Infield defense let the Cleveland Indians down on Saturday in another 3-2 loss to the Minnesota Twins.
Tribe starter Corey Kluber threw five shutout innings but had to leave the game due to tightness in his hip. Before he was replaced, Jason Kipnis staked him to a 2-0 lead by crushing an opposite-field home run off Kevin Correia.
Rich Hill (1-2) replaced Kluber on the mound. He walked Joe Mauer and gave up a single to Justin Morneau, which sent Mauer to third.
Ryan Doumit hit a grounder to third, but Lonnie Chisenhall threw the ball past catcher Carlos Santana, allowing Mauer to score.
Bryan Shaw entered the game to relieve Hill and he fared no better. He gave up a game-tying single to Chris Colabello before being victimized by another defensive mistake.
Kipnis mishandled a grounder to second base that could have been an inning-ending double-play. Instead, the Tribe only got one out on the play and Minnesota scored the eventual winning run.
Today, Justin Masterson (10-7) will try to do the “ace” thing and get the Tribe back on track. The action will start at 2:10 Eastern time at Target Field.
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