The Cleveland Indians 4-game winning streak came to an end on Friday night as the Twins edged Cleveland 3-2 at Target Field.
Cleveland was victimized by a pair of unearned runs in the 6th inning. With a runner on first, Brian Dozier hit a grounder to third baseman Lonnie Chisenhalls left, which he flubbed, but Asdrubal Cabrera tried to throw the runner out at third, allowing Dozier to advance to second. Both runners scored on Trevor Plouffe’s 2 RBI base hit to tie the game.
Minnesota scored the winning run off reliever Joe Smith in the bottom of the 8th inning as Joe Mauer delivered the key hit.
The loss spoiled a solid job by starter Scott Kazmir who pitched 6 innings and allowed the two unearned runs.
Smith took the loss to see his record drop to 4-1.