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Kipnis and Kazmir lead Indians to 7-3 victory over Twins

Indians win their sixth straight game

Kipnis and Kazmir lead Indians to 7-3 victory over Twins
May 4, 2013
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Cleveland, OH — Second baseman Jason Kipnis had three hits, falling just a double short of the cycle, and Scott Kazmir won his first major league game in 958 days as the Cleveland Indians beat the Minnesota Twins 7-3.
The win pushed the Tribe’s winning streak to six games and the team is now over .500 for the first time since April 3.
The Indians struck for two runs in the first inning off Twins starter Kevin Correia with two solo homers by Kipnis and designated hitter Nick Swisher. Swisher, playing in his first game since April 29, finished 1-for-4 with his third long ball of the season.
"You don't want to show up in the lineup and not pull your weight," Swisher said. "These guys have been on fire. As soon as you get back in the lineup you have to do your part as well."
After the Twins added a run in the top of the second, Cleveland added two more in the bottom half. With runners on first and second and two outs, left fielder Michael Brantley singled over the shortstop to drive in third basemanLonnie Chisenhall. Kipnis followed with another RBI-single off Correia (3-2, 2.83) to left to put the home team up 4-1.
Correia was finished after five innings, his shortest start of the season. He allowed four earned runs on six hits, two walks, and two home runs.
In the bottom of the seventh, Kipnis tripled to deep center field and scored on an Asdrubal Cabrera double that hit off the wall in right field. After a foul out, Cabrera scored on a single up the middle by first baseman Mark Reynolds.
Reynolds finished with two hits and a run batted in, his 25th of the season. He is now hitting .302 on the season and is fifth in the American League in RBIs.
The Indians added their final run of the afternoon in the eighth when center fielder Drew Stubbs scored from second on a single by Ezequiel Carrera. Stubbs has now hit in four games in a row and his last four hits have all been doubles.
Kazmir (1-1, 6.28) put together his second good start in a row. Over six innings, he gave up just two earned runs and five hits while striking out seven Twins batters.
"He's an easy guy to pull for," said manager Terry Francona. "He loves to pitch. He wants so bad to make this work. We're pulling for everybody. That's the way we are, but it's hard not to have a soft spot when you see what he's been through."
Bryan ShawJoe Smith, and Chris Perez pitched the final three innings. Smith allowed his first walk and earned run of the season in the eighth. Perez worked around a walk and an error by Kipnis to close out the game.
Cleveland will look for the sweep Sunday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. Corey Kluber (2-0, 2.25) will toe the rubber for the Indians against Twins right-hander Mike Pelfrey (2-3, 7.66).
Notes: Carlos Santana went 0-for-3 with a walk and still leads the American League in hitting (.369). … Jason Kipnis has six runs batted in the last two games. … Kipnis stole his sixth base of the season and is now tied for fourth in the AL in stolen bases.

Nathan Kemp graduated from The University of Akron in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in English.  He plans to pursue a graduate degree through NEOMFA in the fall.  Follow him on Twitter @NathanCKemp.

User Comments

League Park
May 5, 2013 - 2:15 PM EDT
Why do we bring up Carrera? Because there will be injuries and because the minor league outfielders (esp at AA, AAA) are not nearly as good as he is. I'd rather have him as a fill-in OF than the "material" we have at Columbus
May 5, 2013 - 9:48 AM EDT
No sure why everyone wants to keep Carrera. He will be DFAed once Bourn returns and probably will clear waivers (he cleared the entire NL and half the AL before the Indians picked him up). There is no room to have him on the roster. He's a decent depth option, but he's a 4A player and fringe roster guy that will always be bouncing around as a 25th roster option and in AAA as depth.
May 5, 2013 - 9:46 AM EDT
I missed the game because of dad duties with my son's tournament team, but man, the Indians are locked in right now. Would be great to pull off the sweep today and continue to carry the momentum. An interesting game today with Kluber on the hill.....would be great to see him continue to pitch well and kind of take hold of that rotation opportunity he has been given.
MT88 again
May 5, 2013 - 12:53 AM EDT
I meant to say at the end 'before Vinnie gets reactivated'
MT88 in WI
May 5, 2013 - 12:51 AM EDT
It might be possible to hold onto Zeke a little longer if they decide to DL Vinnie Pestano (extended precaution more than major injury with the arm) and activate Bourn is in the correlating move.....

Gets the pen back to a 7 man group which helps to get guys regular work, it allows Bourn to play back into shape at MLB level, & while expanding the bench it also allows Terry F to rest Stubbs and Brantley for a few days before Pestano gets deactivated...
May 5, 2013 - 12:23 AM EDT
It is difficult to see any point to Zeke, as much as I like him, since you have four OFs, two LH and two RH, who, if healthy, do everything offensively and defensively better than Zeke, Same problem, just a month later. Strictly a minor league backup for the Tribe from what I see.

Pretty sure we should wait about a month before jumping up and down about Kasmir. Ditto for historical streak hitters like Rayburn and Reynolds. Let's see if they beat recent history.
May 5, 2013 - 12:09 AM EDT
6 innings, Rich. 5 hits, 2 ER, 7 Ks. Not too bad against any lineup.
May 4, 2013 - 11:00 PM EDT
Zeke is gone the instant Bourn is ready to come back.

Nice job by Kazmir. Five innings, two runs - I'll take that all year long. It was against the second worst offense in the AL, but still, not too shabby.

It's great to see Kipnis hitting with power. Two HR's and a triple to deep center the last week. He got another triple today although the ball should have been caught.

A couple of nice defensive plays by Chiz. He's not doing much with the bat right now, so at least he's contributing in the field.

Joe Smith finally walked a batter and of course he scored. Oh well, I didn't expect Smith to finish the season with an ERA of 0.00.

Both Smith and Perez looked a little rusty. They haven't been getting much work.

Stubbs is really looking relaxed and smooth at the dish. He's putting really good swings on the ball and hitting for power. And Reynolds just keeps rolling from April into May.

The whole team is clicking right now and those two-out hits keep coming. It's beautiful to watch.
May 4, 2013 - 10:40 PM EDT
Where in the hell are the fans? Attendance stinks. Pitt and the brewers draw better.
League Park
May 4, 2013 - 10:28 PM EDT
I'd like to see us keep Zeke Carrera. He can bunt like he did in the 10th last night, play all the OF positions and steal bases. He can help this team
Canadian Joe
May 4, 2013 - 7:28 PM EDT
Another nice effort, top to bottom. Back to back strong efforts by Kipnis , Stubbs starting to put numbers up, and good effort by Kazmir. This team starting to really gel, and starting pitching really holding its own. Good to see. Now I am getting excited. Can Perez ever have a 1-2-3 inning ? He is not helping my extended life prognosis.
Maybe we should hold off on LaPorta being done. Small sample but .......

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