Twins Daily: Twins blow six-run lead as Tribe sweeps doubleheader
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The Minnesota Twins suffered two separate implosions on Saturday in a doubleheader sweep at the hands of the Cleveland Indians.
For the second consecutive night, it was Matt Capps who gave up the game-deciding hit -- this time a two-RBI double to Shelley Duncan with one out in the bottom of the seventh in the nightcap that gave Cleveland a 7-6 lead.
Coupled with an 8-2 loss earlier in the day, the Twins were swept in a doubleheader for the fourth time this season.
The Twins jumped out to a 6-0 lead at one point in the night game, with help from three RBIs by Drew Butera. But after hurling five scoreless frames to start the game, starter Scott Diamond hit a wall in the sixth.
In the early game, the Twins fell behind 2-0, battled back to tie the game 2-2, then served up six runs in the sixth inning.
After Brian Duensing held the Indians in check for five innings in the early game, Liriano came into a 2-2 ballgame in the sixth and watched everything implode.
Liriano loaded the bases with two walks and a hit batter, and the Indians took it from there, scoring six runs in the frame.
In the nightcap, with a 6-0 lead to start the sixth, Diamond allowed four straight batters to reach with one out, including an RBI single by Duncan and an RBI double to Lonnie Chisenhall to cut the lead to 6-2. Alex Burnett came on in relief, but he allowed two RBI singles and an RBI groundout that cut that lead to 6-5.
1: Extra-base hits this season for Brian Dinkelman, who doubled in the second inning of the nightcap. Dinkelman previously had 21 hits -- all singles.
2: Scoreless innings thrown by Scott Baker in the first game.
5: Hits for Ben Revere in nine at-bats, raising his batting line to .271/.315/.310.
34: Stolen bases for Revere on the season
• OF Michael Cuddyer was back in the lineup as the designated hitter after tweaking his groin on Friday night.
• 3B Danny Valencia and OF Denard Span were back in the lineup after missing Friday's game due to both being involved in a minor car accident on Thursday. Span went 1-for-5 with a single in the first game and sat out the second game. Valencia went 3-for-7 with an RBI and two runs scored.
The Twins look to avoid a four-game sweep in their final road game of the season on Sunday (12:05 p.m., 1500 ESPN) when right-hander Liam Hendriks (0-2, 6.23) takes on right-hander Fausto Carmona (7-15, 5.23).
After pitching well in his first outing on Sept. 6, Hendriks has looked extremely hittable in his last two outings, allowing nine earned runs on 18 hits over just 10 1/3 innings. To Hendrik's credit, he does have seven strikeouts and zero walks over that stretch.
Carmona will see several fresh faces on Sunday, but throughout his career he has not fared well against the Twins. In 100 2/3 innings, Carmona owns a 5.01 ERA with 51 strikeouts, 40 walks and 31 extra-base hits allowed.
• Monday: vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m. RHP Kevin Slowey (0-7, 6.23) vs. RHP Felipe Paulino (3-10, 4.46)
• Tuesday: vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m. RHP Anthony Swarzak (3-7, 4.42) vs. TBD
• Tuesday: vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m. RHP Carl Pavano (8-13, 4.48) vs. LHP Bruce Chen (12-8, 3.98)