MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - For the second straight game, the Indians bats were silent and their play in the field was spotty.
The result was another 3-2 loss to the Minnesota Twins that kept Cleveland 1 1/2 games behind first-place Detroit in the AL Central. The Tigers lost their second straight game, falling at Kansas City 6-5.
Leading 2-0 and starter Corey Kluber taken out of the game because of left hip tightness, the Indians allowed three runs to score in the bottom of the sixth when a throw home was wide and a potential double play ball was bobbled.
``We're not stinging the ball, for sure,' said manager Terry Francona. ``If somebody hits a three-run homer, or something, you can get by a mistake in the field. But the way the last two games have been, you gotta play clean.'
The Indians did get the long ball, a two-run opposite-field shot into a stiff wind by Jason Kipnis in the top of the sixth. And the way Kluber was pitching that might have been enough. But after striking out seven in five shutout innings, Francona thought it was best to take the ailing right-hander out.
``Obviously I would have liked to have gone more than five innings,' said Kluber who first felt the problem during his previous start. ``They wanted me to get out of there before it got to a point where I hurt myself.'
Rich Hill (1-2) came in and got in trouble right away, walking Joe Mauer and giving up a single to Justin Morneau. Ryan Doumit then hit a slow roller to third, and Lonnie Chisenhall's threw wide of the plate to score Mauer. Chris Colabello tied the score on a single that gave him his first major-league RBI.
It appeared the Indians might get out of the inning without further damage when Clete Thomas hit a hot shot right at Kipnis at second base. But he failed to come up clean with the grounder, and the bobble kept the Indians from completing the double play while Doumit scored the deciding run.
``It picked up a little speed when it hit the dirt, caught me in the palm,' said Kipnis. ``That play needs to be made.
``It's still late July. There's still time. We're not losing too much ground, thankfully. But if we want to get where we want to be, we going to have to start winning games, and these are games that we need to be winning,' said Kipnis.
The Indians have lost two straight after heading into the All-Star break with a four-game winning streak. Cleveland's lineup sputtered against Twins starter Kevin Correia early, failing to reach base in the first three innings. Correia (7-6) won for the first time since June 19, despite leaving a pitch up for Kipnis to hit out of the park.
``I feel like it was a flashback to like, eight games,' Correia said. ``I feel like if I would stop doing that, I would have 15 wins right now.'
Brian Duensing, Jared Burton and Casey Fien combined for two scoreless innings, and Glen Perkins pitched the ninth for his 23rd save in 25 chances.
Notes: Twins manager Ron Gardenhire left the dugout due to illness. ... Francona confirmed RHP Zach McAllister was ``good to go' to start Tuesday at Seattle after missing six weeks with a sprained middle finger on his throwing hand. McAllister threw a bullpen session on Saturday. Asked if he views McAllister's return as having the same impact as a mid-season trade to shore up the rotation, Francona said: ``You can look at it like we're getting a guy that we haven't had. That's actually a nice way to look at it.' ... Colabello is 1-8 since being recalled Friday after making a name for himself as a Triple-A slugger. ``He's earned a shot here to get some swings. Everybody's going to go through the nerves part of it. Hopefully he'll get past that,' Gardenhire said.
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