MINNEAPOLIS -- Cleveland Indians outfielder Tyler Holt will sleep well Tuesday night.

The rookie didn't arrive at Target Field until minutes before first pitch, but entered in the sixth inning and delivered the game-winning hit in a 7-5 Indians win over the Minnesota Twins.

Holt was told of his call-up to the bigs at 2:30 p.m. ET, climbed on a flight from Columbus to Minneapolis and landed at 6:15 local time -- less than an hour before first pitch. After deplaning and finding a cab, Holt was dealt another obstacle by the cab driver.

"He didn't know where Target Field was," Holt said. "But he got me here."

Cleveland overcame a nightmare first inning in which it allowed five runs before recording an out. The Indians then picked away at Minnesota's advantage until finally taking the lead with a three-run sixth inning, highlighted by Holt's pinch-hit double to center field that turned a 5-4 deficit into a 6-5 lead.

Holt said he was taking cuts in the batting cages near the clubhouse when someone came up the tunnel and told him to get ready.

"He slams through the doors and says, 'You're up,'" Holt said. "I didn't really have any time to think or get ready so I just threw on some gloves. Luckily I didn't have any time to think or I probably would have struck out or something."

The RBIs were the first of Holt's big-league career in his 15th plate appearance and seventh major league game.

"Being ready and being into the game is not an issue for him. It's one of the things we really like about him," said Indians manager Terry Francona. "That was a huge hit."

The Twins' first five hitters of the game scored against Indians starter Trevor Bauer. A leadoff double by center fielder Danny Santana and a walk by second baseman Brian Dozier put two on for first baseman Joe Mauer, who cracked a ground-rule double over the wall in left-center field for a 1-0 lead.

Designated hitter Kennys Vargas followed with a single to right that scored Dozier before the big hammer, a long home run over the wall in right by right fielder Oswaldo Arcia, his 13th of the season and third in as many games.

After that, Bauer settled down, retiring the next 14 batters he faced while Cleveland's bats came alive.

"You can't shut down on a team like that," said Twins manager Ron Gardenhire.

The Indians got one back in the second on a solo home run by catcher Yan Gomes, two more in the fourth on a two-run single by designated hitter Zach Walters and one in the fifth, when center fielder Michael Bourn led off the inning with a double and later scored on a wild pitch.

"You gotta pitch and you gotta stop them and we didn't do a good job of that," Gardenhire said. "They kept scoring one here, two there, one here and the next thing you know, they're in it."

Bauer was lifted after a two-out walk in the fifth. His line was ugly -- 4 2/3 innings, five runs on four hits and two walks -- but his ability to recover from the poor start was crucial for Cleveland.

"I just threw strikes and got ahead," Bauer said of his strategy after the early struggles. "I did the same things I did to the first five guys, tried to throw strikes, locate pitches and get guys out. It worked better."

The Indians used eight pitchers in the win with Bauer was being yanked in the fourth. Left-hander Kyle Crockett, who entered for Bauer, was credited with the win (3-0), despite throwing only two-thirds of an inning.

Cody Allen worked around a one-out single in the ninth for his 16th save of the year.

Twins starter Kyle Gibson was done after 5 1/3 innings, allowing five runs on eight hits and a walk. Lefty Brian Duensing relieved him in the sixth and allowed two runs on three hits over two-thirds of an inning, taking the loss (3-3).

"There were times when I definitely didn't feel as comfortable, and I didn't have my best stuff tonight," Gibson said. "I don't know if it was, I just wasn't as aggressive or what, but I definitely didn't do a good job of pitching with a lead tonight."

NOTES: The Indians signed RHP Scott Atchison to a one-year extension with a club option for 2016. Atchison entered Tuesday with a 6-0 record and a 2.95 ERA in 53 appearances this season. ... The Indians placed UT Ryan Raburn on the 15-day disabled list due to right wrist soreness. Raburn is hitting .191 with three homers and 21 RBIs this season. ... Cleveland recalled OF Tyler Holt from Triple-A Columbus to take Raburn's spot on the roster. Holt batted .385 in 13 at-bats with the Indians earlier this season. ... Twins RHP Mike Pelfrey is playing catch from 100 feet as he tries to return from surgery on his right elbow, but GM Terry Ryan confirmed that Pelfrey will not pitch again this season.