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MLB: Cleveland 4, Minnesota 3

July 21, 2010 at 12:03 AM   |   Comments

MINNEAPOLIS, July 21 (UPI) -- Travis Hafner stroked a go-ahead RBI double in the eighth inning Tuesday to hand the Cleveland Indians their sixth straight win, 4-3 over Minnesota.

Carlos Santana drew a lead-off walk from Jose Mijares (1-1) and Hafner followed with a blast into the right-center field gap, scoring Santana from first and lifting the Indians to their first six-game winning streak since 2008.

Hafner's hit made a winner of Rafael Perez (3-0), who got credit for the victory despite blowing a lead by allowing RBI singles to Denard Span and Orlando Hudson in the seventh.

Joe Smith tossed a scoreless eighth and Carlos Perez hurled a 1-2-3 ninth to rack up his ninth save for the Indians.

Twins starter Kevin Slowey allowed three runs on six hits over 5 2/3 innings as Minnesota lost for the second time in a three-game set with Cleveland.

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