No Offense, But No Offense Dooms Indians

Victor Martinez throws to first after a bunt.

There was no mystery or pretense to the Indians' 4-1 loss to the Minnesota Twins at Jacobs Field on Saturday night. The Tribe looked like a team playing out a disappointing season -- while the Twins appeared to be a ballclub battling for a place in postseason play. Cleveland unleashed a mighty six-single attack, including only four in seven innings against a pitcher they had previously pounded.

Indians starter C.C. Sabathia (11-10) wasn't his sharpest, giving up three runs on 10 hits -- many of them grounders or soft liners inches out of the reach of teammates.

The old, or rather young, Sabathia would have stomped around the mound in such a game, losing focus to the point where he would issue numerous walks and/or home runs. Instead, the big lefty once again showed his maturation as a pitcher, battling for seven innings while hoping for some offensive support that never appeared.

The Indians' lineup came in with a .429 career average against Carlos Silva (10-13), but managed only one run and four hits in seven innings against the wily right-hander.

Grady Sizemore went 2-for-3 to raise his career average to .549 (17-for-31) against Silva. Sizemore started the first inning with a single raced to third as Jason Michaels poked a hit-and-run single to right, and scored as Victor Martinez hit a grounder that forced Michaels at second.

That was about the extent of Cleveland's offense, which is feeling the loss of DH Travis Hafner. The Indians have totaled only 14 runs in going 1-4 at home this week.

Brian Sikorski replaced Sabathia and allowed one run over 1 1/3 innings. Rookie left-hander Juan Lara came on with one out and two on in the Twins' ninth and made one pitch to get an inning-ending double play.

Torii Hunter hit his 26th homer, Mike Redmond had three hits and three RBI and Luis Castillo also had three hits as the Twins moved three games ahead of the Chicago White Sox in the AL wild-card race and remained two games behind Detroit in the AL Central. Recommended Stories

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