Mauer brings the heavy lumber as Twins batter Indians 7-4Minnesota Sports
-- Joe Mauer went 3-for-5 with a two-run homer and three RBIs as the Minnesota Twins took a 7-4 win over the Cleveland Indians in the second of three from Progressive Field.
CLEVELAND (Sports Network) - Joe Mauer went 3-for-5 with a two-run homer and three RBIs as the Minnesota Twins took a 7-4 win over the Cleveland Indians in the second of three from Progressive Field.
Trevor Plouffe hit a solo homer and two-run single while Ben Revere had a pair of hits and scored twice for the Twins, who have won four of their last five.
P.J. Walters started on the mound, but left with one out in the fifth inning after he gave up four runs on eight hits with three walks and two strikeouts. Brian Duensing (1-2) pitched two scoreless innings for the win.
Michael Brantley drove in a pair of runs while Jason Kipnis had two hits and scored twice for the Indians, who have lost six of eight.
Josh Tomlin (2-3) was touched for five runs on 10 hits over six innings of work to take the loss.
Minnesota jumped out to 4-0 lead in the first inning. Denard Span, Revere and Mauer led off the game with three straight singles to score a run. After Josh Willingham popped out, Justin Morneau singled home Revere. Ryan Doumit then walked, but Brian Dozier hit a ground out that saw Mauer forced out at home. Plouffe, though, came through with a two-run single.
Cleveland got one back in the first on a run-scoring ground out from Brantley and Asdrubal Cabrera's RBI single in the third made it a 4-2 game.
The Indians continued to chip away at the deficit in the fourth when Lou Marson's ground out plated Johnny Damon and Brantley singled in Kipnis in the fifth to tie the contest.
The tie was shortlived, though, as Plouffe hit a one-out solo homer in the sixth to give the Twins a 5-4 advantage.
Mauer's home run with Revere on base in the seventh extended the lead to 7-4.
After Brantley's single, the Indians managed just one more hit on Shelley Duncan's one-out single in the ninth. Matt Capps retired the next two batters for his 11th save of the season.