MINNEAPOLIS—Tribe starter Zach McAllister did something Tuesday he hasn’t done in 82 days.
Win a ballgame.
Behind the arm of the tall right-hander, Cleveland defeated the last place Twins, 5-2 to win for just the third time in their last 12 games at Target Field.
McAllister (5-7, 3.74 ERA) was brilliant in his six quality innings of work, giving up just one earned run on four hits and striking out seven. He also picks up his first career victory against Minnesota throwing 76 of his 105 pitches for strikes.
With the much needed win, Cleveland (64-56) not only slides up to 3 1/2 games back of the Tampa Bay Rays for the second wild card spot, but also moves just six back of the Detroit Tigers in the A.L. Central.
For the second night, the Twins used the long ball to get on the board first. Left fielder Josh Willingham jumped on a four-seam fastball from McAllister for his 12th homer of the season to put Minnesota up 1-0 early.
Offensively, the Indians scored their first run of the seri...