CLEVELAND - Eduardo Escobar homered leading off the 10th inning against Cleveland closer John Axford, giving the Minnesota Twins a 1-0 win over the Indians on Monday night.
Escobar, who entered as a pinch-hitter in the seventh, connected on a 1-0 pitch from Axford (0-3), driving it over the wall in right for his first homer since June 20 and fourth of his career in 344 at-bats.
"When he gets in there and gets his opportunities, he makes the most of them, " Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said of Escobar. "He can swing it. We have all seen that. You watch him in (batting practice) and he hits them as far as anybody."
Gardenhire said it's also his attitude and personality that impresses everyone around him.
"It's a big moment. It's cool to see a big smile on his face and everybody else's when he hit that home run," Gardenhire said.
It was the second straight loss for Axford, who gave up a three-run homer in the ninth to Chicago's Dayan Viciedo on Sunday as the White Sox rallied for a 4-3 win.
The Twins got a great game from starts Kyle Gibson. He pitched 7 innings, allowing only two hits. He walked three Indians and struck out one.
"More than anything else, he attacked the strike zone ... There weren't too many walks. Both guys were attacking the strike zone and moving the ball around, and we saw that right away from Gibby," said Gardenhire.
Caleb Thielbar (2-0) pitched a perfect ninth and Glen Perkins struck out two in the 10th for his eighth save.
The Indians, who only got two runners to second base, had been the only team in the majors not to play in an extra-inning game. Cleveland has dropped eight of 10.
Minnesota won its third straight game. They improved their record for 15-15 on the season.
Twins rookie Danny Santana came in as a pinch-runner in the 7th inning. He got his first major league hit on an infield single in the 9th.
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