Indians have brooms ready for Twins

9:58 AM, Jun 23, 2013   |    comments
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The Cleveland Indians will try for the series sweep and their fifth straight win overall on Sunday afternoon when they take on the Minnesota Twins at Progressive Field.

After getting down 2-0 in the top of the first inning, Cleveland responded in a big way with a six-run output in the bottom of the frame and held on for an 8-7 triumph on Saturday.

Michael Bourn (3-for-4, three RBI) and Jason Kipnis (3-for-4, two RBI) both delivered crucial hits in the first inning, while Kipnis finished a home run shy of the cycle. Carlos Santana and Lonnie Chisenhall each had two hits, and Drew Stubbs knocked in a pair of runs.

Although he wasn't his sharpest, Corey Kluber pitched well enough to win his third straight start, lasting 5 2/3 innings while allowing eight hits and three earned runs. Vinnie Pestano also struggled, allowing two runs in the ninth inning before locking down his third save of the year.

"We kind of had to hang on for dear life, but we did," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "We go home happy."

"We won the game. That's the bottom line," Pestano added. "If I go out there and give up five runs and we win by one, we win by one."

Minnesota starter P.J. Walters was on the wrong end of the Indians' fast start, allowing a hit, five walks and a hit batter prior to exiting before the end of the first inning with six earned runs charged to his name.

Joe Mauer, Oswaldo Arcia and Chris Parmalee all belted homers for the Twins in the loss, with Parmalee finishing with three hits.

The Twins will send Mike Pelfrey to the hill on Sunday. The former first-round pick, who hasn't won since May 5, is 3-6 with a 6.11 ERA.

Pelfrey was knocked around in his latest outing on June 18, scattering 10 hits over six innings while being charged with four earned runs, but he settled for a no-decision as the Twins beat the White Sox, 7-5.

Despite his struggles this season, Pelfrey has been serviceable in recent weeks, allowing three earned runs or less in six of his last nine starts.

For Cleveland, Carlos Carrasco will make his fourth start of the season. The once highly-touted prospect has had little success this season, going 0-2 with an 8.40 ERA.

After getting roughed up in his first two starts of the year, Carrasco bounced back nicely on June 17 in one of the most promising starts of his young career, as he pitched 7 1/3 innings while allowing four hits, one walk and one earned run in a no-decision versus Kansas City.


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