"It was a fun night -- exactly the way Tom Kelly would draw it up," said Twins manager Ron Gardenhire, who took over for Kelly in '02. "Throw the ball over the plate, give the boys a chance, catch the balls you're supposed to catch and get in and shake some hands. That's what we did tonight."
De Vries was impressive, as he tossed six scoreless innings, giving up just four hits and a walk with two strikeouts. And for De Vries, who grew up locally in Eden Prairie and watched Kelly's Twins growing up, it was a night he'll always remember.
"That was something else," De Vries said. "Just being there and knowing T.K. from being around the Minor Leagues and here. The ceremony was awesome, and for us to get a win on Tom Kelly Day was pretty special."
But it wasn't all good for De Vries, who received a scare when he was hit in the ribs by a line drive from Asdrubal Cabrera in the third inning. He remained in the game however, and was able to get through the next three innings.
It was another gutsy performance from him, as the right-hander now has a 1.54 ERA in his last four starts, dating back to Aug. 21.
"I think I've felt comfortable for a little while, but things are starting to come together and go my way at times," De Vries said. "So I'm feeling pretty good."
He received enough offense from the Twins, who knocked Indians starter Zach McAllister out of the game after just three innings.
Minnesota scored two runs in the third, when Joe Mauer provided an RBI single and Josh Willingham came through with a sacrifice fly after Ben Revere and Jamey Carroll had reached with one out.
"He just couldn't get the ball down today," Indians manager Manny Acta said of McAllister. "Velocity was fine. He just couldn't put hitters away. And they foul off a lot of pitches. That's what they do. They're a high contact team that doesn't strike out that much and puts the bat on the ball, and that's what they did to him."
The Twins were patient against McAllister, as the right-hander needed 87 pitches to record just nine outs.
"Today I felt like I had pretty good stuff, and I just wasn't able to put guys away, and they fouled off pitches," said McAllister, who fell to 5-7 with a 4.31 ERA.
They added another run in the fifth on a one-out, bases-loaded walk by Justin Morneau against reliever Scott Maine. But Minnesota left the bases full, as Ryan Doumit struck out and Chris Parmelee grounded out to end the inning.
After De Vries departed, Brian Duensing, Jared Burton and Glen Perkins combined for three innings to preserve the shutout. The Twins improved to 8-2 against the Indians over their last 10 meetings.
It was also their sixth shutout of the year, and their first since Aug. 29 against the Mariners.
"You don't lose too many games when you shut them out," Gardenhire said. "We shut out them out, which is always a good thing."