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Associated Press, Published August 25 2013

Stubbs' homer lifts Indians past Twins

CLEVELAND – Drew Stubbs hit a tiebreaking, two-out homer in the eighth inning and the Cleveland Indians overcame four errors to beat the Minnesota Twins 3-1 Sunday.

Stubbs homered to dead center on a 0-1 pitch from Jared Burton (2-7) to snap a 1-all tie and lift the Indians to a crucial win in their quest for a spot in the American League playoffs. Joe Smith (5-1) pitched a scoreless eighth and Chris Perez worked the ninth for his 21st save.

The Indians entered the day trailing Oakland by 2½ games for the AL's second wild-card spot, but didn't look like a playoff contender for much of the day. In addition to the four errors, the Indians made several other mistakes, both in the field and on the bases but managed to survive before starting a crucial road trip to Atlanta and Detroit that begins Tuesday.

Nick Swisher added an RBI single in the eighth.

Indians 3, Twins 1

Minnesota Cleveland

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Dozier 2b 4 0 1 0 Bourn cf 5 2 1 0

Bernier 3b 5 0 2 1 Swisher 1b 3 0 2 1

Wlngh lf 5 0 1 0 Kipnis 2b 4 0 1 1

Doumit c 3 0 1 0 CSantn dh 3 0 1 0

Plouffe dh 5 0 0 0 Brantly lf 4 0 0 0

WRmrz rf 3 0 1 0 ACarer ss 4 0 1 0

CHrmn ph-rf 1 0 0 0 YGoms c 3 0 0 0

Colaell 1b 3 0 0 0 Chsnhll 3b 3 0 0 0

Mrnea ph-1b 1 0 0 0 Giambi ph 1 0 0 0

Thoms cf 4 1 1 0 Aviles 3b 0 0 0 0

Flormn ss 3 0 2 0 Stubbs rf 1 1 1 1

Totals 37 1 9 1 Totals 31 3 7 3

Minnesota 000 010 000— 1

Cleveland 001 000 02x— 3

E—Pelfrey (2), Kazmir (2), A.Cabrera (8), Kipnis (12), Allen (3). LOB—Minnesota 13, Cleveland 12. 2B—Willingham (19), W.Ramirez (6), Florimon (14), Bourn (18). HR—Stubbs (9). S—Florimon.

IP H R ER BB SO

Minnesota

Pelfrey 5 2 1 1 6 3

Roenicke 1Zc 1 0 0 1 2

Thielbar Xc 1 0 0 1 1

Burton L,2-7 1 3 2 2 0 1

Cleveland

Kazmir 6 7 1 1 1 8

Allen 1 1 0 0 1 2

J.Smith W,5-1 1 1 0 0 0 1

C.Perez S,21-25 1 0 0 0 1 1

WP—Roenicke.

T—3:30. A—21,042 (42,241).