Caleb Thielbar held up his end of the bargain, but Thielbar couldn't lead the Minnesota Twins past the Cleveland Indians as the Twins lost 9-4 at Progressive Field on Thursday.
The Indians had no answer for Thielbar, who kept runners off the basepaths in his appearance. Thielbar held the Indians hitless over one inning, allowed no earned runs, walked one and struck out one.
Justin Masterson recorded the win for the Indians. He allowed four runs over 6 1/3 innings. He struck out seven, walked four and surrendered four hits.
Mike Aviles, Asdrubal Cabrera, Michael Brantley and David Murphy helped lead the Indians. They combined for 13 hits and seven RBIs.
Kevin Correia ended up on the wrong side of the pitching decision, charged with the loss. He lasted just 4 1/3 innings, walked four, struck out five, and allowed four runs.
The Indians stayed on top until the final out after taking the lead in the first, scoring one run on an RBI double by Murphy.
The Indians posted one run in each of the second, sixth and eighth. In the second, the Indians scored on a solo home run by Cabrera.
After pushing across two runs in the top of the sixth, the Twins faced just a 4-2 deficit. A two-run single by Chris Colabello sparked the Twins' rally. Kurt Suzuki flew out to end the Twins threat.
After pushing across two runs in the top of the seventh, the Twins faced just a 5-4 deficit. An RBI double by Danny Santana and a groundout by Eduardo Escobar fueled the Twins' comeback. Finally, Scott Atchison induced an inning-ending out from Trevor Plouffe.
After a quick strike from the Twins, the Indians responded with three runs in the seventh. The Indians scored on an RBI double by Cabrera, an RBI single by Ryan Raburn, and a sacrifice fly by Michael Bourn.