Indians 7, Twins 2

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CLEVELAND -- Zach McAllister pitched into the eighth inning and Carlos Santana and Jason Kipnis homered to lead the Cleveland Indians to a 7-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Saturday night.

It was the Indians' seventh win in their last 10 games and it came on a night when two key Indians hitters broke out of two prolonged slumps.

Kipnis snapped an 0-for-19 hitless streak with a single, a homer and two RBI. Michael Brantley had an RBI single in the fifth inning, snapping his 0-for-22 hitless streak. Kipnis and Brantley came into the game in a combined 0-for-39 slump.

McAllister (7-7) pitched 7 1/3 innings, allowing two runs and four hits as he won his third game in a row. Minnesota starter Liam Hendriks (0-2) gave up seven runs and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings and took the loss.

Brian Dozier drove in both of Minnesota's runs with a sacrifice fly in the third inning and a home run in the eighth.

Cleveland got two hits each from Kipnis and Drew Stubbs. Nick Swisher added a key two-run double in a three-run fifth inning.

The Twins, who have lost eight of their last 12 games, were held to five hits by McAllister and two relievers.

Cleveland took a 2-0 first-inning lead with a rally started by Kipnis. With two outs and nobody on base, Kipnis singled off Hendriks. Carlos Santana followed with a booming home run to right-center field, his 16th of the season, giving the Indians a 2-0 lead.

McAllister retired the first seven batters he faced before walking Clete Thomas with one out in the third. Thomas went to third on a single by Pedro Florimon and he scored on a sacrifice fly by Dozier, cutting the Cleveland lead to 2-1.

Kipnis, however, extended the lead to 4-1 with a two-run homer in the third and the Indians broke the game open in the fifth with Swisher's two-run double and Brantley's RBI single that made it 7-1.

NOTES: Twins OF Josh Willingham came into the game 5-for-7 with three home runs and six RBI against McAllister. ... Twins OF Oswaldo Arcia was back in the lineup. He had been out since Monday with a bruised left wrist. ... Indians RHP Corey Kluber on Monday will throw his first bullpen session since going on the disabled list on Aug. 6 with a sprained middle finger on his right hand. ... Indians RHP Brett Myers made a rehab start at Double-A Akron on Saturday. Myers has been on the disabled list since April 20 with right elbow inflammation, but there is hope that he could be activated sometime in September.
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