CLEVELAND (AP) ― Joe Mauer knows how to break out of a slump.
Mauer, who entered Saturday night’s game in an 0 for 10 skid, had three hits and three RBIs, including a two-run homer, to lead the Minnesota Twins to a 7-4 win over the Cleveland Indians. “I was making good contact,” Mauer said. “I felt pretty good.”
Mauer had an RBI single in Minnesota’s four-run first inning. He also singled in the second and hit a two-run homer in the seventh off Tony Sipp.
Trevor Plouffe’s one-out homer in the sixth off Josh Tomlin (2-3) broke a 4-all tie. Plouffe also had a two-run single in the first.
Cleveland Indians right fielder Choo Shin-soo talks with former Indians star Carlos Baerga over the weekend. The Korean went 1 for 5 with a run scored on Saturday.(Penta-Yonhap News)
Brian Duensing (1-2) pitched two scoreless innings as the Twins won for the fourth time in five games. Matt Capps pitched the ninth for his 11th save as Minnesota’s bullpen pitched 4 2/3 innings of one-hit ball.
The Indians have lost six of eight, due primarily to poor starting pitching. Cleveland’s starters are 2-6 with a 9.52 ERA in the last eight games. Following the game the Indians announced outfielder Johnny Damon has been placed on the paternity list to be with his wife and twin daughters.
Boston 7, Toronto 4
Oakland 9, Kansas City 3
Washington 2, Atlanta 0
Miami 5, Philadelphia 4
Seattle 10, Chicago White Sox 8
NY Mets 5, St. Louis 0
LA Dodgers 6, Colorado 2
Baltimore 2, Tampa Bay 1
Milwaukee 5, Pittsburgh 1
Detroit 4, NY Yankees 3
Cincinnati 12, Houston 9
Arizona 4, San Diego 2
San Francisco 2, Chicago Cubs 1
LA Angels 3, Texas 2