MINNEAPOLIS -- After cruising through Cleveland's lineup for much of the evening, Kevin Correia finally made a mistake. With speedy Michael Bourn on base in the sixth, Correia "got a little quick" and left a pitch up in the strike zone for Jason Kipnis.
Kipnis crushed it into the left-field seats to give Cleveland a 2-0 lead.
"I feel like that's how the last two months have gone," Correia said.
But what happened next sure wasn't. The Twins responded with three runs in the bottom half, Correia (7-6) won a start for the first time in a month and Minnesota beat the Indians 3-2 for its fourth-straight win.
"I feel like it was a flashback to like, eight games," Correia said. "I feel like if I would stop doing that, I would have 15 wins right now."
Not quite that dramatic, but Correia has left with his team leading only once in the last nine games. He's allowed homers in his last three starts. Still, he looked sharp for most of the night against the Indians. He allowed only three hits with one walk and three strikeouts.
"When you're getting four or five hits, you've got to play a clean game," Indians manager Terry Francona said.
The Indians failed to gain ground on Detroit, which maintained a 1 1/2-game lead in the AL Central. Corey Kluber put Cleveland in good position to close the gap with five shutout innings before leaving the game with tightness in his left hip in the sixth. Afterward, Kluber said the pain had been constant throughout the game.
"I was a little off to start the game, whether it was that or something else, I'm not sure," he said. "Obviously, I would have liked to have gone more than five innings, but they wanted me to get out of there before it got to a point where I hurt myself."
The Indians have lost two straight after heading into the All-Star break with a four-game winning streak.
"It's still late July, there's still time," Kipnis said. "We're not losing too much ground, thankfully. But if we want to get where we want to be, we're going to have to start winning games, and these are games that we need to be winning."
Cleveland's lineup sputtered against Correia early, failing to reach base in the first three innings. Kluber was just as good, though, not allowing a run for the second-consecutive start. Minnesota had base runners in each of the first three innings against Kluber, but he didn't allow any of them past second.
Things turned in Minnesota's favor when Rich Hill (1-2) came out for the sixth instead of Kluber, thanks in part to a bad throw from Lonnie Chisenhall at third. With runners on second and third and no one out, Ryan Doumit reached on a fielder's choice when Chisenhall tried to get Mauer at the plate. Chisenhall's throw sailed past catcher Carlos Santana's glove, and Mauer scored to start the rally.
"Tipping our hat to our guys, we went out there and took advantage of that," said bench coach Terry Steinbach, who took over when Twins manager Ron Gardenhire left with stomach bug. "Got the guys in that we needed to score that inning, put ourselves ahead and gave our bullpen a chance to win that game."
The announced attendance of 38,626 was Minnesota's fifth sellout of the season. ... Francona confirmed RHP Zach McAllister was "good to go" to start Tuesday at Seattle after missing six weeks with a sprained middle finger on his throwing hand. McAllister threw a bullpen session on Saturday. Asked if he views McAllister's return as having the same impact as a mid-season trade to shore up the rotation, Francona said: "You can look at it like we're getting a guy that we haven't had. That's actually a nice way to look at it." ... Colabello is 1-8 since being recalled Friday after making a name for himself as a Triple-A slugger. "He's earned a shot here to get some swings. Everybody's going to go through the nerves part of it. Hopefully he'll get past that," Gardenhire said. Colabello has three career hits, all singles. The Twins go for the sweep Sunday when they send Scott Diamond (5-8) to the mound. Cleveland counters with Justin Masterson (10-7).
The Los Angeles Dodgers have been hitting home runs and scoring runs at enough of a prodigious clip this month that it is rare to see their bats go quiet.
Brandon Nimmo homered twice during a huge night at the plate, including an inside-the-park shot to begin the game, and the New York Mets finally gave Jacob deGrom some run support Monday night in a 12-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies.
Monday's series opener between the Cubs and Dodgers was postponed because of rain systems moving through the Chicago area and a partial power outage at Wrigley Field. The game will be made up on Tuesday as part of a doubleheader.
The Mets drop 12 runs behind Brandon Nimmo's two home runs. Jacob deGrom does his part allowing only one earned run in eight frames to get the win.
Bartolo Colon earned his 244th win, passing Hall of Famer Juan Marichal for the most by a pitcher born in the Dominican Republic, and the Texas Rangers beat the skidding Kansas City Royals 6-3 on Monday night.
Luke Weaver's best start of the season came last month against the Philadelphia Phillies. Weaver will try to emulate that success Tuesday night as the Phillies face the St. Louis Cardinals in the middle of a three-game series at Citizens Bank Park.