Nathan earns 40th save as Twins edge Indians
But Nathan bounced back from allowing a ninth-inning home run and the
Minnesota improved to 2-0 since losing first baseman
“Morneau is a luxury, he’s as good as they get, but we can’t just lay down,” Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire said. “We know that we have to do other things. When you lose a power guy like that you have to figure out other ways to get it done, that’s all.”
Nathan reached 40 saves for the third time in his career and for the first time since recording 43 in 2005.
“It’s been a while, but it feels good,” Nathan said. “But we still know we’ve got some work to do. We still know if we’re 4 1/2 back we’re going to have to do something special. We’ve got to win probably more than four games against (the
The deficit had been 5 1/2 games for six straight days, but the
Carmona, coming off a season-low outing in which he allowed five runs while only getting two outs against Texas on Sept. 9, had some tough luck to start the decisive sixth inning.
“That shouldn’t have been a double,” Cleveland manager Eric Wedge said. “At the very least, he has to catch that ball. Ideally he catches it and makes a throw and it’s going to probably be a close play.”
Buscher followed with a single to score Young, and Buscher scored two batters later on Punto’s second RBI single that chased Carmona.
The right-hander fell to 1-5 since he was recalled from Triple-A Columbus on July 31. He allowed five runs, nine hits and three walks in 5 1-3 innings.
“I’m never going to feel frustrated,” Carmona said through an interpreter. “I know I’m a winner. Things are not working out good right now, but I’m never going to put my head down. I’m always going to look forward to my next start. Whatever happens, I’m going to continue to go forward.”
Punto drove in Buscher in the fourth to cut what had been a 3-1 deficit to one run, and
Cleveland had a three-run fourth inning off
“We need everyone,” Rauch said. “That’s the kind of guys and kind of character that’s on this team, guys are going to step up and do what they need to do. Buscher, Punto, all these guys who have been scrappy players and are getting opportunities and doing their best and doing their job.”
Along with Morneau, third-baseman