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Indians 8, Twins 7

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CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Indians seemed as if they were in for an easy night after scoring six runs in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins.

Not so fast. The Indians needed every bit of their early advantage and survived a harrowing ninth inning for an 8-7 win and their fourth straight victory.

"We kind of had to hang on for dear life, but we did," manager Terry Francona said. "We go home happy."

Cleveland led 8-3 after five, but Minnesota scored four times in the final three innings. Vinnie Pestano, subbing as closer for the injured Chris Perez, allowed two runs in the ninth, including Chris Parmelee's second homer of the game that cut the lead to one.

Pestano struck out pinch-hitter Josh Willingham on a 3-2 pitch with the tying run on first for his third save.

"We won the game," Pestano said. "That's the bottom line. If I go out there and give up five runs and we win by one, we win by one."

For most of the night, it didn't look like such dramatics would be necessary. Michael Bourn had three hits and three RBI and Corey Kluber won his third consecutive start. Cleveland took advantage of five first-inning walks to score six runs. Jason Kipnis added three hits to pace the Indians, who are 8-2 since losing eight in a row.

Minnesota starter P.J. Walters (2-3) walked five of the nine batters he faced, hit one and didn't get through the first inning when Cleveland had only two hits. Kipnis and Bourn both had two-run singles while Jason Giambi and Drew Stubbs drew bases-loaded walks.

Kluber (6-4) gave up three runs in 5 2/3 innings. The right-hander has allowed four earned runs in 21 2/3 innings in his last three starts.

"I wasn't as sharp as I'd like to be, but there are games when you go out there and hopefully get through it and give your team a chance to win," he said.

Kluber ended the Indians' eight-game slide when he held Texas to one run in eight innings on June 11. He followed that with eight shutout innings against Washington on June 16. Kluber, who threw 100 pitches Saturday, gave up eight hits, struck out four and walked one. It appeared the game was under control when he was pulled but the Indians needed five relievers to finish the game.

"There were some highs and lows," Francona said of his bullpen's performance. "Fortunately, the highs won out."

Minnesota scored in the seventh and Parmelee homered to lead off the eighth, making it an 8-5 game. The Twins had the tying run at the plate with one out but Rich Hill struck out Mauer and Ryan Doumit.

Justin Morneau doubled to begin the ninth and scored on Oswaldo Arcia's ground ball for the second out of the inning. Pestano walked Brian Dozier before finally striking out Winninhgam on his 34th pitch of the inning.

"That was a really long inning," Francona said. "Anytime you get up near 30 pitches, that's a long inning."

Mauer hit a two-run homer in the first for Minnesota, which has homered in seven straight games. Arcia added a solo shot in the fourth.

Walters' problems began when he walked Bourn and hit Mike Aviles to start the first. Kipnis' double into the left corner tied the score. After Michael Brantley flied out, Carlos Santana and Mark Reynolds walked to load the bases. Walters then walked Giambi, who was batting .180, to force in a run.

Lonnie Chisenhall flied out but a walk to Stubbs made it 4-2 and ended Walters' night. Bourn greeted Anthony Swarzak with single to center and Cleveland led 6-2. Walters threw 46 pitches, only 18 of which were strikes in two-thirds of an inning. He failed to pitch into the sixth inning for the first time in six starts this season.

"Walters just didn't have it tonight," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "It was just a bad night. He couldn't find anything. Hopefully, we won't see that again from him."

Stubbs and Bourn added RBI singles in the fifth off Ryan Pressly. Kipnis, who singled, doubled and tripled, is batting .379 (25-for-66) in 19 games in June.

Trevor Plouffe added an RBI single for the Twins in the seventh.

Minnesota came to town riding a three-game sweep of the Chicago White Sox but lost to the Indians 5-1 on Friday. The Twins are 13-7 against Cleveland since June 2, 2012.

Indians first baseman Nick Swisher, who has missed six games with a sore left shoulder, will probably return for Sunday's series finale or Monday when the Indians open a series in Baltimore. Swisher, who is in a 6-for-55 slump, took batting practice Saturday.

Notes

Perez (strained right rotator cuff) will throw a simulated game Sunday at Double-A Akron. He will make another minor league rehab appearance next week. ... Francona said RHP Zach McAllister (sprained middle finger) will play catch at 120 feet in the next couple of days. There's no timetable for when McAllister will throw off the mound. ... Twins OF Austin Hicks (left hamstring strain) could start a rehab assignment at Triple-A Rochester on Sunday. He has been on the 15-day disabled list since June 10. ... Twins OF Wilkin Ramirez (concussion) played five innings Friday for Single-A Fort Myers. He has been on the 7-day DL since May 26. ... The teams wrap up their three-game series Sunday. Twins RHP Mike Pelfrey (3-6) takes on RHP Carlos Carrasco (0-2).

 
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Players of the Game
Minnesota

C. Parmelee
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 2
RBI 2
Cleveland

J. Kipnis
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Minnesota Twins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Clete Thomas, CF4220123 .286
Joe Mauer, C4112114 .327
Ryan Doumit, DH5000014 .234
Justin Morneau, 1B5120001 .286
Trevor Plouffe, 3B5021012 .273
Oswaldo Arcia, LF5112023 .265
Chris Parmelee, RF5232000 .232
Brian Dozier, 2B2000301 .232
Pedro Florimon, SS4020012 .234
   a- Josh Willingham, PH1000011 .212
Totals40713759  
a-struck out for Florimon in the 9th
Batting
2B - Clete Thomas (3, Hagadone), Justin Morneau (18, Pestano), Chris Parmelee (8, Kluber), Pedro Florimon (9, Kluber)
HR - Joe Mauer (8, Kluber), Oswaldo Arcia (6, Kluber), Chris Parmelee 2 (7, Shaw, Pestano)
RBI - Joe Mauer 2 (25), Trevor Plouffe (24), Oswaldo Arcia 2 (19), Chris Parmelee 2 (16)
2-OUT RBI - Trevor Plouffe (7), Chris Parmelee (9)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Oswaldo Arcia 1
DP - Plouffe-Morneau, Florimon-Dozier-Morneau, Dozier-Florimon-Morneau
Minnesota Twins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
P.J. Walters (L,2-3) 0.2166500 4.88
Anthony Swarzak 3.1500120 2.77
Ryan Pressly 3622200 2.12
Caleb Thielbar 1000000 0.00
HBP - Aviles (by P.J. Walters)
WP - Ryan Pressly (4)
Pitches-Strikes - P.J. Walters 46-18, Anthony Swarzak 67-43, Ryan Pressly 43-23, Caleb Thielbar 11-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Anthony Swarzak 3-4, Ryan Pressly 4-2, Caleb Thielbar 1-2
Batters Faced - P.J. Walters 9, Anthony Swarzak 15, Ryan Pressly 14, Caleb Thielbar 3
Cleveland Indians
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Michael Bourn, CF4133101 .303
Mike Aviles, SS4100004 .267
Jason Kipnis, 2B4132100 .275
Michael Brantley, LF5000005 .271
Carlos Santana, C3120200 .282
Mark Reynolds, 1B3100124 .233
Jason Giambi, DH2211202 .187
Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B4120004 .215
Drew Stubbs, RF3012101 .239
Totals32812882  
Batting
2B - Jason Kipnis (16, Walters), Lonnie Chisenhall (5, Pressly)
3B - Jason Kipnis (3, Swarzak)
RBI - Michael Bourn 3 (14), Jason Kipnis 2 (40), Jason Giambi (21), Drew Stubbs 2 (24)
2-OUT RBI - Michael Bourn 2 (6), Drew Stubbs (9)
SB - Jason Kipnis (17, 2nd base off Pressly/Mauer)
Team LOB - 9
Cleveland Indians
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Corey Kluber (W,6-4) 5.2833142 3.68
Nick Hagadone 1111110 5.91
Cody Allen 0.1100010 2.01
Bryan Shaw 0.1111201 3.38
Rich Hill (H,5) 0.2000020 7.50
Vinnie Pestano (S,3) 1222111 4.50
Pitches-Strikes - Corey Kluber 100-63, Nick Hagadone 22-13, Cody Allen 10-6, Bryan Shaw 22-12, Rich Hill 11-7, Vinnie Pestano 34-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Corey Kluber 7-6, Nick Hagadone 1-1, Vinnie Pestano 1-1
Batters Faced - Corey Kluber 26, Nick Hagadone 5, Cody Allen 2, Bryan Shaw 4, Rich Hill 2, Vinnie Pestano 6
Game Information
Attendance - 21417
Game Time - 3:47
Temperature - 89
Umpires - Home - John Hirschbeck, First Base - Eric Cooper, Second Base - Chad Fairchild, Third Base - Jeff Kellogg