Cleveland, OH -- Cleveland scored six runs in the bottom of the first inning and the Tribe bullpen bent but didn't break, as the Indians beat the Minnesota Twins, 8-7, Saturday night at Progressive Field.
"We kind of had to hang on for dear life, but we did," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "We go home happy."
The Indians maintained a patient approach against Twins starter P.J. Walters in the first inning, drawing five walks while picking up timely hits along the way.
After Michael Bourn walked and Mike Aviles was hit by a pitch, Jason Kipnis hit an opposite field double down the left field line, scoring both runners.
Kipnis fell just a home run short of the cycle, picking up a single, double, triple, and walk in his first four at-bats. He would have become the eighth Indian to hit for the cycle and the first since Travis Hafner in 2003.
After a fly out, three more Indians walked, with designated hitter Jason Giambi walking with the bases loaded. After ...