The Indians try to extend their winning streak to five for the first time in two years Friday night when they open a three-game set against the visiting Minnesota Twins .
After back-to-back two-homer games, Raburn had his second four-hit contest in three days and drove in another two runs as Cleveland (12-13) completed a two-game sweep of Philadelphia with Wednesday's 6-0 win. Having only appeared in 16 games, Raburn has made the most of increased playing time with Nick Swisher (shoulder) and Michael Bourn (finger) out due to injury.
While Bourn remains sidelined, Swisher could return following a two-game absence.
"When you plug a guy in, whether it's injury or a doubleheader or whatever, and he gets this hot, that's such an added bonus," manager Terry Francona said of Raburn, who's 11 for 13 with nine RBIs over the last three games. "You can't flip a switch on when a guy plays, but he's been so hot. We've been able to hit him all over the lineup."
Raburn isn't the only one locked in. Hitting a major league-best .395, Carlos Santana is 10 for 18 with a homer, five walks, five runs scored and four RBIs over the last five games. Asdrubal Cabrera has also come up big over that stretch, going 9 for 20 with seven RBIs.
The Indians, who have outscored opponents 39-5 during their run, haven't won five straight since a seven-game winning streak April 26-May 3, 2011.
"Their whole team is swinging the bat so well, you just have to credit them," Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee said.
Cleveland will try to keep things going against Pedro Hernandez (1-0, 2.35 ERA). The 24-year-old left-hander scattered five hits over five scoreless innings Saturday, earning his first big league win in a 7-2 victory over Texas.
"Hernandez was fantastic," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We got exactly what we wanted out of him, a nice performance by him."
The Indians counter with Justin Masterson (4-2, 3.12), who's gone 1-2 with a 6.38 ERA over his last three starts. The right-hander struck out a season-high nine but otherwise struggled in the opener of Sunday's day-night doubleheader against Kansas City, allowing seven runs over 6 1-3 innings of a 9-0 loss.
"I ended up hanging some pitches up there and not finishing through a couple," he said. "Hopefully this is one of the outliers of the season. You're bound to have something like this."
Masterson went 1-3 with a 6.75 ERA against the Twins (12-12) last year. He was especially bad in a 12-5 road loss July 28, yielding a career-high 10 runs over 5 2-3 innings.
Masterson, though, has had his way with Joe Mauer , limiting him to four hits in 23 at-bats since 2010. He's also made things difficult on Ryan Doumit and Josh Willingham , who are a combined 3 for 23 in their matchups.
While Mauer was batting .393 on April 20, his average has since dropped to .287 thanks to a 3-for-33 slump. The five-time All-Star is a career .339 hitter versus Cleveland.
After playing in all 23 games, Mauer was given the day off Wednesday as Minnesota won 6-2 at Detroit. Chris Parmelee went 2 for 4 with a homer and two RBIs.
"We're relying on what's going to make us win," winning pitcher Scott Diamond told MLB's official website. "That's our defense and moving runners. It's a good thing we're focusing on the right things."
The Twins have hit .292 and outscored the Indians 103-56 during a 12-3 run in the series. They have won six of eight in Cleveland.
|April 16, 2013||Wilkin Ramirez||Day-to-Day||Back contusion|
|April 16, 2013||Darin Mastroianni||15-Day DL||Stress reaction in left ankle|
|March 30, 2013||Cole De Vries||15-Day DL||Right forearm strain|
|March 24, 2013||Tim Wood||15-Day DL||Right rotator cuff strain|
|March 22, 2013||Scott Diamond||15-Day DL||Recovery from left elbow surgery|
|March 22, 2013||Anthony Swarzak||15-Day DL||Fractured ribs|
|April 30, 2013||Nick Swisher||Day-to-Day||Sore left shoulder|
|April 25, 2013||Lou Marson||15-Day DL||Right shoulder soreness|
|April 20, 2013||Asdrubal Cabrera||Day-to-Day||Left game - left wrist contusion|
|April 20, 2013||Brett Myers||15-Day DL||Right elbow inflammation|
|April 16, 2013||Jason Kipnis||Day-to-Day||Sore elbow|
|April 15, 2013||Michael Bourn||15-Day DL||Right hand laceration|
CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Cleveland Indians have received contributions from the entire roster in their five-game winning streak.
Drew Stubbs took his turn Friday night.
Stubbs' one-out double in the 10th inning lifted the Indians to 7-6 victory over the Minnesota Twins to give Cleveland its first five-game winning streak since winning seven in a row from April 26-May 3, 2011.
Stubbs, who had four hits, drove a 1-0 pitch from Casey Fien (1-2) off the wall in left-center to score Mike Aviles , who started the rally with a leadoff single.
"I feel great right now," Stubbs said. "I'm just seeing the ball really well and putting good swings on pitches. I hope I can keep it going a long time."
The Indians, who are back at .500 for the first time since they were 5-5 on April 13, are winning despite the fact first baseman Nick Swisher (sore left shoulder) and outfielder Michael Bourn (lacerated right index finger) have been out of the lineup. Stubbs, 7 for 13 in his last three games, has helped make up for the loss of two of Cleveland's top offseason additions.
"It makes you feel really good because he's a very hard worker," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "We got Drew because we love his athleticism, his ability to play the outfield, and the way he runs the bases. And since Bourny went out, he's played Gold Glove-caliber center field - and I don't think he's getting enough credit for that."
Stubbs has raised his average from .213 to .284 in the last three games with three doubles, a homer and three RBIs.
The Indians couldn't hold a 5-3 lead in the seventh when Minnesota scored three times to take the lead, but Jason Kipnis tied the game in the eighth with a run-scoring groundout, his fourth RBI of the game that tied a career high.
"A good ballgame, both teams going back and forth, doing some damage here and there and we came up on the short end," Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire said.
Chris Perez (1-0) pitched a scoreless 10th for Cleveland. Starter Justin Masterson allowed three runs in 6 2-3 innings.
"I pitched, we didn't lose, and we wound up winning the ballgame," Masterson said. "At the end of the day, that's five in a row. We're having a lot of fun right now."
Ryan Raburn , who had 12 hits in his previous 14 at-bats coming into the game, was 0 for 5.
Masterson appeared to be in line for his fifth win until the seventh. The right-hander was pulled after Ryan Doumit 's RBI single cut the lead to 5-4. Chris Parmalee's two-out blast came off reliever Cody Allen and gave Minnesota a 6-5 lead.
Aviles started the tying rally with a single off Jared Burton . After pinch-hitter Jason Giambi flied out to deep center, Stubbs' blooper fell near the right-field line for a double and sent Aviles to third. After Michael Brantley was intentionally walked to load the bases, Kipnis hit a ground ball to the right side that second baseman Brian Dozier knocked down. Dozier could only get Kipnis at first as Aviles scored to tie it at 6-all.
Masterson retired the first two hitters in the seventh, but Justin Morneau singled and took second on a passed ball by Yan Gomes . Doumit slapped a single on a 3-2 pitch through the left side that scored Morneau to make it 5-4.
Parmalee hit a 2-2 pitch to right that cleared the wall despite a leaping attempt Raburn, for his third homer of the season to put the Twins ahead 6-5.
Trevor Plouffe hit a solo homer in the second.
Twins starter Pedro Hernandez , who recorded his first career win over Texas in his last start, gave up five runs in 5 1-3 innings
Mark Reynolds hit a two-run homer in the fifth for Cleveland that broke a 3-3 tie. Kipnis also had a two-run double in the third and a drove in another run with a bunt single in the sixth.
Swisher didn't start for the third straight game. He took batting practice before the game and says he plans to play Saturday.
NOTES: Morneau has 104 RBIs in 134 career games against the Indians. He also drove in his 800th career run, making him only the fifth player in Twins history to reach that mark. Harmon Killebrew , Kent Hrbek , Kirby Puckett and Tony Oliva are the others. ... Hernandez committed a balk in the fifth - the first by a Twins pitcher this season. ... Bourn took part in running drills and could start a minor-league rehabilitation assignment in a few days. ... The Indians claimed Carrera from Philadelphia and optioned RHP Trevor Bauer to Triple-A Columbus. ... The series continues Saturday afternoon when the Twins send RHP Kevin Correia (3-1) to the mound against LHP Scott Kazmir (0-1).