Cabrera, Indians trounce Twins 9-4
CLEVELAND -- Asdrubal Cabrera had four hits, including a home run and three RBIs, and Michael Brantley had three hits, a home run and three RBIs as the Cleveland Indians beat the Minnesota Twins 9-4 Thursday afternoon at Progressive Field.
Second baseman Mike Aviles also had three hits and went 8-for-11 in the four game series in which the Indians won the last three games.
Right-hander Justin Masterson (2-1) pitched into the seventh inning to get the win. Right-hander Kevin Correia (1-4) started for the Twins and took the loss.
Masterson was dominant for the first five innings, holding the Twins scoreless on one hit while throwing just 50 pitches.
That allowed the Indians to take an early 4-0 lead. In the first inning, left fielder Brantley doubled with two outs and scored on a single by right fielder David Murphy, the first of his three hits.
In the second inning shortstop Cabrera clubbed his second home run of the season into the right field seats to give Cleveland a 2-0 lead.
The Indians extended it to 4-0 in the fifth inning, which began with a leadoff walk drawn by first baseman Nick Swisher. Brantley then belted his sixth home run over the right field wall.
The Twins scored two unearned runs in the sixth inning that included an error by Masterson, who also walked two batters and threw two wild pitches.
Leading 4-2, the Indians added another run in the bottom of the sixth when Brantley picked up an RBI while hitting into a force out.
But the Twins knocked Masterson out of the game with a two-run seventh inning. Catcher Josmil Pinto walked to lead off the inning. Pinto went to second on a single by right fielder Chris Herrmann. Shortstop Danny Santana doubled, scoring Pinto, and Herrmann scored later in the inning on a groundout by center fielder Eduardo Escobar that cut the Cleveland lead to 5-4.
The Indians countered with a three-run bottom of the seventh off right-hander Anthony Swarzak. Murphy and Cabrera started the inning with consecutive doubles, and designated hitter Ryan Raburn made it three hits in a row with an RBI single to give the Indians a 7-4 lead. Later in the inning, center fielder Michael Bourn's sacrifice fly extended the lead to 8-4.