Indians spoil Berrios debut with 6-5 win over Twins

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Posted: Apr 28, 2016 12:26 AM
Indians spoil Berrios debut with 6-5 win over Twins

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Francisco Lindor drove in three runs and the Cleveland Indians spoiled the big league debut of Jose Berrios with a 6-5 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday night.

Carlos Santana had three hits and the Indians avoided losing to the Twins on a walk-off hit for the third consecutive night. Cody Allen picked up his seventh save in seven tries after giving up a game-winning hit to Miguel Sano in the ninth inning on Tuesday night.

Berrios (0-1), the top pitching prospect in the Twins farm system, gave up five runs and six hits with five strikeouts in four innings. Byung Ho Park hit his fifth homer of the season and Danny Santana had three hits and an RBI for Minnesota.

Zach McAllister was the victim of one of Minnesota's walk-off wins when he gave up a towering home run to Oswaldo Arcia in the ninth inning on Monday. But he came through in a huge spot for the Indians on Wednesday night, striking out Park with the bases loaded to end the seventh inning.

Allen also rebounded, striking out Eddie Rosario and Brian Dozier and getting Joe Mauer to fly out to strand the tying run at second base.

Michael Brantley got his first hit of the season for the Indians after missing the first 17 games while recovering from shoulder surgery. Josh Tomlin (3-0) gave up five runs — four earned — and six hits in 5 1-3 innings for Cleveland.

The start of the game was delayed 35 minutes by rain, and Berrios took the mound with the wind swirling and a chilly 44 degrees.

The 21-year-old Puerto Rican blew away Jason Kipnis with a 95 mph fastball in the first inning and hit 97 on the radar gun early in his outing. He also mixed in a superb breaking ball, but the Indians weren't intimidated.

Carlos Santana reached base all three times he faced the youngster, Lindor had a two-run double in the third inning and Kipnis chased him from the game with an RBI-double in Cleveland's four-run fifth inning.

PRINCE TRIBUTE

Both teams paid tribute to Minneapolis music icon Prince, who died last week, with several gestures in the series opener on Monday, including wearing purple wristbands in the game.

Court Berry-Tripp and Dustin Morse, media relations representatives for the Indians and Twins, got every player who played in the game to sign the lineup card in purple. The teams are sending the lineup card, wristbands worn by Mauer and Brantley and signed pictures of the two players wearing the bands in the game, to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Indians: OF Lonnie Chisenhall was given the day off because of a stiff neck, but manager Terry Francona didn't believe it was anything serious.

Twins: 3B Trevor Plouffe (intercostal strain) will spend two days in Class-A Fort Myers on Saturday and Sunday to get some at-bats before joining the Twins in Houston. He is eligible to come off the DL on Tuesday.

UP NEXT

Indians: Off on Thursday. RHP Corey Kluber (1-3, 4.67) will open a series in Philadelphia on Friday. He is coming off of a 10-strikeout game in his last outing.

Twins: Off on Thursday. RHP Phil Hughes (1-3, 3.91) will take the mound to open a three-game series against Detroit on Friday.