- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 27, 2016

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - For the second day in a row, the Cleveland Indians lost to the Minnesota Twins on a walk-off hit.

Cleveland closer Cody Allen allowed three hits, including a walk-off RBI single by Miguel Sano, and the Twins won 6-5 over the Indians on Tuesday night.

A night earlier, the Indians’ bullpen suffered the loss when Oswaldo Arcia homered off of Zach McAllister.

This time, a couple of base hits did the trick.

Brian Dozier doubled with one out in the ninth and Allen (0-2) intentionally walked Joe Mauer. Sano followed with a line drive to center field to score Dozier.

“There’s been a couple outings early on where his ERA is going to be elevated,” Cleveland manager Terry Francona said of Allen. “But I mean today it’s an infield hit, it’s a ground ball that we can’t make a play on. It’s a base hit. I think Cody’s fine.”

The Twins rallied after Indians first baseman Mike Napoli homered off closer Kevin Jepsen (2-3) in the top of the ninth to tie the game 5-all. It was Jepsen’s third blown save in five chances.

Minnesota starter Ricky Nolasco allowed four runs on five hits and struck out nine over 7 1/3 innings. He has pitched at least seven innings in three of his four starts this season.

Jason Kipnis hit his second home run of the season for the Indians to open the scoring in the first. Juan Uribe led off the third against Nolasco with his first homer for Cleveland after the 37-year-old signed a one-year contract with the Indians in the offseason.

But Cleveland starter Cody Anderson allowed five runs for the third straight start. He departed after Eddie Rosario’s two-out, tiebreaking homer in the sixth while giving up 10 hits.

“It’s still kind of a work in progress right now, but God he battles like crazy,” Francona said. “He had a hard time keeping them off the scoreboard, but it never got out of hand. It never was a crooked number or anything like that. It was just hard to keep them off the scoreboard.”

Minnesota scored one run in all but one of Anderson’s five-plus innings. The problem for Anderson, who’s allowed 15 runs in 14 innings his past three starts, has been location.

“I felt good the whole night,” Anderson said. “It’s just every so often I was leaving a ball up. Something’s just not coming out right and they’re not missing it.”

BRANTLEY’S BACK

Cleveland outfielder Michael Brantley returned to the starting lineup for the first time this season after undergoing shoulder surgery in the offseason. Brantley made his season debut on Monday while pinch-hitting.

Brantley was in left field and hit cleanup on Tuesday, with designated hitter Carlos Santana staying in the leadoff spot. Manager Terry Francona then split the left-handed hitting Brantley and Kipnis with Francisco Lindor hitting third.

“I kind of like the idea of Carlos leading off, getting on base the way he can,” Francona said before the game. “It should create some scoring opportunities for Kip and Lindor and Brant, then you move Nap back one. We’ll see. We’re going to go to a National League park and we won’t have the DH, so we might change it.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Indians: Francona said RHP Tommy Hunter could be nearing a return from abdominal surgery. Hunter, 29, has been on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Columbus where he is 0-1 with a 1.12 ERA in seven games.

UP NEXT

The Indians will start RHP Josh Tomlin (2-0, 1.54 ERA) on Wednesday in the finale of the three-game series. Molitor later confirmed rookie Jose Berrios will start for Minnesota. One of the top pitching prospects in baseball, the 21-year-old Berrios will be making his major league debut after going 2-0 with a 1.06 ERA and 20 strikeouts in 17 innings in Triple-A this season.

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