CLEVELAND—After a difficult April, the Cleveland Indians are starting to play a bit better.
Asdrubal Cabrera had four hits and three RBIs, and Michael Brantley also homered, as the Indians beat the injury-riddled Minnesota Twins 9-4 yesterday for their first three-game winning streak this season.
Justin Masterson (2-1) allowed four runs (two earned) on four hits and four walks in 6 1/3 innings.
Kevin Correia (1-4) gave up four runs, eight hits, and four walks in 4 1/3 innings for the Twins.
Minnesota played its fourth-straight game without first baseman Joe Mauer, who could be headed to the disabled list because of back spasms.
Outfielder Sam Fuld, meanwhile, was placed on the seven-day DL with concussion-like symptoms, leaving infielder Pedro Florimon as Minnesota’s only bench player when the game began.
“We’re looking for nine right now; nine people that can play,” noted Twins’ manager Ron Gardenhire.
Elsewhere in the AL, Houston beat Detroit 6-2, Baltimore downed Tampa Bay 3-1, and Seattle nipped Kansas City 1-0.
In NL action, Miami beat San Diego 3-1 (11 innings) and San Francisco downed L.A. 3-1 (10 innings).