CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – On a night where the Indians and Twins played in front of mostly green seats at Progressive Field, the two teams went extra before the Twins took home a 6-5 win.
The victory puts the Twins at 61-87, tied with the now 61-87 Indians in the battle to stay out of the AL Central basement.
The winning runs by the Twins in the 12th were about as ugly as they come. The first came after Darin Mastroianni singled and stole second.
The play in which he scored was just a mess, as Alexi Casilla hit a ball that Jason Kipnis made a running play on. Kipnis went to throw to first, and Matt LaPorta, a late replacement, was for whatever reason off the bag.
Casilla was safe, and with LaPorta standing with the ball, Mastroianni hustled around third to score to make it 5-4.
The play seemed to be a reminder once again of the failure of LaPorta to become the player the Indians felt he was going to be.
Manny Acta called it a “big mental mistake” after the game. Kipnis declined to put the blame all on the back of LaPorta.
“This isn’t all on Matt,” Kipnis said. “The game wasn’t won or lost on that play, it wasn’t all on Matt’s shoulders, that’s not what caused us to lose the game.”
Pedro Florimón then hit a single that scored Casilla to make it a two-run game.
The Indians scored in the 12th, as Carlos Santana hit his 16th homer of the season with two outs off Glen Perkins to close it to 6-5.
Michael Brantley struck out to end the exactly four hour game.
Scott Maine will go down in the history books, as he was the 10th Indians pitcher of the night, a new franchise record.
He takes the loss to fall to 1-1 on the season. Every Indians reliever minus Tony Sipp took the mound for at least a batter Tuesday night.
The Twins jumped on Indians starer David Huff in the first, as they started the game with three straight hits to start the game 1-0.
Denard Span doubled to shallow right, then Ben Revere reached on bunt single. Joe Mauer made it 1-0 on a single to shallow left.
After a strikeout, Justin Morneau hit sacrifice fly to left to give Minnesota a 2-0 lead.
The Indians cut into it in the first, Shin-Soo Choo and Kipnis singled, and Cabrera grounded out to score Choo to make it 2-1.
Lonnie Chisenhall hit his 5th homer of the season in the 2nd, a shot to the Indians bullpen to tie the game.
Minnesota took a 3-2 lead in the fourth, as Ryan Doumit walked off Huff, then went to third on a double by Jamey Carroll.
Eduardo Escobar drove in the go-ahead run with a ground out to Chisenhall to make it a 3-2 game.
The Tribe took a 4-3 lead with a pair of runs in the 6th with a little help from the Twins defense. The Indians loaded the bases, and the Twins pulled starter P.J. Walters.
Casey Kotchman hit a grounder to third, and the ball was booted by Trevor Plouffe allowing a run to score to tie the game at four.
Ezequiel Carrera grounded into fielder’s choice, scoring Michael Brantley to make it a 4-3 Indians lead.
The Twins didn’t go away, as Cody Allen came in to start the 7th, and gave the lead right back. Span singled to shallow left center, then stole second. He scored on a Josh Willingham single.
Wednesday the three-game set continues at 7:05pm as Liam Hendriks goes for the Twins vs Zack McAllister for the Indians.