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Associated Press, Published August 24 2013

Twins, Hendriks fall at Cleveland

CLEVELAND – Minnesota pitcher Liam Hendriks earned his first major league win at Progressive Field. His second victory still hasn’t come.

Hendriks allowed a career-high tying seven runs, including two-run homers by Carlos Santana and Jason Kipnis, as the Cleveland Indians handed the Twins a 7-2 loss on Saturday night.

The right-hander only lasted 4Zc innings in his fourth start of 2013, allowing seven hits without recording a strikeout. Hendriks’ career record – covering 24 starts over three seasons – fell to 1-12.

“Obviously, I want to get a couple more wins, but outings like tonight aren’t going to help,” Hendriks admitted. “It’s been almost one year since I won that game here, which is kind of irritating when you think about it, but I don’t let it affect me.”

Hendriks (0-2) earned his only big league victory in his last appearance in Cleveland, tossing six strong innings on Sept. 19, 2012 as the Twins beat the Indians 6-4.

Cleveland right-hander Zach McAllister (7-7) was also his opponent in that start, but won the rematch by limiting Minnesota to two runs over 7Zc innings.

The Indians, who never trailed, scored twice in the first inning on Santana’s homer and two more times in the third on Kipnis’ shot. They tacked on three runs in the fifth in chasing Hendriks, highlighted by a two-run double off the bat of Nick Swisher.

“Every other inning, Hendriks was giving up two runs because he made too many mistakes with people on base,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. “He was leaving stuff over the center of the plate and it ended up being a six-pointer early, which you can’t have in this game.

“Our plan is for him to start again, but we’ll just have to go down the road and see what happens.”

Second baseman Brian Dozier accounted for both Twins runs with a sacrifice fly in the third and a solo homer in the eighth. Third baseman Trevor Plouffe went 1-for-3 to extend his hitting streak at Progressive Field to 10 games.

Josh Willingham, Ryan Doumit and Pedro Florimon added one hit apiece for Minnesota, which went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position. Florimon fouled a pitch off his right foot in the first inning, but remained in the game.

“This was another night where you kept waiting for something good to happen, and it never did,” Gardenhire said. “Offensively, we didn’t do a lot. They just outplayed us tonight. It didn’t go our way at all.”

Minnesota Cleveland

ab r h bi ab r h bi

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

CHrmn c 4 0 0 0 Swisher 1b 4 1 1 2

Mornea 1b 4 0 0 0 Kipnis 2b 3 2 2 2

Wlngh dh 4 0 1 0 CSantn dh 3 1 1 2

Doumit rf 4 0 1 0 Brantly lf 4 0 1 1

Arcia lf 4 0 0 0 ACarer ss 4 0 1 0

Plouffe 3b 3 0 1 0 YGoms c 4 0 0 0

Thoms cf 1 1 0 0 Chsnhll 3b 4 0 1 0

WRmrz ph 1 0 0 0 Stubbs rf 4 2 2 0

Flormn ss 3 0 1 0

Totals 31 2 5 2 Totals 33 7 9 7

Minnesota 001 000 010— 2

Cleveland 202 030 00x— 7

E—Florimon (11). LOB—Minnesota 6, Cleveland 5. 2B—Plouffe (17), Swisher (21), A.Cabrera (29), Chisenhall (13). HR—Dozier (13), Kipnis (16), C.Santana (16). SB—Stubbs (15). SF—Dozier.

IP H R ER BB SO

Minnesota

Hendriks L,0-2 4Zc 7 7 7 1 0

Swarzak 2Xc 1 0 0 2 1

Pressly 1 1 0 0 0 0

Cleveland

McAllister W,7-7 7Zc 4 2 2 2 5

Shaw Xc 0 0 0 0 1

Rzepczynski 1 1 0 0 0 2

HBP—by McAllister (Plouffe). WP—Hendriks, Pressly, McAllister.

T—2:44. A—26,870 (42,241).