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MLB: Cleveland 7, Minnesota 6

Sept. 8, 2012 at 12:29 AM   |   Comments

MINNEAPOLIS, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- Michael Brantley's RBI single put Cleveland in front and touched off a three-run seventh inning Friday that lifted the Indians over Minnesota 7-6.

The big inning gave the Indians a 7-4 advantage and they survived single runs by the Twins in the eighth and ninth.

Russ Canzler and Shin-Soo Choo combined for six of Cleveland's 12 hits with Canzler contributing a two-run homer in the fourth and an RBI single in the fifth.

It was a 4-4 game heading into the seventh, but the Indians batted around in that inning.

Tyler Robertson (1-2) walked the first two batters in the eighth before being relieved by Alex Burnett.

With runners on first and third and one away, Brantley gave the Indians the lead with a single to right. Canzler then reached on an infield single to load the bases, after which Casey Kotchman drove in a run with another infield single and Cord Phelps picked up an RBI by drawing a bases-loaded walk.

The win went to David Huff (1-0), who worked 3 1/3 innings of hitless relief. Chris Perez earned his 35th save despite allowing a run in the ninth.

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