Sunday, September 21, 2014

Twins shut out

MINNEAPOLIS—The Minnesota Twins started out their series against Cleveland with plenty of promise when they pounded out five runs in the first inning.
They haven’t scored since then.

Indians rookie lefty T.J. House threw shutout ball into the sixth inning, combining with four relievers to pitch the Indians past the Twins 5-0 last night.
House (2-3) gave up four hits while striking out five and walked three, as Cleveland extended Minnesota’s scoreless streak to 17 innings. The string started in Tuesday night’s 7-5 loss.
The Twins stranded nine runners, five of them in scoring position.
Mike Aviles homered among his three hits and drove in two runs. Rookie Zach Walters homered off Twins starter Ricky Nolasco (5-9), who gave up four runs in 6 2-3 innings, falling to 0-2 since coming off the disabled list.
“I thought I was a lot better today and made a lot of good pitches. A couple pitches I’d like to have back but at the end of the day I thought I threw the ball well,” said Nolasco, who missed 32 games with a right elbow problem.
Nolasco has given up 17 home runs in 20 starts. No Twins pitcher has allowed more homers or lost more games this season than Nolasco, who signed a four-year, $48 million contract last December to anchor Minnesota’s rotation.
Aviles went 2 for 3 off the Twins’ starter and drove in the Indians’ third run with a broken-bat single. He’s now 7 for 11 with 4 RBIs in his career against Nolasco. Aviles added a ninth-inning homer off reliever Sam Deduno for good measure.
Elsewhere in the American League, the Astros blasted the Yankees 5-2; the Angels unraveled the Red Sox 8-3; the Orioles beat the White Sox 4-3; and the Tigers mauled the Rays 6-0.
Over in the National League, the Nationals beat the Diamondbacks 3-2; the Cardinals defeated the Reds 7-3; the Padres topped the Dodgers 4-1; the Pirates squeezed a win over the Braves 3-2; and the Giants clubbed the Cubs 8-3.

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