Indians rally to top Twins 7-5
MINNEAPOLIS — The Cleveland Indians overcame an early five-run deficit Tuesday in a 7-5 win over the Minnesota Twins at Target Field.
Cleveland overcame a nightmare first inning in which it allowed five runs before recording an out. The Indians then picked away at Minnesota’s advantage until finally taking the lead with a three-run sixth inning.
The Indians used eight pitchers in the win after starter Trevor Bauer was yanked in the fourth. Left-hander Kyle Crockett, who entered for Bauer, was credited with the win (3-0), despite throwing only two-thirds of an inning.
Cody Allen worked around a one-out single in the ninth for his 16th save of the year.
Twins starter Kyle Gibson was done after 5 1/3 innings, allowing five runs on eight hits and a walk. Lefty Brian Duensing relieved him in the sixth and allowed two runs on three hits over two-thirds of an inning, taking the loss (3-3).
The crucial hit in the sixth came off the bat of pinch hitter Tyler Holt, who was recalled from Triple-A Columbus earlier in the day after Cleveland placed Ryan Raburn on the 15-day disabled list with a sore wrist.
Holt’s two-run double turned a 5-4 deficit into a 6-5 lead and were the first two RBIs of Holt’s big-league career. Holt later scored on center fielder Michael Bourn’s single to left field, providing the final margin.