Cliff Lee is finishing this season as he started it. Strong.<br><br> "It's good to finish on a…
Winning Ways Are Back
"I've been humbled," Lee told reporters. "I started out cruising pretty good. The hitters started adjusting to me, started to figure me out and I didn't do a good job of handling that."
He gave up five runs and eight hits over 5 2/3 innings, walking three and striking out seven.
Bard hit his first homer and drove in three runs, Coco Crisp had three hits and two RBI and Sizemore hit his third homer, a two-run shot in the fifth inning.
Two-out RBI singles by Broussard and Crisp put Cleveland ahead in the first inning against rookie right-hander J.D. Durbin.
Bard hit a two-run double in the fourth and scored on an RBI double by Brandon Phillips for a 5-0 lead.
Minnesota got within 5-2 in the fifth on RBI singles by Luis Rivas and Lew Ford, but Sizemore's two-run shot in the bottom half made it 7-2.
Rivas had a sacrifice fly in the sixth to make it 7-3 and David Riske came on with the bases loaded. He yielded a two-run single to Shannon Stewart that put the Twins within 7-5.
Crisp's RBI double in the seventh made it 8-5, and Bard hit his first homer since last Sept. 20 in the eighth for a 9-6 lead.
Rafael Betancourt gave up a pinch-hit RBI single to Justin Morneau in the ninth before finishing for his fourth save.
Indians manager Eric Wedge was ejected in the eighth for arguing with first-base umpire Tim Timmons, who changed an out call to safe. Pinch-hitter Jason Kubel grounded to shortstop Omar Vizquel, whose low throw appeared to be caught by Broussard, but TV replays showed that the first baseman may have juggled the ball as he was taking his foot off the bag ... so Timmons ruled safe. Broussard got an error and Wedge got the heave-ho.
Cliff Lee delivers a pitch in his second win since July 17.
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