CLEVELAND -- It was the kind of game that has haunted the Twins throughout the season.
But instead of collapsing after Matt Capps blew his fifth save of the season by allowing a game-tying solo homer to Jack Hannahan with two outs in the ninth inning on Wednesday, the Twins simply regrouped and utilized a two-out rally of their own in the 10th inning.
Ben Revere was the hero with a two-out single that scored Drew Butera to lift the Twins to a 3-2 victory over the Indians, giving them a series victory at Progressive Field.
"It was a big hit," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "It was deflating when they hit the home run to tie it up, because we'd played a good ballgame up to that point. And Capps goes right at him, but he puts it in the seats, so we needed a pick 'em-up. So Drew gets the big hit, and the kid comes up again and flicks one into the outfield. It's very exciting."
Revere, who went 3-for-5 with two RBIs and a run scored, has begun to assert himself as a key cog at the top of the Twins' lineup. The rookie has an 11-game hitting streak and is batting .302 on the season.
But his biggest hit of the year came in the 10th off Indians closer Chris Perez on a 3-1 fastball that caught too much of the plate and ended up in left field to score Butera, who had doubled with two outs.
"I was just trying to find my pitch," Revere said. "There was two outs, and I was trying to find a ball I could drive. Luckily, he threw it belt high, and I was able to put a good swing on it and put it in the gap."
The play at the plate could've been a close one, but the throw from Michael Brantley bounced off catcher Lou Marson, allowing Butera to score, with the speedy Revere going all the way to third base.
"It's almost impossible to catch that ball clean," Indians manager Manny Acta said. "It's a strong throw, in between. It wasn't just a one-hopper, as it might've looked from far away. It was in between. Those guys have a very tough glove to catch those type of throws."
The game-winning single gave the Twins their sixth win in their past seven games; the first-place Indians have lost six of seven.
"It means a lot with the way we've been struggling," Revere said. "With a team like that, to do something like this, it's phenomenal. It gives us so much momentum."
Revere's heroics came after the Twins blew a one-run lead they held entering the bottom of the ninth. Capps served up a two-out homer to Hannahan to tie the game and send it to extras.
Capps' blown save spoiled a quality outing from right-hander Carl Pavano, who was coming off a complete game against the Royals on Friday. He was at it again on Wednesday, allowing just one run on seven hits and a walk while striking out three.
Pavano's lone blemish came in the sixth inning, when Grady Sizemore connected for an opposite-field solo shot to lead off the frame.
Pavano also was able to get out of a big jam in the seventh, as Marson singled with two outs before Gardenhire came out to see if Pavano wanted to face Brantley. Pavano remained in the game, allowing a bloop single to put runners at the corners, but Asdrubal Cabrera grounded out to first to end the inning.
"I made some good pitches," Pavano said. "I think we were thinking no doubles at that time, so it snuck in. I was still making good pitches at that time, so sticking with me wasn't a tough decision for [Gardenhire]. It was hot out there, but I was still feeling good."
Pavano managed to outduel right-hander Justin Masterson, who was also impressive, surrendering two runs on eight hits over eight innings.
The Twins were able to strike first in the third inning on an RBI single from Revere.
Minnesota added to its lead with another run in the sixth, as Justin Morneau came through with a two-out double to plate Revere, who had singled and stolen second base earlier in the inning. The double snapped an 0-for-16 skid for Morneau.
Left-hander Phil Dumatrait was able to preserve the win for the Twins by pitching a scoreless 10th to record his first big league save.
"It's awesome," said Dumatrait, who kept the ball from the last out as a keepsake. "I never really envisioned it would ever happen. I tried to stay within myself and not let the situation get to me, so I could just go in and get outs."
With the win, the Twins are now 11 1/2 games behind the Indians in the American League Central. The win marked the first time the Twins have won back-to-back series this year. Now, after playing 40 of their first 61 games on the road, they return home to play 30 of their next 40 games at Target Field.
"We need to get home and get ourselves comfortable there," Gardenhire said. "We need to continue this running around the bases and play some exciting baseball to get our fans into it. We need to give them some entertainment at home, and it's about time."