Arcia launches Twins to walk-off over Tribe

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MINNEAPOLIS — hit a walk-off solo shot off Indians reliever in the ninth inning to lead the Twins to a 4-3 win Monday night at Target Field.

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Arcia’s towering blast to right came on a 1-2 fastball from McAllister, who had not allowed an earned run this season. It was the first walk-off homer for the Twins since Brian Dozier hit one against the Orioles last July 6. It gave Kevin Jepsen the win after a scoreless ninth and helped atone for ’ game-tying homer in the eighth against reliever Ryan Pressly.

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Indians right-hander struggled with his command early, but he didn’t pay for it Jonathan Aro Jerseys #49 until the fifth. The Twins scored three runs with two outs, including a two-run double from Dozier and a go-ahead single from Miguel Sano. Salazar lasted a season-low 4 2/3 innings. Gomes’ solo shot CLE@MIN: Gomes belts solo homer to left-center in 8thYan Gomes Jerseys ties the game at 3 with a solo shot to left-center field in the top of the 8th inning

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Twins lefty Tommy Milone also wasn’t able to get through five innings, allowing two runs on seven hits and two walks over 4 2/3 frames. Cleveland scored in the second on an RBI single from Marlon Byrd before scoring again in the fifth on an RBI single from Jason Kipnis.

Indians left fielder Michael Brantley made his season debut as a pinch-hitter with two on and two out in the eighth, but lined out to left to end the inning.

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED After bending, Salazar breaks: Salazar labored with his command through the first few innings (he threw 21 balls among 40 pitches in the first two frames), and it caught up with him in the fifth. He allowed an infield single to Danny Santana, who survived a close pickoff attempt and then moved up to second on a balk. Two batters and a walk later, Salazar gave up a two-run double to Dozier to pull the game into a 2-2 deadlock.

Dozier, Sano deliver: Dozier, who entered the game hitting .192, came up with the big hit that knocked Salazar out of the game. It also set up Sano’s go-ahead single off former Twins reliever after the Indians opted to intentionally walk Joe Mauer. Sano’s RBI single CLE@MIN: Sano singles in Dozier in the 5th inningMiguel Sano singles to right field, scoring Brian Dozier and giving the Twins a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the 5th inning

Lindor flashes leather: Cleveland’s slick-fielding shortstop, Francisco Lindor, made a trio of eye-popping plays. Twice, he went deep into the hole and made a leaping, cross-body throw to nab a runner at first. He pulled it off on a grounder by Eduardo Nunez in the third and against Eduardo Escobar in the sixth. In the fifth, Escobar chopped a pitch back to Salazar, who deflected it with his glove. Lindor altered his route, snagged the ball and, after a fumbling it for a moment, recovered to throw out Escobar by a hair. Lindor throws out Escobar CLE@MIN: Lindor shows dazzling defense in the 5thFrancisco Lindor ranges behind second base to field the ball, then spins and rifles a throw to first for the out

UPON FURTHER REVIEW With a 1-1 count on Nunez in the fifth inning, Salazar made a quick throw to first baseman Mike Napoli in an effort to pick off Santana. First-base umpire Doug Eddings ruled that Santana was safe on the close tag play, but Tribe manager Terry Francona challenged the call to be sure . The ruling on the field stood after a replay review lasting two minutes, 12 seconds. Salazar then attempted another pickoff but was called for a balk by home-plate ump Jeff Nelson. That sequence helped set the stage for Minnesota’s three-run outburst in the inning. Santana safe on pickoff in 5th CLE@MIN: Santana safe on pickoff after call standsDanny Santana is safe after Danny Salazar Jerseys’s pickoff attempt at first base in the 5th, and after the Indians’ challenge, the call stands

The Twins won a challenge in the sixth, when Gomes was ruled safe at first base as shortstop Escobar was charged with an error. But after a review, the call on the field was overturned, and Gomes was ruled out, taking away the error. Gomes out after review CLE@MIN: Gomes out at first after call overturnedThe Twins challenge the call that Yan Gomes Jerseys is safe at first on an infield single, and after review, the call is overturned

WHAT’S NEXT Indians: (0-1, 7.53 ERA) will take the ball for the Tribe in an 8:10 p.m. ET divisional clash with the Twins on Tuesday at Target Field. Last year, the right-hander ended his season with two stellar starts (one run allowed in 13 2/3 innings) against Minnesota, helping him net the American League Pitcher of the Month honor for September, when he went 5-0 with a 1.38 ERA.

Twins: Right-hander Ricky Nolasco is set to start at 7:10 p.m. CT for the second game of this three-game series. Surprisingly, Nolasco has been Minnesota’s best starter this season , going 1-0 with a 2.66 ERA through three starts. Twins honor Prince at Target CLE@MIN: The Twins honor Prince at Target FieldThe Twins honor the passing of pop music icon and Minnesota native Prince before the ballgame at Target Field

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Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and listen to his podcast. Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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