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Swarzak pitches Twins to win against Cleveland

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MINNEAPOLIS – Minnesota Twins pitcher Anthony Swarzak has made no bones about his desire to become a full-time starting pitcher one day.

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Wednesday, Swarzak looked like a guy who belongs in a rotation.

The right-hander, who has appeared in 30 games this season, made his first start of the year and looked the part of an established starter, tossing five innings of one-run ball in a 3-1 win over the Cleveland Indians at Target Field.

Making a spot start in place of an injured Kyle Gibson, Swarzak showed his value to the Twins, allowing only two hits and throwing 74 pitches in five frames, improving to 2-0 on the year.

“It feels good to be able to give your team a chance to win every day,” Swarzak said. “It’s a little different coming out of the bullpen because most of the time you’re coming into the game in a situation where you need a ground ball or you need quick outs. Today I got the opportunity to compete and just throw my stuff up there and compete my way through a lineup once or twice. I missed that. That was fun.”

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said before the game he hoped for 50 or 60 pitches from Swarzak, but left the door open for more based on the type of innings he was throwing.

Through four innings, Swarzak sat at 61 pitches, but had allowed only the two hits and a two walks.

“They asked me how I was. I said I was doing fine, and that was it,” Swarzak said. “Everybody left me alone. I figured after the fifth I was done. I threw too many pitches in the third.”

The Indians scored their only run of the game in that third inning, getting a single and a walk in front of an RBI double by shortstop Jose Ramirez. With runners on second and third, All-Star center fielder Michael Brantley hit a hard liner up the middle that would have easily scored two more, but a diving stop by Twins shortstop Eduardo Nunez ended the inning.

“That was the play of the game, hands down,” Swarzak said. “That was why we won. Great diving play.”

“That’s taking two runs right off the board,” said Indians manager Terry Francona. “We might still be playing, that was a great play.”

Twins center fielder Danny Santana and right fielder Oswaldo Arcia had multi-hit games to pace the Minnesota offense.

Santana’s one-out triple in the third inning was Minnesota’s first hit. He scored one batter later when left fielder Sam Fuld singled to center.

CLE ab r h bi MIN ab r h bi

Kipnis 2b 4 0 1 0 Fuld lf 2 0 1 1

Ramirez ss 3 0 2 1 Dozier 2b 4 0 1 1

Brantly cf 4 0 0 0 Plouffe 3b 4 0 1 0

Santana 1b 4 0 1 0 Morales dh 4 0 0 0

Chsnhll 3b 3 0 0 0 Colbllo 1b 2 0 0 0

Aviles ph 1 0 0 0 Parml 1b 1 0 0 0

Swisher dh 4 0 0 0 Arcia rf 4 1 2 1

Murphy rf 3 1 1 0 Nunez ss 3 0 0 0

Gomes ph 1 0 0 0 Fryer c 3 0 0 0

Perez c 2 0 0 0 Santana cf 3 2 3 0

Dckrson lf 1 0 0 0

Totals 30 1 5 1 Totals 30 3 8 3

Cleveland 001 000 000 — 1

Minnesota 001 011 00x — 3

E—Ch.Dickerson 1, Dozier 1. LOB—Minnesota 6, Cleveland 6. 2B—Dozier (18), J.Ramirez (1). 3B—D.Santana (1). HR—Arcia (6). CS—Fuld (3), D.Santana (2).

IP H R ER BB SO

Cleveland

Bauer L, 4-5 6 6 3 3 2 7

Carrasco 1 2 0 0 1 1

Hagadone 1 0 0 0 0 0

Minnesota

Swarzak W, 2-0 5 2 1 1 1 3

Thielbar H, 6 1 1 0 0 0 1

Burton H, 11 1 0 0 0 0 2

Fien H, 16 X\c 1 0 0 1 1

Duensing H, 5 Z\c 0 0 0 0 0

Perkins S, 24 1 1 0 0 0 2

Inherited runners-scored—Hagadone 1-0, Duensing 2-0. WP—Bauer (3).

Umpires—Home, Will Little; First, Brian O’Nora; Second, Jim Wolf; Third, D.J. Reyburn.

T—2:46. A—34,608 (42,035)

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