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CLEVELAND -- Trevor Bauer had one bad sequence. Clevelands offence had another bad night. With the days in their season dwindling quickly and the playoffs still within reach, the Indians suffered a bad loss that could haunt them for a while. Bauer gave up four straight two-out hits in Minnesotas four-run fourth inning, and the last-place Twins dented Clevelands playoff hopes with a 4-3 victory on Tuesday. The Indians came in five games out of first in the AL Central, and blew a chance to make up ground in the division or wild-card chase. They are counting on beating the Twins and Houston Astros over the next two weeks, and cant afford many losses and certainly not to any of the leagues weakest teams. "You want to win every game you play, especially because we need to desperately," Indians manager Terry Francona said. The Twins, using a lineup of young players and a rookie starter with a 9.38 ERA, won for just the fourth time in 16 games. Arcias homer off Bauer (5-8) made it 4-2, and the Twins hung on despite doing nothing else against the right-hander. Bauer gave up just the four hits -- all in a row with two outs in the fourth -- over eight innings. He walked one and struck out eight, but it wasnt enough as Clevelands offence went 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position. The Indians havent scored more than three runs in each of their past five games. "They scored enough to win the game," said a dejected Bauer, adding he didnt feel well. "I didnt do my job." Minnesotas bullpen combined for four innings of one-run ball, with Jared Burton, filling in for injured closer Glen Perkins, working the ninth for his second save. Bauer dominated every inning except the fourth. In the first, Bauer walked leadoff hitter Jordan Schafer but then picked him off first. He then retired 10 straight before Joe Mauer dropped a double to left. Kennys Vargas followed with an RBI double and Trevor Plouffes run-scoring single tied it at 2. Vargas slid awkwardly into home and had barely walked down the dugout steps when Arcia unloaded on Bauers first pitch, driving it into the seats in right-centre for his 16th homer. "He had the one four-hitter sequence, where he gave up the bloop double and then with three straight pitches all the damage was done," Francona said. "They made it hold up." Minnesota rookie Trevor May (2-4) allowed two runs in five innings. The right-hander had to overcome pesky "midges," tiny insects that engulfed him. "It seemed like I got hit in the face by 300 flies," he said. "I came in and my entire neck was covered." Cleveland wasted a couple scoring chances before closing to 4-3 in the eighth on Yan Gomes RBI single, but pinch-hitter Jason Giambi flew out to left to end the threat. The Indians staked Bauer to a 2-0 lead in the second inning against May, who picked up his first major league win last week against the White Sox. Carlos Santana singled and Jason Kipnis, who has struggled all season, doubled before Lonnie Chisenhalls groundout made it 1-0. Kipnis boldly took third on the play and scored on Gomes sacrifice fly. The Indians failed to take advantage of Mays two walks to open the fourth. Cleveland threatened again in the seventh on a pair of two-out singles, but left-hander Brian Duensing retired Michael Brantley on a routine fly. EVEN STEVEN With five games left in their season series, the Twins and Indians are tied 7-7. Cleveland had its four-game winning streak at home over Minnesota stopped. YANIMAL In 11 games since being activated from the concussion list, Gomes is batting .302 (13 of 43) with three doubles, a triple, six RBIs and three runs. TRAINERS ROOM Indians: INF/OF Mike Aviles has made progress after sustaining a concussion last week. He took part in pregame activities, except for hitting. Francona said Aviles, who got hurt when he face-planted trying to make a diving catch in right field, could be playing as early as Thursday. "He looks much better," Francona said. "Hes getting antsy. Hes pushing the trainers and those are all good signs. He was kind of cloudy for a couple days." UP NEXT Clevelands T.J. House (2-3), who held the White Sox to one run in seven innings last week, will start against Minnesotas Kyle Gibson (11-10) on Wednesday. Cedric Ogbuehi Jersey. Goldeyes third baseman Ryan Pineda drove in three runs and the pitching staff didnt allow an earned run, as Winnipeg downed Kansas City 6-3 in American Association exhibition action at CommunityAmerica Ballpark in Kansas. AJ McCarron Jersey. The 23-year-old restricted free agent appeared in all 48 games last season, finishing second among all Sabres skaters with 15 goals and 34 points. http://www.officialbengalsprofanatics.com/Black-Friday-Pat-Sims-Jersey/. -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have released veteran guard Davin Joseph, a mainstay on their offensive line over the past eight seasons. Adam Jones Jersey. And he said Sunday that players believe nobody in Sterlings family should be able to own the Los Angeles Clippers if hes gone. Kevin Minter Jersey. And like the near entirety of last season, Jonathan Bernier and Torontos goaltending tandem is up to the task.Got a question on rule clarification, comments on rule enforcements or some memorable NHL stories? Kerry wants to answer your emails at cmonref@tsn.ca. Kerry, In Tuesday nights game between the Avalanche and Canucks, Avalanche defender Nick Holden received a tripping penalty at 7:06 of the second period for a hit on Zack Kassian. From what I saw, Holden committed to a hit and maintained his line while Kassian chipped it in and Holden delivered his hit (hip to hip). Can you explain why this penalty was called? Steve Worrall Breckenridge, CO Steve: I believe that the apparent late reaction and decision by the referee to call a tripping penalty against Nick Holden was based in part, on his perception of the play resulting from the aftermath of the legal hip check due to the apparent injury sustained by Zack Kassian, but more so from the sightline he acquired while crossing from the far side of the ice through the neutral zone. When Zack Kassian dumped the puck into the right corner on the attack (just prior to the finishing check by Holden) referee Francis Charron initiated a switch by retreating from the puck below the goal line to assume a position on the opposite side of the net. This caused referee Paul Devorski to immediately curl across and through traffic in the neutral zone toward the side where the check by Holden was being delivered. As a result of this transition the referee did not have a clear perspective of the setup and legal hip contact by Holden, nor would he have taken in the full effect of Kassians avoidance jump in the air that primarily contributed to his lower body injury. As the referee groped his mind for a visual replay he must have deduced that Holden had made himself bigger by extending his leg to trip his hard-nosed Canucks opponent. We know that not to be the case. In actuality, Holden moved laterally and repositioned his right leg undder his body and then rotated his hip toward Kassian to initiate contact.dddddddddddd Kassian, on the other hand jumped off the ice in an attempt to avoid the hip-check, but in doing so opened his posture thereby exposing his right leg/knee to dangerous contact. In full flight, Kassian was unable to alter his path and made his right knee the leading point of contact with Holdens thigh and hip area. Once a player launches his skates off the ice in an attempt to avoid a check, bad things will often result. All mobility is lost and a leg or knee is almost always exposed to contact. My friend Jeremy Roenick was the worst culprit for jumping in the air to avoid an impending hit. I often feared for JRs safety when, his airborne leap exposed his knee to legal contact. I witnessed the speedster being helped off the ice on a number of occasions as a direct result of his airborne leaps. But then again, JR thought he could really fly. Prior to the National Anthem in Washington one night, Flyers defenceman Eric Weinrich approached me and said, JRs a real piece of work. He was telling everyone in the room hes the best and fastest skater in the NHL; can you believe the guy? We both had a laugh and I filed the info for future consideration. Opportunity struck when I completed a line change as the neutral zone ref and noticed Roenick and Weinrich seated beside each other on the Flyers bench. In my most serious tone I said, JR, Im really ticked off tonight. JR looked concerned and asked what was wrong? He broke into that huge patented smile when I told him, With you here tonight I can only be the second best skater in the NHL! JR immediately turned to Weinrich and said, See I told you so; its common knowledge. Poor Wino just dropped his head and told me not to get JR started. Its best to keep your knees in tight, skates on the ice and your head out of the clouds! Wholesale Jerseys  Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Authentic Jerseys From China Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys ' ' '


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