlos Santana greet after a hard-fought, extra-inning win over the Twins. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Cleveland

M. Brantley
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
Minnesota

J. Mauer
AB 7
R 2
H 5
HR 1
RBI 4
 
Cleveland Indians
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Michael Bourn, CF6010030 .270
Nick Swisher, 1B6110030 .237
Jason Kipnis, 2B5230110 .293
Carlos Santana, C5311003 .261
Michael Brantley, LF5123001 .281
Jason Giambi, DH3223100 .190
   a-Yan Gomes, PH-DH1000110 .313
Mike Aviles, SS-3B6022003 .263
Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B2000002 .223
   b-Asdrubal Cabrera, PH-SS3000022 .234
Drew Stubbs, RF5000010 .240
Totals479129311  
a-struck out for Giambi in the 10th
b-struck out for Chisenhall in the 6th
Batting
2B - Jason Kipnis (28, Gibson)
HR - Carlos Santana (14, Perkins), Jason Giambi (8, Fien)
SF - Michael Brantley (7)
RBI - Carlos Santana (51), Michael Brantley 3 (58), Jason Giambi 3 (28), Mike Aviles 2 (33)
2-OUT RBI - Mike Aviles 2 (18)
CS - Michael Bourn (9, 2nd base by Gibson/Mauer)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Aviles-Kipnis-Swisher
Cleveland Indians
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Carlos Carrasco 4.11044040 7.82
Rich Hill 1222110 6.12
Matt Albers 1211110 3.45
Bryan Shaw 1.1000100 4.08
Cody Allen 1.1100020 2.44
Chris Perez (W,5-2; BS,4) 2211021 3.32
Joe Smith (S,2) 1000010 2.74
HBP - Florimon (by Rich Hill), Willingham (by Bryan Shaw)
Pitches-Strikes - Carlos Carrasco 71-58, Rich Hill 28-16, Matt Albers 21-11, Bryan Shaw 28-13, Cody Allen 20-12, Chris Perez 25-16, Joe Smith 9-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carlos Carrasco 4-4, Rich Hill 1-1, Matt Albers 1-0, Bryan Shaw 2-2, Cody Allen 1-1, Chris Perez 1-3, Joe Smith 1-1
Batters Faced - Carlos Carrasco 22, Rich Hill 7, Matt Albers 5, Bryan Shaw 6, Cody Allen 5, Chris Perez 8, Joe Smith 3
Minnesota Twins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brian Dozier, 2B6011114 .241
Joe Mauer, C7254010 .321
Justin Morneau, 1B6120002 .263
Josh Willingham, DH2101112 .214
   Chris Herrmann, PR-DH1010000 .225
Oswaldo Arcia, LF6011035 .263
Trevor Plouffe, 3B6010023 .232
Chris Colabello, RF4021000 .229
   Wilkin Ramirez, RF2000000 .234
Clete Thomas, CF6230013 .225
Pedro Florimon, SS4210122 .218
Totals508178311  
Batting
2B - Justin Morneau (29, Carrasco), Oswaldo Arcia (15, Carrasco), Clete Thomas (12, Carrasco)
HR - Joe Mauer (10, Perez)
SF - Josh Willingham (2)
RBI - Brian Dozier (49), Joe Mauer 4 (44), Josh Willingham (40), Oswaldo Arcia (31), Chris Colabello (8)
2-OUT RBI - Joe Mauer (16), Oswaldo Arcia (17)
PK - Brian Dozier (1, Carrasco)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
DP - Mauer-Florimon-Morneau-Dozier
E - Justin Morneau (3, Misplayed grounder)
Minnesota Twins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Kyle Gibson 5.1633230 6.27
Josh Roenicke (H,10) 0.1000000 2.98
Caleb Thielbar (H,1) 0.1000010 0.88
Jared Burton (H,20) 1000010 2.94
Casey Fien 0.1343001 3.44
Brian Duensing 0.2000010 4.05
Glen Perkins 1.2111031 2.45
Ryan Pressly (L,3-3) 2.1211120 4.06
WP - Kyle Gibson (4)
HBP - Santana (by Kyle Gibson)
Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Gibson 88-50, Josh Roenicke 3-3, Caleb Thielbar 4-3, Jared Burton 10-7, Casey Fien 17-12, Brian Duensing 7-6, Glen Perkins 21-16, Ryan Pressly 37-22
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Gibson 6-6, Jared Burton 1-1, Casey Fien 2-0, Ryan Pressly 1-4
Batters Faced - Kyle Gibson 24, Josh Roenicke 1, Caleb Thielbar 1, Jared Burton 3, Casey Fien 5, Brian Duensing 2, Glen Perkins 6, Ryan Pressly 10
Game Information
Attendance - 35133
Game Time - 4:20
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Andy Fletcher, First Base - Rob Drake, Second Base - Sam Holbrook, Third Base - Adam Hamari