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.
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.
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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