The Cleveland Indians clinch the first American League Wild Card spot with their tenth straight win, a 5-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins.
The win pushed the Indians’ record to 92-70 and left them just one game in back of the Detroit Tigers in the AL Central at season’s end. They will host the winner of a play-in game between the Texas Rangers and Tampa Bay Rays, as both teams tied for the second Wild Card spot at 91-71.
Ubaldo Jimenez guided the Indians to the victory, his fourth of the month in six starts to drop his ERA in September to 1.09 ERA. He used 13 strikeouts in six and two-thirds innings to keep the Twins to just one run on the afternoon.
The Indians backed him with two runs in the first on a Nick Swisher home run. An error and a sacrifice fly in the sixth and an RBI-double from Carlos Santana in the seventh put five runs on the board before the Twins could find the scoreboard in the bottom of the seventh on an run-scoring single by Eric Fryer.
Photo: Hannah Foslien/Getty Images