Sep 20, 2012 at 7:12 am
CLEVELAND (AP) - Josh Willingham had four hits and four RBIs, Liam Hendriks finally got his first career win and the Minnesota Twins beat Cleveland 6-4 Wednesday night, dropping the Indians into last place in the AL Central.
Willingham belted a tiebreaking two-run homer off Zach McAllister (5-8) in the fifth inning, giving Minnesota a 4-2 lead. He also had three singles.
Hendriks (1-7) pitched six effective innings to get the win in his 18th career start. Glen Perkins worked the ninth for his 14th save.
Minnesota's Joe Mauer went 1 for 4 with a walk and had an RBI single taken away when the umpires reversed a call.
Cleveland shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera homered, but left in the seventh with a sore right wrist.
Minnesota's Joe Mauer had a hit taken away by the umpires.
Mauer hit a sinking liner to left field with Jamey Carroll on second base in the eighth inning against Cleveland on Wednesday night. Left fielder Vinny Rottino came in to make a diving catch, but third-base umpire Mike Muchlinski gave a safe sign as Carroll came around to score.
Indians manager Manny Acta came out and argued with Muchlinski, a fill-in ump from the minor leagues. All the umpires huddled for a moment and Muchlinski reversed his call, ending the inning.
Crew chief Joe West then met Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire at the pitcher's mound for a discussion. After a moment, Gardenhire returned to the dugout and the Twins had their lead go back to 6-2.