MINNEAPOLIS -- All five runs in a tight, well-pitched game came in the sixth inning and the Minnesota Twins
beat the Cleveland Indians
3-2 on Saturday night at Target Field.
Starting pitchers Kevin Correia
of Minnesota and Corey Kluber
of Cleveland were locked in a duel, each hanging goose eggs on the scoreboard for five innings.
In the sixth, Correia finally cracked. After allowing one hit to that point, he gave up a leadoff single to Lonnie Chisenhall
, who was forced out at second on Michael Bourn
's fielder's choice. But Bourn scored on a Jason Kipnis
' two-run homer to left, his 14th home run of the season.
Kluber left the game after five innings because of tightness in his left hip. He threw 93 pitches and gave up three hits with two walks and seven strikeouts in an efficient performance.
The Twins broke through against the Cleveland bullpen, with left-hander reliever Rich Hill on to pitch. Joe Mauer walked and Justin Morneau singled him to third. Ryan Doumit
hit a grounder to the third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall, who threw wide of home, allowing Mauer to score.
With runners on second and third, Chris Colabello, who was called up the day before, singled to right for his first RBI to tie the score. Clete Thomas
batted with runners on the corners and hit a grounder to Kipnis, who bobbled the ball and could only get the forceout at second, allowing Doumit to score for a 3-2 lead.
Correia, who was relieved in the seventh, pitched six innings, giving up two runs, three hits and one walk while striking out three. The bullpen held his lead, giving him the win, and closer Glen Perkins picked up his 23rd save.
NOTES: In 93 games this season, the Twins have posted a .988 team fielding percentage, the sixth-best mark in the majors and fourth best in the AL. ... The Indians' pitching staff has allowed fewer than 10 hits in seven of their past eight games. ... On July 19 against the Indians, the Twins bullpen struck out six batters in 3-1/3 innings pitched. It was the eighth time they have struck out six batters in a game. ... Since July 7, the Cleveland starting rotation is 4-0 with a 2.14 ERA while holding opponents to a .194 average.
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