Twins' rally falls just short
CLEVELAND, Ohio (Sports Network) - The Cleveland Indians scored six runs in the first inning and survived a ninth-inning scare to defeat the Minnesota Twins, 8-7, in the middle test of a three-game series at Progressive Field.
Michael Bourn drove in three runs while Jason Kipnis went 3-for-4 with two RBI and was a home run shy of the cycle. Drew Stubbs also drove in two runs for the Indians, who have won four straight and eight of their last 10 games.
Cleveland starter Corey Kluber (6-4) allowed three runs on eight hits and a walk over 5 2/3 innings. Vinnie Pestano gave up two runs in the ninth but was able to notch his third save.
Joe Mauer had a two-run home run while Chris Parmelee had two solo homers among his three hits. Oswaldo Arcia drove in two and Trevor Plouffe had an RBI for the Twins.
Minnesota starter P.J. Walters (2-3) lasted just two-thirds of an inning. He threw 46 pitches, surrendering six runs on one hit and five walks.
Mauer clubbed a two-run homer in the first, but the Indians battered Walters in the home half.