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Associated Press, Published August 13 2013

Cleveland trumps Twins

MINNEAPOLIS – When a routine single skipped under the glove of Michael Bourn and started rolling toward the wall, things could’ve gotten ugly for the Cleveland Indians.

Zach McAllister made sure that didn’t happen.

McAllister won for the first time in almost three months, Ryan Raburn homered and the Indians beat the Minnesota Twins 5-2 on Tuesday night.

With Minnesota down 5-1 in the sixth inning, Joe Mauer scored from first base on a single by Justin Morneau that skipped under the glove of center fielder Michael Bourn for an error and rolled all the way to the warning track.

McAllister fanned Josh Willingham and Oswaldo Arcia to end the inning and strand Mauer at third, getting several pats on the back from teammates as he walked back to the dugout.

“Our defense has been great for us all year long. For us as pitchers, it’s our job to pick them up when they don’t always do what we expect of them,” McAllister said. “For us to be able to pick them up, it’s exciting and it’s great to know that they have our back and we have them when we need to.”

Cleveland had lost seven of its last eight and posted a 6.00 ERA during that stretch.

Coming off his worst start of the season Thursday against Detroit, McAllister (5-7) bounced back and held Minnesota to one earned run and four hits in six innings. He struck out seven in his first win since May 23.

Cleveland manager Terry Francona said the sixth inning was the highlight of McAllister’s night.

“We’re getting to a point where you’re thinking about maybe going to the bullpen,” Francona said. “He’s up around 100 pitches and guys have seen him a couple times. He executed very well there.”

Josh Willingham homered for the Twins in the second inning, Minnesota’s 23rd straight run from a home run – an MLB record.

But the Twins went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position and are now 3-for-48 in those situations over their last six games.

Mauer scoring on Bourn’s error was the first time Minnesota scored without a home run since Aug. 7.

“We can’t rely on home runs all the time,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. “It’s nice when we hit them but we’re going to have to drive in some of these runs with less than two outs and a man’s on third. Unfortunately we didn’t do it again tonight.”

Cleveland Minnesota

ab r h bi ab r h bi

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

Swisher 1b 4 0 0 0 Mauer 1b 4 1 1 0

Kipnis 2b 4 1 1 1 Mornea dh 4 0 1 0

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

Brantly lf 4 0 1 1 Arcia rf 3 0 1 0

CSantn dh 3 1 0 0 Plouffe 3b 4 0 0 0

Raburn rf 3 2 1 2 CHrmn c 3 0 0 0

Stubbs rf 0 0 0 0 Thoms cf 3 0 1 0

Chsnhll 3b 3 0 0 0 Flormn ss 3 0 0 0

YGoms c 4 1 2 0

Totals 32 5 5 5 Totals 32 2 5 1

Cleveland 001 112 000— 5

Minnesota 010 001 000— 2

E—Bourn (3), Mauer (3), Deduno (1). DP—Minnesota 1. LOB—Cleveland 6, Minnesota 4. 2B—Y.Gomes (11), Arcia (14), Thomas (11). HR—Raburn (14), Willingham (12). S—Bourn.

IP H R ER BB SO

Cleveland

McAllister W,5-7 6 4 2 1 1 7

Allen H,6 1 0 0 0 0 2

J.Smith H,17 1 0 0 0 0 0

C.Perez S,19-22 1 1 0 0 0 0

Minnesota

Deduno L,7-6 6 5 5 4 3 4

Swarzak 2 0 0 0 1 0

Duensing 1 0 0 0 0 2

HBP—by Deduno (C.Santana). WP—Deduno.

T—2:32. A—29,806 (39,021).