McAllister helps Indians take down Minnesota, 5-2
Tribe gets a much needed victory and starting pitching performance
MINNEAPOLIS—Tribe starter Zach McAllister did something Tuesday he hasn’t done in 82 days.
Win a ballgame.
Behind the arm of the tall right-hander, Cleveland defeated the last place Twins, 5-2 to win for just the third time in their last 12 games at Target Field.
McAllister (5-7, 3.74 ERA) was brilliant in his six quality innings of work, giving up just one earned run on four hits and striking out seven. He also picks up his first career victory against Minnesota throwing 76 of his 105 pitches for strikes.
With the much needed win, Cleveland (64-56) not only slides up to 3 1/2 games back of the Tampa Bay Rays for the second wild card spot, but also moves just six back of the Detroit Tigers in the A.L. Central.
For the second night, the Twins used the long ball to get on the board first. Left fielder Josh Willingham jumped on a four-seam fastball from McAllister for his 12th homer of the season to put Minnesota up 1-0 early.
Offensively, the Indians scored their first run of the series in the third inning on a RBI fielder’s choice by Michael Bourn which tied the game at one.
Cleveland would go onto score the next three consecutive frames off Twins starter Sam Deduno (7-6, 3.54 ERA) as the right-hander yielded four earned runs over six innings, walking three and striking out four.
Fresh off his newly signed contract extension last week, right fielder Ryan Raburn put the game away in the sixth with his 14th homer of the year off Deduno, as the two-run shot gave the Indians a 5-1 lead. In a bench role, Raburn is now just one home run shy of Kipnis for the team lead.
The team’s five runs on five hits marked the just the fourth time over the last 12 games Cleveland has scored four runs or more in a ballgame.
Catcher Yan Gomes continued his hot tear at the plate, as he was the only Indians player with at least two hits on Tuesday night. Going 2-for-4 with a single and a double, Gomes bumps his average up to a season-high .314 in his first full year in the big leagues.
Relievers Cody Smith and Joe Smith added scoreless frames in the seventh and eighth innings before closerChris Perez notched his 19th save with a scoreless ninth. After dropping six straight, Cleveland has now won two of their last three games.
The Tribe will look to use some momentum and take the series with the Twins Wednesday afternoon, as Carlos Carrasco (0-4, 7.75 ERA) toes the rubber against Kyle Gibson (2-3, 6.43 ERA) at 1:10 p.m. It will mark Carrasco’s first start with the Indians since July 6.
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