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CLE@KC: Kazmir fans four over five solid innings

The Indians are officially on a roll.

Cleveland comes into Saturday's middle game of a three-game series against the Twins on its first five-game winning streak since 2011. The Indians -- winners in eight of their past 11 -- also are back to .500 for the first time since April 13.

The Indians look to further their winning streak Saturday against Twins right-hander Kevin Correia.

Correia has been the Twins' best pitcher this year. Not only has the right-hander turned in quality starts in all five outings this season, but he's also worked at least seven innings in each.

"In the National League, I'd have maybe five less innings than I do, because you'd be pinch-hit for in close games," Correia said of his workload. "So, to go out there a little bit longer is fun. The way I pitch is to keep my pitch count down when it's going well, so it's been nice."

One of the top Indians hitters Correia has to deal with is catcher Carlos Santana, who Twins manager Ron Gardenhire lauded prior to Friday's loss. Although Santana has been one of the league's top hitters -- batting .383 with five homers -- other Cleveland hitters have helped carry the club during its winning streak.

Among those is Ryan Raburn, who is batting .611 with four home runs and nine RBIs in his past six games. Production like that from bench players, Indians manager Terry Francona said, is key throughout the season.

"I think everybody would like to play every day. I think that's why guys are good," Francona said. "But he has taken this opportunity and made the most of it. It'll serve him well down the road, also, because there are going to be times when we have guys nicked up. That's the way the season goes.

"When you can plug a guy like [Mike] Aviles or Raburn in there and not miss a beat, that's really helpful."

Twins: Climbing the lists
• With 1,215 hits, Justin Morneau is three shy of tying Torii Hunter for eighth place on the Twins' all-time hit list. His 207 RBIs also are tied with Kirby Puckett for fifth on the club's all-time list, while Morneau is four shy of tying Bob Allison for fourth place.

• Minnesota's bullpen has a 1.80 ERA in its last eight games.

• Center fielder Aaron Hicks has reached base safely in 12 of his past 13 games.

Indians: Kazmir makes home debut
• Left-hander Scott Kazmir makes his first home start as a member of the Indians on Saturday, still searching for his first Major League win since 2010.

The lefty last pitched on April 27, when he gave up two runs on five hits in five innings in a road loss to the Royals.

• Shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera is batting .341 in his past 11 games.

Worth noting
• Cleveland's Mark Reynolds is a .295 career hitter (13-for-44) with three doubles and three homers against Correia.

• Minnesota's Chris Parmelee is hitting .361 with four walks in 11 road games this season. Comments