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Associated Press, Published July 20 2013

Correia's pitching helps Twins beat Indians

MINNEAPOLIS – After cruising through Cleveland’s lineup for much of the evening, Kevin Correia finally made a mistake. With speedy Michael Bourn on base in the sixth, Correia “got a little quick” and left a pitch up in the strike zone for Jason Kipnis.

Kipnis crushed it into the left-field seats to give Cleveland a 2-0 lead.

“I feel like that’s how the last two months have gone,” Correia said.

But what happened next sure wasn’t. The Twins responded with three runs in the bottom half, Correia (7-6) won a start for the first time in a month, and Minnesota beat the Indians 3-2 for its fourth straight win.

“I feel like it was a flashback to like, eight games,” Correia said. “I feel like if I would stop doing that, I would have 15 wins right now.”

Not quite that dramatic, but Correia has left with his team leading only once in the last nine games. He’s allowed homers in his last three starts. Still, he looked sharp for most of the night against the Indians. He allowed only three hits with one walk and three strikeouts.

Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau each had two hits and a walk, and the Twins offense took advantage of two costly infield mistakes by the Indians in the sixth to take the lead for good.

“When you’re getting four or five hits, you’ve got to play a clean game,” Indians manager Terry Francona said.

The Indians failed to gain ground on Detroit, which maintained a 1½-game lead in the AL Central. Corey Kluber put Cleveland in good position to close the gap with five shutout innings before leaving the game with tightness in his left hip in the sixth. Afterward, Kluber said the pain had been constant throughout the game.

“I was a little off to start the game, whether it was that or something else, I’m not sure,” he said. “Obviously I would have liked to have gone more than five innings, but they wanted me to get out of there before it got to a point where I hurt myself.”

The Indians have lost two straight after heading into the All-Star break with a four-game winning streak.

“It’s still late July, there’s still time,” Kipnis said. “We’re not losing too much ground, thankfully. But if we want to get where we want to be, we’re going to have to start winning games, and these are games that we need to be winning.”

Cleveland’s lineup sputtered against Correia early, failing to reach base in the first three innings. Kluber was just as good, though, not allowing a run for the second-consecutive start.

Cleveland Minnesota

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Bourn cf 3 1 0 0 Dozier 2b 4 0 0 0

ACarer ss 4 0 1 0 Plouffe 3b 4 0 0 0

Kipnis 2b 4 1 2 2 Mauer c 3 1 2 0

Swisher rf 4 0 1 0 Mornea 1b 3 1 2 0

Stubbs pr 0 0 0 0 Doumit rf 4 1 1 1

Brantly lf 3 0 0 0 Colaell dh 4 0 1 1

CSantn c 3 0 0 0 Hicks cf 4 0 0 0

Giambi dh 2 0 0 0 Thoms lf 2 0 0 1

Rbrn ph-dh 1 0 0 0 Flormn ss 3 0 0 0

MrRynl 1b 3 0 0 0

Chsnhll 3b 3 0 1 0

Totals 30 2 5 2 Totals 31 3 6 3

Cleveland 000 002 000— 2

Minnesota 000 003 00x— 3

E—Chisenhall (6). LOB—Cleveland 5, Minnesota 7. 2B—Mauer (31). HR—Kipnis (14). S—Brantley.

IP H R ER BB SO

Cleveland

Kluber 5 3 0 0 2 7

R.Hill L,1-2 0 1 3 2 1 0

Shaw BS,4-4 1 1 0 0 0 1

Pestano 1 0 0 0 0 1

Albers 1 1 0 0 0 1

Minnesota

Correia W,7-6 6 3 2 2 1 3

Duensing H,11 Zc 0 0 0 1 0

Burton H,16 Xc 0 0 0 0 0

Fien H,11 1 1 0 0 0 0

Perkins S,23-25 1 1 0 0 0 1

R.Hill pitched to 3 batters in the 6th.

HBP—by Duensing (C.Santana). WP—Albers.

T—2:57. A—38,626 (39,021).