CLEVELAND(AP) On a day the
learned a player who is a big part of their present won't play again this season, one who's a big part of their future helped
them to victory.
had two hits and his first career RBI, helping the Indians to a 5-2 win over the
on Friday night.
The Indians announced earlier in the day that center fielder and leadoff hitter
will have surgery on his left elbow next week and will miss the rest of the season. Brantley, called up from Triple-A Columbus
on Sept. 1, stepped into both roles nicely. The left-handed hitter singled and scored a run in the third and drove in a run
with a sixth-inning single.
''This is a great opportunity for me to show what I can do,'' said Brantley, acquired last season in the trade that sent ace
pitcher CC Sabathia to Milwaukee. ''That's the whole goal.''
(6-9) pitched six strong innings and the Indians took advantage of sloppy play by the Twins, who committed a season-high four
errors. The loss dropped Minnesota six games behind first-place Detroit in the AL Central.
''Not a particularly good night,'' Twins manager
said. ''When you make four errors, you probably end up deserving to lose. That's what we got tonight. We gave them too many
opportunities and too many outs.''
Brantley is batting .400 (6 for 15) in four games. He had his first major-league hit Tuesday against the Tigers.
''I couldn't be happier,'' Brantley said. ''This is a dream come true. I can't stop smiling from ear to ear.''
Brantley's father, Mickey, a former major league outfielder, was in the stands Friday night.
''I love playing in front of him,'' Brantley said. ''As a kid, you always dream about doing what your father did.''
Brantley batted .267 at Columbus and led the International League with 46 stolen bases. The Indians have high hopes for the
22-year-old, who could be in the starting outfield when next season begins.
''It's early,'' Cleveland manager
said. ''I'm sure there will be an adjustment period for him, but he's doing a good job for us.''
Sowers (6-9) allowed two runs, six hits and didn't walk a batter. The left-hander, who retired the first 10 hitters, is 4-2
with a 3.62 ERA in his last eight starts.
''My fastball command has been better,'' Sowers said. ''I was throwing strikes early and getting ahead in the count.''
thought the offense should have been more productive.
''We should score more runs,'' he said. ''Nothing against Sowers because he pitched pretty good today, but his ERA (4.78),
he's given up a lot of runs. So we should have scored more runs today.''
pitched the ninth for his 18th save in 23 chances.
(11-11), traded by the Indians to the Twins last month, allowed four runs in six innings, including a three-run third. The
right-hander is 2-3 in six starts with Minnesota.
''I know they play with a lot of energy and they put up good at-bats,'' Pavano said of his former teammates. ''I knew I had
to make good pitches and for the most part, I did that. You're going to face a lot of guys that you played with. You have
to be a professional and go out there and do your job.''
A throwing error by shortstop
helped Cleveland's rally in the third. Singles by Brantley and
, who had three hits, started the inning. First baseman
's grounder and threw to second for a force play.
's throw to first sailed past Pavano and into the Twins' dugout, allowing Brantley to score.
followed with an RBI double and scored on
's single. Peralta added an RBI single in the seventh.
committed errors in the fifth and sixth, while Morneau was charged with one in the seventh. The errors in the sixth and seventh
led to two unearned runs.
''I don't think anything was particularly routine,'' Harris said. ''It was the type of plays you really hope the next ball
comes right at you so you can make up for it a little bit. It's frustrating because they were funky and balls you don't really
prepare for but at the same time plays I expect to make.''
Pavano was acquired on Aug. 7 for minor league pitcher Yohan Pino.
NOTES: The Twins recalled INF
from Triple-A Rochester on Friday. ...
, on the disabled list since Aug. 18 with left arm fatigue, is expected to throw a bullpen session on Sunday, followed by
a simulated game on Tuesday. If all goes well, Liriano could return to the Twins in a relief role at some point this season.
... Sizemore will also have lower abdominal surgery a week after the elbow operation. He has been bothered by groin problems
since spring training. ... The Indians activated OF
(strained oblique) from the disabled list and purchased the contract of LHP
from Triple-A Columbus.