What a blast!

The Indians returned from the break and seemed refreshed and re-energized as they used four homers to beat the Minnesota Twins 6-4 in the Metrodome Thursday night. Minnesota’s young pitching stud Francisco Liriano, the league’s ERA leader, was rocked for four earned runs in five innings pitched as he lost just his second game of the season. He may have edged out Travis Hafner for one of the final A.L All-Star spots, but Pronk got the better of Liriano this time, launching a solo home run to right field in the fifth inning. Liriano gave up three long balls on the night, including one to Casey Blake, who made his first return to the lineup after being out with an oblique strain. The Tribe added an insurance run in the ninth via Kelly Shoppach’s home run.

After allowing two straight walks to start the game, Cliff Lee settled down and gave up only two earned runs and five hits to notch his ninth win of the season. He has now won six of his last seven decisions dating back to early June. Fausto Carmona, who continues to dominate as a setup man, pitched another scoreless eighth and Bob Wickman saved his 14th of the season.

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