Lohse is 0-4 during his personal skid, yielding at least five runs in five of the seven outings. On Monday, the right-hander gave up three runs and five hits over 6 2-3 innings, but did not receive a decision in Minnesota’s 5-4 win over Seattle.
The outing was a big step forward for Lohse, who had an 11.00 ERA in his previous six starts.
“A little disappointing we didn’t get Kyle the win,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. “He pitched his tail off and has been going through some tough times.”
The Twins, who had lost 22 of 28 entering the All-Star break, won for the seventh time in nine games with Friday’s 6-5 victory over the struggling Indians.
Doug Mientkiewicz came through with an RBI single in the ninth inning as Minnesota remained within 5 1/2 games of first-place Kansas City in the AL Central. The reigning division champs are also one game behind the second-place Chicago White Sox.
Rookie Ryan Ludwick had a homer and RBI double for the Indians, who have lost nine of 10.
While the Twins were still mired in their extended funk prior to the break, Cleveland took three of four at Minnesota from July 3-6.
STANDINGS: Twins - 3rd place, 5 1/2 GB, AL Central. Indians - 4th place, 15 GB, AL Central.
TWINS PROBABLE STARTER: Lohse (6-8, 4.74 ERA). Lohse is 3-1 with a 4.97 ERA in seven career appearances, including five starts, against the Indians.
INDIANS PROBABLE STARTER: Billy Traber (4-5, 4.38 ERA). Traber followed a one-hit shutout of the New York Yankees on July 8 by yielding four runs and eight hits over six innings in a 7-4 loss to the Chicago White Sox on July 13. The rookie left-hander has not pitched since, getting nearly two weeks off between starts. Traber is making his first career start against the Twins.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Twins - Jacque Jones, .310 avg.; Torii Hunter, 18 HRs and 66 RBIs; Hunter and Jones, 52 runs; Cristian Guzman, 11 SBs. Indians - Milton Bradley, .326 avg., 48 RBIs, 54 runs and 15 SBs.; Matt Lawton, 15 HRs.
SEASON SERIES: Indians, 3-2.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Twins - LHP Eddie Guardado has converted 24 of 26 save opportunities this season. … OF Shannon Stewart is batting .469 (15-for-32) since he was acquired from Toronto on July 16. … Minnesota snapped a nine-game road losing streak with Friday’s victory. The Twins had not won away from the Metrodome since an 8-3 victory at Milwaukee on June 22. Indians - On Friday, the Indians scored more than four runs for the first time in 12 games dating to July 11, when they scored 12. … LHP Traber is 4-1 with a 3.07 ERA in 13 appearances, including five starts, at home this year. … The Indians are 1-2 on a five-game homestand.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Twins - 23-26 on the road; Indians - 23-27 at home.
INJURIES: Twins - 3B Corey Koskie (back), 15-day DL; OF Lew Ford (forearm), 15-day DL; RHP Mike Fetters (hamstring), 60-day DL; LHP Eric Milton (knee), 60-day DL. Indians - INF Ricky Gutierrez (spine), 15-day DL; SS Omar Vizquel (knee), 15-day DL; OF Matt Lawton (finger), 15-day DL; OF Ellis Burks (elbow), 60-day DL; RHP Jason Bere (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Dave Elder (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Bob Wickman (elbow), 60-day DL; RHP Mark Wohlers (elbow), 60-day DL.