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Twins sink Cleveland, 5-2

MINNEAPOLIS -- Carlos Silva threw six smooth innings, Rondell White hit his first home run of the season in his first game back from the disabled list, and the Minnesota Twins beat the Cleveland Indians 5-2 on Sunday.

MINNEAPOLIS -- Carlos Silva threw six smooth innings, Rondell White hit his first home run of the season in his first game back from the disabled list, and the Minnesota Twins beat the Cleveland Indians 5-2 on Sunday.

Luis Castillo and Michael Cuddyer also homered and Jason Tyner drove in two runs for the Twins, who won the last three of the four-game series to start the second half.

Grady Sizemore's leadoff home run wasn't nearly enough for the Indians, who were hoping to emerge from the All-Star break in far better fashion. They turned four double plays behind rookie Jeremy Sowers, but couldn't solve the struggling Silva.

Joe Nathan pitched the ninth for his 16th save, finishing a bittersweet weekend for Minnesota -- which placed three outfielders on the disabled list in the past four days. The biggest blow came during this game, when the team learned standout center fielder Torii Hunter has a stress fracture in his left foot.

After two solid seasons as a stabilizer in the middle of the rotation, Silva (5-9) had an awful first half.

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Three consecutive strong starts in late June were followed by two rough outings in July, and he left in the second inning of the last one with soreness in his right knee. Silva, who had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in the knee last September, was checked out by two doctors over the All-Star break.

He began the second half with a big boost for his beat-up team. He held Cleveland to five hits and two runs while striking out four without a walk.

Sizemore's 16th homer was an upper-deck shot that set an ominous tone for Silva, who relies heavily on a sinker that leads to a lot of groundballs when it's working well. But the big right-hander didn't flinch, retiring seven straight after that. A two-out RBI single by Casey Blake in the third inning was the only other damage done.

Sowers (1-3), making his fourth career start, didn't keep his lead for very long. Castillo hit his third homer to start the bottom of the first.

Joe Mauer, the leading hitter in the majors, grounded into two of the Twins' double plays. One wiped out a leadoff single by Nick Punto in the fourth. But Cuddyer came next with his home run, and then Justin Morneau singled. White hit a shallow fly to left that Todd Hollandsworth lost in the Metrodome's tricky, graying ceiling for a fluke double.

Tyner, who has five RBIs and six hits in 12 at-bats since being called up this weekend, smacked a single to left that scored two and gave Minnesota a 4-2 lead.

White, signed for $2.5 million this season, never found his stroke and has been bothered by tightness in his surgically repaired left shoulder that sent him to the disabled list and on a rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Rochester. He is batting .190 with 16 RBIs in 184 at-bats.

White drove an 0-1 pitch into the left-field seats leading off the seventh against Sowers, who gave up 11 hits and five runs without a walk in seven innings while striking out one.

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The Indians began the afternoon in fourth place, 20½ games behind the Tigers in the AL Central.

NOTES: Cuddyer's homer, his 12th, was his first in a span of 81 at-bats. ... Travis Hafner extended his career-long hitting streak to 11 games for Cleveland with a single in the eighth.

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