Minnesota at Cleveland

W: S. Baker (13-7) L: J. Masterson (4-7)
S: J. Nathan (36)
HR: MIN - None   CLE - A. Marte (5)

Twins 4, Indians 1

CBSSports.com wire reports

CLEVELAND -- Scott Baker has no secret formula to explain his success against Cleveland.

Baker, who has won seven straight decisions, held the Indians to one run in six innings and beat them for the fourth time this season Saturday, pitching the Minnesota Twins to a 4-1 victory.

Baker is 4-0 with a 0.93 ERA in four starts against the Indians this year, but if the right-hander knows the reason for his dominance, he isn't giving many details.

"Good pitches get hitters out," he said. "If you make good pitches, you should be OK. That's the case against any team. For a long time this was a very tough team for me, but things change."

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire doesn't have an explanation, either.

"You pitch well against a certain team and there's no rhyme or reason and you hit well against a certain team and there's no rhyme or reason," Gardenhire said. "It's one of those things."

Baker (13-7) hasn't lost since July 7, a span of 11 starts.

Four Twins pitchers held the Indians to four hits. Joe Nathan pitched the ninth for his 36th save in 41 chances. Nathan gave up back-to-back homers in the ninth inning and blew a save in his previous outing against the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday.

Jon Rauch allowed a hit in the seventh, and Matt Guerrier worked a perfect eighth.

Andy Marte homered for the Indians in the third, ending Baker's consecutive scoreless streak against the Indians at 18 innings.

"I was kind of fighting it a little bit," Baker said. "That happens. I made pitches when I needed to."

The only good news for the Indians is they might only have to face Baker one more time this season.

"Baker has been a tough matchup for us all year," manager Eric Wedge said. "For whatever reason, we just haven't been seeing him well. We take some pretty good swings, but we mishit them or end up fouling a lot of them back. He really works hard off his fastball and does a good job with it."

Baker struck out four and walked four while throwing 100 pitches. He began the season on the disabled list with shoulder stiffness and lost his first four starts, but is 7-0 with a 3.04 ERA in his last 11.

Baker's performance came at an opportune time for the Twins, who made a season-high four errors in Friday night's 5-2 loss.

"He's been our hottest pitcher," Gardenhire said. "He's been running off wins. You want him out there."

Baker held the Indians to three hits, but didn't get much offensive help from his teammates, who pushed across two runs in the fourth against Justin Masterson.

Jason Kubel walked and Jose Morales singled, leaving runners on first and third with two outs. Nick Punto's double down the left-field line scored Kubel, and Morales also came home when Jamey Carroll, normally a second baseman, couldn't come up with the ball as it bounced off the stands. Carroll was charged with an error, making the second run unearned.

"The one ball that Punto hit goes right down the line," Masterson said. "Outside of that, everyone else put it on the ground like we wanted it to."

Masterson (4-7) allowed two runs -- one earned -- in six innings. The right-hander is 1-4 since being acquired on July 31 in the trade that sent catcher Victor Martinez to Boston.

Brendan Harris added a sacrifice fly in the eighth. Orlando Cabrera followed with a sacrifice fly in the ninth.

Twins slugger Justin Morneau was 0 for 5 and is hitless in 16 at-bats. He is 4 for 41 in his last 13 games.

Indians reliever Chris Perez extended his scoreless streak to 20 2/3 innings.


Jets from the Cleveland National Air Show at nearby Burke Airport flew over the ballpark throughout the game, causing players and fans to keep on eye on the skies. ... Joe Mauer, the AL's leading hitter, was the designated hitter while Morales started behind the plate. Gardenhire said Mauer might DH again Sunday and Mike Redmond could catch. Mauer was 2 for 4 on Saturday and is batting .367 ... It's unclear if LHP Glen Perkins (shoulder tendinitis) will rejoin the Twins next week. Perkins had dye injected into his shoulder before an MRI exam and won't be able throw for three or four days. It's doubtful he'll pitch for Triple-A Rochester before the minor league season ends. ... The home run was Marte's fifth since being recalled from Triple-A Columbus on July 28. ... The Indians played their second straight game without OF Shin-Soo Choo, the team leader in RBIs. Choo returned to Phoenix, where his wife gave birth to a son on Friday.
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Players of the Game

N. Punto
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0

A. Marte
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1

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Denard Span, CF-LF2010101 .311
Orlando Cabrera, SS3001122 .275
Joe Mauer, DH4020101 .367
Justin Morneau, 1B5000017 .282
Jason Kubel, LF2120200 .309
    Carlos Gomez, PR-CF0100000 .239
Michael Cuddyer, RF4000003 .270
Brendan Harris, 3B2001101 .268
Jose Morales, C4110011 .356
Nick Punto, 2B3121110 .219
2B - Jason Kubel (27, R. Perez), Nick Punto (10, Masterson)
SF - Orlando Cabrera (9), Brendan Harris (5)
SH - Denard Span (9)
RBI - Orlando Cabrera (56), Brendan Harris (34), Nick Punto (30)
2-OUT RBI - Nick Punto (11)
SB - Denard Span (21, 2nd base off Perez/Toregas)
Team LOB - 9
E - Orlando Cabrera (21, Throwing)
Minnesota Twins
Scott Baker (W,13-7) 6311441 4.34
Jon Rauch (H,14) 1100020 3.86
Matt Guerrier (H,27) 1000000 2.34
Joe Nathan (S,36) 1000020 2.32
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Baker 100-62, Jon Rauch 16-11, Matt Guerrier 9-7, Joe Nathan 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Baker 8-6, Matt Guerrier 2-1, Joe Nathan 1-0
Batters Faced - Scott Baker 25, Jon Rauch 4, Matt Guerrier 3, Joe Nathan 3
Cleveland Indians
Michael Brantley, CF4010011 .368
Jamey Carroll, LF4000013 .290
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS2000210 .310
Jhonny Peralta, 3B4010003 .275
Travis Hafner, DH3000110 .272
Matt LaPorta, RF4000030 .257
Luis Valbuena, 2B4000002 .236
Andy Marte, 1B4111010 .242
Wyatt Toregas, C2010100 .216
2B - Jhonny Peralta (31, Baker)
HR - Andy Marte (5, Baker)
RBI - Andy Marte (17)
Team LOB - 7
DP - Valbuena-A. Cabrera-Marte, A. Cabrera-Marte, Masterson-Valbuena-Marte
E - Jamey Carroll (4, Misplayed grounder)
Cleveland Indians
Justin Masterson (L,4-7) 6521520 4.40
Chris Perez 0.2000110 3.28
Rafael Perez 0.1111100 7.32
Jess Todd 1.1211010 9.75
Mike Gosling 0.2000010 6.39
HBP - Span (by Chris Perez)
Pitches-Strikes - Justin Masterson 107-66, Chris Perez 21-12, Rafael Perez 16-9, Jess Todd 21-13, Mike Gosling 11-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Justin Masterson 7-6, Jess Todd 1-2, Mike Gosling 1-0
Batters Faced - Justin Masterson 25, Chris Perez 4, Rafael Perez 3, Jess Todd 6, Mike Gosling 2
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Attendance - 19455
Game Time - 3:09
Temperature - 71
Umpires - Home - Rick Reed, First Base - Sam Holbrook, Second Base - Dan Iassogna, Third Base - Larry Vanover