Plouffe lifts Twins past Indians in 10th

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Trevor Plouffe singled in Danny Santana in the 10th inning to give the Minnesota Twins a 5-4, comeback victory over Cleveland on Friday night, further damaging the Indians’ already slim playoff hopes.

Santana led off the inning with a single off Kyle Crockett (4-1) and advanced to third on Brian Dozier’s single to right-center. Joe Mauer was intentionally walked to load the bases, and Crockett struck out rookie slugger Kennys Vargas, who homered in the game.

Josh Tomlin entered the game to face Plouffe, who dropped a two-strike pitch just in front of lunging center-fielder Michael Bourn.

With Minnesota trailing 4-3 in the ninth, Kurt Suzuki hit a one-out double off closer Cody Allen and was replaced by pinch-runner Eduardo Nunez. Nunez moved to third on Oswaldo Arcia’s single and scored to tie it when Aaron Hicks grounded into a fielder’s choice.

Jared Burton (3-5) stranded Michael Brantley at second base to end the top of the 10th.

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