Wright once again helped the Indians rebound from

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Wright once again helped the Indians rebound from a loss, pitching six innings in Cleveland's 7-6 win over Minnesota on Wednesday night.

The Indians reduced their magic number for clinching the division to seven over Milwaukee, which beat Baltimore 8-3. Cleveland leads the Brewers by seven games with 13 remaining.

Wright (8-3) gave up seven hits and three runs for his fifth win in his last six starts. He is 7-0 this season when pitching after an Indians' loss.

"There is a reason why you're winning," said Wright, whose seven strikeouts were one short of his season high. "These guys give you five, six, seven runs a night and that's a big part of it, too."

The Indians are 11-4 in Wright's 15 starts this season.

"I think he showed good stuff and good character to stay in that game for six innings," Indians manager Mike Hargrove said. "I think his best inning was the sixth."

Matt Lawton homered twice and drove in a career-high five runs for Minnesota, including a three-run shot with one out in the ninth that cut Cleveland's lead to 7-6. Jose Mesa got the final two outs for his 16th save.

"It was a very entertaining game to say the least," Twins manager Tom Kelly said. "Obviously, we made too many mistakes."

Matt Williams gave Cleveland a 1-0 lead with a bloop double in the first inning that landed in right-center field in front of Lawton. The Twins came back with two runs in the third and another in the fourth off Wright.

Lawton hit a two-run homer in the third and the Twins made it 3-1 in the fourth on an RBI groundout by Pat Meares. Lawton's two homers in the game gave him 11 for the season.

"I'd trade that in for catching that ball in the fifth inning," Kelly said. "He swung the bat well tonight. He'll hit some home runs for us."

Cleveland scored four runs in the fifth to take a 5-3 lead. Marquis Grissom had an RBI single, Ramirez added a two-run double and the Indians scored another run on an error by third baseman Ron Coomer.

Twins starter Travis Miller (0-4) lasted 5 1/3 innings, giving up seven hits and three walks.

The Indians added two runs in the eighth inning off reliever Eddie Guardado. Dave Justice scored from second on a throwing error by second baseman Chuck Knoblauch and Grissom drove in a run with a sacrifice fly.

Mesa entered the game in the ninth with a 7-6 lead and gave up a walk and a single before ending the game by getting rookie David Ortiz on a pop-up to center.

"I think Jose has been back for a while," said Hargrove. "That's not an easy situation for Jose to come into."

Notes: Sandy Alomar was the only member of the Indians' starting lineup

without a hit. ... The Indians have 40 come-from-behind victories this

season but are 0-60 when trailing after eight innings

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