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Associated Press, Published September 19 2012

Twins win 6-4, drop Indians to last place

CLEVELAND – Liam Hendriks finally has a win, thanks in part to another productive night for Josh Willingham.

Willingham had four hits and four RBIs to help Hendriks and the Twins beat Cleveland 6-4 on Wednesday, dropping the Indians into last place in the AL Central.

Hendriks (1-7) allowed two runs and two hits in six effective innings to get the win in his 18th career start. The right-hander was pelted with shaving cream by happy teammates after picking up the elusive win.

“It took a long, long time,” Hendriks said. “I could have done without the shaving cream in my eye, but I’m excited to become the 16th Australian to win a major league game.”

Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire couldn’t help but tease the 23-year-old pitcher.

“I told him if it takes him that long to win again, the shaving cream is going to be gasoline,” Gardenire cracked.

Willingham belted a tiebreaking two-run homer off Zach McAllister (5-8) in the fifth inning, giving Minnesota a 4-2 lead. He also had three singles.

Willingham now has 35 homers and 110 RBIs in his first year with the Twins. It’s the most homers by a Minnesota player since Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew’s 41 in 1970. His previous career high for RBIs was 98 set last season with Oakland.

Minnesota Cleveland

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Span cf 4 2 1 0 Choo rf 5 0 0 0

JCarrll 2b 5 1 3 0 Kipnis 2b 4 1 2 2

Mauer dh 4 1 1 1 AsCarr ss 3 1 1 1

Wlngh lf 5 1 4 4 Lillirdg ss 1 0 1 0

MCarsn lf 0 0 0 0 CSantn c 3 0 0 0

Mornea 1b 4 1 0 0 Brantly cf 4 0 1 1

Parmel rf 5 0 1 0 Hafner dh 3 0 0 0

Revere rf 0 0 0 0 Canzler 1b 4 0 0 0

Plouffe 3b 4 0 2 0 Chsnhll 3b 4 0 1 0

CHrmn c 4 0 0 1 Rottino lf 3 2 1 0

Flormn ss 3 0 0 0

Totals 38 6 12 6 Totals 34 4 7 4

Minnesota 002 031 000— 6

Cleveland 101 000 020— 4

E—Florimon (7). DP—Minnesota 1, Cleveland 1. LOB—Minnesota 9, Cleveland 6. 2B—Span (35), J.Carroll (17), Rottino (1). HR—Willingham (35), As.Cabrera (15). SB—Span (16), Plouffe (1), Rottino (1).

IP H R ER BB SO

Minnesota

Hendriks W,1-7 6 2 2 2 2 2

Al.Burnett 1Xc 3 2 2 0 1

T.Robertson H,5 Zc 1 0 0 0 1

Perkins S,13-16 1 1 0 0 0 1

Cleveland

McAllister L,5-8 4Zc 8 4 4 2 3

Seddon 1Xc 3 2 2 2 1

Maine 1 0 0 0 0 1

Sipp 1 1 0 0 0 0

F.Herrmann 1 0 0 0 0 1

HBP—by Hendriks (Hafner). WP—Hendriks. PB—C.Herrmann.

T—3:10. A—13,519 (43,429).

Walters pitched to 3 batters in the 6th.