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Tribe down Twins

Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Jason Kipnis drove in three runs and Scott Kazmir pitched seven solid innings as the Cleveland Indians defeated the Minnesota Twins, 5-1, in the opener of a three-game series at Progressive Field.

Mark Reynolds and Drew Stubbs had an RBI apiece for the Indians, who have won seven of their last nine games.

Kazmir (4-4) allowed just one run on five hits while striking out seven in his outing.

Brian Dozier had a home run, but the Twins mustered just five hits. Starter Scott Deduno (3-2) gave up four runs on six hits and two walks in six-plus innings.

The Indians got on the board in the second inning. Michael Brantley smacked a double to right center and scored on Reynolds' hit up the middle.

An inning later, Drew Stubbs drew a leadoff walk, advanced to third on a Michael Bourn single and scored on a sacrifice fly by Kipnis.

Dozier homered to start the sixth, but the Indians scored three runs in the seventh.

Reynolds hit a leadoff single and Lonnie Chisenhall walked. Following a fly out by Yan Gomes, Stubbs delivered an RBI single to left.

Bourn grounded into a fielder's choice that forced Stubbs out at second, but after Mike Aviles drew a walk, Kipnis delivered a blooper to left center, plating Chisenhall and Bourn.

Vinnie Pestano pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for Cleveland to end the game.

Game Notes

The Twins were 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position ... Stubbs recorded his 200th career RBI ... Kipnis is hitting .363 and has seven RBI over the last seven games.

06/21 21:59:47 ET

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