Wild Twins fall to Cleveland
The Cleveland Indians took advantage of some epic wildness by Minnesota starting pitcher P.J. Walters in a six-run first inning as the Indians beat the Twins 8-7 on Saturday night at Progressive Field.
Walters walked five, hit a batter and only got two outs in the first inning before being removed from the game.
The win is the Indians' fourth in a row and their eighth in the past 10 games.
Walters gave up only one hit but was charged with six runs, thanks to all the walks.
Cleveland second baseman Jason Kipnis came within a home run of becoming the first Indians player in 10 years to hit for the cycle, and starter Corey Kluber pitched into the sixth inning for the win, improving his record to 6-4.
Kipnis had a single, double and triple in his first three at-bats, which all came in the first four innings. He walked and grounded out in his last two appearances, failing in his bid to become the first Indians player to hit for the cycle since Travis Hafner did it on Aug. 14, 2003, against the Twins at the Metrodome.
Kluber gave up three runs and eight hits in 5 2/3 innings. In his last three starts, he is 3-0 with a 1.66 ERA.
The Twins scored four runs in the last three innings against the Cleveland bullpen, two coming on a home run by Chris Parmelee, to cut it to 8-7.
But Cleveland closer Vinnie Pestano, who gave up two of the runs, got the last out of the game in the ninth to pick up his third save.
In the first inning, six of the nine Indians batters that Walters faced drew walks or were hit by a pitch. Walters threw 46 pitches and only retired two batters.
The only hit allowed by Walters in the inning was a two-run double by Kipnis. Walters retired the next batter on a fly ball but then walked four of the next five. With the bases loaded from walks, Walters walked the last batter he faced, No.9 hitter Drew Stubbs, forcing in a run.
Walters was removed from the game having thrown only 18 of the 46 pitches for strikes.
Indians leadoff hitter Michael Bourn, in his second plate appearance of the inning, greeted reliever Anthony Swarzak with a two-run single, giving the Indians 6-2 lead. Walters and Swarzak combined to throw 52 pitches in the bottom of the first.
Minnesota scored its first two runs on a two-run homer by Joe Mauer off Kluber in the top of the first.
Oswado Arcia's home run leading off the top of the fourth cut the Cleveland lead to 6-3, but the Indians got RBI hits from Stubbs and Bourn in the fifth to extend the lead to 8-3.
NOTES: Indians 1B Nick Swisher, who hasn't played in a game since June 15 because of a sore left shoulder, "probably" will be in the starting lineup Sunday, according to manager Terry Francona. . . Carlos Carrasco, who will start Sunday for Cleveland, has a 1.82 ERA in four career starts against Minnesota, his lowest ERA vs. any major league opponent. ... The Twins have turned 81 doubles plays this season, the most in the American League. ... Twins rookie reliever Caleb Thielbar has not allowed a run in 11 appearances this season, covering 12 2/3 innings during which he has allowed just five hits.
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