MINNEAPOLIS -- Cleveland Indians starter Justin Masterson one-hit the Minnesota Twins at Target Field on Sunday in the final game of the series.
Masterson struck out eight Twins batters, as the Indians beat the home team 7-1 and avoided a series sweep. Masterson took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, when Twins leadoff hitter Brian Dozier blooped a double into center field that Drew Stubbs could not reach.
Masterson lost the shutout two batters later when Jason Kipnis booted Joe Mauer's grounder and Dozier scored.
The Twins halted the no-hitter, but it was far too little, too late against an Indians team that banged out nine hits and hit the ball hard all afternoon.
Twins starter Scott Diamond's recent struggles continued, as the Indians got to him early.
Diamond gave up a one-out walk to Mark Reynolds in the second inning and a botched fielder's choice hit up the middle put Reynolds in scoring position. Ryan Raburn singled to left and then Reynolds scored on Mike Aviles' sacrifice fly to right.
The Indians grabbed a 3-0 lead in the third inning when Asdrubal Cabrera reached on a Trevor Plouffe error and Jason Kipnis hit a ball that just climbed over the left field wall. It was Kipnis' second homer in as many days.
The Indians continued to hit Diamond in the fifth, as left fielder Clete Thomas pulled a sure Cabrera homer back from the left-field fence.
But Diamond walked Kipnis and gave up singles to Nick Swisher and Carlos Santana to load the bases. Reynolds cleared them with a triple to the wall and ended Diamond's day.
Diamond, who has struggled to find his form from last season, threw 91 pitches in 4 2/3 innings, allowing six runs on seven hits, three walks and posted no strikeouts.
After getting out of the seventh, Masterson was lifted, but his masterful performance kept the Twins guessing all afternoon. He pitched seven innings, giving up one run on one hit, one hit batter and no walks.
C.C. Lee relieved Masterson in the eighth and shut down the Twins. The Indians added an insurance run in the ninth for Chris Perez, who gave up one hit before closing out the 7-1 win.
NOTES: The Indians' pitching staff has not allowed a home run in 87 consecutive innings (nine full games), the longest streak since a 96-inning streak in 1992. ... The Twins are 13-15 in one-run games this season, winning the last two by a 3-2 margin over Cleveland. ... Twins manager Ron Gardenhire was at Target Field for the game, but remained in his office with the stomach ailment that forced him from the previous game. Bench coach Terry Steinbach managed the team.