Mike Napoli hit a mammoth home run on the first pitch of the fifth inning to give Cleveland the lead, and the Indians hung on to beat the Minnesota Twins 6-5 on Friday night and maintain their six-game lead in the AL Central.
The Indians won for the ninth time in their last 11 games, but a concern came up when starter Danny Salazar was removed after four innings due to tightness in his right forearm.
Napoli’s drive off Tyler Duffey (8-11) was estimated by the Twins at 456 feet, landing in the third deck above left field.
That followed Byron Buxton’s two-out, two-run homer that tied the game against Salazar in the fourth.
Joe Mauer also went deep and Brian Dozier added an RBI double, but the Twins have lost 23 of their last 29.
Joe Colon (1-1) completed the fifth inning for the victory and Cody Allen finished the ninth for his 27th save in 30 attempts.