Coming off their comeback win against the Twins Tuesday night, during a time when every game counts more than the last, the Indians sought to make it to two in a row as T.J. House took the mound against Ricky Nolasco. House and the rest of the Indians pitching staff combined to throw a six-hit shutout as the Tribe defeated the Twins, 5-0.
The Twins attempted to strike early with runners on first and second with one out in the bottom of the first, though the Tribe turned a double play to halt them in their tracks. Zach Walters put the Twins in their place with a solo home run in the top of the second, giving the Indians a 1-0 lead heading into the bottom of the second.
The Twins again attempted to capitalize with runners on first and second, but again came up short. Roberto Perez led off the third inning with a double, though Nolasco worked around the hit to retire the next three batters and keep the score 1-0 Tribe.
For the second straight inning, the Indians led off with a double as Carlos Santana roped a ball to right field. Jason Kipnis followed with another double, sending Santana home. Aviles delivered a single to score Kipnis and give the Indians a 3-0 lead.
The game remained stagnant into the sixth inning, when Santana walked with no outs. He was caught in a run down between first and second and was eventually thrown out at first during an at-bat when Walters appeared to be hit on the hand by a pitch from Nolasco, though the play was not called as a hit-by-pitch. The call was challenged but was not overturned, however, which prevented the nullification of Santana’s out and prevented the two runners from getting on base. Walters struck out to end the top of the sixth inning.
Chris Dickerson made a bizarre catch under the right field deck in the sixth inning to prevent a Minnesota home run, which was followed by a pitching change in which House was replaced by C.C. Lee who gave up a single to start his outing. He managed to halt any further damage and emerged from the inning without allowing the Twins to score.
Caleb Thielbar relieved Nolasco in the seventh for Minnesota with two outs and a runner a second. Thielbar gave up a single to Bourn which scored Dickerson and gave the Tribe a 4-0 lead.
Scott Atchison appeared in the bottom of the seventh as the third Indians’ pitcher of the game, keeping the Twins off the board. Nick Hagadone gave up a single to start the bottom of the eighth but the next two batters were retired as Bryan Shaw came in to deliver the final out of the inning. Samuel Deduno pitched for the Twins in the ninth and gave up a home run to Aviles to give the Tribe a 5-0 lead, which they kept to end the game. The Indians are now 64-61 on the season and have pitched 17 consecutive scoreless innings.
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