CLEVELAND - Emergency starter Pedro Hernandez allowed two runs in five innings, and the Minnesota Twins avoided a three-game sweep with a 5-3 win over the Cleveland Indians on Sunday.
Hernandez was recalled from Triple-A Rochester when scheduled starter Mike Pelfrey was scratched because of a strained back and placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Hernandez was informed Saturday night that he might be needed. He drove from Louisville, Ky., where Rochester was playing, to Cleveland arriving at 4 a.m. on Sunday.
The left-hander (3-1) pitched around six walks and got the win despite throwing 45 of his 85 pitches for balls.
"He was dodging bullets all day long and didn't really attack the strike zone," Twins Manager Ron Gardenhire said. "I thought his last two innings were pretty decent. The fifth was his best inning. You know, coming on short day's rest, we thought that was plenty."
Oswaldo Arcia and Josh Willingham each drove in a pair of runs while Trevor Plouffe's RBI single in the fifth put Minnesota ahead for good.
Joe Mauer went to 2-4 and scored three runs, improving his team-leading average to .330. He filled the DH role on Sunday, but was forced to catch the last inning after Ryan Doumit tweaked his ankle on a scoring play in the 8th.
"He got is ankle there at home plate when the (catcher) stuck his foot out ... He tweaked his ankle. We got a day off (Monday). That's probably a good thing," Gardenhire said.
Once again the Twins bullpen played a key role in a win, pitching a combined four innings and allowing one run on five hits.
"We had a lot of innings out of our pen (Saturday) and we still had a chance to win that game," Gardenhire said. "We got four out of them (Sunday). Fortunately, we have a day off (Monday). We were kind of mindful of that."
Gardenhire also talked about the growth of Arcia, who continues to show a better comfort level at the Major Leagues.
"He's fun to watch. He's fun in the dugout. He's opening up and kind of showing us all sides of him, his makeup and the whole package in the dugout. He's yelling and hooting. It was a fun day in the dugout," Gardenhire said.
The Twins are off on Monday, but will travel to Miami to take on the Marlins and former Twins catcher Mike Redmond, who is in his first year as the Marlin's manager.
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