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Stubbs helps carry Indians to walk-off win

Stubbs helps carry Indians to walk-off win

CLEVELAND -- Drew Stubbs' RBI double with one out in the 10th inning lifted the Cleveland Indians to their fifth straight victory, 7-6 over the Minnesota Twins on Friday night.

Stubbs, who had four hits, drove a 1-0 pitch from Casey Fien off the wall in left-center to give Cleveland its first five-game winning streak since winning seven in a row from April 26-May 3, 2011.

Mike Aviles started the rally with a leadoff single off Fien (1-2). Pinch-hitter Ezequiel Carrera, claimed off waivers from Philadelphia on Thursday, moved Aviles to second with a sacrifice. Stubbs, who had two singles and two doubles, then drove in the game-winner.

Chris Perez(1-0) pitched a scoreless 10th for Cleveland.

Ryan Raburn, who had 12 hits in his previous 14 at-bats coming into the game, was 0 for 5.

Chris Parmalee's two-run homer in the seventh capped Minnesota's three-run rally, wiping out a 5-3 deficit, but Jason Kipnis tied the score in the eighth with a run-scoring grounder, his fourth RBI of the game.

Parmalee's two-out blast came off reliever Cody Allen and gave Minnesota a 6-5 lead.

Aviles started the tying rally with a single off Jared Burton. After Jason Giambi flied out to deep center, Stubbs' blooper fell near the right-field line for a double and sent Aviles to third. After Michael Brantley was intentionally walked to load the bases, Kipnis hit a ground ball to the right side that second baseman Brian Dozier knocked down. Dozier could only get Kipnis at first as Aviles scored to tie it at 6-all.

Minnesota trailed by two going into the seventh against Justin Masterson, who retired the first two hitters. Justin Morneau singled and took second on a passed ball by Yon Gomes. Ryan Doumit slapped a single on a 3-2 pitch through the left side that scored Morneau to make it 5-4.

Parmalee hit a 2-2 pitch to right that cleared the wall despite a leaping attempt Raburn, for his third homer of the season to put the Twins ahead 6-5.

Trevor Plouffe hit a solo homer in the second.

Twins starter Pedro Hernandez, who recorded his first career win over Texas in his last start, gave up five runs in 5 1/3 innings

Mark Reynolds hit a two-run homer in the fifth for Cleveland that broke a 3-3 tie.

Kipnis also had a two-run double in the third and a drove in another run with a bunt single in the sixth.

Masterson allowed three runs in 6 2/3 innings.

Cleveland first baseman Nick Swisher didn't start for the third straight game because of a sore left shoulder. He took batting practice before the game and says he plans to play Saturday.

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