CLEVELAND - The Minnesota Twins got off to a great start after a lengthy rain delay in Cleveland on Friday, but they would end up losing 7-2 in the series opener.
The Twins played small ball in the first, scoring Brian Dozier from third on a sac fly. Dozier lead off the game with a double and advanced to third on a long fly ball out off the bat of Joe Mauer, who was batting second in the lineup on Friday.
Chris Collabello continued his hot streak hitting a solo homerun after Josh Willingham knocked in Dozier from third.
The two-run lead seemed like it might be enough as Mike Pelfrey coasted through the first five innings, but in the sixth things fell apart for Pelfrey and the Twins.
Nick Swisher hit a two-run homer, two batters after Yan Gomes connected for a solo shot.
Swisher's homer off Mike Pelfrey (0-1) allowed the Indians to cap a day of pomp and pageantry as they celebrated Progressive Field's 20th anniversary.
Before the sixth, the Indians had been shut out by Pelfrey and were in danger of disappointing a sellout crowd that stuck around following a 2-hour, 13-minute rain delay and plummeting temperatures.
Indians reliever Josh Outman (1-0) recorded two outs after coming in for Danny Salazar in the sixth and got the win.
Swisher added an RBI double and Michael Brantley hit a two-run single in Cleveland's four-run seventh that broke the game open.