CLEVELAND: The Indians spent much of Tuesday night successfully fighting back from a rough start by Josh Tomlin, but Bryan Shaw wasnít able to hold the lead in an 8-6 loss to the Minnesota Twins at Progressive Field.

The Indians entered the eighth holding a 6-4 lead when Shaw took the mound. After two singles and a groundout, Brian Dozier launched a three-run home run that just cleared the wall in right field, giving the Twins (83-74) a 7-6 lead. An inning later, Byron Buxton singled home a run off Zach McAllister to give the Twins an insurance run.

The Indians (98-59) came from behind twice but didnít have a third rally. Twice the Twins built a two-run advantage in the first four innings, and twice the Indians equalized it in their next at-bat.

Francisco Lindor led off the bottom of the first with a single and, with one out, Jose Ramirez doubled down the left-field line off Twins starting pitcher Bartolo Colon. Edwin Encarnacon brought both home with a single to left-center to tie it. During the inning, Colon faced his 14,000th batter but also had to leave the game because of an illness.

In the third, Eddie Rosario, who homered in the first, got to Tomlin again, rifling a two-run double to left field to make it 4-2. The Indians answered again on RBI singles by Encarnacion and then Jay Bruce to tie it. On Bruceís single to right, Encarnacion, who was on second base thanks to a wild pitch, ran through the stop sign held up by third-base coach Mike Sarbaugh and was thrown out at home trying to score the go-ahead run.

Tomlin allowed four runs on eight hits and struck out three in 3? innings.

The Indians finally broke the pattern and a 4-4 deadlock in the sixth. Jason Kipnis singled to open the inning and, on third with one out, scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Lindor to center field. In the seventh, Encarnacion drove a solo home run to the opposite field to make it 6-4. That home run gave him 38 for the season and pushed his RBI total to 103. Along with his 101 walks this season, it made Encarnacon only the fifth hitter in Indians history to reach 100 RBI and walks in the same season, joining Al Rosen, Andre Thornton, Jim Thome and Travis Hafner.

Mike Clevinger, recently moved to the bullpen for the duration of the season and postseason, struck out two and gave up one hit in a scoreless inning.

Andrew Miller held off a Twins rally in the seventh. After Miller struck out both Joe Mauer and Jorge Polanco, Rosario and Eduardo Escobar each singled through the infield to put runners on the corners. Miller recovered, striking out Max Kepler to end the inning.

The Twins broke through in the eighth against Shaw, the decisive blow in a back-and-forth slugfest in which the Twins survived using a club-record 10 pitchers after Colon had to exit after the first.

Ryan Lewis can be reached at rlewis@thebeaconjournal.com. Read the Indians blog at www.ohio.com/indians.