CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Indians beat the Minnesota Twins 5-1 on Friday night as they opened up a weekend series at Progressive Field.
The Indians got on the board first in the 2nd inning when Mark Reynolds singled to deep left center to score Michael Brantley.
An inning later, Jason Kipnis hit a sacrifice fly and the speedy Drew Stubbs came home for a 2-0 lead.
Starter Scott Kazmir pitched outstanding baseball in his 7 innings on the hill. He gave up a solo homer in the 6th, but that was it. He allowed five hits and he struck out 7 batters.
The Indians salted things away in the 7th inning, getting 3 more runs.
Stubbs singled to left and Mark Reynolds scored to make it 3-1. Jason Kipnis then made sure the Twins would drop the first game when he dropped a soft fly into the outfield to score two more Indians.
That gave the Tribe plenty of cushion.
Joe Smith pitched the 8th inning and Vinnie Pestano the 9th inning.
The Indians and Twins play again on Saturday night as the home team will honor Tribe legends Carlos Baerga and former general manager John Hart.