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Twins outslug Indians

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CLEVELAND -- Chris Colabello isn't taking a single moment in the majors for granted.

After spending seven seasons playing independent ball in Canada, Colabello has finally made the big time and he's savoring every pitch, every swing and every game.

And so far, he's made the most of each one.

Colabello drove in four runs to raise his AL-leading total to 11, Brian Dozier scored three times and the Minnesota Twins outslugged the Cleveland Indians 10-7 on Sunday to take two of three games in the series.

Colabello, who spent 2005 to 2011 paying his dues in the Canadian-American Association before signing with the Twins in 2012, broke a 6-6 tie with a three-run double in the sixth inning off Blake Wood (0-1). The 30-year-old Colabello also had an RBI single in the fourth as the Twins concluded a season-opening road trip before playing their home opener Monday.

"It's awesome," Colabello said of his fast start. "Every day I get to spend in the big leagues is awesome, regardless of how many hits I get or production. Obviously, it's nice to help the team and contribute. It's been exciting. It's fun to wake up every morning and do my job."

Joe Mauer had three hits and scored twice for the Twins, who took advantage of wildness by Cleveland pitchers. Of Minnesota's 10 runs, seven were set up by either a walk or hit batter.

Anthony Swarzak (1-0) picked up the win in relief of Twins starter Ricky Nolasco, and Glen Perkins worked a perfect ninth for his second save.

"It was a crazy game," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "A lot of stuff happened. I'm glad we won."

David Murphy had four hits, Jason Kipnis had three RBIs and Yan Gomes hit a two-run homer for Cleveland.

Indians starter Justin Masterson didn't get through four innings, but got his second straight no-decision. He pitched seven shutout innings at Oakland on opening day.

After the Indians rallied from a 6-2 deficit on Kipnis' three-run double in the fourth and Murphy's RBI double in the fifth, the Twins loaded the bases in the sixth when Wood walked Dozier, put Mauer on intentionally and then hit Jason Bartlett. Colabello, who turned down a $1 million offer this winter to play in Korea, then cleared the bags.

Gardenhire is impressed with how well Colabello, who was the International League MVP and played in 55 games for the Twins last season, has adapted.

"Coming into the spring he had a chance to go overseas and make some pretty good money," Gardenhire said. "He elected to stay here because he wanted to play in the big leagues. It's worked out for him. He's taken full advantage. It's a good story. "

Masterson lasted only 3 2-3 innings, allowing five runs and seven hits. He walked three, hit two and needed 97 pitches to get 11 outs. It wasn't the type of performance the Indians are accustomed to from their No. 1 starter, who couldn't reach agreement on a long-term contract during talks with the club during spring training.

"It seemed like it was one of those days in general," Masterson said. "You want to make some adjustments, but it just didn't happen."

Bartlett was forced to play in the outfield for just the second time as a pro, and a had rough day.

Bartlett, who was brought in after Josh Willingham was hit in the wrist by Masterson, misplayed the carom off the angled outfield wall on Kipnis' double, couldn't handle a sinking liner to left-center and was hit by a pitch.

"Goodness gracious, the wind was brutal out there in left field," Gardenhire said. "It was a tough one for him, but we had no choice. We've got a couple of infielders who have to play the outfield in those situations. We have to figure something out."

NOTES: Gardenire received dozens of text messages after getting his 1,000th career win on Saturday. Former players such as Joe Nathan, Torii Hunter and Jim Thome all checked in, but Gardenhire joked he was disappointed not to hear from the First Fan. "The President didn't call," he said. "But I know Mr. Obama is a White Sox fan." ... X-rays on Willingham's wrist were negative. The Twins were already down one outfielder because Oswaldo Arcia missed his second straight game with a sore wrist. Gardenhire said Arcia will be evaluated Monday. ... Mauer was 4 for 21 entering the day.

 
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Players of the Game
Minnesota

C. Colabello
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 4
Cleveland

J. Kipnis
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
 
Minnesota Twins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brian Dozier, 2B2300300 .167
Joe Mauer, 1B4230111 .280
Josh Willingham, LF0000000 .294
   Jason Bartlett, LF2100023 .000
   a-Eduardo Escobar, PH-LF1000011 .000
Chris Colabello, DH5124012 .391
Trevor Plouffe, 3B3211102 .391
Jason Kubel, RF4121111 .412
Kurt Suzuki, C2011200 .429
Aaron Hicks, CF4001014 .190
Pedro Florimon, SS5000014 .059
Ricky Nolasco, P0000000 .000
   Anthony Swarzak, P0000000 .000
   Caleb Thielbar, P0000000 .000
   Casey Fien, P0000000 .000
   Jared Burton, P0000000 .000
   Glen Perkins, P0000000 .000
Totals32109888  
a-struck out for Bartlett in the 8th
Batting
2B - Joe Mauer (2, Shaw), Chris Colabello (4, Wood), Jason Kubel (3, Masterson)
SF - Aaron Hicks (1)
SH - Kurt Suzuki (1)
RBI - Chris Colabello 4 (11), Trevor Plouffe (7), Jason Kubel (4), Kurt Suzuki (5), Aaron Hicks (1)
2-OUT RBI - Chris Colabello (7)
SB - Brian Dozier 2 (3, 2nd base off Masterson/Gomes)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Florimon-Dozier-Mauer, Florimon-Dozier-Mauer-Florimon-Dozier-Mauer
Minnesota Twins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ricky Nolasco 4755411 9.00
Anthony Swarzak (W,1-0) 1.1522010 20.25
Caleb Thielbar (H,1) 0.2100100 6.75
Casey Fien (H,2) 1000110 7.36
Jared Burton (H,2) 1200000 3.00
Glen Perkins (S,2) 1000010 9.00
Pitches-Strikes - Ricky Nolasco 91-52, Anthony Swarzak 38-25, Caleb Thielbar 18-10, Casey Fien 22-13, Jared Burton 15-9, Glen Perkins 12-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ricky Nolasco 7-4, Anthony Swarzak 1-2, Caleb Thielbar 1-0, Jared Burton 2-0
Batters Faced - Ricky Nolasco 23, Anthony Swarzak 9, Caleb Thielbar 3, Casey Fien 4, Jared Burton 4, Glen Perkins 3
Cleveland Indians
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Nyjer Morgan, CF3100202 .308
   a-Asdrubal Cabrera, PH1000010 .158
Nick Swisher, 1B4120102 .231
Jason Kipnis, 2B5123004 .227
Carlos Santana, 3B3020201 .316
Michael Brantley, LF5131014 .375
Lonnie Chisenhall, DH3110003 .455
   b-Ryan Raburn, PH-DH1000101 .154
Yan Gomes, C5112013 .222
David Murphy, RF5041000 .316
Mike Aviles, SS5100014 .154
Justin Masterson, P0000000 .000
   Scott Atchison, P0000000 .000
   Blake Wood, P0000000 .000
   Marc Rzepczynski, P0000000 .000
   Bryan Shaw, P0000000 .000
   John Axford, P0000000 .000
Totals40715764  
a-struck out for Morgan in the 9th
b-walked for Chisenhall in the 6th
Batting
2B - Jason Kipnis (2, Nolasco), Lonnie Chisenhall (3, Swarzak), David Murphy 2 (2, Nolasco)
HR - Yan Gomes (2, Nolasco)
RBI - Jason Kipnis 3 (3), Michael Brantley (6), Yan Gomes 2 (4), David Murphy (2)
2-OUT RBI - Jason Kipnis 3 (3)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
DP - Santana-Kipnis-Swisher, Santana-Kipnis-Swisher-Kipnis-Aviles-Swisher, Santana-Kipnis-Swisher-Kipnis-Aviles-Swisher-Kipnis-Aviles-Swisher
E - Yan Gomes (1, Throwing)
Cleveland Indians
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Justin Masterson 3.2765340 4.22
Scott Atchison 1.1000010 0.00
Blake Wood (L,0-1) 0.2133200 10.13
Marc Rzepczynski 1.1000100 0.00
Bryan Shaw 1100020 0.00
John Axford 1011210 3.00
IBB - Mauer by Blake Wood
HBP - Willingham (by Justin Masterson), Bartlett (by Blake Wood)
Pitches-Strikes - Justin Masterson 97-53, Scott Atchison 20-12, Blake Wood 23-10, Marc Rzepczynski 13-5, Bryan Shaw 14-11, John Axford 27-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Justin Masterson 5-1, Scott Atchison 2-1, Blake Wood 1-1, Marc Rzepczynski 2-1, Bryan Shaw 1-0, John Axford 1-1
Batters Faced - Justin Masterson 22, Scott Atchison 4, Blake Wood 6, Marc Rzepczynski 4, Bryan Shaw 4, John Axford 5
Game Information
Attendance - 13104
Game Time - 3:55
Temperature - 43
Umpires - Home - Jerry Meals, First Base - Paul Emmel, Second Base - Chris Conroy, Third Base - Jordan Baker