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Associated Press, Published May 05 2013

Pelfrey, Twins halt Indians' win streak

CLEVELAND – Faced with a rugged road trip against streaking teams, the Minnesota Twins needed something positive to happen.

A strong outing by Mike Pelfrey and just enough clutch hitting did the trick in Sunday’s 4-2 victory over Cleveland that stopped the Indians’ six-game winning string.

Minnesota, which is on a 10-game swing, lost two of three in Detroit and dropped the first two games against the Indians. With a four-game series starting today against Boston, which has the best record in baseball, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire didn’t want the losses to pile up.

“It was a good win for us,” he said. “No one wants to get swept. We’d like to start winning series. That’s our goal. Now we’re going to Boston, another team that’s playing really, really well and we’ll see what happens there.”

The loss dropped the Indians back to .500, but manager Terry Francona likes the way his team has been playing.

“When you’re going through good periods, you don’t necessarily even have to reel off a bunch of wins to feel good about your team,” he said. “When your starting pitching is good, you’ve got a chance to win every night. Guys continue to pick each other up at the plate.”

Pelfrey, coming off reconstructive surgery on his right elbow that limited him to three games last season, allowed one run in six innings in his longest outing of the season.

Trevor Plouffe hit a two-run homer in the second. Justin Morneau drove in a run with a bases-loaded single in the sixth while Joe Mauer, who was in a 5-for-43 slump, added an RBI double in the seventh.

Pelfrey (3-3), who allowed nine earned runs in losing his two previous starts, slowed down an Indians lineup that produced 53 runs during the winning streak. The right-hander gave up one run and four hits while striking out seven.

“It definitely feels better than the last one,” Pelfrey said. “At the end of the day, if we win I’m happy. If I had given up four or five runs and we would have won, I would have been OK with it. Winning is the thing I care about the most.”

Plouffe homered off Corey Kluber (2-1) with one out in the second, his fourth of the season and second in the series. Chris Parmelee was aboard with a walk.

Glen Perkins pitched the ninth for his seventh save in seven chances. Carlos Santana hit a solo homer with two outs before Ryan Raburn blooped a single. Perkins struck out pinch-hitter Mike Aviles on a 3-2 pitch to end the game.

Minnesota Cleveland

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Carroll 2b 4 2 2 0 Brantly lf 4 0 0 0

Mauer c 2 0 1 1 Kipnis 2b 4 0 0 0

Wlngh lf 3 0 0 0 ACarer ss 4 1 1 0

Mornea dh 4 0 1 1 Swisher dh 4 0 0 0

Parmel 1b 3 1 0 0 MrRynl 1b 2 0 0 1

Plouffe 3b 2 1 1 2 CSantn c 3 1 2 1

Arcia rf 4 0 1 0 Raburn rf 4 0 2 0

Hicks cf 4 0 0 0 Chsnhll 3b 3 0 1 0

EEscor ss 4 0 0 0 Aviles ph 1 0 0 0

Stubbs cf 3 0 0 0

Totals 30 4 6 4 Totals 32 2 6 2

Minnesota 020 001 100— 4

Cleveland 000 100 001— 2

DP—Cleveland 1. LOB—Minnesota 6, Cleveland 6. 2B—Mauer (6), A.Cabrera (7). HR—Plouffe (4), C.Santana (6). SB—A.Cabrera (2). CS—Arcia (1). SF—Mar.Reynolds.

IP H R ER BB SO

Minnesota

Pelfrey W,3-3 6 4 1 1 1 7

Roenicke H,4 1 0 0 0 1 1

Burton H,6 1 0 0 0 0 1

Perkins S,7-7 1 2 1 1 0 2

Cleveland

Kluber L,2-1 5Xc 5 3 3 4 5

Allen Zc 0 0 0 1 1

Albers 1 1 1 1 1 1

S.Barnes 2 0 0 0 0 4

HBP—by S.Barnes (Plouffe). PB—C.Santana.

T—2:59. A—14,015 (42,241).