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Updated: April 21st, 2010 9:40pm
Indians punchless again as Twins clinch fifth straight series win

Indians punchless again as Twins clinch fifth straight series win

by Tom Pelissero
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MINNEAPOLIS -- When does the Cleveland offense get in town?

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).

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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