Published January 13, 2015
Samuel Deduno yielded just one run in six innings and the Minnesota Twins cranked out a season-high six doubles to down the Cleveland Indians, 5-1, in the opener of a three-game set from Progressive Field.
Deduno (8-7) surrendered three hits and whiffed six before giving way to Brian Duensing, who pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings of relief.
"His fastball was good. He says he felt good towards the end there," said Twins manager Rod Gardenhire.
Chris Herrmann doubled twice while Josh Willingham drove in a pair of runs as Minnesota won for the third time in four tries after dropping it's previous four.
Ubaldo Jimenez (9-8) fanned a season-high 10 in defeat, but was tagged for two runs on five hits. Carlos Santana had two of the Indians' six hits and drove in the Tribe's lone run.
"I thought tonight was the best stuff he's had all year," said Indians manager Terry Francona about Jimenez. "Early he didn't command real well and he didn't come in. But then he started coming in and mixing up his pitches and he was really good."
Jimenez ran into trouble in the top of the first, issuing two walks around a Herrmann double to load the bases before recording an out. However he followed by striking out the side, stranding a trio of Minnesota baserunners.
Cleveland, meanwhile, put a run across in the home half of the first when Michael Bourn scored on a Santana base hit to right. Bourn singled to lead off the frame and took second on a wild pitch earlier in Santana's at-bat.
Pedro Florimon knotted the score with an RBI-double in the top of the second and put the Twins on top later in the inning when he scored on Herrmann's second two-bagger of the night. For the second straight inning, Jimenez fanned the side.
Minnesota added a pair of insurance runs in the seventh inning. Florimon started the rally with a bunt single, followed by a Brian Dozier walk. Two relief pitchers and two outs later, Willingham delivered a two-run double over Drew Stubbs' head in right-center field.
Wilkin Ramirez grounded into a double-play with no outs in the eighth, but Trevor Plouffe scored from third, giving the Twins their final run.
"It was a good ballgame," said Gardenhire. "A nice win for us."
Asdrubal Cabrera and Yan Gomes hit back-to-back singles with two gone in the ninth, but Casey Fien forced Mike Aviles to ground out to second, ending the contest.
Minnesota went 4-for-14 with runners in scoring position ... Jimenez has now given up three or fewer runs in 15 of his last 16 starts ... Each team left seven men on base.