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"I'm just trying to be consistent," Diamond said. "My approach right now is to be as simple as I can be, and because of that I've been consistent."
The former Rule 5 draft pick looked just as strong after his chance for a perfect game ended.
"At that point, it was just trying to get us a win," Diamond said. "I just tried to keep going, go as deep as I could."
Joe Mauer had three hits to raise his batting average to .332 and help the Twins bounce back after getting swept by the Chicago White Sox.
Hafner had two hits for the Indians, who lost for the second time in six games.
Diamond allowed just one baserunner after the fifth, striking out six and notching his first career shutout.
After going 5-1 with a 1.61 ERA in his first seven starts, Diamond had a 4.86 ERA in his last seven, including two bad outings after the All-Star break.
He was back to his pre-All Star game form on Friday, needing just 98 pitches to go the distance.
"We couldn't do anything against him," Cleveland manager Manny Acta said.
Cleveland has been shut out five times this season, all since June 9.
Morneau gave the Twins a 3-0 lead in the first with his first home run since July 6, a 421-foot drive that was caught by a fan on the Target Field plaza in right field.
The Twins followed with five runs in the fourth off starter Josh Tomlin (5-8), capped by Willingham's 26th home run.
Tomlin allowed a career-worst eight runs in four innings and lost for the fifth time in his last seven decisions.
"You don't want to go out there and have a season like this," said Tomlin, who has an 11.65 ERA in the first inning and a 5.87 ERA overall. "You can say this stuff happens every now and then or people have bad years, but today was inexcusable to me. That was just a bad performance."
Acta didn't say that Tomlin won't be making his next start, but did say that he will sit down and "look at all the options."
Reliever Jeremy Accardo didn't fare much better as the Twins added three more in the sixth and finished with 15 hits.
The Indians entered Friday 3½ games behind in the AL Central after Carlos Santana and Hafner hit home runs on consecutive pitches to ignite a late rally against Justin Verlander and Detroit Tigers on Thursday.
"One more example that every day is a new day in baseball. Theres no such thing as momentum," Acta said.
Friday's loss snapped a five-game winning streak at Target Field and was Cleveland's worst since losing 12-1 at Boston on May 13.
The AL-worst Twins are just 5-11 since July 7 and have fewer wins than they did at this point in last year's 99-loss season.
With Diamond one of the few bright spots in the rotation, the Twins will need more home runs from Morneau and Willingham if they want to avoid surpassing last season's loss total.
"It starts with those big guys," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "When they put it in the seats, it makes things much easier."
Twins' third baseman Trevor Plouffe was a late scratch after aggravating a right thumb injury that has kept him out since July 20. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 21.
|The Twins' Scott Diamond allows only one baserunner after the fifth inning en route to his first career shutout. (Getty Images)|
|Players of the Game|
|Shin-Soo Choo, RF||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.294|
|Johnny Damon, LF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.231|
|Asdrubal Cabrera, SS||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||.277|
|Brent Lillibridge, SS||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.160|
|Jason Kipnis, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||.275|
|Michael Brantley, CF||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||.291|
|Carlos Santana, 1B||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.235|
|Travis Hafner, DH||3||0||2||0||0||1||0||.237|
|Jose Lopez, 3B||3||0||1||0||0||1||1||.250|
|Shelley Duncan, LF-RF||3||0||0||0||0||2||3||.219|
|Lou Marson, C||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.266|
|DP - Accardo-Santana, A. Cabrera-Kipnis-Santana, Lillibridge-Kipnis-Santana|
|Josh Tomlin (L,5-8)||4||10||8||8||0||2||2||5.87|
|HBP - Carroll (by Josh Tomlin)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Josh Tomlin 70-49, Jeremy Accardo 39-21, Cody Allen 33-17|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Tomlin 3-7, Jeremy Accardo 1-2, Cody Allen 1-4|
|Batters Faced - Josh Tomlin 23, Jeremy Accardo 11, Cody Allen 7|
|Denard Span, CF||3||3||2||0||2||0||2||.288|
|Ben Revere, RF||5||1||1||1||0||2||6||.307|
|Joe Mauer, C||5||3||3||2||0||0||0||.332|
|Josh Willingham, LF||5||1||2||4||0||1||2||.273|
|Justin Morneau, 1B||4||1||2||3||1||0||0||.256|
|Ryan Doumit, DH||4||0||2||1||0||0||1||.290|
|Brian Dozier, SS||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.237|
|Jamey Carroll, 3B||3||0||1||0||0||0||1||.237|
|Alexi Casilla, 2B||3||2||1||0||1||0||3||.223|
|HR - Josh Willingham (26, Tomlin), Justin Morneau (12, Tomlin)|
|RBI - Ben Revere (16), Joe Mauer 2 (47), Josh Willingham 4 (76), Justin Morneau 3 (44), Ryan Doumit (47)|
|2-OUT RBI - Ben Revere (10), Joe Mauer (13), Josh Willingham 3 (28), Justin Morneau 3 (14)|
|SB - Denard Span (10, 2nd base off Tomlin/Marson), Alexi Casilla (12, 3rd base off Tomlin/Marson)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|Scott Diamond (W,9-4)||9||3||0||0||0||6||0||2.88|
|Pitches-Strikes - Scott Diamond 98-67|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Diamond 12-9|
|Batters Faced - Scott Diamond 30|
|Attendance - 37820|
|Game Time - 2:25|
|Temperature - 77|
|Umpires - Home - Jeff Nelson, First Base - Bill Welke, Second Base - Chris Guccione, Third Base - Tim Tschida|