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Associated Press, Published August 07 2012

Twins rally to stun Indians

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 straight loss, tying a franchise record. 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.

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 win in six games and seven straight victories over 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 host the Twins again Wednesday afternoon.

Perez, who allowed five runs in the 10th inning in Sunday’s 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.”

Tsuyoshi Nishioka’s sacrifice fly scored the go-ahead run. Tyler Robertson (1-0) pitched two innings for his first major league win. Glen Perkins pitched the ninth for his seventh save.

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.”

Ryan Doumit followed with a double that moved Morneau to third. Nishioka’s fly ball to left put Minnesota ahead. Brian Dozier followed with an RBI single to give the Twins a cushion.

Minnesota Cleveland

ab r h bi ab r h bi

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

Revere rf 5 1 1 1 AsCarr ss 3 0 2 1

Mauer c 3 1 0 0 Choo rf 5 0 0 1

Wlngh dh 4 0 1 0 CSantn c 4 0 1 1

Mstrnn pr-lf 0 1 0 0 Brantly cf 4 1 2 0

Mornea 1b 5 1 1 1 Ktchm 1b 5 0 1 0

Doumit lf 5 1 3 0 Duncan dh 3 1 1 2

Perkins p 0 0 0 0 Hannhn 3b 3 1 1 0

Nishiok 2b 3 0 0 1 Carrer lf 4 0 1 0

Dozier ss 5 1 2 1

JCarrll 3b 5 1 2 0

Totals 39 7 11 4 Totals 32 5 9 5

Minnesota 100 000 303— 7

Cleveland 130 001 000— 5

E—J.Carroll (8), Kotchman (5), As.Cabrera (15), Kipnis (4). DP—Minnesota 3, Cleveland 1. LOB—Minnesota 13, Cleveland 10. 2B—Span (29), Doumit 2 (24), Dozier (11), C.Santana (20), Kotchman (11). HR—Duncan (10). SB—Mastroianni (13), As.Cabrera (5), Brantley (12). S—Kipnis. SF—Nishioka.

IP H R ER BB SO

Minnesota

Deduno 4 5 4 4 5 3

Manship 2 2 1 1 2 4

T.Robertson W,1-0 2 2 0 0 1 1

Perkins S,7-10 1 0 0 0 0 0

Cleveland

Kluber 6 6 3 1 3 3

Sipp H,11 Xc 0 1 0 1 0

J.Smith 0 0 0 0 0 0

Seddon H,1 Zc 0 0 0 0 0

Pestano H,30 1 1 0 0 1 0

Perz L,0-4 BS,4-33 Xc 4 3 1 1 1

Herrmann Zc 0 0 0 0 0

Kluber pitched to 2 batters in the 7th.

J.Smith pitched to 2 batters in the 7th.

HBP—by Deduno (Kipnis), by J.Smith (Willingham).

T—3:40. A—14,813 (43,429).