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CLEVELAND -- Drew Stubbs' solo home run with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning broke a 1-1 tie and the Cleveland Indians went on to a 3-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins Sunday.

Stubbs' blast off reliever Jared Burton (2-7) sailed over the center field wall. It was Stubbs' ninth homer of the year. Michael Bourn followed the home run with a hustle double, and he scored on a single by Nick Swisher.

Reliever Joe Smith (5-1) pitched a scoreless eighth inning to get the win for Cleveland and Chris Perez pitched the ninth to pick up his 21st save.

It was a frustrating game for both teams, who squandered numerous scoring opportunities.

Cleveland took a 1-0 lead in the third inning against Minnesota starter Mike Pelfrey. With Bourn at second and Swisher at first, Jason Kipnis sailed a single into center field, scoring Bourn with the first run of the game.

Minnesota tied it in the fifth inning against Cleveland starter Scott Kazmir. Clete Thomas led off the Twins' fifth inning with a single. He went to second on a sacrifice bunt by Pedro Florimon. Brian Dozier followed with a single to right field, sending Thomas to third.

Doug Bernier then laid down a perfect squeeze bunt, scoring Thomas with the tying run.

Much of the rest of the game was frustrating for both teams. Through the first seven innings Minnesota pitchers walked eight batters, but Cleveland was unable cash in any of those walks, as none of eight hitters who walked scored a run.

The Twins had nine hits and Cleveland committed four errors, but the Twins left 12 runners on base. Three times the Twins had a runner at third with less than two outs and failed to score.

Kazmir pitched six innings, giving up one run on seven hits with eight strikeouts and one walk. Pelfrey, in five innings, gave up one run on two hits, with three strikeouts and six walks.

Notes: Twins 1B Justin Morneau was supposed to get a day off Sunday. He was not in the starting lineup, but was needed as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning and reached on an error. ... C Joe Mauer is eligible to come off the seven-day concussion disabled list on Tuesday, but he isn't expected to be activated until the end of the week at the earliest. ... Prior to the game, the Indians activated RHP Josh Tomlin off the 60-day disabled list and optioned him to Class AAA Columbus. Tomlin had been on the DL all year as he completed his recovery from Tommy John surgery in August of last year. ... At the start of play Sunday, Kipnis had 20 RBI vs. Minnesota, which is tied for the most by any player against one opponent this season. Detroit Tigers 3B Miguel Cabrera has 20 RBI vs. the Indians.

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