Napoli’s 5th-Inning HR Gives Cleveland 5-4 Edge On Twins
Minneapolis, MN (Learfield) -- A 5-4 Friday loss to the Cleveland Indians means the team with the worst record in the American League is almost sure to finish the season with 100 losses.
Mike Napoli led off the fifth inning with a 456-foot homer, giving the Indians a lead they wouldn't surrender. Rookie Byron Buxton had tied the score with a two-out, two-run homer the inning before. Buxton has five home runs in the eight games he has played since he was recalled from the minors September 1st.
Joe Mauer hit his 11th homer and Brian Dozier doubled in a run, but Minnesota still lost for the 23rd time in the last 29 games. Lefty Hector Santiago (11-8, 4.91) starts for Minnesota tonight at 6:10 p-m. Coverage on 1340 KROC AM begins at 5:30 with the pre-game.