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Indians lose another heartbreaker

By La Velle E. Neal III • Updated Apr 26, 2016 at 11:35 PM

MINNEAPOLIS —  Ricky Nolasco pitched into the eighth inning but didn't get the victory Tuesday when Mike Napoli hammered a solo home run with two outs in the ninth off Twins closer Kevin Jepsen to tie the score at 5-5 and silence a small crowd at Target Field.

No matter.

The crowd revived shortly thereafter when Brian Dozier hit a one-out double to right-center and came around to score on Miguel Sano's single to center for a 6-5 victory, the Twins' second walk-off hit in as many nights against the Indians, after Oswaldo Arcia's game- winning homer Monday.

The Twins took the lead in the sixth when Eddie Rosario smacked a two-out home run off Cleveland starter Cody Anderson.

It came on Anderson's 98th and final pitch of the night. Casey Fien got the final two outs in the eighth and Jepsen was on to close in the ninth when the game went sideways.

The Twins fell behind early when Jason Kipnis, the second batter of the game, gave the Indians a 1-0 lead with a home run into the right field seats.

For Kipnis, one of the league's better offensive players, it was only his second home run of the season.

On this day, the Twins' offense was in an efficient mood. Danny Santana led off the bottom of the first with a double to center, then scored when Dozier blooped a single to right.

That's right. Dozier took a pitch on the outside part of the plate and managed to hit it to the opposite field.

Dozier was the most pull-happy hitter in all of baseball last season, sending 60.2 percent of batted balls into left field.

Opponents are swinging their infield defenses around accordingly, and hitting a few to right field could force teams to readjust.

Dozier's RBI single Tuesday was only his second hit to right field this season, and he went that way again to put himself in scoring position in the ninth.

Twins designated hitter Byung Ho Park was locked in all night. He doubled to center in the second inning and scored on Kurt Suzuki's single to put the Twins ahead 2-1. He doubled to left in the fourth and scored on another single by Suzuki to give the Twins a 3-2 lead.

The Twins had a chance to pile on in the fifth but settled for one run and a 4-2 lead.

Danny Santana bunted for a hit but found himself in a pickle when Dozier blooped a ball to right.

Santana took off for second when Dozier sent a fly ball to right but stopped and began to retreat in case Lonnie Chisenhall ran in and made a diving catch.

Chisenhall just missed, and Santana took off for third. But he thought he had the base made and decelerated as he neared the bag and was tagged out.

Replays showed that Santana touched the bag before Juan Uribe tagged him, but the Twins lost a challenge in the first inning and could not ask for another. Dozier went to second on the play, then scored on Joe Mauer's double to left. Park batted with two on later in the inning and lined out to short.

Nolasco was in control until then, but he gave up two runs in the sixth, on an RBI double by Carlos Santana and sacrifice fly by Francisco Lindor. The score was tied at 4-4.

The Twins get a chance to sweep the series today

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