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Twins rally late as Indians' losing streak hits 11

10:24 PM, Aug 7, 2012   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Indians continue to find ways to lose.

Tsuyoshi Nishioka drove in the go-ahead run during a three-run ninth inning, as the Minnesota Twins sent the Indians to their 11th consecutive loss on Tuesday with a 7-5 win at Progressive Field.

One outing removed from blowing a three-run, ninth-inning lead in Detroit on Sunday, Chris Perez (0-4) coughed it up again as the Tribe tied their longest losing streak since dropping 11 straight from September 13-24, 2009.

Josh Willingham got the rally started with a one-out single and pinch-runner Darin Mastroianni swiped second before scoring the tying run on a grounder to first by Justin Morneau that kicked off the first base bag and into short right field.

Ryan Doumit then ripped a ball into the right-center field gap for a double and Nishioka trotted home with the go-ahead score on a sacrifice fly. Brian Dozier followed with a single to bring home Doumit.

Tyler Robertson (1-0) earned his first major league win with two scoreless innings and Glen Perkins nailed down his fourth save of the year with a perfect ninth inning for the Twins, who have won five of their last six games.

 

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