Minnesota 8, Cleveland 7

Boxscore | Recap
Sunday, September 9, 2012 2:10 PM
Location - Target Field
Temperature - 71°
Umpires - Home Plate - David Rackley, First Base - D.J. Reyburn, Second Base - Dan Iassogna, Third Base - Dale Scott,
Attendance - 30219

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X R H E
Cleveland 0 3 1 0 2 0 0 1 0 7 8 1
Minnesota 0 0 3 2 0 0 2 0 1 8 12 0

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Cleveland 59-81 32-37 27-44 L2
Minnesota 58-82 27-41 31-41 W2


Twins 8, Indians 7: Justin Morneau homered twice, including a line-drive homer to right with two outs in the bottom of the ninth as the Twins rallied to win the third game of the four-game set.

Morneau hooked the first pitch from Vinnie Pestano (3-2) just inside the right-field foul pole for his 19th homer of the season, as Minnesota beat Cleveland for the second game in a row. Morneau finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBIs.

Joe Mauer fell a homer short of the cycle for the Twins, finishing with three hits. Carlos Santana went 3-for-5 for the Indians, hitting his 15th homer in the second.

Brian Duensing (4-10) picked up the victory with 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief.

Minnesota rallied on Chris Parmelee’s two-run single in the seventh, scoring Jamey Carroll and Morneau to move ahead 7-6. Minnesota tied the game in the eighth. Brett Lillibridge was hit with a Jared Burton pitch, and Jason Donald’s triple to deep center tied the game at 7-7.

Santana’s homer leading off the second sparked a three-run inning. The Indians added a run in the third to take a 4-0 lead. Minnesota rallied with three in the third, highlighted by Morneau’s first homer of the game.

The Twins tied it in the fourth on Pedro Florimon’s single, and took a 5-4 lead when Florimon scored on Ben Revere’s single to right-center. Cleveland scored twice in the fifth on a Santana double and Russ Canzler’s single, moving ahead 6-5.

Neither starter lasted long. Cleveland’s Corey Kluber allowed five runs (four earned) on eight hits in 3 2/3 innings. Minnesota’s Esmerling Vasquez walked five and gave up four runs on three hits in three innings.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Revere stole two bases, giving him 36 on the season. Revere is fourth in the majors in steals. He also made a diving catch in center to end the top of the ninth. … Morneau has four multi-homer games this season. … The two teams wrap up their four-game series Monday.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Cleveland   Minnesota
Corey Kluber Player Esmerling Vasquez
No Decision W/L No Decision
3.2 IP 3.0
4 Strikeouts 2
8 Hits 3
9.82 ERA 12.00
Cleveland   Minnesota
Carlos Santana Player Joe Mauer
3 Hits 3
2 RBI 1
1 HR 0
7 TB 6
.600 Avg .600

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Cleveland 8 1 15 .242 16 6 6 6 0 1
Minnesota 12 2 21 .308 14 7 8 1 4 0

Upcoming Games

  • Minnesota will play their next game at home against Cleveland. The Twins have a W/L % of .421 after a win and .410 after a loss.
  • Cleveland will play their next game on the road against Minnesota. The Indians have a W/L % of .407 after a win and .432 after a loss.
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