Twins rally for 7-5 winPublished 9:03am Wednesday, August 8, 2012
CLEVELAND — The Minnesota Twins couldn’t solve Cleveland Indians starter Corey Kluber. They had no trouble knocking around All-Star closer Chris Perez.
Tsuyoshi Nishioka’s go-ahead sacrifice fly was part of a three-run ninth inning against Perez, lifting the Twins to a 7-5 victory over Cleveland on Tuesday night. It was the Indians’ 11th straight loss, one shy of their franchise record set from May 7-21, 1931.
Minnesota, which trailed 5-1 heading into the seventh against Kluber, scored six runs over the final three innings to give rookie reliever Tyler Robertson (1-0) his first major league win. Glen Perkins worked a perfect ninth for his seventh save.
Cleveland aided the rally by committing three infield errors, which accounted for five of the Twins’ final six runs being unearned.
“We got some breaks tonight and had a couple of things go our way, but we kept battling,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. “To put together a ninth inning like that against a guy who throws pretty damn hard like Perez, it was a good day for the ballclub.”