Minnesota 6, Cleveland 5

Boxscore | Recap
Tuesday, September 18, 2012 7:05 PM
Location - Progressive Field
Temperature - 59°
Umpires - Home Plate - Mike Muchlinski, First Base - Sam Holbrook, Second Base - Andy Fletcher, Third Base - Joe West,
Attendance - 10342

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X R H E
Minnesota 2 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 6 16 2
Cleveland 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 5 11 0

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Minnesota 61-87 29-46 32-41 W1
Cleveland 61-87 33-40 28-47 L1


Twins 6, Indians 5 (12):
Darin Mastroianni scored from second base on Alexi Casilla's infield hit with two outs in the 12th inning as visiting Minnesota won its fourth straight over Cleveland in bizarre fashion.

Mastroianni singled to right with two outs and stole second. Casilla hit a grounder in the hole which second baseman Jason Kipnis fielded, but first baseman Matt LaPorta thought the ball went through to the outfield. After LaPorta realized his mistake, he caught Kipnis' throw near the bag and threw home, well late to get the speedy Mastroianni.

Joe Mauer went 3-for-4 with two walks and an RBI and Pedro Florimon added a run-scoring single in the 12th for the Twins (61-87), who drew even with Indians for fourth place in the American League Central. Minnesota has won 11 of the last 13 meetings. Tyler Robertson (2-2) earned the victory and Glen Perkins, the fifth Twins' reliever, earned his 12th save.

Carlos Santana hit a solo homer with two outs in the 12th for the Indians, who loaded the bases with none out in the 10th before Santana, Russ Canzler and Lonnie Chisenhall all hit shallow flyouts. Chisenhall homered in the second. Scott Maine (2-2), the Indians' ninth reliever and club-record 10th pitcher, took the loss.

Minnesota took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on Mauer's RBI single and Justin Morneau's sacrifice fly. After Cleveland went ahead 4-3 in the sixth with a pair of runs, Josh Willingham drove in Denard Span with a single in the seventh. Span was 3-for-6 with two runs scored.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Cleveland CF Michael Brantley robbed Mastroianni of extra bases with a catch up against the wall to lead off the 10th inning. ... Mauer improved to 12-for-23 lifetime against the Indians' David Huff, who allowed three runs and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings in his first start of the season. ... The Indians finished with 11 hits and every starter had at least one. Santana and Kipnis had two.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Minnesota   Cleveland
P.J. Walters Player David Huff
No Decision W/L No Decision
5.0 IP 4.1
3 Strikeouts 3
8 Hits 7
3.60 ERA 6.23
Minnesota   Cleveland
Joe Mauer Player Carlos Santana
3 Hits 2
1 RBI 1
0 HR 1
3 TB 5
.750 Avg .333

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Minnesota 16 0 19 .327 24 7 6 4 3 2
Cleveland 11 2 17 .229 29 9 4 2 1 0

Upcoming Games

  • Cleveland will play their next game at home against Minnesota. The Indians have a W/L % of .393 after a win and .425 after a loss.
  • Minnesota will play their next game on the road against Cleveland. The Twins have a W/L % of .417 after a win and .409 after a loss.
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