Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Casey Kotchman hit a game-winning RBI single
in the bottom of the 10th inning on Thursday and the Cleveland Indians avoided
a three-game sweep with a 4-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins.
Shin-Soo Choo began the 10th with a double off the wall in left-center field,
then moved to third base on a groundout. Anthony Swarzak (3-5) followed
with consecutive intentional walks before Kotchman grounded the deciding
single up the middle.
Esmil Rogers (3-1) tossed a perfect top of the 10th to earn the win, while
Kotchman finished 3-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored, as the Indians
halted a five-game skid against their AL Central rival.
The Twins, meanwhile, were looking to secure their first sweep in Cleveland
Corey Kluber was charged with three runs on five hits over a six-inning start
for the Indians. The righty walked one and struck out five.
Twins starter Esmerling Vasquez is still searching for his first win of the
season after giving up three runs on six hits over 5 2/3 innings.
Trevor Plouffe's two-out, solo homer gave Vasquez and the Twins a 3-2 lead in
the top of the sixth but the right-hander allowed Kotchman's two-out double in
the bottom half before exiting.
Kyle Waldrop then hit Brent Lillibridge with a pitch and Jack Hannahan
followed with a game-tying base hit up the middle.
Earlier, Ben Revere spotted the Twins a 1-0 lead when he led off the fourth
inning with a single, stole second base, moved to third on a groundout, and
came home on Kluber's wild pitch.
In the home half, Revere threw out Kotchman at the plate to end the inning,
but not before the Indians grabbed a 2-1 lead.
Vasquez began the frame with consecutive walks before Kotchman and Lillibridge
delivered back-to-back RBI singles. Hannahan followed with a hit to load the
bases, but Revere limited the damage when he caught Thomas Neal's shallow fly
to right and easily retired the tagging Kotchman.
In the fifth, Pedro Florimon worked a two-out walk and scored from first base
on Denard Span's double down the line in shallow left field, making it 2-2.
Despite the loss, the Twins won the season series, 12-6 ... Plouffe has 23
home runs on the season ... Vasquez is 0-2 in four starts this season after
going 9-6 in 31 games -- eight starts -- at Triple-A ...Vasquez and Kluber
also squared off on Sept. 9, with neither starter receiving a decision in an
8-7 Minnesota win.
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