Twins top Indians 6-5 in 12 innings

Associated Press Modified: September 18, 2012 at 11:46 pm •  Published: September 18, 2012

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians have found many different ways to lose in their epic stretch of bad baseball.

They came up with a new one Tuesday night in their 6-5, 12-inning loss to the Minnesota Twins.

A mental error by Cleveland first baseman Matt LaPorta allowed Darin Mastroianni to score the go-ahead run from second base on an infield hit to break a 4-4 tie.

Adding to the frustration for the Indians, who are 11-38 since July 26, was the fact they failed to push the winning run across in the 10th, despite having runners on first and third with no outs and the bases loaded with one out.

Mastroianni singled with two outs in the 12th and stole second off Scott Maine (1-1), the team-record 10th pitcher used by Cleveland. Alexi Casilla then poked a ball between first and second that second baseman Jason Kipnis fielded in short right. Kipnis ranged several steps to his left to reach the ball, but had to hesitate briefly because LaPorta wasn't on the bag. Kipnis threw the ball to first, but LaPorta never got to the base and Casilla was safe.

Mastroianni, who didn't stop as he rounded third, easily beat LaPorta's throw to the plate.

Manager Manny Acta wasn't pleased with the way LaPorta handled the play.

"That's a big mental mistake there," Acta said.

It appeared LaPorta thought the ball would go through the infield and was getting in position to take a cutoff throw from the outfield.

"You don't think, you have to see the ball go through before you become a cutoff man," Acta said. "That's pretty much a routine ball to second base. If that ball goes through, we don't need a cutoff man. It was too softly hit and they have one of the fastest guys in the game running with two outs."

Kipnis defended his teammate.

"This isn't all on Matt," he said. "We had plenty of opportunities to win. The game wasn't all on his shoulders. It's going to look like that, but it's not his fault. He didn't lose the game for us."

Acta was just as displeased with the Indians' inability to score in the 10th.

"If you can't drive in the runner from third with no outs to walk off a team, you pretty much don't deserve to win the ballgame," he said.

Kipnis started the inning with a single off Casey Fien and took third when Casilla booted Asdrubal Cabrera's ground ball to the right side. Carlos Santana, swinging at a 3-1 pitch, popped up meekly to shallow left and Kipnis couldn't advance. Michael Brantley was intentionally walked to load the bases and Russ Canzler flied out to shallow right.

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