Indians Vs. Twins: Cleveland's Free-Fall Continues With Tough 8-7 Loss

The Twins have a chance to move out of last place if they can win their four-game series against the Indians over the weekend.

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Indians Vs. Twins: Justin Masterson Knocked Around In 7-2 Loss

Justin Masterson allowed six earned runs over 6.2 innings in the start as the Indians fell to the Twins 7-2 in Minnesota on Monday night.

A sac fly from Justin Morneau scored the first run of the game in the fourth inning. The Indians tied the game in the sixth, but the Twins scored two in the bottom frame. Minnesota broke the game open in the seventh with three runs.

Cleveland finished with just three hits. The runs were scored on a sac fly from Carlos Santana and a solo home run from Lonnie Chisenhall. Michael Brantley went 1-for-4, while Brent Lillibridge went 1-for-3.

The loss dropped the Tribe into a tie with the Twins for fourth place in the division.

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Indians Vs. Twins Lineups: Cleveland Without Asdrubal Cabrera In Finale

Cleveland Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera will not be in the lineup for the Indians' series finale against the Minnesota Twins. Cabrera has a sore wrist, but everything checked out in an X-ray, according to Cleveland manager Manny Acta (via Jordan Garretson). Brent Lillibridge will replace Cabrera in the lineup.

Cleveland took the first game of the series, 7-6, before dropping the next two by a combined four runs. Cord Phelps is in the lineup for the third time in five games since being recalled from Triple-A, while fellow youngster Lonnie Chisenhall is back in action as well, after a day off on Sunday. Here are the full lineups:

Indians

1. Shin-Soo Choo RF
2. Michael Brantley CF
3. Carlos Santana DH
4. Russ Canzler LF
5. Casey Kotchman 1B
6. Lonnie Chisenhall 3B
7. Cord Phelps 2B
8. Brent Lillibridge SS
9. Lou Marson C

Twins

1. Ben Revere CF
2. Alexi Casilla 2B
3. Joe Mauer C
4. Justin Morneau 1B
5. Josh Willingham DH
6. Ryan Doumit LF
7. Trevor Plouffe 3B
8. Matt Carson RF
9. Pedro Florimon SS

Justin Masterson (11-12, 4.84 ERA) will take the ball for the Indians opposite Samuel Deduno, who takes a 5-3 record and a 3.66 ERA to the mound for Minnesota. Deduno has allowed three earned runs or less in 9 out of 11 starts this season.

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Indians Vs. Twins Preview: Cleveland Looks To Snap 2-Game Losing Streak

The Cleveland Indians wrap up a four-game series in Minnesota on Monday night, and they'll be looking to salvage a split. The Indians took the first game of the series, but the Twins won on Saturday and Sunday.

Related: The Chris Perez Saga Continues (Tribe News and Notes)

The Indians are expected to go with Justin Masterson (11-12, 4.84 ERA) on the mound, while the Twins are scheduled to start Samuel Deduno (5-3, 3.66). Masterson is coming off a win in his last start, which came against the Detroit Tigers. Deduno lost his previous start, but not because he pitched poorly; he gave up just two runs to the White Sox over six innings.

Monday's Game Time: 8:10 p.m. ET

TV: STO

For updates on this series, stay tuned to SB Nation Cleveland. For more in-depth coverage, be sure to check out Indians blog Let's Go Tribe as well as Twins blog Twinkie Town. And for more news, notes and analysis from around baseball, visit Baseball Nation.

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Indians Vs. Twins Final Score: Tribe Loses In Tough Fashion, 8-7

The Cleveland Indians' second-half collapse continued Sunday, with the team suffering an excruciating 8-7 loss to the Minnesota Twins on Sunday.

After blowing leads of 4-0 and 6-4, the Indians fought back from a 7-6 deficit to tie the game in the top of the eighth on a Jason Donald triple ... only to lose the game on a Justin Morneau walk-off home run.

Corey Kluber got the start for the Tribe and went just 3.2 innings, giving up five runs (four earned) on eight hits.

Carlos Santana powered the Indians offense, going 3-for-5 with a home run and a double. No other Indians hitter had more than one hit.

Vinnie Pestano got the loss for the Indians, as he allowed the Morneau home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth.

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Indians Vs. Twins Game Preview: Corey Kluber Looks For Second Straigth Win

After going winless in his first six starts of the season, Cleveland Indians pitcher Corey Kluber (1-3, 4.79 ERA) will look for his second consecutive win in today's game against the Minnesota Twins at 1:10 p.m.

Kluber picked up a win over Detroit on Sept. 3, giving up two runs in six innings and striking out four. He has pitched against the Twins once this season, getting a no-decision after giving up 3 runs (1 earned) in a 7-5 Minnesota win Aug. 7.

The Twins counter with Esmerling Vasquez (0-1, 7.94 ERA), who is making his second start of the season. He gave up 5 runs, 7 hits and 3 walks in 5.2 innings in a loss to Kansas City Sept. 2.

The teams have split the first two games of a four-game series. Minnesota shut out the Indians 3-0 on Friday. Wins by Minnesota in the final two games of the series would put the teams in a tie for last place in the AL Central Standings.

For more on the Cleveland Indians, visit Let's Go Tribe. For more on the Minnesota Twins, visit Twinkie Town.

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Indians Vs. Twins Final Score: Cleveland Falls 3-0 As Offense Manages Just Four Hits

The Indians offense failed to do much of anything tonight, managing only four hits on the evening. Zach McAllister became the second straight Indians starter to be knocked out without completing four innings of work as he was lifted due to pitch count concerns after the completion of the third.

The Indians fell behind in the bottom of the third as Joe Mauer and Josh Willingham drove in runs for the Twins to put them up 2-0. The bullpen took over in the fourth, and they only gave up a single run on the night in their six innings of work. That run came as Scott Maine walked Justin Morneau to force Ben Revere home in the fifth. The Indians bullpen shut down the Twins the rest of the way.

The Indians and Twins will face off again tomorrow at 2:10 p.m. ET. Corey Kluber will take the hill for Cleveland, he'll be opposed by Esmerling Vasquez of the Twins.

For more on the Cleveland Indians, visit Let's Go Tribe. For more on the Minnesota Twins, visit Twinkie Town.

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Indians Vs. Twins Game Preview: Cleveland Looks To Win Its Fourth Game In Last Five

The Cleveland Indians expanded their lead over the Minnesota Twins in the race to not finish last in the AL Central. That may not seem like a real thing, but this is Cleveland and Minnesota we're talking about. The Tribe's come-from-behind 7-6 win Friday came off the strength of Cord Phelps' based-loaded walk in the seventh inning.

It was Cleveland's third win in its last four games after winning only three games in its previous three weeks of play.

Fortunately for Cleveland, the Twins, who clinched a non-winning record for the second consecutive year Friday, are struggling even more.

Cleveland will throw Zach McAllister at the Twins at 6:10 p.m. ET Saturday in Minnesota. McAllister has struggled recently, posting a 1-4 record with a 6.08 ERA, 1.57 WHIP, walking 13 in his previous 37 innings pitched. The Twins will counter with Cole DeVries, who has allowed 24 earned runs in 32 innings pitched at Target Field this season.

For more on the Cleveland Indians, visit Let's Go Tribe. For more on the Minnesota Twins, visit Twinkie Town.

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Indians Vs. Twins: Cleveland Comes Back To Win Series Opener 7-6

The Cleveland Indians stormed back to take the lead and then held off a Minnesota Twins rally Friday to win the series opener between the teams 7-6.

Minnesota jumped out to a 4-0 lead after three innings, chasing Cleveland starter Jeanmar Gomez from the game. But the Indians scored two runs in the fourth and two more in the fifth to tie it. Russ Canzler had a 2-run home run in the fourth, then Shin-Soo Choo and Canzler hit RBI-singles in the fifth.

The Indians took the lead with three runs in the seventh on RBI singles by Michael Brantley and Casey Kotchman. The third run came when Cord Phelps drew a bases-loaded walk.

The Twins scored runs in the eighth and the ninth to cut the lead to one, but Cleveland closer Chris Perez was able to get the final outs to pick up the save.

David Huff (1-0, 0.00 ERA) picked up the win, pitching 3.1 innings of scoreless relief.

For more on the Cleveland Indians, visit Let's Go Tribe. For more on the Minnesota Twins, visit Twinkie Town.

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Indians Vs. Twins Preview: Cleveland Hopes To Avoid Falling Into Last Place

The Twins have a chance to move out of last place if they can win their four-game series against the Indians over the weekend.

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