Indians punchless again as Twins clinch fifth straight series win
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Like Kevin Slowey a night earlier, Minnesota Twins left-hander Francisco Liriano made short work of the Indians on Wednesday, tossing eight shutout innings and striking out six in a 6-0 shutout at Target Field.
It clinched a fifth consecutive series win for the Twins (11-4), who will go for their first sweep in Thursday's 12:10 p.m. finale.
They opened the scoring in the second inning Wednesday on an RBI base hit by Brendan Harris and a two-run single by Denard Span. They didn't score again until Michael Cuddyer swatted a high fastball onto the overhang in right field for a solo home run in the sixth, and Cuddyer drove in two more runs with an eighth-inning triple.
That was more than enough support for Liriano, who allowed six hits and two walks on 102 pitches (70 strikes). Liriano hasn't allowed a run since his first start April 9 against the Chicago White Sox; he threw seven scoreless innings last Thursday against Boston.
David Huff took the loss for the Indians (6-8), who in two games here have managed a combined one run on 12 hits.
Right-hander Scott Baker (2-0, 3.38 ERA) will start against Cleveland righty Mitch Talbot (1-1, 3.21).