Stubbs comes through in clutch, Tribe walks off to 7-6 win
Indians win their fifth straight game to get back to .500
Cleveland, OH -- Center fielder Drew Stubbs hit a game-winning double to deep center field, his fourth hit of the game, as the Cleveland Indians beat the Minnesota Twins, 7-6.
The walkoff win was the second for the Tribe this season and extended the team's winning streak to five, their longest since the 2011 season.
The Twins got to Indians starter Justin Masterson early, scoring one run in each of the first two innings. After back-to-back singles to open the game, Justin Morneau hit a sacrifice fly to score the game's first run. Trevor Plouffe hit a solo home run to right field in the top of the second to put Minnesota up 2-0.
After allowing just one run over the next four innings, Masterson gave up two more runs in the seventh, helping the Twins re-take the lead. He finished the night having pitched six and two-thirds innings, allowing five earned runs on eight hits while striking out five.
After Cody Allen allowed a two-run homer to close the book on Masterson, the Indians bullpen kept the Twins lineup quiet for the rest of the game. Allen, Rich Hill, and Chris Perez combined to pitch three and one-third innings, allowing a total of one run on three hits while striking out five. Perez (1-0, 1.00) pitched the tenth inning to pick up his first win of the season.
Despite the absence of both Michael Bourn and Nick Swisher, the Indians came back twice against Twins pitchers for the win and are now 2-0 in extra-frames this season.
Down 2-0 in the bottom of the third, catcher Yan Gomes and Stubbs both singled to open the inning. After a fly out, second baseman Jason Kipnis hit a two-RBI, game-tying triple to deep center field.
The Indians took the lead in the fifth when Mark Reynolds hit a two-out, two-run bomb to the bleachers in left field. The homer, Reynolds' league-leading ninth of the season, put Cleveland up 4-2.
The Tribe tacked on another run in the sixth on a bunt single by Kipnis, scoring Gomes from third. After losing the lead in the top of the seventh, Kipnis came through again with a ground out to second, allowing third baseman Mike Aviles to score the tying run. The run was the fourth created by Kipnis on the evening and forced extra innings.
After a scoreless top of the 10th, Aviles opened the bottom half of the inning with a single and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Ezequiel Carrera. Stubbs followed with a double deep to center to win the game. The double was his fourth hit of the game and his batting average now rests at .284.
Cleveland will play the second game of a three-game series against the Minnesota Twins Saturday at 1:05 p.m. Southpaw Scott Kazmir (0-1, 8.64) will pitch for the Tribe against Kevin Correia (3-1, 2.23).
Notes: The walkoff win was Cleveland's second of the season. … Ryan Raburn went 0-for-5 with a strikeout to end his five game hitting streak. During the streak, he had 13 hits, 9 RBIs, and raised his average 154 points.
Nathan Kemp graduated from The University of Akron in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in English. He plans to pursue a graduate degree through NEOMFA in the fall. Follow him on Twitter @NathanCKemp.