Twins fall short of sweep
CLEVELAND — Aaron Laffey pitched into the seventh inning and rookie Tony Sipp came up with two big strikeouts, helping the Cleveland Indians beat the Minnesota Twins 4-2 on Sunday and avoid a three-game sweep.
Laffey (2-0) allowed two runs and five hits in 6 1-3 innings. Laffey, who began the year at Triple-A Columbus, has been the Indians’ most consistent starter. He has a 2.41 ERA in three starts since being recalled on April 15.
The Indians were held to one run in each of the first two games of the series, but Ryan Garko’s two-run single off Glen Perkins (1-2) in the third gave them a 4-0 lead.
It was the shortest outing of the year for Perkins, who allowed four runs in five innings. Perkins had lasted eight innings in each of his first three starts, never allowing more than two runs.
Laffey left after Minnesota loaded the bases with one out in the seventh. Jensen Lewis surrendered pinch-hitter Denard Span’s two-run single and walked Brendan Harris before manager Eric Wedge brought in Sipp to face lefty sluggers Justin Morneau and Jason Kubel.
Morneau entered the day hitting .364 over his last 10 games at Progressive Field, and Kubel homered twice Saturday night. But Sipp, making just his second career appearance, struck out both to preserve Cleveland’s 4-2 lead.