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Morneau homers in 9th to lift Twins over Indians

Minnesota Twins center fielder Ben Revere beats the tag by Cleveland Indians third baseman Jack Hannahan to steal third as part of a double steal in the third inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, in Minneapolis. Umpiring is Dan Iassogna. Minnesota Twins center fielder Ben Revere beats the tag by Cleveland Indians third baseman Jack Hannahan to steal third as part of a double steal in the third inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, in Minneapolis. Umpiring is Dan Iassogna. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
September 9, 2012
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MINNEAPOLIS—Justin Morneau hit his second homer of the game in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Minnesota Twins to an 8-7 win over the Cleveland Indians on Sunday.

With one out in the ninth, Morneau hit the first pitch from Indians reliever Vinnie Pestano (3-2) just inside the right field foul pole for his 19th homer of the season. Morneau, who has four two-homer games this season, also hit a two-run shot to right in the bottom of the third.

Brian Duensing (4-2) pitched 1 1-3 innings of scoreless relief to pick up the victory for the Twins. Minnesota's Joe Mauer had three hits -- a single, double and triple -- and scored twice.

Carlos Santana had three hits, including a home run, and scored twice for Cleveland.

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