Cory Snyder hit three of Cleveland's five solo home runs and left-hander Greg Swindell pitched a nine-hitter Thursday night as the Indians defeated the Minnesota Twins, 6-3, at Cleveland.
Snyder hit homers off Bert Blyleven (3-4) in the second and fourth innings and connected off Mark Portugal in the eighth. Snyder has nine homers this season.
"I came into the game with seven hits in my last 70 (at-bats)," Snyder said. "It's the worst slump I've ever had in my life.
"But (teammate) Steve Carlton has really helped me get a clearer mental picture of myself. Steve told me to imagine myself hitting well. He said that would help me think more positively." Blyleven also gave up homers to Tony Bernazard in the fourth and Mel Hall in the fifth. Blyleven has allowed 19 home runs and is on a pace to break the major league record of 50 he set last season.