Cleveland, OH, United States (4E Sports) – Samuel Deduno pitched six innings of one-run ball while three teammates hit run-scoring doubles to carry the Minnesota Twins to a 5-1 win over the Cleveland Indians in the opener of three-game series Friday at Progressive Field.
Deduno gave up three hits with four walks and six strikeouts to improve to 8-7 as the Twins notched their second straight win for a 57-70 record.
Deduno’s strong stint erased the memory of his three previous starts where he went 0-3 with a 7.02 ERA in 16 23 frames. During that span, he was tagged for 25 hits and 13 earned runs with opponents hitting .352 off him.
Pedro Florimon and Chris Hermann smacked RBI doubles in the second while Josh Willingham provided the insurance runs with two-run double in the seventh for the Twins.
Veteran Ubaldo Jimenez absorbed the loss after giving up two runs on five hits with three walks and a season-high 10 strikeouts while Carlos Santana had an RBI single as the loss snapped the Indians’ three-game winning streak, dropping them to 69-59.
The Indians got on the board early when leadoff hitter Michael Bourn scored on a single by Santana in the first.
However, the Twins grabbed a 2-1 lead when Florimon and Hermann recorded an RBI double each in the second inning.
The Twins added another pair in the seventh inning when Willingham laced a double to the wall in right-center, plating both runners and pushing Minnesota’s lead to three runs.
Minnesota grabbed another run in the eighth, which began with a double by Trevor Plouffe and a single by Clete Thomas. Wilkin Ramirez then hit a grounder that brought Plouffe in from third.