Cleveland edges Minnesota 3-2Minnesota Sports
-- Matt LaPorta's RBI-double in the eighth inning proved to be the difference, as Cleveland rallied past Minnesota, 3-2, in the opener of a three-game set.
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Matt LaPorta's RBI-double in the eighth inning proved to be the difference, as Cleveland rallied past Minnesota, 3-2, in the opener of a three-game set.
Carlos Santana added two hits, including a run-scoring double, for the Indians, who have won three of four and kept pace in the race for the AL Central crown.
Rafael Perez (5-2) recorded the final out in the eighth to earn the win, and Chris Perez turned in a perfect ninth to record his 24th save as Cleveland won for the 14th time this season in its final turn at the plate.
Tsuyoshi Nishioka collected a pair of hits and drove in both runs for the Twins, losers in seven of their last eight.
Glen Perkins (4-3) allowed the winning run over two-thirds of an inning to take the loss.
The Indians tallied twice in their last at-bat to claim victory.
Twins starter Carl Pavano remained on the mound for the eighth, but allowed a one-out single to Travis Hafner before Perkins got the call. Santana promptly blasted a double off the wall in right-center to score the tying run, then after moving up on a groundout, Santana came home when LaPorta blooped his hit to short left.
Cleveland's closer Perez retired the side in order to lock up the win.
Minnesota picked up a run in the third as Ben Revere reached on a fielder's choice, stole second and came in on a base hit by Nishioka.