Indians-Twins: Minnesota Dominates Series Finale

Ryan MaceContributor IJune 5, 2009

CHICAGO - JULY 06:  Jason Kubel #16 of the Minnesota Twins swings at a pitch during the MLB game against the Chicago White Sox on July 6, 2007 at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Twins defeated the White Sox 20-14. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The Minnesota Twins dominated, from the first pitch.

Cleveland's Fausto Carmona (2-6) came out of the gate looking very much like his new self, shaky and having trouble finding the zone.

The first inning put the game away early. The Twins scored four runs in the first, but it was the way they scored them that was so frustrating for the Indians. Carmona walked the first two hitters, bringing up Justin Morneau, who promptly drove in a run on an RBI single to left.

Then, Jason Kubel delivered the first blow, a three-run homer to dead center, making it 4-0, Minnesota.

After a quick top half of the second inning by Cleveland, the Twins were right back at it. With Morneau and Joe Mauer reaching base again, Kubel drove another three-run shot out of the yard, this one over the baggie in right, making it 7-0. Kubel would finish the game with six RBI.

Needless to say, that was all for Carmona. Two innings, five hits, seven runs allowed.

Tomo Ohka took over for Carmona, giving Manager Eric Wedge some much-needed length out of the bullpen. He threw five innings, giving up three earned runs. Jensen Lewis pitched the eighth.

In the other dugout, Scott Baker (3-6) had a great game, throwing seven innings, giving up six hits and only two earned runs. He had more run support than he needed, but nonetheless, it was a great start by Baker.

The Indians were able to put a few runs together in the sixth, when Jamey Carrol had an RBI single, scoring Luis Valbuena. Carrol was then able to score on a throwing error later in the inning.

In the seventh, Chris Gimenez, making his first career big-league start, homered to left center. That would be the Tribe's final run.

The Twins added another tally in the eighth on a sacrifice fly hit by Joe Crede. Crede making it 11-3, which would ultimately be the final score.

The Twins were able to gain ground in the AL Central standings, now 2.5 games back of first place Detroit, who was swept by Boston. The Indians remain seven games back.

The Indians enter a crucial weekend series with Chicago on Friday. The probables for Friday night's game are Carl Pavano (5-4, 5.29 ERA) throwing for Cleveland against Chicago's John Danks (4-3, 4.80 ERA).