The Minnesota Twins needed a little help but continued their strong play of late by rallying to beat the Cleveland Indians, 7-5 at Progressive Field.
The Twins won their fifth game in six tries with three runs in the top of the ninth to complete a comeback from an early 5-1 deficit. With one out in the ninth against Cleveland closer Chris Perez, Justin Morneau took advantage of an error by Indians first-baseman Casey Kotchman which allowed Darin Mastroianni to score. The Indians would then score two more unearned runs to give Perez his second straight blown save opportunity.
The Twins started their rally in the seventh inning when a fielding error by Cleveland second baseman Jason Kipnis allowed two more unearned runs as Minnesota worked their way back into the game with three runs. Cleveland would surrender five unearned runs as they lost their eleventh consecutive game.
Reliever Tyler Robertson (1-0) picked up the win for the Twins after starter Samuel Deduno was knocked out in the fourth inning after giving up four runs along with five hits and five walks.The outing was a step back for Deduno after winning his last three starts.
The two teams complete their three-game series on Wednesday afternoon at 12:05 p.m. ET.
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