Minnesota 5, Cleveland 1

Boxscore | Recap
Wednesday, September 22, 2010 1:10 PM
Location - Target Field
Temperature - 60°
Umpires - Home Plate - Sam Holbrook, First Base - Greg Gibson, Second Base - Brian Knight, Third Base - Gerry Davis,
Attendance - 40139

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X R H E
Cleveland 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 0
Minnesota 0 0 0 0 0 3 2 0 5 10 0

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Cleveland 62-90 32-42 30-48 L4
Minnesota 92-60 52-25 40-35 W3

Recap

Nick Blackburn retired the final 14 hitters he faced and Jose Morales had three RBIs, leading the Minnesota Twins to a 5-1 win over the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday.

The Twins, who clinched the American League Central title Tuesday night, played the game with most of their regulars on the bench. Center fielder Denard Span, designated hitter Jason Kubel and third baseman Danny Valencia were the only everyday players in the lineup.
 
Blackburn (10-10), pitching for a spot in the postseason rotation, gave up a run in the first on Shelley Duncan's RBI single, but didn't allow a base runner after a one-out walk to Travis Hafner in the third. Blackburn gave up five hits, walked two and struck out two.
 
The Twins were quiet through five innings before consecutive run-scoring hits with two outs by Morales, Matt Tolbert and Ben Revere erased Cleveland's 1-0 lead. Morales added a two-run single in the seventh and Alexi Casilla had three hits, helping the Twins to a three-game sweep.
 
Carlos Carrasco (1-1) took a one-hit shutout into the sixth before the Twins finally got going. Casilla led off with a single and stole second. Morales' double tied the game before Tolbert's double gave Minnesota the lead. Revere's single made it 3-1.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Cleveland   Minnesota
Carlos Carrasco Player Nick Blackburn
Loss W/L Win
6.0 IP 7.0
4 Strikeouts 2
6 Hits 5
4.50 ERA 1.29
Hitting
Cleveland   Minnesota
Travis Hafner Player Alexi Casilla
2 Hits 3
0 RBI 0
0 HR 0
2 TB 5
.667 Avg .750

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Cleveland 6 0 6 .188 15 3 1 4 0 0
Minnesota 10 0 14 .333 16 4 5 3 2 0

Upcoming Games

  • Minnesota will play their next game on the road against Detroit. The Twins have a W/L % of .598 after a win and .638 after a loss.
  • Cleveland will play their next game at home against Kansas City. The Indians have a W/L % of .435 after a win and .398 after a loss.
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