Timely Hitting Evens Series for Tribe; Indians 5, Twins 2

Some games you need you the long ball to win and other times like tonight, all you need is some good old fashion small ball. The Indians tonight were able to win 5-2, scoring one run in the third, fourth and fifth inning while adding on two more insurance runs on a home run in the sixth inning.

The first inning started off with Sam Deduno and Zach McAllister both locked in, getting one-two-three innings, including the Indians going down on three straight strikeouts.

After the Indians again went down in order, the Twins were able to strike first. Minnesota got their first run of the game on a Josh Willingham homerun to lead off the second inning, giving them a 1-0 lead.

Ryan Raburn was able to draw a walk to leadoff the third inning, being the first Indian to reach base. Lonnie Chisenhall followed up Raburn by hitting a ball right to Joe Mauer playing first base. Mauer bobbled the ball and was unable to get Chisenhall out, putting men on first and second base on the error. Yan Gomes loaded the bases on a single, giving Michael Bourn the chance to drive a run in on a ground out, tying the game 1-1.

The Indians were able to keep the small ball going by tacking on another run in the fourth inning.  Jason Kipnis started off the inning with a single then moved to second on a wild pitch. After an Asdrubal Cabrera groundout, Michael Brantley drove in Kipnis on a single to center field, making it a 2-1 game.

While McAllister was dominating the Twins, the Indians kept using productive outs to add on. Gomes led off the fifth inning with a double to deep right field. Bourn dropped down a sacrifice bunt to move Gomes to third base, and then Kipnis grounded out to drive him home and extend the lead to 3-1.

After a one-two-three inning from McAllister, Raburn went deep. With Carlos Santana on first after getting hit on the foot by a pitch, Raburn took the first pitch of his at bat to deep left field for a two run homer to make it 5-1.

The sixth inning was a near disaster for the Indians as a Michael Bourn error cost the Tribe a run and nearly more. Joe Mauer started the hitting with a one-out single to center before Justin Morneau came up to bat. Morneau took a pitch to center field that Bourn attempted to get and throw back in but missed the ball, letting it roll past him to the wall. What should have been a single turned into an error with Mauer scoring and Morneau standing on third base with only one out. McAllister however was not flustered at all as he was able to set down Willingham and Oswaldo Arcia on strikes to end the inning.

After a scoring top of the inning from the Indians, Cody Allen came in to replace McAllister in the bottom of the seventh inning. Allen was on point in the seventh inning, getting Trevor Plouffe to ground out followed up by Chris Herrmann and Clete Thomas both striking out swinging.

Joe Smith came in for the eighth inning in order to set down the nine, one and two batters in the Twins lineup. Smith was helped out by his defense behind him as Swisher and Chisenhall both made great catches on bullets sent towards first and third base. Smith was able to get the final out on a ground ball out to Kipnis to end the inning.

Chris Perez came in to close out the Twins and did exactly that. Morneau started the inning out with a groundout to Kipnis followed by a Willingham ground out to Chisenhall. Despite giving up a double to Arcia, Perez was able to get Plouffe to pop up to Cabrera to end the game, giving the Indians a 5-2 victory.

The victory today moved the Indians to 64-56 on the year whereas the wings drop to 53-64. The win goes to McAllister (5-7, 3.74 ERA), the loss going to Deduno, and the save going to Perez (S 19, 3.26 ERA).

The Indians will close out the series tomorrow at 1:10 p.m. at Target Field. The Indians will have Carlos Carrasco (0-4, 7.75 ERA) on the mound while the Twins will have Kyle Gibson (2-3, 6.43 ERA).

Photo: Jim Mone/AP Photo

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