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Associated Press , Published September 07 2012

Canzler's first major league homer lifts Indians past Twins

MINNEAPOLIS – Russ Canzler hit his first major league homer and reliever David Huff won his first game this season and the Cleveland Indians beat the Minnesota Twins 7-6 on Friday night.

Minnesota built an early 4-0 lead on Indians starter Jeanmar Gomez before Canzler and Huff (1-0) – who both spent most of the year in Triple-A Columbus before being called up this month – lifted Cleveland to its fourth win in six games.

Canzler went 3-for-4 with a walk and three RBIs – the first RBIs of his major league career – and Huff retired all 10 batters he faced after relieving Gomez in the fourth.

Twins starter Liam Hendriks couldn’t hold onto a four-run lead for the second straight game and remained winless in 16 career starts.

Josh Willingham hit a two-run double and Justin Morneau added a sac fly in the third to give Hendriks a 4-0 lead.

But Canzler started the rally with a two-run homer in the fourth.

Then in the fifth, Shin-Soo Choo added an RBI single and Canzler drove in Jason Kipnis on a grounder down the third-base line to tie it.

Sloppy play hurt the Twins in the seventh when Kipnis was caught stealing but reached second when Pedro Florimon missed a throw from Tyler Robertson (1-2).

Two batters later, Michael Brantley gave Cleveland the lead when he singled off Alex Burnett to drive in Kipnis. Casey Kotchman then snapped a 0-for-15 slid when he singled home Carlos Santana and Burnett walked in a run to make it 7-4.

Willingham added another double in the eighth off Vinnie Pestano to drive in Joe Mauer. Pestano and Joe Smith combined for 1Xc innings of relief. Chris Perez gave up a leadoff double and a run in the ninth, but held on for his 35th save in 39 chances.

Cleveland Minnesota

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Choo rf 5 0 3 1 Revere cf 5 1 1 1

Kipnis 2b 4 2 1 0 Escor 2b 3 0 0 0

AsCarr ss 2 0 0 0 MCarsn ph 1 0 0 0

CSantn c 5 1 0 0 Mauer c 3 2 1 0

Brantly cf 3 2 2 1 Wlngh dh 3 1 2 3

Canzler dh 4 1 3 3 Mornea 1b 2 0 0 1

Ktchm 1b 5 0 1 1 Doumit lf 4 0 0 0

Rottino lf 3 0 0 0 Parmel rf 3 0 0 1

CPhlps ph 0 0 0 1 Plouffe 3b 3 0 1 0

Carrer lf 1 0 0 0 ACasill pr 0 1 0 0

Hannhn 3b 5 1 2 0 Flormn ss 4 1 2 0

Totals 37 7 12 7 Totals 31 6 7 6

Cleveland 000 220 300— 7

Minnesota 013 000 011— 6

E—Florimon (5). DP—Minnesota 2. LOB—Cleveland 11, Minnesota 5. 2B—Kipnis (18), Hannahan (13), Willingham 2 (28), Plouffe (14). HR—Canzler (1). SB—Choo (18), Kipnis (27). CS—Kipnis (7). S—E.Escobar. SF—Morneau, Parmelee.

IP H R ER BB SO

Cleveland

J.Gomez 3 3 4 4 3 3

D.Huff W,1-0 3Zc 0 0 0 0 4

J.Smith H,18 Xc 1 0 0 1 1

Pestano H,35 1 2 1 1 0 0

C.Perez S,35-39 1 1 1 1 0 1

Minnesota

Hendriks 5 8 4 4 3 2

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

Al.Burnett Zc 3 1 1 1 0

Waldrop 1Xc 1 0 0 2 1

Perkins 1 0 0 0 0 0

T.Robertson pitched to 2 batters in the 7th.

WP—Waldrop.

T—3:21. A—30,111 (39,500).