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Jason Kipnis and Carlos Santana Homer to Power Indians to Victory

August 25th, 2013 at 9:33 AM
By Jeff D. Gorman

'Jason Kipnis' photo (c) 2012, Keith Allison - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Zach McAllister’s second strong pitching performance in a row on short rest helped the Cleveland Indians beat the Minnesota Twins 7-2 on Saturday night at Progressive Field.

For the second time in a row, McAllister helped the team early by pitching a day early in the rotation. He also took the heat off the bullpen by pitching 7 1/3 innings, giving up four hits and two runs.

McAllister walked two and struck out five. Bryan Shaw and Marc Rzepczynski finished up without allowing any damage. Rzepczynski has not allowed an earned run since joining the Tribe last month.

At the plate, Cleveland took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on Carlos Santana’s 16th home run of the year, scoring Jason Kipnis.

Minnesota got a run back in the third, but Cleveland increased its lead to 4-1 when Kipnis (pictured) also hit his 16th homer of the year.

The Tribe broke the game open in the fifth inning when Nick Swisher blasted a two-run double and scored on a single by Michael Brantley.

Cleveland reached a milestone with its 70th win (vs. 59 losses). Detroit beat the New York Mets 3-0, so the Tribe is still six games out of first in the AL Central.

The Indians are in the thick of the wild-card hunt, trailing Oakland by 2.5 games as they enter the last week of August.

Scott Kazmir (7-6), with an extra day of rest, will face the Twins today at 1:05 in the rubber match of the three-game series.

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Tags: Baseball, Carlos Santana, Cleveland, Cleveland Indians, Jason Kipnis, Michael Brantley, MLB, Nick Swisher, Scott Kazmir, Zach McAllister

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