American League Game Summary - Minnesota at Cleveland|
(Wednesday, May 7th)
Final Score: Cleveland 4, Minnesota 3
Cleveland, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Mike Aviles ripped an RBI single with two
outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Cleveland Indians a 4-3
victory over the Minnesota Twins in the third installment of a four-game set.
Aviles finished with three hits and a run scored and Michael Brantley went 2-
for-4 with a double and two RBI for Cleveland, which has won four of its last
six. Yan Gomes stroked a solo home run in the victory.
Cleveland starter Danny Salazar allowed three runs on six hits through 6 1/3
innings while striking out seven. John Axford (1-3) got the win after working
around a two-out double and a walk in the top of the ninth.
Brian Dozier had an RBI double and Danny Santana had two hits and an RBI for
the Twins, who watched starter Ricky Nolasco give up three runs on six
hits while fanning nine through six frames.
"We played well," Nolasco said. "We just came up short at the end."
Casey Fien (3-1) took the loss for the Twins, who have dropped six of nine.
Asdrubal Cabrera led off the bottom of the ninth with a double to left field
and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Lonnie Chisenhall. With the
infield in Gomes grounded out, keeping Cabrera at third, but Aviles ripped his
RBI single up the middle.
"I was just looking for a pitch that I could hit," Aviles said. "A bloop would
After recording a flyout and strikeout to start the top of the ninth, Axford
gave up a double to Santana. Axford then issued a walk to Dozier before
inducing a flyout from Sam Fuld to send the game into the home half tied 3-3.
Dozier got the scoring started for Minnesota with a two-out RBI double in the
top of the third. Pedro Florimon drew a two-out walk and stole second, but an
errant throw by Gomes sent Florimon to third before Dozier's double to left-
Cleveland responded in the home half of the third, despite starting the inning
with back-to-back strikeouts. Aviles and Nyjer Morgan countered with
consecutive singles and Nick Swisher walked to load the bases. Brantley then
ripped a double down the right field line to drive in Aviles and Morgan.
Gomes stroked a 1-1 fastball into the left-field stands leading off the fifth
to give the Indians a 3-1 edge.
The Twins knotted the game at 3-3 in the seventh. Josmil Pinto hit a one-out
single before a double to left-center by Eduardo Escobar. Santana drove in
Pinto on a line drive single smoked up the middle. Then, Escobar scored on a
Dozier sacrifice fly to right.
Brantley extended his hitting streak to seven games ... The Indians have won
eight of their last 11 home contests ... Cleveland left six men on base, while
the Twins stranded eight.
05/08 00:26:38 ET