CLEVELAND -- It's been a long time coming, but Scott Kazmir has finally won another major-league game.
The Cleveland left-hander pitched six strong innings to pick up his first win in over two years as the Indians beat Minnesota 7-3 on Saturday. The win extended the Indians' winning streak to six games, the longest current streak in the majors.
Kazmir allowed two runs with seven strikeouts and one walk. The victory was his first major-league win since Sept. 9, 2010 when he beat Tampa Bay 6-3 while pitching for the Angels.
Cleveland got home runs from Jason Kipnis and Nick Swisher, with Kipnis adding a single and his second triple in as many games.
The Indians didn't waste any time going to work on Twins starter Kevin Correia, who came into the game with a record of 3-0 and a 1.64 ERA in his last three starts.
Kipnis, the second batter Correia faced in the game, belted a 3-1 pitch into the seats in right field for his second home run. One out later Swisher blasted another 3-1 pitch into the seats in right for his third home run to make it 2-0.
The Twins reached Kazmir for a run in the top of the second, which began with a double down the left-field line by Trevor Plouffe, who later scored on a two-out single by Pedro Florimon.
The Indians answered with two more runs in the bottom of the second on three consecutive two-out singles by Ezequiel Carrera, Michael Brantley, and Kipnis, giving Cleveland a 4-1 lead.
From the third to the fifth innings Kazmir settled in and at one point struck out four batters in a row and five out of six. The only batter that didn't strike out in that span hit a home run. Aaron Hicks, leading off the fifth inning, hit the first pitch from Kazmir into the left-field bleachers for his first career home run, cutting the Cleveland lead to 4-2.
Kipnis tripled and Cabrera doubled in a two-run Cleveland seventh, and the Twins scored a run off reliever Joe Smith in the eighth to cut the Indians' lead to 6-3. Carrera made it 7-3 with an RBI single in the bottom of the eighth.
NOTES: Joe Mauer's next double will move him past Gary Gaetti (252) and into sole possession of seventh place on the Twins' all-time list. ... Right-hander Mike Pelfrey, who will start for the Twins Sunday in the series finale, will be making his first career start vs. the Indians. ... Swisher was back in the Indians' lineup Saturday after missing the previous three games with a sore left shoulder. ... Indians outfielder Carrera, claimed off waivers from Philadelphia on Thursday, made his first start Saturday in right field.