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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Toronto Raptors have had every excuse to give in this season. Theyve had injuries to key players, turned the roster over significantly with an early season trade and had low expectations after a regime change portended a possible tear down and rebuild. Kyle Lowry doesnt make excuses. Dwane Casey doesnt make excuses. And the Raptors havent given an inch while climbing the Eastern Conference ladder. Lowry had 20 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists for his fourth career triple-double, lifting the Raptors to a 111-104 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday night. DeMar DeRozan added 25 points and seven rebounds and Steve Novak hit five 3-pointers for the surprising Raptors (35-26), who have won nine of their last 11 games to surge to third place in the East. They are nine games over .500 for the first time since 2006-07. "We try to keep everybodys spirits high even if its not going well on the basketball court and we dont let nothing get down on us," said DeRozan, whose team shot 58.3 per cent (14 for 24) on 3-pointers. "Thats the cool thing about our team. We continue to keep it going." Kevin Love had 26 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists, and Nikola Pekovic added 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Timberwolves. Minnesota has started a crucial four-game homestand with two losses in three games, and the teams hopes of climbing from 10th in the West into the playoff picture are looking bleak. "Weve got to go out and win games were not supposed to win," Wolves coach Rick Adelman said. "Thats the approach you have to take. If youre going to get down and you start moping about it, youre going to lose again." The Raptors got some bad news early in the day when they learned Patrick Patterson, a key member of the bench during their post-Rudy Gay trade surge, would miss the next seven to 10 days with a sprained right elbow. But just as they have done over the last two months, the Raptors found someone else to step up. Novak had played less than 13 minutes over the last month, but he scored a season-high in 18 minutes and Terrence Ross (15), Amir Johnson (15) and Greivis Vasquez (12) all reached double figures in scoring as well to earn a tough road win. "I cant say enough good things about those guys cause its going to take all of us, especially with Patrick being out," Casey said. The Wolves entered the night five games behind Dallas and Phoenix for the eighth and final spot in the West. Theyve now lost two of the first three games of a crucial four-game homestand. They put up a fight in this one, trimming a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to 93-91 with five minutes to play. But Lowry drilled a 3-pointer, the Raptors locked down with the kind of defence that has gotten them this far and DeRozan finished the Wolves off with a 3-pointer from the left wing to improve Toronto to 26-2 when leading after three quarters. "Twenty games left, anything can happen," Love said. "We obviously have to go on some sort of a run. But if those other teams keep winning and pulling games out of their you-know-what, were in trouble." When Love sat down for a rest in the second quarter, the Raptors blasted Minnesota with a 15-0 run to take a 46-33 lead. Love ended the run with a jumper, fed Pekovic three straight times with pinpoint entry passes and also drew a charge during a 17-2 run that gave Minnesota a 50-48 lead. DeRozan and Ross both went to the bench early in the third quarter when they each picked up their fourth fouls and thats when Lowry took over. He was tenacious in his attack, hitting two jumpers and feeding Vasquez for a 3 to put Toronto up 75-68. He also played a big role in getting Wolves point guards Ricky Rubio and J.J. Barea in foul trouble with his aggressive penetration. "We needed all of his assists. He did a good job getting in there, penetrating, finding people," Casey said. We needed all his rebounds, especially with the way they crash the boards. He just had an all-around game." NOTES: Love made four 3-pointers, including one in the third quarter that broke Rashad McCants franchise record for 3s in a season. McCants made 142 3-pointers in 2007-08 to set the previous franchise record. ... The Raptors reserves outscored Minnesotas 32-16 for the game. ... Barea had another tough night, going 2 for 8 for five points. ... The Raptors recalled Dwight Buycks from the NBDLs Bakersfield Jam on Sunday. Cody Kessler Jersey . Sweeting scored two in the first and three in the second before Strong (4-4) got two back in the fourth. 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Blake Bortles Jersey . -- Slugger Jose Abreu, All-Star left-hander Chris Sale and closer Matt Lindstrom are on the disabled list.CINCINNATI, Ohio -- Homer Bailey went seven innings, singled and scored, and knocked down a liner coming right at his head. Quite a lot went into ending this losing streak. Bailey pitched seven innings to end his slide against Cleveland, and Billy Hamilton had an RBI triple and scored a run Thursday night, leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 4-0 victory over the intrastate rival Indians. The Reds won three of four in the annual series, splitting two games in Cleveland and sweeping a pair at Great American Ball Park. Bailey (9-5) had lost his last three starts against the Indians. After pitching out of trouble in the first, he settled in and allowed four hits while fanning eight. He also singled and scored. "He pitched a really great game," manager Bryan Price said. "He scuffled early with his command, but he came back strong and gave us a great chance to win." Bailey overcame an unsettling moment in the fifth inning, when Jose Ramirez lined a pitch directly at his face. The right-hander turned away and knocked down the ball with his glove, recovered and threw to first from his knees. Three times, Bailey shook his head as he regained his composure. "Ive been bit harder by bedbugs," he said. "I saw it pretty late. I almost caught it in my arm. It glanced off my glove a little bit." Hamilton had a hand in two of the four runs off left-hander T.J. House (1-3), who made his 11th career start. House gave up eight hits while pitching into the seventh and remained winless on the road, falling to 0-3 in seven games. The Reds have gone 8-12 since the All-Star break, leaving them stranded in fourth place in the NL Central with a 59-56 record. The Indians are 10-11 since the break, leaving them 57-58 overall. Hamilton singled in the first and scored on first baseman Carlos Santanas throwing error. Ryan Ludwicks RBI single made it 2-0. Bailey singled and scored on Hamiltons triple in the second inning. Hamilton rounded third too far and was caught in a rundown for the final out of the inning, leaving it 3-0. Kristopher Negron added an RBI single in the sixth. E-3, E-3, E-3 The first baasemen combined for three errors.ddddddddddddClevelands Santana also dropped a popup, and Cincinnatis Todd Frazier dropped a throw from Bailey. ALL-OHIO WRAPUP The Indians lead the intrastate series 45-44. They have lost eight straight games in Cincinnati, with their last win at Great American Ball Park coming on July 2, 2011. The home team has won 14 of last 15 games in the series. STATS Cleveland is 9-9 in interleague play this season, only 3-7 on the road without the designated hitter. The Indians have lost 10 of their last 13 in NL ballparks. ... The Reds are 6-9 against AL teams this season. ... C Yan Gomes extended his hitting streak to 13 games, the second-longest by an Indian this season behind Michael Brantleys 15-game streak. ... Reds C Brayan Pena has an 11-game hitting streak, one shy of his career high from 2009. ... Negron was voted the series most valuable player. He went 7 for 13 with a homer. TRAINERS ROOM Indians: Right-hander C.C. Lee was called up from Triple-A Columbus. Lee pitched two scoreless innings against Cincinnati and is 0-0 with a 3.68 ERA in 16 games over four stints with Cleveland this year. Starter Danny Salazar was optioned to Columbus, where hell make one start before the Indians consider bringing him back. Reds: Theres still no estimate for when second baseman Brandon Phillips will be able to resume hitting. He tore a ligament in his left thumb on July 9. The Reds hope to have him back by the end of the month. UP NEXT Indians: The Indians open a three-game series at Yankee Stadium, where they are 3-8 since the new ballpark opened. 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