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PHOENIX -- The Indians scored five runs on Monday night, one more than their entire output in losing a three-game series at San Francisco this past weekend to the Giants.The big offensive night was enough to nip the D-backs, 5-4, at Chase Field, snapping the Tribe's three-game losing streak. The victory kept them a game behind the Tigers, who remained on top of the American League Central after defeating the Blue Jays. Orlando Cabrera hit his fourth homer of the season with two outs in the top of the ninth inning against D-backs reliever J.J. Putz to score the winning run. Indians manager Manny Acta had double-switched Cabrera off the bench and into the ninth spot during a pitching change in the seventh inning, creating the fortuitous situation. "I know [Acta] won't admit it, but he knows I hit Putz," Cabrera said after the game. "He probably knew that if I got in late in the game, it'd work out real good." Indeed, Cabrera is now 6-for-12 with a homer, three RBIs and a strikeout in his career against Putz. The homer was a high Chase fly that landed in the left-field seats just where the fence slants out deeper toward the bullpen. Cabrera said he was concerned that the ball wouldn't get out of the yard. "It was a 1-0 breaking ball that I was trying to throw for a strike," Putz said. "It was a quality pitch that just kind of hung over the middle. He's a veteran hitter and he knows what to do with it." Five Indians relievers held the D-backs to one run on three hits over the last four innings. Rafael Perez earned the win by pitching out of a dire situation in the eighth after the D-backs tied it at 4 when pinch-hitter Wily Mo Pena singled and was driven home on Kelly Johnson's triple, both off reliever Vinnie Pestano. Chris Perez tossed the ninth to earn his 19th save. Putz took the loss. Aside from the quality 'pen work, the Indians were able to generate just enough offense with a revamped lineup after calling up third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall earlier in the day from their Triple-A Columbus affiliate. Chisenhall was 2-for-4, drilling his first Major League hit -- a double to right -- to open the fifth, and then driving home what was then the go-ahead run with a single an inning later to record his first RBI. Chisenhall said that it was nice to get that first hit, RBI and victory out of the way. "It was a relief," said Chisenhall, who flied out to left on the first big league pitch he saw from D-backs starter Ian Kennedy to open the second inning. "When I was up there [the next time], I got a good pitch to hit and put a swing on it." Right-handed starter Mitch Talbot allowed a trio of D-backs runs in the bottom of the first after his club scored a pair in the top of the inning. He was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the sixth with the Indians holding a 4-3 lead. Talbot said he had just found his rhythm when he was pulled from the game for Travis Hafner with runners on first and third and two out. No designated hitter. NL park, NL rules. Hafner struck out. "It's not something I'm used to, obviously," Talbot said. "It's disappointing, not that I didn't get to hit, but it would have been nice to get back out on the mound and keep it going." "It was a good opportunity to break the game wide open," Acta said. "It's NL baseball. That's what I told Talbot after the game. Too bad. Sometimes I've got to go." It was a big night for the Cabreras. Asdrubal Cabrera accounted for Cleveland's first two runs with his 13th homer, a two-run shot off Kennedy that followed a Cord Phelps single. Asdrubal added a double to open the sixth, scoring on a Travis Buck single. Kennedy struck out eight, but was also touched for eight hits in eight innings. The Indians allowed only eight runs to the Giants at AT&T Park, but couldn't generate any offense, precipitating the callup of Chisenhall. On Monday night, the D-backs could only generate three hits after the first inning and had six in all. For the Indians, the five runs seemed like a torrent. "We could've done better. We're never satisfied," Acta said. "We left a couple of guys at third with less than two outs. We'll continue to chip away and work at it. We need every single one of them." When it was noted to Acta that his club had scored more runs in this one game than the entire series in San Francisco, he quipped: "That's good math."
Barry M. Bloom is national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.