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Six-Run Second Highlights Indians' Throttling Of Twins

The march to 100 losses continues for the Minnesota Twins, as they were blasted by the Cleveland Indians on Saturday afternoon at Target Field by a score of 10-4.

The Indians came up with a pair of runs in the first inning on a two-run single by Travis Hafner to take a 2-0 lead, and things just got worse from there for Twins' starter Anthony Swarzak. The Indians sent ten men to the plate in the top of the second inning, scoring six times. Carlos Santana deposited a ball into the right field seats for a two-run homer to push the Cleveland lead to 7-0, and that was all for Swarzak, who was pulled after 1.2 innings of work after allowing seven runs.

There was one highlight to be had for the Twins, however, as rookie first baseman Chris Parmelee hit his first major league home run, a two-run shot to right field in the top of the eighth to close the gap to 8-4. However, the Indians would put up two more runs in the top of the ninth for the final margin of victory. The Twins used eight pitchers in this game, including relief appearances from Francisco Liriano (who allowed two hits and struck out three in two scoreless innings) and Brian Duensing.

The loss is the sixth in a row for Minnesota, and their 91st on the year. They will conclude the three-game set with the Indians on Sunday afternoon at Target Field, with first pitch scheduled for 1:10 PM Central time. The pitchers for that one will be Justin Masterson (11-10, 3.20 ERA) going for Cleveland and Scott Diamond (1-4, 3.94 ERA) taking the hill for Minnesota.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.