Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Michael Brantley's sacrifice fly in the
12th inning lifted the Cleveland Indians to a 9-8 win over the Minnesota Twins
The Indians rallied for four runs in the eighth to tie the game. With two on
and no outs, Brantley singled to score Jason Kipnis. Jason Giambi followed
with a three-run homer to right to tie the game.
Carlos Santana then slugged a leadoff homer in the 10th, but Joe Mauer
hammered a solo shot in the home half to tie the game.
With runners on the corners and one out in the 12th, Brantley smoked a a line
drive to deep center field. Clete Thomas fielded the ball cleanly and fired it
to the plate, but the throw was off target and Nick Swisher scored easily.
Brantley finished with two hits and three RBI while Mike Aviles had two hits
and two RBI.
Chris Perez (5-2) earned the win despite giving up Mauer's homer and Joe Smith
spun a perfect 12th to pick up his second save.
Mauer was 4-for-7 with four RBI and Chris Collabello had two hits and an RBI
for the Twins, who went 6-for-13 with runners in scoring position, but
stranded 12 runners on base.
Ryan Pressly (3-3) was pegged with the loss after giving up the game-winning
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