John Axford (0-3), who blew a save on Sunday by allowing a home
run, came on to start the 10th for the Indians and left a 1-0
fastball over the middle that Escobar knocked into the stands in
right field for the game’s lone run. Caleb Thielbar (2-0) notched
the win in relief and Glen Perkins worked the bottom of the 10th for
his eighth save.
Mike Aviles recorded two of the three hits by the Indians, who
wasted a strong start from Zach McAllister. Sam Fuld doubled among
two hits and Kyle Gibson turned in a strong start for the Twins.
McAllister struck out eight while scattering five hits and one walk
over 6 2/3 scoreless innings, but the Indians could not get anything
done offensively against Gibson. The Minnesota right-hander yielded
two hits and walked three in seven frames.
The Twins put a runner on third with two outs in the fourth, but
McAllister got Kurt Suzuki to fly out to right. Cleveland had its
best chance against Gibson in the first after Michael Brantley’s
two-out double and a walk, but Lonnie Chisenhall popped out to third
to end the threat.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Twins 1B Joe Mauer (lower back) sat out and is
day-to-day. … The Indians placed DH Jason Giambi (strained calf) on
the 15-day disabled list and activated C Yan Gomes from paternity
leave. … Cleveland is expected to send C George Kottaras to the
minors on Tuesday to make room for RHP Josh Tomlin, who will be
recalled to make the start.
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