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Associated Press, Published August 06 2012

Twins send Indians to their 10th straight loss

CLEVELAND – It’s easy to see why the number 10 looked pretty good to the Minnesota Twins on Monday night.

It’s also easy to see why it didn’t look that way to the Cleveland Indians.

The Twins, sparked by a big game from Justin Morneau, scored 10 times in the second inning and rolled to a 14-3 victory, sending the Indians to their 10th straight loss.

“It was incredible, really, to score 10 runs in an inning,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. “It doesn’t happen very often.”

The Indians, whose last victory came on July 26, have been outscored 88-31 in their losing streak.

“I asked one of my coaches to pinch me tonight because I couldn’t believe it was happening again,” manager Manny Acta said. “It continues to be rough and disappointing the way we’re giving up runs. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like it and I don’t think I’ll see anything like it again.”

Morneau homered twice, including the 200th of his career, and drove in four runs, Joe Mauer had three RBIs and Ryan Doumit hit a three-run homer. Ben Revere had four of the Twins’ 14 hits and extended his hitting streak to 20 games while Josh Willingham hit his 29th homer, matching his career-high.

The Twins fell one run shy of their biggest inning in franchise history. Minnesota has scored 11 runs in an inning four times.

Scott Diamond (10-5) allowed three runs in seven innings as the Twins beat the Indians for the sixth straight time this season. Minnesota swept a three-game series in late July.

Thanks to an assortment of injuries the last two seasons, Morenau, the AL’s MVP in 2006, played in 81 games in 2010 and 69 last season. He is the fourth Canadian-born player to hit 200 career home runs, joining Larry Walker, Matt Stairs and Jason Bay.

“It’s one of those things I’m able to appreciate,” Morneau said. “When you’re younger you take it for granted you’re going to play until you’re 40. You go through some tough times. It’s something you can be proud of.”

“He’s healthy,” Gardenhire said. “When you’re not healthy and you’re trying to go out there and you’re playing with something nagging at you all the time, it’s tough to play this game.”

As a fellow Canadian, Diamond saw special significance in Morneau’s milestone.

“I grew up watching him,” Diamond said. “He’s been a hero to a lot of us.”

The Indians went 0-9 on a road trip that ended Sunday. Before Monday’s game, general manager Chris Antonetti expressed his support for Acta and the coaching staff even though the team was coming off the least successful trip in the franchise’s 112-year history.

Minnesota Cleveland

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Span cf 6 2 1 0 Kipnis 2b 4 2 1 0

Revere rf 5 3 4 1 AsCarr ss 3 0 1 0

Mauer dh 5 1 3 3 Lillirdg lf 1 0 0 0

Wlngh lf 4 2 1 2 Choo rf 4 0 1 0

Mstrnn lf 0 0 0 0 CSantn 1b 3 1 1 2

Mornea 1b 5 3 3 4 Brantly cf 3 0 1 0

Doumit c 4 2 2 3 Hannhn ss 1 0 0 0

Butera ph-c 1 0 0 0 Duncan dh 4 0 1 0

Nishiok 2b 5 0 0 0 JoLopz 3b 4 0 2 0

Dozier ss 3 0 0 0 Marson c 3 0 0 0

JCarrll 3b 3 1 0 0 Carrer lf-cf 4 0 0 0

Totals 41 14 14 13 Totals 34 3 8 2

Minnesota 0(10)0 201 010— 14

Cleveland 100 002 000— 3

E—J.Carroll (7), Nishioka 2 (2), Kipnis (4). DP—Minnesota 4, Cleveland 1. LOB—Minnesota 5, Cleveland 6. 2B—Mauer 2 (23), Doumit (22), Brantley (33). HR—Willingham (29), Morneau 2 (15), Doumit (12), C.Santana (12).

IP H R ER BB SO

Minnesota

Diamond W,10-5 7 7 3 2 1 3

Gray 1 0 0 0 1 1

Perdomo 1 1 0 0 0 0

Cleveland

McAllister L,4-4 1Xc 6 9 2 2 3

Tomlin 3Zc 3 3 3 0 1

Sipp 1 2 1 1 0 1

C.Allen 1 0 0 0 1 1

E.Rogers 1 3 1 1 0 0

J.Smith 1 0 0 0 2 0

T—3:01. A—18,775 (43,429).