Mauer’s 12th-inning single lifts Twins over Indians

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 10: Cleveland Indians Mike Clevinger #52 throws to the Minnesota Twins in the first inning in a game at Target Field on September 10, 2016 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Andy Clayton-King/Getty Images)

MINNEAPOLIS – Joe Mauer’s single off Joe Colon scored Brian Dozier from second in the 12th inning to lift the Minnesota Twins over the Cleveland Indians 2-1 on Saturday night.

Dozier hit a two-out single and advanced to second when Colon (1-1) was called for a balk by homeplate umpire Vic Carapazza. That set up Mauer for his first hit of the long night, a sharp liner into right-center that allowed Dozier to score easily.

J.T. Chargois (1-1) pitched a perfect 12th for his first major-league victory, and the Indians failed to add to their six-game lead over Detroit in the AL Central.

Miguel Sano’s second-inning homer — his 23rd of the year — made it 1-1. Neither team managed much offense after that.

Twins starter Hector Santiago worked seven strong innings after walking four batters and allowing seven baserunners his first two innings. He allowed only two baserunners in his final five.