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Cabrera, Brantley lift Indians to first 3-game win streak

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CLEVELAND -- After a difficult April, the Cleveland Indians are starting to play a bit better.

Asdrubal Cabrera had four hits and three RBI, Michael Brantley also homered and the Indians beat the injury-riddled Minnesota Twins 9-4 Thursday for their first three-game winning streak this season.

Cleveland went 5-2 on a homestand that followed an 0-6 trip to San Francisco and the Los Angeles Angels.'

''We're still inconsistent at some things, but we're doing a lot of things better than we were,'' manager Terry Francona said. ''We're playing with a little more confidence, a little more purpose. ... It's just a little better feel.''

Cabrera, who entered hitting .215, had a solo homer in the second inning and RBI doubles in the seventh and eighth. He also singled in the fifth.

''Shows how smart I was, I was going to give him the day off,'' Francona said. ''He talked me out of it.''

Cabrera declined to talk with reporters after the game. Francona thought he should have been credited with a triple in his final at-bat, which would have given him a cycle.

Brantley hit a two-run homer in the fifth and had an RBI grounder in the sixth. He also doubled and scored in the first, then singled in the third.

''Hitting's contagious,'' Brantley said. ''It was fun to be a part of.''

Justin Masterson (2-1) allowed four runs -- two earned -- four hits and four walks in 6 1/3 innings. Kevin Corriea (1-4) gave up four runs, eight hits and four walks in 4 1/3 innings for the Twins.

Minnesota played its fourth straight game without first baseman Joe Mauer, who could be headed to the disabled list because of back spasms. Outfielder Sam Fuld was placed on the seven-day DL with concussion-like symptoms, leaving infielder Pedro Florimon as Minnesota's only bench player when the game began.

''We're looking for nine right now, nine people that can play,'' manager Ron Gardenhire said.

Shortstop Eduardo Escobar was forced to play the outfield for the second straight day and struggled again.

He misjudged a fly ball in left field in the ninth inning Wednesday night that led to Cleveland scoring the winning run.

Brantley doubled with two outs in the first Thursday, advanced on ball four to Carlos Santana and David Murphy hit a line drive directly at Escobar.

Escobar froze, then broke back too late to make the catch as the ball landed on the warning track. Brantley scored, but Santana was out on a relay throw to the plate.

Escobar dropped Lonnie Chisenhall's sinking line drive in the seventh, but avoided an error by throwing to second to force Ryan Raburn, who had held up to see whether the ball would be caught.

Cabrera led off the second with a home run. Brantley's homer scored Nick Swisher, who started the fifth with a walk.

Cleveland (15-19) headed to Tampa Bay for the start of a series. The Indians are 4-11 away from home.

''We've got to play really well,'' Francona said. ''We're going to a tough place to play.''

Notes

Indians CF and leadoff hitter Michael Bourn returned after missing three games with a tight left hamstring. He had a sacrifice fly in the seventh. ... INF Eduardo Nunez was recalled from Triple-A Rochester to take Fuld's roster spot. ... Santana broke an 0- for-21 slump with an infield hit in the fifth. ... Minnesota added RHP Matt Guerrier to the 40-man roster after selecting his contract from Rochester. LHP Brooks Railey was claimed by the Los Angeles Angels after being placed on waivers. ... Florimon and OF/C Chris Herrmann were optioned to Triple-A Rochester following the game.

 
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Asdrubal Cabrera plays a big role in the win with four hits and three RBI for surging Cleveland. (USATSI)
Asdrubal Cabrera plays a big role in the win with four hits and three RBI for surging Cleveland. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Cleveland

A. Cabrera
AB 5
R 2
H 4
HR 1
RBI 3
Cleveland

J. Masterson
IP 6.1
H 4
ER 2
BB 4
K 7
 

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Minnesota Twins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brian Dozier, 2B4100114 .227
Eduardo Escobar, CF5001014 .309
Trevor Plouffe, 3B4000013 .254
Chris Colabello, 1B3012120 .271
Jason Kubel, LF3000121 .268
Kurt Suzuki, DH3000012 .297
Josmil Pinto, C3120112 .228
Chris Herrmann, RF4110004 .128
Danny Santana, SS3111100 .444
Kevin Correia, P0000000 .000
   Michael Tonkin, P0000000 .000
   Caleb Thielbar, P0000000 .000
   Anthony Swarzak, P0000000 .000
   Brian Duensing, P0000000 .000
   Matt Guerrier, P0000000 .000
Totals3245459  
Batting
2B - Danny Santana (2, Masterson)
RBI - Eduardo Escobar (8), Chris Colabello 2 (30), Danny Santana (2)
2-OUT RBI - Chris Colabello 2 (14)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Eduardo Escobar 2
E - Josmil Pinto (3, Interference)
PB - Josmil Pinto (1)
Minnesota Twins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Kevin Correia (L,1-4) 4.1844452 6.34
Michael Tonkin 0.2110010 2.08
Caleb Thielbar 1000110 1.69
Anthony Swarzak 0.1433000 6.75
Brian Duensing 0.2000010 1.69
Matt Guerrier 1211000 9.00
Pitches-Strikes - Kevin Correia 88-53, Michael Tonkin 12-11, Caleb Thielbar 18-9, Anthony Swarzak 11-8, Brian Duensing 11-7, Matt Guerrier 21-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kevin Correia 5-2, Caleb Thielbar 1-1, Anthony Swarzak 1-0, Matt Guerrier 1-2
Batters Faced - Kevin Correia 24, Michael Tonkin 3, Caleb Thielbar 4, Anthony Swarzak 5, Brian Duensing 2, Matt Guerrier 5
Cleveland Indians
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Michael Bourn, CF4001023 .250
Nick Swisher, 1B2100311 .198
Michael Brantley, LF5233000 .289
Carlos Santana, C4010112 .143
David Murphy, RF4231101 .270
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS5243013 .238
Ryan Raburn, DH5011023 .169
Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B3200011 .338
Mike Aviles, 2B4030000 .328
Justin Masterson, P0000000 .000
   Scott Atchison, P0000000 .000
   Carlos Carrasco, P0000000 .000
Totals36915958  
Batting
2B - Michael Brantley (8, Correia), David Murphy 2 (6, Correia), Asdrubal Cabrera 2 (9, Swarzak), Mike Aviles 2 (4, Correia)
HR - Michael Brantley (6, Correia), Asdrubal Cabrera (2, Correia)
SF - Michael Bourn (1)
RBI - Michael Bourn (5), Michael Brantley 3 (29), David Murphy (19), Asdrubal Cabrera 3 (10), Ryan Raburn (7)
2-OUT RBI - David Murphy (9), Asdrubal Cabrera (1)
PK - Asdrubal Cabrera (1, Tonkin)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Aviles-A. Cabrera-Swisher
E - Justin Masterson (1, Misplayed grounder)
Cleveland Indians
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Justin Masterson (W,2-1) 6.1442470 3.86
Scott Atchison (H,2) 1.2000020 1.88
Carlos Carrasco 1100100 6.20
WP - Justin Masterson (5)
HBP - Suzuki (by Justin Masterson)
Pitches-Strikes - Justin Masterson 97-60, Scott Atchison 24-13, Carlos Carrasco 23-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Justin Masterson 8-4, Scott Atchison 2-1
Batters Faced - Justin Masterson 28, Scott Atchison 5, Carlos Carrasco 5
Game Information
Attendance - 13095
Game Time - 3:14
Temperature - 67
Umpires - Home - Chris Segal, First Base - Cory Blaser, Second Base - Brian O'Nora, Third Base - Doug Eddings