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MINNEAPOLIS -- After cruising through Cleveland's lineup for much of the evening, Kevin Correia finally made a mistake. With speedy Michael Bourn on base in the sixth, Correia "got a little quick" and left a pitch up in the strike zone for Jason Kipnis.
Kipnis crushed it into the left-field seats to give Cleveland a 2-0 lead.
"I feel like that's how the last two months have gone," Correia said.
But what happened next sure wasn't. The Twins responded with three runs in the bottom half, Correia (7-6) won a start for the first time in a month, and Minnesota beat the Indians 3-2 for its fourth-straight win.
"I feel like it was a flashback to like, eight games," Correia said. "I feel like if I would stop doing that, I would have 15 wins right now."
Not quite that dramatic, but Correia has left with his team leading only once in the last nine games. He's allowed homers in his last three starts. Still, he looked sharp for most of the night against the Indians. He allowed only three hits with one walk and three strikeouts.
"When you're getting four or five hits, you've got to play a clean game," Indians manager Terry Francona said.
The Indians failed to gain ground on Detroit, which maintained a 1-game lead in the AL Central. Corey Kluber put Cleveland in good position to close the gap with five shutout innings before leaving the game with tightness in his left hip in the sixth. Afterward, Kluber said the pain had been constant throughout the game.
"I was a little off to start the game, whether it was that or something else, I'm not sure," he said. "Obviously I would have liked to have gone more than five innings, but they wanted me to get out of there before it got to a point where I hurt myself."
The Indians have lost two straight after heading into the All-Star break with a four-game winning streak.
"It's still late July, there's still time," Kipnis said. "We're not losing too much ground, thankfully. But if we want to get where we want to be, we're going to have to start winning games, and these are games that we need to be winning."
Cleveland's lineup sputtered against Correia early, failing to reach base in the first three innings. Kluber was just as good, though, not allowing a run for the second-consecutive start. Minnesota had base runners in each of the first three innings against Kluber, but he didn't allow any of them past second.
Things turned in Minnesota's favor when Rich Hill (1-2) came out for the sixth instead of Kluber, thanks in part to a bad throw from Lonnie Chisenhall at third. With runners on second and third and no one out, Ryan Doumit reached on a fielder's choice when Chisenhall tried to get Mauer at the plate. Chisenhall's throw sailed past catcher Carlos Santana's glove, and Mauer scored to start the rally.
"Tipping our hat to our guys, we went out there and took advantage of that," said bench coach Terry Steinbach, who took over when Twins manager Ron Gardenhire left with stomach bug. "Got the guys in that we needed to score that inning, put ourselves ahead and gave our bullpen a chance to win that game."
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|Michael Bourn, CF||3||1||0||0||1||0||1||.290|
|Asdrubal Cabrera, SS||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.251|
|Jason Kipnis, 2B||4||1||2||2||0||0||0||.301|
|Nick Swisher, RF||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.239|
|Michael Brantley, LF||3||0||0||0||0||0||2||.277|
|Carlos Santana, C||3||0||0||0||0||2||1||.270|
|Jason Giambi, DH||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.197|
|a-Ryan Raburn, PH-DH||1||0||0||0||1||0||1||.265|
|Mark Reynolds, 1B||3||0||0||0||0||0||2||.215|
|Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B||3||0||1||0||0||0||2||.246|
|a-walked for Giambi in the 7th|
|HR - Jason Kipnis (14, Correia)|
|SH - Michael Brantley (1)|
|RBI - Jason Kipnis 2 (59)|
|2-OUT RBI - Jason Kipnis 2 (17)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|E - Lonnie Chisenhall (6, Throwing)|
|Rich Hill (L,1-2)||0||1||3||2||1||0||0||6.75|
|Bryan Shaw (BS,4)||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||4.22|
|WP - Matt Albers (6)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Corey Kluber 93-55, Rich Hill 11-5, Bryan Shaw 11-8, Vinnie Pestano 12-9, Matt Albers 15-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Corey Kluber 3-5, Rich Hill 1-0, Bryan Shaw 2-0, Vinnie Pestano 1-1, Matt Albers 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Corey Kluber 20, Rich Hill 3, Bryan Shaw 4, Vinnie Pestano 3, Matt Albers 4|
|Brian Dozier, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||1||0||.229|
|Trevor Plouffe, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||4||0||.261|
|Joe Mauer, C||3||1||2||0||1||0||0||.323|
|Justin Morneau, 1B||3||1||2||0||1||0||0||.276|
|Ryan Doumit, RF||4||1||1||1||0||1||4||.238|
|Chris Colabello, DH||4||0||1||1||0||1||1||.125|
|Aaron Hicks, CF||4||0||0||0||0||2||3||.192|
|Clete Thomas, LF||2||0||0||1||1||0||0||.233|
|Pedro Florimon, SS||3||0||0||0||0||1||2||.234|
|2B - Joe Mauer (31, Kluber)|
|RBI - Ryan Doumit (40), Chris Colabello (1), Clete Thomas (9)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|Outfield Assists - Ryan Doumit 1|
|Kevin Correia (W,7-6)||6||3||2||2||1||3||1||4.17|
|Brian Duensing (H,11)||0.1||0||0||0||1||0||0||4.58|
|Jared Burton (H,16)||0.2||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.53|
|Casey Fien (H,11)||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||2.88|
|Glen Perkins (S,23)||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||1.72|
|HBP - Santana (by Brian Duensing)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Kevin Correia 93-55, Brian Duensing 11-6, Jared Burton 10-5, Casey Fien 10-8, Glen Perkins 17-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kevin Correia 5-10, Brian Duensing 1-0, Glen Perkins 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Kevin Correia 22, Brian Duensing 3, Jared Burton 2, Casey Fien 3, Glen Perkins 4|
|Attendance - 38626|
|Game Time - 2:57|
|Temperature - 79|
|Umpires - Home - Gary Darling, First Base - Jerry Meals, Second Base - Bruce Dreckman, Third Base - Chris Conroy|