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Associated Press, Published August 14 2013

Mauer collects 5 hits, but Indians rally to beat Twins in 12

MINNEAPOLIS – The Cleveland Indians hope Wednesday’s rally will help turn things around.

Michael Brantley hit a sacrifice fly in the 12th inning and the Indians came back to beat the Minnesota Twins 9-8.

Carlos Santana and Jason Giambi homered for the Indians, who won for just the third time in 10 games.

Joe Mauer tied a career high with five hits for Minnesota.

“When you get a win like today where you go back and forth ... it’s definitely crucial,” said Mike Aviles, who had a pair of RBIs.

Nick Swisher and Jason Kipnis singled off Ryan Pressly (3-3) to open the 12th. Swisher moved to third on a fly out and scored easily on Brantley’s fly out to center field.

Chris Perez (5-2) blew a save but got the win. Joe Smith earned his second save, including a strikeout of Mauer to end the game.

Santana homered off Glen Perkins in the 10th to give Cleveland an 8-7 lead. Mauer responded in the bottom half with a shot off Perez.

The Indians, who trail Detroit by six games in the AL Central, were swept at home by the Tigers last week and then lost two of three at home to the Los Angeles Angels. After losing 3-0 to the Twins on Monday, Cleveland has won two straight.

The Indians open a three-game series Friday at Oakland before playing three at the Angels.

“We just need to keep trying to win series. I think the biggest thing is going game-by-game and hopefully the series will start piling up,” Aviles said.

Cleveland trailed 7-3 entering the eighth inning. After the first two batters reached base against Casey Fien, Brantley had an RBI single and Giambi followed with a three-run homer that tied it.

“I’m a strike thrower. I’m going to pitch to contact, and today they got me,” Fien said. “I left the ball up in the zone to Giambi, and he hurt me.”

Minnesota starter Kyle Gibson allowed six hits and three earned runs in 5Zc innings, the fourth straight start he’s failed to go at least six innings.

Josh Roenicke, Caleb Thielbar and Jared Burton pitched 1Xc innings of scoreless relief before Fien struggled in the eighth.

“Casey’s been lights out, one of the better setup guys in our league, since we put him in that role,” manager Ron Gardenhire said.

Cleveland Minnesota

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Bourn cf 6 0 1 0 Dozier 2b 6 0 1 1

Swisher 1b 6 1 1 0 Mauer c 7 2 5 4

Kipnis 2b 5 2 3 0 Mornea 1b 6 1 2 0

CSantn c 5 3 1 1 Wlngh dh 2 1 0 1

Brantly lf 5 1 2 3 Hrmn pr-dh 1 0 1 0

Giambi dh 3 2 2 3 Arcia lf 6 0 1 1

Gms ph-dh 1 0 0 0 Plouffe 3b 6 0 1 0

Aviles ss-3b 6 0 2 2 Colaell rf 4 0 2 1

Chsnhll 3b 2 0 0 0 WRmrz rf 2 0 0 0

Carer ph-ss 3 0 0 0 Thoms cf 6 2 3 0

Stubbs rf 5 0 0 0 Flormn ss 4 2 1 0

Totals 47 9 12 9 Totals 50 8 17 8

Cleveland 000 201 040 101— 9

Minnesota 220 002 100 100— 8

E—Morneau (3). DP—Cleveland 1, Minnesota 1. LOB—Cleveland 7, Minnesota 12. 2B—Kipnis (28), Morneau (29), Arcia (15), Thomas (12). HR—C.Santana (14), Giambi (8), Mauer (10). CS—Bourn (9). SF—Brantley, Willingham.

IP H R ER BB SO

Cleveland

Carrasco 4Zc 10 4 4 0 4

R.Hill 1 2 2 2 1 1

M.Albers 1 2 1 1 1 1

Shaw 1Zc 0 0 0 1 0

Allen 1Zc 1 0 0 0 2

Perez W,5-2 BS 2 2 1 1 0 2

J.Smith S,2-7 1 0 0 0 0 1

Minnesota

Gibson 5Zc 6 3 3 2 3

Roenicke H,10 Zc 0 0 0 0 0

Thielbar H,1 Zc 0 0 0 0 1

Burton H,20 1 0 0 0 0 1

Fien Zc 3 4 3 0 0

Duensing Xc 0 0 0 0 1

Perkins 1Xc 1 1 1 0 3

Pressly L,3-3 2Zc 2 1 1 1 2

HBP—by R.Hill (Florimon), by Shaw (Willingham), by Gibson (C.Santana). WP—Gibson.

T—4:20. A—35,133 (39,021).