The Minnesota Twins held on to beat the Cleveland Indians, 6-5, in 12 innings on Tuesday night to open a three-games series at Progressive Field.
Alexi Casilla and Pedro Florimon Jr. came off the bench for Minnesota and both singled home a run in the top of the 12th inning to break a 4-4 tie. Cleveland catcher Carlos Santana hit a solo homer in the bottom of the 12th but Minnesota reliever Glen Perkins struck out Michael Brantley to end the game.
The Twins wriggled out of trouble in the bottom of the 10th inning when the Indians had a great chance to win the game. Tribe second baseman Jason Kipnis lead off with a hit and made his way to third base with no outs. Cleveland eventually loaded the bases but three consecutive pop-fly outs failed to plate the game-winner.
Reliever Tyler Robertson (2-2) came on to lure the final out in the 10th inning and then went on to earn the win for the Twins. The loss dropped Cleveland into a tie with the Twins for last place in the AL Central standings as the two teams resume their series on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. ET.