has no secret formula to explain his success against Cleveland.
Baker, who has won seven straight decisions, held the Indians to one run in six innings and beat them for the fourth time
this season Saturday, pitching the
to a 4-1 victory.
Baker is 4-0 with a 0.93 ERA in four starts against the Indians this year, but if the right-hander knows the reason for his
dominance, he isn't giving many details.
''Good pitches get hitters out,'' he said. ''If you make good pitches, you should be OK. That's the case against any team.
For a long time this was a very tough team for me, but things change.''
doesn't have an explanation, either.
''You pitch well against a certain team and there's no rhyme or reason and you hit well against a certain team and there's
no rhyme or reason,'' Gardenhire said. ''It's one of those things.''
Baker (13-7) hasn't lost since July 7, a span of 11 starts.
Four Twins pitchers held the Indians to four hits.
pitched the ninth for his 36th save in 41 chances. Nathan gave up back-to-back homers in the ninth inning and blew a save
in his previous outing against the
Chicago White Sox
allowed a hit in the seventh, and
worked a perfect eighth.
homered for the Indians in the third, ending Baker's consecutive scoreless streak against the Indians at 18 innings.
''I was kind of fighting it a little bit,'' Baker said. ''That happens. I made pitches when I needed to.''
The only good news for the Indians is they might only have to face Baker one more time this season.
''Baker has been a tough matchup for us all year,'' manager
said. ''For whatever reason, we just haven't been seeing him well. We take some pretty good swings, but we mishit them or
end up fouling a lot of them back. He really works hard off his fastball and does a good job with it.''
Baker struck out four and walked four while throwing 100 pitches. He began the season on the disabled list with shoulder stiffness
and lost his first four starts, but is 7-0 with a 3.04 ERA in his last 11.
Baker's performance came at an opportune time for the Twins, who made a season-high four errors in Friday night's 5-2 loss.
''He's been our hottest pitcher,'' Gardenhire said. ''He's been running off wins. You want him out there.''
Baker held the Indians to three hits, but didn't get much offensive help from his teammates, who pushed across two runs in
the fourth against
singled, leaving runners on first and third with two outs.
's double down the left-field line scored Kubel, and Morales also came home when
, normally a second baseman, couldn't come up with the ball as it bounced off the stands. Carroll was charged with an error,
making the second run unearned.
''The one ball that Punto hit goes right down the line,'' Masterson said. ''Outside of that, everyone else put it on the ground
like we wanted it to.''
Masterson (4-7) allowed two runs - one earned - in six innings. The right-hander is 1-4 since being acquired on July 31 in
the trade that sent catcher
added a sacrifice fly in the eighth.
followed with a sacrifice fly in the ninth.
was 0 for 5 and is hitless in 16 at-bats. He is 4 for 41 in his last 13 games.
extended his scoreless streak to 20 2-3 innings.
NOTES: Jets from the Cleveland National Air Show at nearby Burke Airport flew over the ballpark throughout the game, causing
players and fans to keep on eye on the skies. ...
, the AL's leading hitter, was the designated hitter while Morales started behind the plate. Gardenhire said Mauer might DH
again Sunday and
could catch. Mauer was 2 for 4 on Saturday and is batting .367 ... It's unclear if LHP
(shoulder tendinitis) will rejoin the Twins next week. Perkins had dye injected into his shoulder before an MRI exam and won't
be able throw for three or four days. It's doubtful he'll pitch for Triple-A Rochester before the minor league season ends.
... The home run was Marte's fifth since being recalled from Triple-A Columbus on July 28. ... The Indians played their second
straight game without OF Shin-Soo Choo, the team leader in RBIs. Choo returned to Phoenix, where his wife gave birth to a
son on Friday.