Twins win series opener against Indians 10-1
By The Sports Network
Carlos Gomez's three-run homer highlighted a six-run fifth inning, and Scott Baker pitched seven scoreless frames, as the Minnesota bats woke up and defeated the Cleveland Indians, 10-1.
After being outscored, 35-15, in a three-game series against the Angels -- all losses -- the Twins put together 16 hits, headlined by Gomez's 3-for-4 effort. Gomez finished a triple short of the cycle while knocking in four runs, as Minnesota got back to the .500 mark at 53-53.
Baker (9-7) allowed just three hits and a walk while striking out four to win for the seventh time in eight decisions. Jason Kubel homered -- his fifth home run against Cleveland this season -- and six Twins players had multi-hit games.
"Just what the doctor ordered for us, a pitcher going deep into the game," said Twins manager Ron Gardenhire.
Minnesota registered a total of nine extra-base hits in the game -- seven doubles, two homers -- marking the most extra-base hits produced in a game by the franchise since they had nine against Milwaukee on May 9, 1988.
Jhonny Peralta and Travis Hafner each went 2-for-4 for the Indians, who have lost two of three. David Huff (5-6) lasted just 4 2/3 innings, giving up seven runs on 11 hits to absorb the loss.
"I thought he was pretty good early," said Cleveland manager Eric Wedge. "In the middle innings, it flattened out a little bit and pitches came over the middle of the plate."
Kubel continued his mastery of Indians pitching, blasting a solo homer off Huff in the second for an early Twins lead.
Later in the frame, Delmon Young roped a two-out single, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on Gomez's single to center.
After Cleveland stranded runners on second and third in the fourth, Minnesota scored six times in the fifth to assume an 8-0 lead.
Denard Span worked a walk and immediately scored on Orlando Cabrera's double. Joe Mauer followed with another run-scoring double, and Justin Morneau knocked in Mauer with a single. Huff got the next two batters out but allowed a two- out single to Young, ending his outing.
Jensen Lewis came in from the bullpen, and Gomez hammered the first pitch he saw into the left field seats to cap the big rally.
Mauer and Morneau hit consecutive doubles in the sixth to stretch the lead to 9-0, and Joe Crede added an RBI single in the ninth inning.
Hafner hit an RBI single in the home ninth to account for the final margin