Twins top Indians 5-1
CLEVELAND, Ohio - Samuel Deduno yielded just one run in six innings and the Minnesota Twins cranked out a season-high six doubles to down the Cleveland Indians, 5-1, in the opener of a three-game set from Progressive Field.
Deduno (8-7) surrendered three hits and struck out six before giving way to Brian Duensing, who pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings of relief.
Chris Herrmann doubled twice while Josh Willingham drove in a pair of runs as Minnesota won for the third time in four tries after dropping its previous four.
Ubaldo Jimenez (9-8) fanned a season-high 10 in defeat, but was tagged for two runs on five hits. Carlos Santana had two of the Indians' six hits and drove in the Tribe's lone run.
Jimenez ran into trouble in the top of the first, issuing two walks around a Herrmann double to load the bases before recording an out. However he followed by striking out the side, stranding a trio of Minnesota baserunners. Cleveland, meanwhile, put a run across in the home half of the first when Michael Bourn scored on a Santana base hit to right. Bourn singled to lead off the frame and took second on a wild pitch earlier in Santana's at-bat. Pedro Florimon knotted the score with an RBI-double in the top of the second and put the Twins on top later in the inning when he scored on Herrmann's second two-bagger of the night. For the second straight inning, Jimenez fanned the side.
Minnesota added a pair of insurance runs in the seventh inning. Florimon started the rally with a bunt single, followed by a Brian Dozier walk. Two relief pitchers and two outs later, Willingham delivered a two-run double over Drew Stubbs' head in right-center field. Wilkin Ramirez grounded into a double-play with no outs in the eighth, but Trevor Plouffe scored from third, giving the Twins their final run.