CLEVELAND (AP) -Indians manager
was fuming after watching his team struggle at the plate for the second straight night.
pitched eight sharp innings and
hit two solo homers, leading the
to a 7-1 victory over Wedge's club on Saturday.
Cleveland (6-12) has scored just two runs in the first two games of the weekend series.
''Our approach has been very poor,'' Wedge said. ''It's something we pride ourselves on. We work hard at it. There's just
no excuse, whether it's lack of discipline or concentration or confidence or whatever the hell it is, we better figure it
out pretty damn quick because I'm not going to sit around and watch what we've been watching here.''
Slowey (3-0) carried a five-hit shutout into the ninth but allowed three singles to open the inning before departing with
the bases loaded.
singled in a run. Ayala then got
to bounce into a game-ending double play.
While Wedge was peeved about his team's performance, Twins manager
was pleased to see another all-around effort, particularly from his starter.
''It all begins with starting pitching,'' Gardenhire said. ''Good pitching gives you a chance to stay in the game and takes
pressure off your offense.''
Slowey took a cue from
, who kept the Indians off balance Friday by mixing in off-speed pitches with his fastball.
''Watching him gave me an idea of what I needed to do,'' Slowey said.
Slowey struck out seven and didn't walk a batter in front of his parents and several family members and friends who made the
drive from Pittsburgh.
Kubel led Minnesota's 15-hit attack by homering in the fifth off
and again in the ninth off
''Kube can hit,'' Gardenhire said. ''You can tell he's relaxed and he isn't pressing.''
Pavano (0-3) allowed five runs and 11 hits. He was pulled with the bases loaded and no outs in the sixth.
''Getting the loss and only going five innings and giving up five earned runs doesn't sit well with me at all,'' he said.
''I haven't looked at the tape, but I'm assuming some of those balls got too much of the plate.''
Pavano, signed as a free agent in the offseason, failed for the fourth time to get his first win with Cleveland. The right-hander
had runners on in every inning, throwing 86 pitches.
hit a solo homer after Kubel's drive in the ninth, and
finished with three hits.
continued his strong run at Progressive Field with two hits, including an RBI single in the first. The first baseman is batting
.364 (16-for-44) with two homers and 13 RBIs in his last 11 games at Cleveland's home.
Crede started the fourth with a single off the glove of third baseman
and took third on
's double to left. Young and
had RBI singles to make it 3-0.
Kubel homered with one out in the fifth and
had a sacrifice fly in the sixth.
(back) could return to the Twins as early as Tuesday. He caught seven innings and went 0-for-3 on a rehab assignment at Class
A Fort Myers on Saturday night. Mauer is scheduled to DH on Sunday and then catch nine innings Monday. ... Gardenhire said
will be back in the lineup Sunday after getting a couple of days off. ... Indians SS
, in an 0-for-19 slump, got a day off. ... Cleveland's starting pitchers are 4-9 with a 6.17 ERA.