Twins lose game and series in Cleveland; have big weekend series with Detroit
CLEVELAND -- Rookie Trevor Crowe hit a tiebreaking double in the seventh inning, helping the Cleveland Indians beat the Minnesota Twins 2-1 in an American League game Thursday.
Crowe's slicing line drive into the left-center gap off Nick Blackburn (8-6) scored Travis Hafner from second base as Cleveland won for the ninth time in 13 games. The switch-hitting Crowe has batted .375 (9-for-24) with six runs and four RBIs in six games since his recall from Class AAA Columbus on Friday.
Orlando Cabrera had two hits, extending his hitting streak to a career-high 16 games for Minnesota, which has lost five of six after a four-game winning streak. Cabrera is 10-for-20 since he was acquired from Oakland on Friday.
Tony Sipp (2-0) pitched 1 1/3 innings for the win. Joe Smith retired both batters he faced in the eighth, and Kerry Wood pitched a perfect ninth for his 15th save in 20 chances.
Cleveland failed to add to its lead in the seventh against Matt Guerrier, who replaced Blackburn with runners on second and third. Wyatt Toregas flied to center, and Denard Span threw out Luis Valbuena at the plate for an inning-ending double play.
Blackburn entered 4-0 with a 1.63 ERA in five starts and two relief appearances against Cleveland. He gave up two runs and seven hits over 6 1/3 innings -- in three starts since beating the Chicago White Sox on July 10m he had been 0-1 with a 9.98 ERA, allowing 31 hits in 15 1/3 innings.
Indians starter Fausto Carmona allowed one run and six hits over six innings in his second start since being recalled from the minors July 31. After slumping to a 1-2 record with an 11.57 ERA and 18 walks in 18 2/3 innings, the former 19-game winner was sent to the Indians player development complex in Arizona to work on mechanics
Michael Cuddyer doubled to open the fourth, stole third, and scored on a wild pitch.
Minnesota put two runners on in the first, second and fifth innings, but Carmona got out of jams. Diving stops by third baseman Jhonny Peralta in the first and shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera in the fifth on sharply hit grounders turned potential run-scoring hits into outs.
Asdrubal Cabrera opened the Indians' fourth with a double, moved to third on a flyout and scored on Peralta's sacrifice fly.