Reporting Matt Loede
CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – When it rains, it pours.
For the second straight time with a lead going into last at-bats, Indians All-Star closer Chris Perez blew a save, as the Twins scored three runs in the 9th to beat the Indians 7-5 for their 11th straight loss.
The blown save for Perez was his second in a row, and fourth of 2012. He blew a three-run lead Sunday in Detroit when the Tigers scored five off him in the 10th.
The loss is one short of tying the all-time club record, which was set back in 1931 from May 7th to May 21st.
For now, the team hasn’t won a game since July 26th, the fateful night when the team scored four runs in the 7th off Justin Verlander to beat the Tigers 5-3.
The loss puts the Indians at 50-60 on the season. They finally got a decent outing by a starter, as Corey Kluber gave six plus good innings, allowing one earned run on six hits.
The disaster in the 9th started with one out, when Josh Willingham singled to center, and then was pinch-run for by Darin Mastroianni.
Mastroianni stole second, and came around to score when Justin Morneau hit a shot to first that Casey Kotchman couldn’t handle.
The error on Kotchman was his 5th this year, this after he came to the team after just 11 career errors entering 2012.
Ryan Doumit doubled to deep center, putting Morneau to third, and he then scored the go-ahead run on a sac fly by Tsuyoshi Nishioka.
The Twins added another run as Brian Dozier singled to shallow left, scoring Doumit to make it 7-5.
The Tribe had led the game 5-1 entering the 7th, but the door was opened by the Twins when they scored a run, then got two more when a ball went right through the legs of Jason Kipnis for two more runs.
The Indians built the lead with a run in the first, and then three in the second.
Shelley Duncan hit his 10th homer of the season, a two-run shot to make it 3-1. Then Asdrubal Cabrera singled to center to score Jack Hannahan to give the Indians a 4-1 lead.
Twins starter Samuel Deduno, who dominated the Tribe just over a week ago, lasted just four innings for the Twins, allowing four runs on five hits.
Kluber, making his second start since his call-up from AAA Columbus, held the Twins in check after allowing a run in the first inning.
He lasted six plus innings, allowing one earned run on six hits. He walked three and struck out three, and was a lot better than his last outing in KC when he allowed six runs in the first inning.
The Tribe got it to 5-1 in the 6th after Carlos Santana doubled down the line in right to score Kipnis to make it a 5-1 game.
Manny Acta had to use six pitchers in the near four hour game, as besides Kulber he used Tony Sipp, Joe Smith, Chris Seddon, Vinnie Pestano, Perez and Frank Herrmann, who was just called up from AAA.
The Indians won’t have much time to think about the collapse, as they will be right back at it at noon on Wednesday, as Justin Masterson goes up against Brian Duensing.