First baseman Justin Morneau -- who put the Twins ahead for good
with a sacrifice fly in a 7-3 victory Sunday -- left the game after
he was hit in the left hand by a pitch in the sixth inning.
He was taken to a hospital for X-rays, which were negative, and
the team said he is day to day.
"When he came off the field, it didn't look good," Twins
manager Ron Gardenhire said.
"I'll ice it some more tonight and we'll see how it feels
(Monday)," Morneau said.
Corey Koskie homered and Torii Hunter had three hits, including
a three-run double, for Minnesota. The first-place Twins, who led
Cleveland by only a game last Sunday, took a seven-game lead in the
The Indians have lost seven straight, including four to the
"They played well and took it to us," Cleveland manager Eric
Wedge said. "We need to clear our heads and get a fresh start at
Brad Radke (9-6) allowed two unearned runs and seven hits in
seven innings to win his fourth straight decision. He struck out
four and walked one, and hasn't lost since July 16 -- going 4-0 with
three no-decisions in that span.
"We needed to play these guys tough," Radke said. "They kind
of got to us a little in Cleveland, and we gave them a little
C.C. Sabathia (9-8) gave up seven runs and 10 hits in 5 2-3
innings, leaving after hitting Morneau.
"I'm disappointed in myself that I couldn't get it done,"
Sabathia said. "The definition of an ace is a guy who continues to
win a game that the guys need. ... I wasn't that at all today."
With the game tied at 2 in the fifth, Lew Ford walked on a full
count with one out and Hunter singled to right to put runners on
first and third. Morneau hit a sacrifice fly to center, scoring
Ford with the go-ahead run.
Matthew LeCroy followed with an RBI single to make it 4-2.
The Twins led 4-2 in the sixth, when they loaded the bases with
two outs against Sabathia. Hunter lined a double off the
right-field wall, clearing the bases and making it 7-4.
"C.C. throws the ball 97 miles an hour," Hunter said. "I was
just trying to make something happen. I didn't want to be the guy
who struck out with the bases loaded."
Hunter ran into the fence on Thursday night against the Yankees
and had to leave the field on a cart. He sat out Friday night's
game against Cleveland, but returned Saturday and hit a solo homer.
Morneau, the next batter, was hit on the left hand by a pitch
from Sabathia. Morneau walked to first base, where he was treated
by a team trainer. He stayed on base until the inning ended, then
was replaced defensively by Michael Cuddyer.
"I'm not saying it was intentional or anything," Morneau said,
"but he had a base open and a righty coming up (next)."
The Indians took a 2-0 lead in the second on a rally started by
consecutive one-out singles by Ben Broussard and Casey Blake. One
out later, a fielding error by shortstop Cristian Guzman allowed
Broussard to score. Grady Sizemore followed with an RBI single.
Koskie's homer, his 21st, tied it at 2 in the fourth.
Sizemore snapped an 0-for-17 slump with his RBI single. ...
Basestealers have stolen bases in 14 of 20 attempts with Sabathia
on the mound. The Twins were 2-for-2 in steal attempts Sunday.