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CLEVELAND -- Mike Aviles has built a reputation as a solid player off the bench. Davide Astori Jersey . Hes not doing a bad job being in the lineup every day either. Aviles hit a three-run homer in the second inning and added the go-ahead single in the eighth to help the Cleveland Indians beat the Colorado Rockies 7-6 on Saturday. Thanks to several injuries around the infield, Aviles has been seeing more action the last several weeks. And thats just fine with manager Terry Francona. "He knows hes going to play more than the average guy who doesnt start, so he stays in shape and stays ready," Francona said. "He knows how to play the game. You almost go looking for ways to get him into the game." Clevelands bullpen couldnt hold a 6-2 lead in the seventh, but Aviles saved the day when he lined a single to right with one out that scored Jason Kipnis, who drew a leadoff walk as a pinch-hitter. "I figured he wasnt going to give me anything on the plate, so I tried to be patient, which really isnt my style, but I got one to hit and was lucky enough that it fell in," Aviles said. Kipnis wasnt in the starting lineup after playing two games since missing a month with an oblique injury. He batted for Jesus Aguilar, forcing Rockies manager Walt Weiss to call on left-hander Rex Brothers (2-3). Kipnis walked and took second on Lonnie Chisenhalls sacrifice. Aviles lined a hit to right field and Kipnis slid home ahead of Charlie Blackmons throw. Chisenhall had a two-run homer in the sixth. The Indians handed their bullpen a 6-2 lead through six innings, but Corey Dickersons solo homer and Blackmons three-run shot tied it in the seventh. Bryan Shaw (2-1) pitched 1 2-3 scoreless innings. Cody Allen worked the ninth for his third save as the Rockies fell to 2-6 on their nine-game trip. "It hasnt been easy, but all the guys all through the lineup fought well, especially the top and bottom of the order," Weiss said. "Things just arent going our way right now." Trevor Bauer allowed two runs and matched a career high with eight strikeouts in six innings, but Clevelands bullpen imploded. Scott Athchison retired the first hitter before Dickerson homered. Following singles by Wilin Rosario and DJ LeMahieu, Josh Outman relieved, but Blackmon homered on the left-handers first and only pitch to tie the game. Aviles three-run homer in the second and a two-run blast by Chisenhall helped Cleveland build its lead. "On a normal day that was out for sure, but with the wind swirling like that, you never know," Aviles said. "The wind was changing directions all day." Bauer, making his fourth start of the season, allowed two runs in the third but struck out Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki with runners on second and third to end the inning. The right-hander retired 11 of the final 12 hitters he faced. Bauer, who had been battling the flu bug for a couple of days, retired the first seven hitters before running into problems in the third. Rosario drew a one-out walk and LeMahieu doubled to right. Rosario stopped at third, but scored when David Murphys throw to second hit LeMahieu and rolled into left field, allowing Rosario to score on the error. LeMahieu went to third and scored on Blackmons single. Michael Cuddyer singled and a double steal put runners at second and third, but Bauer struck out Gonzalez and Tulowitzki. Gonzalez struck out in all four at-bats. Aviles homer capped a four-run second. Morales held the Indians scoreless until the sixth. Aguilar walked with one out before Chisenhall homered to right to right on a 2-2 pitch. NOTES: Cuddyer made his first start at third base since 2010. He appeared in 171 games at third base over six years with Minnesota. ... Outman, who pitched for Colorado the last two seasons, was acquired in a trade for OF Drew Stubbs. Stubbs batted sixth and played centre field Saturday. ... Indians 1B Nick Swisher (sore left knee) is doing rehab work in a pool. .... Indians RHP Josh Tomlin (3-2) takes on Rockies RHP Jhoulys Chacin (0-4) in the three-game series finale Sunday. Simone Zaza Jersey . -- Jimmie Johnson has a sixth NASCAR championship in hand and two legends within reach. Eder Jersey . Halladays resume as a Blue Jay is among the elite in the franchises 36-year history. Over 12 seasons in Toronto, he was named an All-Star six times. He had arguably the finest campaign of his career in 2003 when he posted a 22-7 record, a 3.ST. PAUL, Minn. - Far from its best game of the season, the Nashville Predators still found a way to stay on a roll.Having Pekka Rinne in goal doesnt hurt.Calle Jarnkrok scored a tiebreaking goal early in the third period and the Predators beat the fading Minnesota Wild 3-1 on Saturday.Mike Fisher and Colin Wilson also scored for Nashville, which improved to 9-1-2 in its past 12 games and has a league-best 60 points.Were going to have our off-nights, but when we have those off- nights we still find a way to win. Thats why were at where were at, Wilson said.Nashville wasnt exceptional in its own end, and Rinne was forced to make 36 saves to earn his league-best 28th win of the season.He was really good, coach Peter Laviolette said. There were a couple opportunities where we needed him to step up and he made some big saves.The Predators were perfect in five short-handed situations, routinely keeping the Wild from getting set up in the zone.We killed a lot of penalties tonight, including one of my own high stick, Rinne said. It was huge tonight. I think PK was one of the keys tonight, 100 per cent.Charlie Coyle scored for Minnesota, which has lost 10 of 12 and began a three-games-in-four-days stretch that includes games in Chicago on Sunday and Pittsburgh on Tuesday.It doesnt matter where we play, weve got to figure our game out and play hard. Weve got to turn this thing around, Coyle said.Zach Parise returned for Minnesota after missing two games because of the death of his father. Parise nearly scored in the first 25 seconds.I thought I beat him. I think it went through his arm and wide, but I thought I had him. I had a couple good chances tonight, just didnt find them, said Parise, who was robbed later in the period by Rinne after a lead pass from Thomas Vanek said.Jarnkrok broke a 1-all tie at 3:48 of the third period.A slap shot from Shea Weber at the right point hit Olli Jokinen who was skating across the slot, but the latteer was able to get off a shot that was saved by Niklas Backstrom. Alessandro Florenzi Jersey. However, the rebound went to Jarnkrok at the edge of the slot and his quick shot easily beat Backstrom lunging back across the crease for his fifth goal of the season.Wilson added a goal 5 minutes later, beating Backstrom with a backhand after Wild defenceman Justin Falk turned the puck over to Wilson alone in front of the net.We wanted to get pucks to the net and get pucks behind the defence. I think in the first two periods we got caught too many times in the middle which just fed into their game, Wilson said.Nashville entered the game with 43 goals in its past 11 games and was averaging 32.1 shots per game this season, third best in the league. The Predators finished with 27 shots.Minnesota had allowed 44 goals in its past 11 games and early on it looked as though the defensive woes would continue when a Wild miscue led to a Predators goal 4 minutes into the game.With three Wild players below the goal line, Wilson won control of the puck and passed out front to a wide-open Fisher. He cut left and backhanded the puck over Backstrom for his second goal in three games.The Predators are 15-1-2 when scoring first.Minnesota tied the game 10 minutes later when a shot from Christian Folin near the goal line along the right wall got through traffic to Coyle, who was alone at the left post for a tap-in.NOTES: Coyle scored two goals in his first five games of the season and has two in 35 games since. ... Wild D Marco Scandella missed his second straight game with an upper-body injury. ... Nashville C Matt Cullen (upper-body injury) returned after missing six games and LW Taylor Beck (illness) returned after missing four. ... Wild RW Nino Niederreiter has 14 goals this season, but hasnt scored in 11 games. ... The division rivals play three more times this season, all in Nashville. ... 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