A resilient offense and good starting pitching can take a team a long way. For the last week or so the Indians seemed to forget those two baseball basics. Tuesday night they remembered. Zach McAllister pitched six innings and the offense scored in a variety ways to beat the Twins 5-2 at Target Field. "This was a good team win" said Ryan Raburn who contributed with a two-run homer in the sixth. It was just the second win in the last nine games for the Indians. They are a pedestrian 13-12 since the All-Star break but the victory moved them back into second place in the AL Central following Kansas City's 1-0 loss to Miami. It was a night of firsts for McAllister. It was his first win since May 23 against Boston first win since coming off the disabled list on July 23 and his first win against the Twins. McAllister went 0-3 with a 8.00 ERA (eight earned runs in nine innings) against Minnesota last year. "It definitely feels good to pitch well against the Twins" said McAllister. "Josh Willingham especially had my number. He had it again in the second inning so it was nice to get him out in the next two at-bats. It definitely a confidence booster." Willingham gave the Twins a 1-0 lead with a leadoff homer in the second. The homer gave him five career hits including three homers in as many at-bats against McAllister. The streak ended when McAllister retired him on a grounder in the fourth and struck him out with a runner on third in the sixth. "Zach got to two strikes on 18 of the 23 hitters he faced" said manager Terry Francona. "So he was pitching ahead in the count. As he got into the game he started getting more comfortable with his off-speed pitches. His cutter was effective and he flipped enough breaking balls in there to make them respect that." Offensively the Indians worked hard in the early going to take a 3-1 lead. Then they coasted as Raburn homered off Sam Deduno (7-6 3.54) for a 5-1 lead in the sixth. The Indians are not a team that can coast as has been proven time and time again in this streaky season.
McAllister, Raburn deliver for Indians in 5-2 win over Twins
Cleveland Plain Dealer | Aug 14