Rene Tosoni led off the 10th inning with a home run and the Minnesota Twins beat Cleveland 6-4, preventing the Indians from clinching second place in the AL Central on Sunday.
Tosoni hit his fourth homer on a 1-1 pitch from Tony Sipp (6-3) to give Kyle Waldrop (1-0) his first career win. Chris Parmelee added an RBI single later in the inning.
Waldrop worked a scoreless ninth and Joe Nathan pitched the bottom half for his 10th consecutive save and 14th in 17 chancesoverall as Minnesota won for only the third time in 22 games.
The Twins have 98 losses with three games left and cannot tie the 1982 club for the worst record (60-102) since the franchise moved to Minnesota 50 years ago.
Sunday was another special day for Jim Thome.
If Thome is retiring, he made his last appearance in Cleveland as a third baseman. The 41-year-old took the position for one pitch in the ninth inning during Sunday's game against Minnesota. Cleveland finishes with three games in Detroit.
Thome got a standing ovation as a pinch-hitter in the eighth. When he walked, the crowd booed Minnesota pitcher Glen Perkins.
Fans then stood and cheered to start the ninth as Thome went to third base, where he started his big league career in 1991. He had not played there since Sept. 29, 1996. The next year, he moved to first base.
Thome has 604 homers, eighth on the career list, and has not announced whether he will return for a 22nd season.
On Friday night, the Indians unveiled plans to build a statue in his honor at Progressive Field.
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