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MLB: Minnesota 3, Cleveland 2

July 19, 2013 at 11:44 PM   |   Comments

MINNEAPOLIS, July 19 (UPI) -- Joe Mauer's two-out single delivered the go-ahead run in the eighth inning Friday, lifting Minnesota to a 3-2 victory over Cleveland.

The Twins won their third in a row by overcoming an early two-run deficit. The Indians had a four-game winning streak snapped.

Minnesota took advantage of a key error to tie the score in the sixth, putting together a rally after the first two batters in the inning were retired.

Pedro Florimon drew a walk and the Twins then put runners on second and third when Cleveland third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall was charged with a fielding error on a ball hit by Brian Dozier.

Trevor Plouffe followed with a single to right to bring in two unearned runs.

Florimon opened the eighth inning with a base hit off Joe Smith (4-1) and Dozier was again safe on error, this one by first baseman Nick Swisher.

Plouffe grounded into a double play, but Mauer came through with a single to center that delivered Florimon.

Casey Fien (2-2) picked up the victory by working the eighth inning and Glen Perkins turned in a perfect ninth for his 22nd save.

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