CLEVELAND (AP) — Drew Stubbs’ RBI double with one out in the 10th inning lifted the Cleveland Indians to their fifth straight victory, 7-6 over the Minnesota Twins on Friday night.
Stubbs, who had four hits, drove a 1-0 pitch from Casey Fien off the wall in left-center to give Cleveland its first five-game winning streak since winning seven in a row from April 26-May 3, 2011.
Mike Aviles started the rally with a leadoff single off Fien (1-2). Pinch-hitter Ezequiel Carrera, claimed off waivers from Philadelphia on Thursday, moved Aviles to second with a sacrifice. Stubbs, who had two singles and two doubles, then drove in the game-winner.
Chris Perez (1-0) pitched a scoreless 10th for Cleveland.
Ryan Raburn, who had 12 hits in his previous 14 at-bats coming into the game, was 0 for 5.
Chris Parmalee’s two-run homer in the seventh capped Minnesota’s three-run rally, wiping out a 5-3 deficit, but Jason Kipnis tied the score in the eighth with a run-scoring grounder, his fourth RBI of the game.
Parmalee’s two-out blast came off reliever Cody Allen and gave Minnesota a 6-5 lead.
Aviles started the tying rally with a single off Jared Burton. After Jason Giambi flied out to deep center, Stubbs’ blooper fell near the right-field line for a double and sent Aviles to third. After Michael Brantley was intentionally walked to load the bases, Kipnis hit a ground ball to the right side that second baseman Brian Dozier knocked down. Dozier could only get Kipnis at first as Aviles scored to tie it at 6-all.
Minnesota trailed by two going into the seventh against Justin Masterson, who retired the first two hitters. Justin Morneau singled and took second on a passed ball by Yon Gomes. Ryan Doumit slapped a single on a 3-2 pitch through the left side that scored Morneau to make it 5-4.
Parmalee hit a 2-2 pitch to right that cleared the wall despite a leaping attempt Raburn, for his third homer of the season to put the Twins ahead 6-5.
Trevor Plouffe hit a solo homer in the second.
Twins starter Pedro Hernandez, who recorded his first career win over Texas in his last start, gave up five runs in 5 1-3 innings
Mark Reynolds hit a two-run homer in the fifth for Cleveland that broke a 3-3 tie.
Kipnis also had a two-run double in the third and a drove in another run with a bunt single in the sixth.
Masterson allowed three runs in 6 2-3 innings.
Cleveland first baseman Nick Swisher didn’t start for the third straight game because of a sore left shoulder. He took batting practice before the game and says he plans to play Saturday.
NOTES: Morneau has 104 RBIs in 134 career games against the Indians. He also drove in his 800th career run, making him only the fifth player in Twins history to reach that mark. Harmon Killebrew, Kent Hrbek, Kirby Puckett and Tony Oliva are the others. … Hernandez committed a balk in the fifth — the first by a Twins pitcher this season. … OF Michael Bourn (lacerated right index) finger took part in running drills and could start a minor-league rehabilitation assignment in a few days. … The Indians claimed Carrera from Philadelpia and optioned RHP Trevor Bauer to Triple-A Columbus. … The series continues Saturday afternoon when the Twins send RHP Kevin Correia (3-1) to the mound against LHP Scott Kazmir (0-1).
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