CLEVELAND (AP) — With four home runs in their previous game, the Minnesota Twins came to town looking and feeling strong and hoping to flex their muscles some more.
Scott Kazmir made them look like 98-pound weaklings.
Cleveland's starter limited the Twins to one run — Brian Dozier's homer in the sixth — and pitched seven strong innings as the Indians stopped Minnesota's winning streak at three with a 5-1 victory Friday night.
The Twins had scored 22 runs during their streak, but Kazmir (4-4) never let them get started and held them to five hits.
"It seemed like he got better when he got guys on base," Twins first baseman Justin Morneau said. "We were one hit away a couple of times. Sometimes you get them and sometimes you don't. Today we didn't."
Minnesota's hitters were never able to rattle Kazmir, who won for the first time since May 30 and continued his remarkable comeback story after being out of the majors for two years.
The Twins came close to having Kazmir in major trouble in the seventh after Trevor Plouffe doubled with one out, but the left-hander regrouped and struck out both Oswaldo Arcia and Clete Thomas looking to end the threat.
"You can look at it one of two ways," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We wasted an opportunity or he made pitches when he had to. By the look of the whole work tonight, he made pitches when he had to."
Jason Kipnis hit a sacrifice fly — to the second baseman — off Samuel Deduno (3-2) in the third inning and added a bloop, two-run single in Cleveland's three-run eighth.
Deduno allowed four runs and six hits in six innings. The right-hander pitched well enough to win, but didn't get any support from his teammates.
"Sammy threw the ball great," Gardenhire said. "He did his job but we only got five hits and didn't put too much pressure on them offensively."
The Twins entered with four wins in their past five games and were beginning to make up some ground in the AL Central. But Kazmir, who hadn't won since May 30, slowed their climb.
Kazmir blanked the Twins on three hits over the first five innings before Dozier opened the sixth with his seventh homer — and fourth in five games — to cut Cleveland's lead to 2-1.