Indians come from behind to beat Twins in extras, 9-8
Extra inning thriller lands Tribe a series win in Minneapolis
MINNEAPOLIS—Come from behind wins continue to be a dime a dozen for the resilient Indians.
Down 7-3 in the eighth, the Tribe offense outscored the Twins 6-1 over the final five frames as they defeated Minnesota in 12 innings, 9-8.
Scoring nine runs on dozen hits in a dozen innings, Cleveland took down the last place Twins for the seventh time in a dozen matchups to win the three game series.
After having scored just three runs on six hits through the first seven innings, the Tribe struck for four runs in the eighth capped off by one flick of the wrist by 42 year old Jason Giambi.
With the first two Indians reaching base to start the eighth inning, Michael Brantley cut the deficit to three runs before the team’s oldest player stepped to the plate. One pitch later, “Big G” connected on his eighth homer of the season as the three-run blast tied the game at seven.
Going into extra innings, Cleveland continued to play long ball with Minnesota in the tenth. On the second pitch from Twins lefty Glen Perkins, Carlos Santana unleashed a solo homer to left field giving the Tribe their first lead of the ballgame at 8-7.
The last place Twins wouldn’t go quietly.
Two outs away from boarding the plane ride to Oakland in the bottom half of the tenth, Indians closer Chris Perez(5-2, 3.32 ERA) gave up a opposite field homer to Joe Mauer to tie the game at eight as the game headed to the eleventh.
The late inning rally by the feisty Wahoo’s became too much for Minnesota, as a sacrifice fly by Brantley in the twelfth became the club’s game-winning hit off Twins reliever Ryan Pressly.
Cleveland (65-56) stays six games in back of the Detroit Tigers with the victory as the American League Central remains up for grabs with six weeks left in the 2013 campaign. The team improves to 8-2 in extra innings with their come from behind win.
Making his first with the Tribe since July 6, Carlos Carrasco (0-4, 7.82 ERA) was anything but what manager Terry Francona and the team was looking for in the rubber match with Minnesota. The right-hander lasted just 4 1/3 innings giving up four runs on 10 hits striking out four.
Having not won a ballgame since June 29, 2011, Carrasco’s drought continued Wednesday afternoon as he left the game with the Tribe trailing throwing 51 of his 78 pitches for strikes.
For the third time in the series, Minnesota jumped out to the early lead from the outset off Carrasco, as a Josh Willingham sacrifice fly and a RBI double by left fielder Oswaldo Arcia put the Twins up two runs in the first.
One inning later, two more Twins runs came around to score on back-to-back RBI singles by Brian Dozier and Joe Mauer made it 4-0 after just two innings of play at Target Field.
Armed with an early four run lead, Minnesota starter Kyle Gibson (2-3, 6.27 ERA) held the Indians offense in check until the fourth inning. Mike Aviles got the Cleveland offense rolling with a two out, two-run double as shortstop contributed in the clutch off Gibson.
Cutting the deficit in half at 4-2, things stayed quiet for both teams until the sixth. After a leadoff double by Jason Kipnis, Brantley added an RBI single that cut the Twins lead to just one run.
Cleveland relievers Bryan Shaw and Cody Allen each added 1 1/3 scoreless innings before Perez served up the homer in the tenth. Joe Smith closed out the ballgame retiring the Twins in order in the twelfth.
Having dropped six straight just last week, the Tribe have quietly won three of their last four games.
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