MINNEAPOLIS — Carlos Santana and Asdrubal Cabrera both had two doubles, and Jason Kipnis was a homer short of the cycle as the Indians had 17 hits in a 12-6 victory over the Twins on Friday night.
With the win and Tampa Bay's loss at Toronto, the Indians moved into a tie with the Rays for the two AL wild cards, one game ahead of Texas, which beat Los Angeles. Cleveland has won eight straight and 13 of 15, taking advantage of a schedule that ends with 10 games against Houston, the White Sox and the Twins, the three worst teams in the AL this season.
Indians starter Corey Kluber won his fifth straight decision. He started with three scoreless innings but then allowed 10 of the next 16 hitters to reach and was knocked out with one out in the sixth. Kluber gave up six earned runs and 10 hits, but walked only one and struck out five.
Twins starter Pedro Hernandez gave up four runs in the first inning and three in the second.
By the time the second inning was over, the Indians had four doubles and a triple, and the first seven hitters had at least one hit.