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MLB: Minnesota 6, Cleveland 4

Sept. 19, 2012 at 11:31 PM   |   Comments

CLEVELAND, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Josh Willingham had four of Minnesota's 12 hits and drove in four runs Wednesday, leading the Twins to a 6-4 victory over Cleveland.

With Liam Hendriks picking up his first major-league win, Minnesota moved a game in front of Cleveland in their battle to avoid being the last-place team in the American League Central.

Willingham singled in a run in the third, hit a two-run homer in the fifth and had another RBI single in the sixth to give Minnesota a 6-2 advantage.

The Indians narrowed their deficit with two runs in the eighth, after which Glen Perkins came on to claim his 13th save.

Hendriks (1-7) made his 18th career start scattered over two seasons and finally was rewarded with a victory. He gave up two runs on two hits over six innings.

The loss was charged to Zach McAllister (5-8), who allowed four runs on eight hits in 4 1/3.

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