Swisher powers Indians to 7-2 win over Twins

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 4, 2014 at 8:45 pm •  Published: April 4, 2014
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CLEVELAND (AP) — Before leaving frigid Progressive Field, Nick Swisher delivered a final message in his signature style.

"Happy Bro-pening day everyone," he yelled.

Swisher made the Indians' home opener one to remember.

Cleveland's first baseman with the infectious attitude hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning, two batters after Yan Gomes connected for a solo shot, leading the Indians to a 7-2 home-opening win over the Minnesota Twins on Friday.

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.

But Swisher, who added a run-scoring double in Cleveland's four-run seventh, helped the Indians win their first home opener since 2008.

"I was just so proud of the way the guys fought, man," Swisher said. "Maybe that will be the identity of this team — the fact that we're gonna fight. And regardless of the situation or the obstacle in front of us, we're always gonna take that head-on."

Indians reliever Josh Outman (1-0) recorded two outs after coming in for starter Danny Salazar in the sixth and got the win.

Michael Brantley hit a two-run single in the seventh for the Indians, who were flat and hitless through four innings. But Gomes and Swisher woke the Indians up in the sixth when they finally figured out Pelfrey.

"Guys were talking in the dugout and there's the fifth inning, we're down 2-0, haven't even gotten a hit at that point," Swisher said. "Guys were saying, 'Hey, we stick around long enough, we're gonna get this.' And that's a great feeling to have."

Chris Colabello homered for the Twins, who jumped on Salazar for two runs in the first inning and were coasting toward a win when Pelfrey fell apart.

"It kind of ruins the whole day, no matter how the first four innings went," Pelfrey said. "The game got away from me. It was kind of like a kick in the stomach."

Gomes got things started in the sixth with his leadoff homer, a lined shot into the center-field bullpen to trim Minnesota's lead to 2-1. Lonnie Chisenhall walked and Nyjer Morgan sacrificed.



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