Lefty Scott Kazmir gave up one run on five hits in seven innings as the Indians defeated the Twins, 5-1, Friday night at Progressive Field.

The Tribe (37-35) has won seven of nine.

The Twins (33-37) were coming off a three-game sweep of the White Sox in Minnesota.

Kazmir carried a three-hitter into the sixth. Brian Dozier led off with a homer to left -- Minnesota's first hit since one out in the third. It pulled the Twins to within 2-1.

Kazmir retired the next three, including Joe Mauer and Josh Willingham by strikeout. Mauer swung and missed for the first out and Willingham was caught looking for the third.

Twins slugger Justin Morneau struck out looking to open the seventh. On a 2-2 pitch to the next batter, Trevor Plouffe, Kazmir's body language upon release of a pitch that missed badly alarmed the Tribe dugout. Head trainer Lonnie Soloff and manager Terry Francona visited the mound.

Kazmir insisted he was OK and remained in the game. Plouffe drilled the next pitch off the high wall in center for a double.

Oswaldo Arcia got ahead in the count, 3-1. Kazmir bowed his neck and got Arcia to look at strike two and strike three. Clete Thomas struck out looking to end the threat.

Kazmir finished with seven strikeouts and zero walks. It was his first start without a walk since May 9 against Oakland.

The Indians took a 1-0 lead in the second.

With one out, Michael Brantley ripped a 1-2 pitch from right-hander Samuel Deduno into right-center for a double. It gave him three extra-base hits in four official at-bats dating to his previous game, Wednesday night, when he homered twice.

In his first 66 games, Brantley had 12 extra-base hits.

Brantley cruised home when Mark Reynolds shot the gap in left-center. Reynolds was erased attempting to secure a double -- but it did not come routinely. Reynolds thought he had been tagged out; the umpire disagreed. Reynolds exited the base, then tried to return. Only then, according to the umpire, did second baseman Dozier tag him.