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Twins can't figure out Indians' Lewis, remain 1 1/2 behind White Sox

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CLEVELAND -- Scott Lewis looked right at home even though he admitted being nervous.

Cleveland's young left-hander pitched six shutout innings in his second career start -- and first at home -- as the Indians beat the Minnesota Twins 3-1 on Monday.

"He was as good as advertised," Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire said after his team failed to gain ground in the AL Central race. "Their young man kind of dominated."

Lewis (2-0) has yet to allow a run in 14 innings since being called up from the minors Sept. 7. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that is the longest scoreless streak by an Indians pitcher to start a career since 1969.

"I was little more nervous this time," said Lewis, who pitched eight shutout innings in his big-league debut in Baltimore on Wednesday. "I was pitching in front of home fans, family and friends. I left 15 to 18 tickets and I saw some other people hollering to me that I knew from high school."

Lewis, who grew up in Washington Court House, Ohio, and attended Ohio State, allowed only three hits. He walked two and struck out five to keep the second-place Twins 1½ games behind the Chicago White Sox.

Minnesota plays eight of its final 12 games in the division, where they are 39-25, including 10-6 against Cleveland.

"We are very frustrated right now," Gardenhire said. "We know where we are and what we have to do."

Kelly Shoppach hit his 21st homer in the fourth inning off Kevin Slowey (12-10) to put Cleveland ahead 1-0. Grady Sizemore singled with one out in the fifth and scored on a two-out homer by Shin-Soo Choo to make it 3-0.

It was Shoppach's fourth homer in five games. Choo went 2-for-4 and is hitting .435 (30-for-69) with five homers and 16 RBI in his last 18 games.

Jensen Lewis, the fourth pitcher used by Indians manager Eric Wedge, allowed Joe Mauer's ninth homer with one out in the ninth, but got his ninth save in 10 chances.

Cleveland bounced back after losing three straight to last-place Kansas City in a four-game series in which Indians pitchers allowed 59 hits and 34 runs.

Before facing the Twins, Wedge said he would monitor Scott Lewis carefully. The 24-year-old has battled injuries throughout his career. When he gave up three hits in eight shutout innings in his big-league debut Wednesday night in Baltimore, it was only the second time he had worked that long in a game.

"I'm happy for him and what he's done," Wedge said. "He's had to battle through quite a bit."

Scott Lewis had Tommy John surgery while in college in 2003, was drafted in the third round by Cleveland the next year, but pitched only 20 2/3 innings over his first two professional seasons.

In 2006, he won the Most Spectacular Pitcher Award that goes to the minor-leaguer with the best earned run average. He compiled a 1.48 ERA at Class A Kinston, working 115 2/3 innings.

In spring training this year, Lewis was shut down after straining a back muscle and didn't pitch until June. He then went 8-4 with a 2.53 ERA combined for Double-A Akron and Triple-A Buffalo.

Slowey gave up seven hits and three runs over six innings. The right-hander walked one and struck out six. He dropped to 5-2 in eight starts since Aug. 8.

Notes

  • The Indians surpassed 2 million in paid attendance for the 11th time in the last 14 years.
  • Shoppach is hitting .381 (16-for-42) with four homers and 11 RBI against Minnesota.
  • Michael Cuddyer returned to the Twins' lineup as the DH and went 0-for-3. He pinch-hit Saturday and Sunday after being out with a broken bone in his left foot.
  • Twins RHP Jesse Crain returned home to be with his wife, who is expecting a baby.
  • Twins RHP Scott Baker will start on three days rest Wednesday.
  • Twins 1B Justin Morneau is hitless in his last 11 at-bats.
  • Sizemore has hit .524 (11-for-21) since snapping an 0-for-25 streak.
 
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Indians lefty Scott Lewis has yet to give up a run in 14 innings over two starts since being called up. (AP)
Indians lefty Scott Lewis has yet to give up a run in 14 innings over two starts since being called up. (AP)

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Cleveland

S. Choo
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Minnesota

D. Young
AB 3
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 

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Minnesota Twins
Denard Span, RF4000031 .300
Alexi Casilla, 2B2000201 .290
Joe Mauer, C4111001 .321
Justin Morneau, 1B4000011 .310
Michael Cuddyer, DH3000010 .251
   a- Jason Kubel, PH-DH1000010 .277
Delmon Young, LF3030000 .289
Brendan Harris, 3B3000013 .262
Nick Punto, SS3010001 .288
Carlos Gomez, CF3000002 .253
Totals3015127  
a-struck out for Cuddyer in the 9th
Batting
2B - Delmon Young (26, S. Lewis), Nick Punto (19, S. Lewis)
HR - Joe Mauer (9, Lewis)
RBI - Joe Mauer (74)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Carlos Gomez 1
DP - Casilla-Punto-Morneau, Harris-Morneau
Minnesota Twins
Kevin Slowey (L,12-10) 6733162 3.66
Bobby Korecky 0.1100000 5.40
Craig Breslow 0.2000000 2.09
Matt Guerrier0200100 4.84
Dennys Reyes 1000000 2.36
Pitches-Strikes - Kevin Slowey 98-66, Bobby Korecky 3-2, Matt Guerrier 8-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kevin Slowey 5-6, Bobby Korecky 1-0, Craig Breslow 1-0, Dennys Reyes 2-0
Batters Faced - Kevin Slowey 25, Bobby Korecky 2, Craig Breslow 1, Matt Guerrier 3, Dennys Reyes 2
Cleveland Indians
Grady Sizemore, CF4120001 .271
David Dellucci, LF3000002 .242
    Franklin Gutierrez, LF1010000 .246
Shin-Soo Choo, RF4122001 .303
Jhonny Peralta, SS3010110 .274
Travis Hafner, DH4000024 .213
Kelly Shoppach, C4111011 .272
Michael Aubrey, 1B2010110 .214
Andy Marte, 3B3020003 .218
Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B3000011 .245
Totals31310326  
Batting
HR - Shin-Soo Choo (11, Slowey), Kelly Shoppach (21, Slowey)
RBI - Shin-Soo Choo 2 (51), Kelly Shoppach (55)
2-OUT RBI - Shin-Soo Choo 2 (19), Kelly Shoppach (22)
SB - Grady Sizemore (38, 2nd base off Slowey/Mauer)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - A. Cabrera-Peralta-Aubrey, A. Cabrera-Aubrey
Cleveland Indians
Scott Lewis (W,2-0) 6300250 0.00
Rafael Betancourt (H,10) 1100000 4.98
Rafael Perez (H,22) 1000010 3.21
Jensen Lewis (S,9) 1111011 4.17
WP - Scott Lewis (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Lewis 98-63, Rafael Betancourt 13-11, Rafael Perez 19-12, Jensen Lewis 19-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Lewis 6-6, Rafael Betancourt 1-1, Rafael Perez 2-0, Jensen Lewis 2-0
Batters Faced - Scott Lewis 22, Rafael Betancourt 3, Rafael Perez 3, Jensen Lewis 4
Game Information
Attendance - 19607
Game Time - 2:48
Temperature - 64
Umpires - Home - Jeff Kellogg, First Base - Sam Holbrook, Second Base - Scott Barry, Third Base - Greg Gibson