The Indians wrapped up their three-game series at Target Field with a 3-1 loss to the host Minnesota Twins, managing just one run against spot starter Anthony Swarzak.
The right-hander got the start for the Twins in place of originally-scheduled right-hander Kyle Gibson, who was scratched from his start late Tuesday night while suffering from lower back soreness.
The Indians opened the afternoon’s scoring in the third inning. David Murphy led off with a single, was sacrificed to second by Roberto Perez and scored with two outs on newcomer Jose Ramirez’s double.
In addition to his bunting prowess, the rookie Perez also threw out a pair of runners at second base. When Perez teaming up with second baseman Jason Kipnis to nab the first runner of the game in Sam Fuld in the first inning didn't seem to serve enough warning about trying to run on him, his throw to catch Twins speedster Danny Sanatna with one out in the seventh did the trick.
While Perez made his major league debut on the Tribe's last homestand, Ramirez just joined the team before Wednesday’s game - filling in temporarily for ailing shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera.
But the Twins answered in the bottom of the inning with the first of three unanswered runs, the first knotting the score 1-1 on Fuld's RBI single. Santana sent a ball deep into the right field corner for a triple prior, scoring easily from third.
The host took the lead in the fifth on another hit by Santana, followed this time by a Brian Dozier RBI double. The Twins pushed their advantage to 3-1 on Oswaldo Arcia’s sixth home run of the season in the sixth inning.
The 397-foot home run was served up by Tribe starter Trevor Bauer, whose day was done after finishing off the inning one pitch away from 100 on the afternoon. Bauer took the loss, having giving up all three runs on six hits with two walks and seven strikeouts before the Indians bullpen took over the rest of the way.
The Tribe’s offense mounted a late rally in the eighth inning against reliever Casey Fein when Dickerson worked his second walk of the game and Ramirez reached on a single. Both runners advanced an extra base on a throwing error by Twins second baseman Dozier, who fielded Ramirez’s grounder on the run and tried to nab the speedy Ramirez at first with a scoop throw that sailed high and out of play.
But left-hander Brian Duensing came out to match up against left-handed hitting Michael Brantley and got the Tribe’s All-Star outfielder to pop out to third to end the threat.
In the Indians last inning to try and close the two-run gap, the middle of the lineup was due up against Twins closer Glen Perkins. Santana opened the ninth with a sharp single to left for a base hit, but Perkins got pinch-hitter Mike Aviles to pop out and struck out Nick Swisher and pinch-hitter Yan Gomes to record his 24th save and clinch the series win.