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Kipnis leads Cleveland over Minnesota

Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Jason Kipnis broke out of an 0-for-19 slump as he homered and drove in a pair to help the Cleveland Indians take the second of a three-game set from the Minnesota Twins, 7-2.

Kipnis went 2-for-3 and scored twice for Cleveland, which won for the fourth time in its last five outings. Carlos Santana also went deep while Nick Swisher contributed a two-run double.

Zach McAllister (7-7) pitched well behind solid run support, yielding just two runs on four hits over 7 1/3 innings.

Liam Hendriks (0-2) was tagged for all seven runs, lasting just 4 1/3 innings before giving way to Anthony Swarzak, who tossed 2 2/3 scoreless innings of relief. Brian Dozier homered and drove in both Minnesota runs

Cleveland wasted no time, putting up a two-spot in the first inning on Santana's 16th homer of the year. Kipnis broke out of his hitless slump with a single up the middle earlier in the frame.

The Twins manufactured a run two innings later when Clete Thomas drew a one- out walk, advanced to third on Pedro Florimon's single to center, and eventually scored on a Dozier sac fly.

Kipnis' two-run shot in the home half of the third put the Twins up 4-1.

The game got away from Minnesota in the fifth, when the Indians brought eight men to the plate en route to three more runs. Drew Stubbs led off with a single to left. Michael Bourn then drew a walk and Swisher followed with a double to deep right-center field, plating both baserunners.

Swarzak relieved Hendriks and promptly walked Santana before Michael Brantley drove a single to left, allowing Swisher to cross the plate for a 7-1 Indians lead.

Dozier's eight-inning home run, his 12th of the campaign, resulted in the final margin.

Game Notes

The Twins fall to 3-5 at Progressive Field this season ... Minnesota hit 0- for-5 with runners in scoring position ... Stubbs had two hits, two runs scored and a steal.

08/24 22:03:56 ET

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