CLEVELAND -- Poor pitching and hitting have been constants in the Cleveland Indians' losing streak. Tuesday night they added shoddy defense to the mix.
The Indians' 7-5 defeat to Minnesota was their 11th consecutive loss. Unlike Monday night when Cleveland allowed 10 runs in the second inning in a 14-3 blowout, the latest loss was the kind that will keep a manager up at night.
Minnesota scored three times off All-Star closer Chris Perez (0-4), who blew his second save opportunity in three days.
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The Indians led 5-1 after six innings, but two errors in the seventh and another in the ninth helped Minnesota rally for its fifth victory in its past six games and seven consecutive victories against Cleveland.
Indians manager Manny Acta hasn't seen his team win since July 26.
"When it's going bad, that's what happens," Acta said. "That's the way the ball bounces and it's not bouncing right in any way, shape or form."
Cleveland previously dropped 11 straight on four occasions, most recently Sept. 13-24, 2009. The team's longest losing streak is 12 games from May 7-21, 1931. Cleveland has been outscored 95-36 in the streak. The Indians will try to avoid tying the streak when they play host to the Twins again Wednesday afternoon.
Perez, who on Sunday allowed five runs in the 10th inning in a 10-8 loss to Detroit, entered the game with a 5-4 lead. He gave up three runs, only one of which was earned thanks to first baseman Casey Kotchman's error, four hits and a walk.
"It's unacceptable performances," Perez said of his recent work. "It's coming at the worst time for us. You've got to fight through it. The games aren't going away off the schedule. I'm not getting off the horse. It stinks, but it could always get worse."
Perez struck out Joe Mauer to start the ninth, but Josh Willingham singled. Pinch-runner Darin Mastroianni stole second before Justin Morneau sent a ground ball behind first base. Kotchman got in front of the ball, but it skipped off his glove and rolled into shallow right field and Mastroianni scored to tie the game.
"It took a bad hop and obviously, an unfavorable bounce off my wrist," Kotchman said. "When he hit it, it started out foul and kicked a couple of times."
Perez was finally removed with the bases loaded. The right-hander, who criticized Cleveland fans earlier in the season for not attending games, had no reaction as he was booed while slowly walking off the field.
"I deserved it," Perez said.
The Indians took a 5-1 lead into the seventh, but fielding errors by shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera and second baseman Jason Kipnis helped the Twins score three unearned runs. Ben Revere had an RBI groundout and Morneau's routine grounder with two outs went through Kipnis' legs, scoring two more runs. Chris Seddon retired Doumit on a ground ball to end the inning.
"We scored enough runs to win the game," Acta said. "The three guys who made errors have played great defense for us all year."
"We got some breaks tonight and had a couple of things go our way, but we kept battling," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "To put together a ninth inning like that against a guy who throws pretty damn hard like Perez, it was a good day for the ballclub."
Morneau, who had two home runs and four RBI on Monday, had an RBI single in the first. Revere extended his hitting streak to 21 games with a one-out single.
Shin-Soo Choo's RBI fielder's choice tied the game in the first. Shelley Duncan hit a two-run homer in the second. Cabrera singled to right for a 4-1 lead.
Carlos Santana added an RBI double in the sixth for a 5-1 lead.
- A throwing error charged to Kipnis in Minnesota's 10-run second inning Monday has been changed to a fielding error by Santana, who played first base. Eight of the runs in the inning are still unearned.
- Twins 3B Trevor Plouffe (bruised right thumb) fielded ground balls and ran the bases before the game. Manager Ron Gardenhire said Plouffe will take swings in the batting cage Wednesday.
- RHP Carl Pavano (rotator cuff) allowed one run in two innings for Class A Fort Myers on Tuesday.
- Cleveland DH Travis Hafner (back soreness) missed his second successive game. He might be sent for tests if his condition isn't improved Wednesday, according to manager Manny Acta.
- The Indians promoted RHP Frank Herrmann from Triple-A Columbus and designated INF Jose Lopez for assignment before the game.
- The series will end Wednesday when RHP Justin Masterson (7-10) faces LHP Brian Duensing (2-6).