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Twins' Sam Fuld threw his bat down in the dugout after striking out with three on base and one out in the second inning of the Minnesota Twins vs. the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minn. (Renee Jones Schneider/Minneapolis Star Tribune/MCT)

Carlos Santana almost hits for cycle as Indians defeat Twins

Carlos Santana lacked only a triple to hit for the cycle as the Cleveland Indians defeated the Twins 8-2 at Target Field on Tuesday night.

Santana doubled in the second inning, bunted for a single in the third and hit his 15th homer of the season in the fifth. By that time, the Indians led 4-1 and never were threatened after that.

The Indians jumped out to a 3-0 in the second off Twins starter Yohan Pino, who loaded the bases with the first batters in the inning. The right-hander allowed Santana's double, hit Lonnie Chisenhall with a pitch and allowed a single to designated hitter Nick Swisher. Two batters later, David Murphy smacked a two-RBI single into right field, followed by a sacrifice fly from Mike Aviles to plate Swisher.

The Twins missed on a similar opportunity in the bottom of the inning with the bases loaded and one out. Indians starter Danny Salazar allowed three consecutive walks to Kurt Suzuki, Oswaldo Arcia and Eduardo Escobar. Salazar got out of the inning by striking out Sam Fuld and Danny Santana. He had six strikeouts and three walks in his outing.

It was the Twins' biggest threat to score against Salazar, who allowed one run on six hits in five innings. The lone run he allowed occurred in the fourth when Fuld hit into a fielder's choice to score Arcia from third.

All three of Santana's hits were off Pino, who allowed four runs on seven hits in 6 1/3 innings. It was the most runs Pino has allowed in the six career starts he's made this season. He also had five strikeouts.

Brian Dozier responded in the eighth with a solo home run of his own off reliever Scott Atchison to right field to trim the deficit to 4-2. It was Dozier's 19th home run, surpassing his career high set last season.

Left-handed reliever Marc Rzepczynski replaced Atchison with two outs in the eighth, which prompted Twins manager Ron Gardenhire to bring right-handed pinch hitter Eduardo Nunez for Arcia. Nunez tripled on a fly ball off the right field wall.

With right-hander Cody Allen relieving Rzepczynski after two pitches, Gardenhire again went to his bench, bringing Chris Parmelee in to pinch hit for Escobar. Parmelee struck out swinging on a 86-mph knuckle-curve. It was the ninth baserunner the Twins stranded, going 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position.

The Twins' Kendrys Morales extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a single to left field with two outs in the seventh. Morales attempted to stretch the base hit into a double and was tagged out before touching second base.

The Indians pulled away even further with a four-run ninth inning.

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