Final: Indians 7, Twins 2
The Indians' bats started slow but eventually came around, and the Tribe took down the Minnesota 7-2 in the home opener Friday.
Twins starter Mike Pelfrey was perfect through four innings as the Indians fell behind 2-0.
In the sixth inning, with only one hit through five innings, the Indians came to life. Catcher Yan Gomes drove a home run to center field and a couple batters later, first baseman Nick Swisher followed with a two-run home run to right field to give the Indians a 3-2 lead.
The Tribe piled on in the seventh inning. After Gomes singled and third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall doubled, Nyjer Morgan singled home a run, Swisher added an RBI double and left fielder Michael Brantley singled with the bases loaded to add two more runs and make it 7-2.
Indians starter Danny Salazar threw 5.2 innings, allowing two earned runs on seven hits and four strikeouts.
Update: Indians 7, Twins 2, through seven innings
The Indians tacked on four runs in the seventh inning and are now cruising.
Gomes and Chisenhall started things off with a single and a double to right field, respectively. Morgan then got his first hit of the season to plate one and make it 4-2. Swisher then doubled to center field to add another run. After Santana was walked to load the bases, Brantley singled to center field to bring home Morgan and Swisher and make it 7-2.
Cody Allen has relieved Josh Outman, who threw 2/3 of an inning following Salazar's 5 2/3.
Update: Indians 3, Twins 2, bottom of the sixth inning
The Indians found their bats.
Yan Gomes starts off the sixth inning with a solo home run to center field to make it 2-1. After Lonnie Chisenhall walked, Nyjer Morgan bunted him over to second base.
Nick Swisher then gave the Indians a 3-2 lead with a bomb to left field, his first of the season.
Update: Twins 2, Indians 0, through five innings
After Twins starter Mike Pelfrey's four perfect innings, the Indians finally put together a scoring chance but couldn't convert.
Carlos Santana doubled down the right-field line with no outs to start the inning. Michael Brantley then hit a come-backer to Pelfrey, who caught Santana between second and third. He was tagged out as Brantley advanced to second base. Asdrubal Cabrera then popped out to center field and David Murphy struck out to end the inning.
Left-hander Josh Outman is currently warming up for the Tribe.
Twins 2, Indians 0, through two innings
After a two-hour, 13-minute rain delay, the Twins jumped on Indians starting pitcher Danny Salazar in the top of the first inning.
Nyjer Morgan misplayed a line drive hit by Brian Dozier, allowing Dozier to advance to second base. After he advanced to third base on a sacrifice fly, a second sac fly, this one off of the bat of Josh Willingham, scored the first run of the game.
Next up was Chris Colabello, who drove a 2-2 pitch over the wall in right-center field for a solo home run and a 2-0 Twins lead.
The Indians then went in order in the bottom half of the first inning, going strikeout-groundout-strikeout.