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Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Jim Thome jumpstarted a five-run fifth inning with a two-run blast, and the Minnesota Twins took the rubber match of a three-game series with the Indians, 5-4, at Progressive Field.

Thome's blast, the 578th of his career, pulled him to within five of Mark McGwire for ninth place on the all time list, as the Twins won for the 12th time in 15 games. Orlando Hudson, fresh off the disabled list Sunday, hit a game-tying two-run double and scored the game-winning run for Minnesota.

Brian Duensing (5-1) settled down after a shaky start to earn the win, allowing four runs (three earned) on nine hits while fanning three without walking a batter in 7 1/3 frames. Matt Capps locked down his 28th save of the season and second with the Twins.

Matt LaPorta blasted a two-run homer for the Indians, who have lost four of six. David Huff (2-11) lost his fifth consecutive start after yielding five runs, six hits and two walks in 4 1/3 frames.

Trailing, 4-0, entering the fifth, the Twins rallied to take the lead and knock Huff out of the game.

Michael Cuddyer drew a leadoff walk, and Thome followed with a deep blast to right, cutting the Minnesota deficit in half on his 14th homer of the season.

Two batters later, J.J. Hardy reached on an infield single and scampered to third on Jason Repko's double. Hudson sent a Huff pitch to the gap in right- center, plating both runners on the double for a tie game. Hudson moved to third on a wild pitch, and Joe Mauer's walk ended Huff's outing.

Justin Germano came on in relief and induced a ground ball from Delmon Young. Andy Marte bobbled it at third and was able to get the out only at second, allowing Hudson to score the go-ahead run for a 5-4 game.

Duensing settled down after giving up four runs in the first two innings, setting the Indians down in order in the third, fifth and seventh while maintaining Minnesota's one-run lead. He came out after one out in the eighth in favor of Matt Guerrier, who retired two consecutive batters to finish the inning.

Capps came on and threw a perfect inning to polish off the win.

The Indians jumped on Duensing right away for three runs in the first.

Michael Brantley sent a triple down the right-field line to lead off the inning, and Shin-Soo Choo lined a one-out RBI single back through the middle. Two batters later, LaPorta crushed his seventh home run of the season over the wall in left for a 3-0 advantage.

Trevor Crowe scored on a double play groundout in the second for a four-run lead.

Game Notes

The Indians have recorded an extra-base hit in 61 straight games, the longest active streak in the majors...The Twins improved to just 15-32 when allowing the first run of a game...Minnesota is unbeaten in its last five series (4-0-1)...The Twins lead the season series, 7-5...Huff has not recorded a win since May 23.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.