Cleveland, OH — On short notice, Minnesota starter Pedro Hernandez allowed just two runs over five innings as the Twins beat the Cleveland Indians, 5-3, to avoid a three-game sweep on Sunday.
Hernandez (3-1, 5.54) was recalled from Triple-A Rochester to fill in for scheduled starter Mike Pelfrey who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained back.
The start was the eighth for Hernandez this season and his first since he took the loss against the Boston Red Sox on May 19. The lefty worked around six walks to pick up the win despite throwing 45 of his 85 pitches for balls.
Three Minnesota relievers allowed one run over the final four frames. Glen Perkins worked around two base hits in the ninth for his 19th save.
The Twins got on the board in the top of the first against Indians starter Carlos Carrasco. With runners on first and third following a double, wild pitch, and walk, Josh Willingham singled through the hole into left, scoring the runner from third. Followi...