Cleveland, OH, United States (4E Sports) – Chris Colabello knocked in four runs to carry the Minnesota Twins to a 10-7 victory over the Cleveland Indians Sunday at Progressive Field.
Colabello, who entered the day tied for the AL lead in RBIs with seven, added four more to give him 11 on the year, including a go-ahead three-run double in the sixth inning as the Twins improved to 3-3.
Right-hander Anthony Swarzak (1-0) earned the victory after giving up two runs on five hits with a strikeout in 1 1/3 frames.
Swarzak replaced starter Ricky Nolasco in the fifth, as the latter gave up five runs on seven hits and four walks to see his ERA rise to 9.00 on the season.
Indians starter Justin Masterson lasted just 3 2/3 frames, allowing six runs – five earned – on seven this with three walks and four strikeouts as the Indians slipped to 3-3.
It was the latest in a string of disappointing performances from Cleveland’s rotation. Over the past five games, the Tribe’s rotation has allowed 19 runs (17 earned) on 35 hits in 22 1/3 innings, which equates to a 7.66 ERA.
During that span, a bulk of the damage has come in the first three innings (10.20 ERA), putting Cleveland’s offense in early holes.
The Twins grabbed a 2-0 lead with Kurt Suzuki driving home a run with an RBI single to right before Aaron Hicks grounded into a run-scoring double play.
After catcher Yan Gomez hammered a two-run shot for the Indians, the Twins added three more runs in the third for a 5-2 advantage.
Colabello helped the Twins to a four-run cushion with an RBI single in the fourth that knocked Masterson out of the game.
However, Nolasco gave up three more runs in the fourth, after the Twins failed to turn what could’ve been an inning-ending double play on Mike Aviles.
Swarzak gave up a run in the fifth to tie the game at 6 but Colabello gave the Twins the lead for good with a three-run double to deep left field off reliever Blake Wood (0-1) with the bases loaded and one out in the sixth.
Hicks added an insurance run for the Twins when he plated Plouffe with a sacrifice fly in the ninth. Terry Francona challenged the call, but Plouffe was confirmed safe on instant replay.