Twins lose 8-1 as Indians tag Baker
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Baker (2-2, 4.81 ERA) went 5 2/3 innings, allowing 10 hits and six earned runs. He struck out three and walked one.
The Indians (7-8) came into Thursday's games with one of the worst offenses in the league, but back-to-back ground rule doubles by Asdrubal Cabrera and Grady Sizemore to start the game put Cleveland up 1-0.
In the fourth inning, a two-run home run by Indians third baseman Andy Marte put the Indians up 3-1. Marte added an RBI single in the sixth, along with RBI doubles by Russell Branyan and Luis Valbuena to make it 6-1.
The Twins played Thursday's game without catcher Joe Mauer (rest) and shortstop J.J. Hardy, who sat with a sore knee. Drew Butera and Alexi Casilla started instead. Starting third baseman Nick Punto also sat out once again with a strained groin. He's expected to return sometime this weekend.
Despite the loss, Minnesota has won five straight series to open the season, which is a franchise record.
The Twins travel to Kansas City on Friday night for a three-game series with the Royals. Carl Pavano (2-1, 4.96 ERA) is scheduled to face Gil Meche (0-1, 11.57 ERA).