CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Indians sent home the Friday night Progressive Field crowd in a happy mood thanks to a 10th inning game winning hit by Drew Stubbs.
That gave the Indians a 7-6 win over the Minnesota Twins for their fifth victory in a row.
The Tribe was in a 2-0 hole after the first two innings. Justin Morneau hit a sacrifice fly in the first for a 1-0 lead, and in the second Trevor Plouffe drove in the second run.
In the bottom of the third inning, the Indians tied the ball game thanks to a Jason Kipnis triple to center field that plated a pair of runs.
Cleveland took a 4-2 lead in the fifth inning when Mark Reynolds gave a Pedro Hernandez pitch a ride halfway up the bleachers in left field. The two run homer looked good when it happened, but the Twins battled back.
Minnesota got within one run when they scored in the top of the sixth inning. The Tribe, however, had an answer. It was Kipnis who bunted perfectly with two outs and Yan Gomes scored for a 5-3 lead.
That lead did not last long. In the seventh inning, Masterson got into trouble and the bullpen had a tough time-saving his bacon. The Twins got one run back on a Ryan Doumit rbi single to left which scored Justin Morneau.
It was 5-4 Cleveland. Chad Allen relieved Masterson, but he was victimized. Chris Parmelee banged a two run homer into the seats in right field and Minnesota had a 6-5 lead.
On the night, Masterson went 6 and two/thirds innings, and allowed 8 hits, 5 runs, all of them earned and struck out five batters.
Cleveland tied the game at six apiece in the bottom of the eighth inning when Kipnis hit a double play ground ball, which was not fielded cleanly, allowing a run to score.
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