Indians keep playoff hopes alive by defeating Twins


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Cleveland Indians Carlos Santana hits a three-run home run off of Minnesota Twins starter Kyle Gibson during the third inning of a baseball game, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015 in Minneapolis. (Carlos Gonzalez/Star Tribune via AP)  MANDATORY CREDIT; ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS OUT; MAGS OUT; TWIN CITIES LOCAL TELEVISION OUT

Cleveland Indians Carlos Santana hits a three-run home run off of Minnesota Twins starter Kyle Gibson during the third inning of a baseball game, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015 in Minneapolis. (Carlos Gonzalez/Star Tribune via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT; ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS OUT; MAGS OUT; TWIN CITIES LOCAL TELEVISION OUT


Cleveland Indians Francisco Lindor, left, scores as Jose Ramirez watches as both scored on a two-run single by Lonnie Chisenhall off Minnesota Twins pitcher Kyle Gibson in the first inning of a baseball game, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Cleveland Indians Francisco Lindor, left, scores as Jose Ramirez watches as both scored on a two-run single by Lonnie Chisenhall off Minnesota Twins pitcher Kyle Gibson in the first inning of a baseball game, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)


Cleveland Indians Lonnie Chisenhall hits a two-run single off Minnesota Twins pitcher Kyle Gibson in the first inning of a baseball game, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)


MINNEAPOLIS — Jason Kipnis hit a leadoff homer, Carlos Santana connected for a three-run shot and the Cleveland Indians helped their slim playoff chances by beating the Minnesota Twins 6-3 Thursday night.

Francisco Lindor had three hits for Cleveland, which is four games behind Houston in the race for the second AL wild card with 11 to play. But the Twins, Angels and Orioles are between the Indians and Astros in the standings.

The Twins and Angels are 1 1/2 games behind Houston. Baltimore is 3 1/2 back.

Torii Hunter and Eddie Rosario homered for Minnesota, which finished a 4-6 homestand.

In earning his fourth straight win, Cody Anderson (5-3) allowed 10 hits but only one earned run. Since coming off the disabled list from a left oblique strain on Aug. 26, the rookie right-hander has held all six opponents to two or fewer runs.

Cody Allen pitched a perfect ninth for his 32nd save in 36 chances.

Kyle Gibson (10-11) threw 64 pitches in 2 2-3 innings for Minnesota, his shortest start since July 4, 2014. He allowed seven hits and six earned runs, but struck out five.

Kipnis hit an opposite-field homer on Gibson’s third pitch — his fourth leadoff home run of the season — and Lonnie Chisenhall added a two-run single for a quick 3-0 Cleveland lead.

Cleveland Indians Carlos Santana hits a three-run home run off of Minnesota Twins starter Kyle Gibson during the third inning of a baseball game, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015 in Minneapolis. (Carlos Gonzalez/Star Tribune via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT; ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS OUT; MAGS OUT; TWIN CITIES LOCAL TELEVISION OUT
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2015/09/web1_106053160-7601214e787e4588996ad90c70506173.jpgCleveland Indians Carlos Santana hits a three-run home run off of Minnesota Twins starter Kyle Gibson during the third inning of a baseball game, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015 in Minneapolis. (Carlos Gonzalez/Star Tribune via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT; ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS OUT; MAGS OUT; TWIN CITIES LOCAL TELEVISION OUT
Cleveland Indians Francisco Lindor, left, scores as Jose Ramirez watches as both scored on a two-run single by Lonnie Chisenhall off Minnesota Twins pitcher Kyle Gibson in the first inning of a baseball game, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2015/09/web1_106053160-8ff6e9f53f804e0b8d64d3810c887f98.jpgCleveland Indians Francisco Lindor, left, scores as Jose Ramirez watches as both scored on a two-run single by Lonnie Chisenhall off Minnesota Twins pitcher Kyle Gibson in the first inning of a baseball game, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Cleveland Indians Lonnie Chisenhall hits a two-run single off Minnesota Twins pitcher Kyle Gibson in the first inning of a baseball game, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2015/09/web1_106053160-c8c84842070b409cb3c65496b617d28c.jpgCleveland Indians Lonnie Chisenhall hits a two-run single off Minnesota Twins pitcher Kyle Gibson in the first inning of a baseball game, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

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