MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Francisco Liriano is staying positive while most of the Minnesota Twins' rotation continues to struggle. He just wants to keep going.
"We've been struggling a little bit, but we have to keep playing," he said. "We can pitch a little bit better, but I think we're going to be all right."
Liriano was more than all right Wednesday, pitching seven innings as the Twins snapped the Cleveland Indians' six-game winning streak with a 6-0 victory.
Liriano (8-7) allowed 10 baserunners, but stayed poised and benefited from three double plays. The left-hander struck out eight, including rookie Carlos Santana with runners at the corners to finish the third inning.
Delmon Young had three hits and three RBI, making up for a baserunning blunder during Minnesota's four-run third. He was thrown out at the plate by a few yards trying to score from second on Michael Cuddyer's RBI single. J.J. Hardy picked him up with a two-run double later in the inning.
Starting Thursday, the Twins play 17 of their next 20 games on the road, where they're 20-25.