Cliff Lee (3-6) got some run support that he hasn't been used to so far this season. The Indians had averaged only 2.9 runs per game in Lee's previous starts, but the bats were there to back him up tonight.
Lee went a strong eight innings, spreading out seven hits, allowing only one earned run, striking out five Twins. Lee is usually good for a quality start, this one being his tenth straight, so this was not anything new for the Tribe.
The Indians were able to score first, creating a two-out rally in the third. Victor Martinez had the first RBI on a bloop single scoring Ben Francisco. Shin-Soo Choo then singled, scoring Jamey Carrol. Jhonny Peralta then cleared the bases with a three-run homer to left-center, making it a 5-0 ball game.
The Tribe added another run in the top of the fourth, on a Jamey Carrol single.
The only life shown out of the Twins was when Carlos Gomez confronted Lee after being taunted by the Indians starting pitcher. He was also able to contribute the only RBI of the game by Minnesota in the seventh on an RBI single.
The Indians added four more runs in the final two innings, making it a 10-1 final.
Rafael Perez pitched the ninth for Cleveland, walking one but retiring the side without giving up a run, striking out one Minnesota hitter.
Anthony Swarzak (1-2) picked up the loss for the Twins, throwing four innings giving up nine hits, and six earned runs.
The Indians were able to gain ground in the AL Central standings, picking up a game on first place Detroit, now seven game back.
The Twins remained three and a half games back of Detroit, tied with Chicago in second place in the division.
The rubber match of the series is scheduled to start at 1:10 ET tomorrow. Fausto Carmona (2-5) is scheduled to start for Cleveland against Minnesota's Scott Baker (2-6). Both pitchers have struggled to find their form this year, and will look to get on track in a big game tomorrow afternoon at the Metrodome.
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