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Mauer leads Twins to 7-4 win over Cleveland

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CLEVELAND (AP) -- Joe Mauer broke out of a slump with three hits and three RBIs, including a two-run homer, to lead the Minnesota Twins to a 7-4 win over the Cleveland Indians on Saturday night.

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Mauer entered the game in an 0-for-10 skid, but had an RBI single in Minnesota's four-run first inning. He also singled in the second and hit a two-run homer in the seventh off Tony Sipp.

Trevor Plouffe's one-out homer in the sixth off Josh Tomlin (2-3) broke a 4-all tie.

Brian Duensing (1-2) pitched two scoreless innings as the Twins won for the fourth time in five games. Matt Capps pitched the ninth for his 11th save.

The Indians have lost six of eight, due primarily to poor starting pitching. Cleveland's starters are 2-6 with a 9.52 ERA in the last eight games.

Earlier Saturday it was announced that Twins pitcher Carl Pavano will return to Minneapolis on Sunday to have an MRI on his sore right shoulder.

Pavano is 2-5 with a 6.00 ERA in 11 starts this season, but hasn't won a game since May 4, going 0-3 with an 8.25 ERA in his last five outings The 36-year-old had his shortest start of the season Friday against Cleveland, allowing seven runs and nine hits in 3 2-3 innings.

Twins 7, Indians 4

Minnesota Cleveland

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Span cf 5 1 2 0 Choo rf 5 1 1 0

Revere rf 5 2 2 0 Kipnis 2b 5 2 2 0

Mauer c 5 1 3 3 ACarer ss 3 0 1 1

Wlngh lf 4 0 1 0 JoLopz dh 3 0 1 0

Mornea 1b 4 1 1 1 Brantly cf 4 0 1 2

Doumit dh 3 1 0 0 Ktchm 1b 4 0 0 0

Dozier ss 4 0 1 0 Damon lf 3 1 0 0

Plouffe 3b 4 1 2 3 Chsnhll 3b 4 0 1 0

ACasill 2b 0 0 0 0 Marson c 3 0 1 1

JCarrll 2b-3b 4 0 0 0 Duncan ph 1 0 1 0

Totals 38 7 12 7 Totals 35 4 9 4

Minnesota 400 001 200--7

Cleveland 101 110 000--4

DP-Cleveland 2. LOB-Minnesota 5, Cleveland 7. HR-Mauer (3), Plouffe (6). SB-Kipnis (13), Chisenhall (2).

IP H R ER BB SO

Minnesota

Walters 4Zc 8 4 4 3 2

Duensing W,1-2 2 0 0 0 0 1

Burton H,8 Xc 0 0 0 0 2

Perkins H,7 1 0 0 0 0 1

Capps S,11-12 1 1 0 0 0 2

Cleveland

Tomlin L,Xc 6 10 5 5 1 3

Sipp 1 2 2 2 0 0

J.Smith 1 0 0 0 0 0

Barnes 1 0 0 0 0 1

WP-Barnes.

T-2:59. A-25,469 (43,429).

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