Minneapolis, MN, United States (4E Sports) – The Cleveland Indians moved into sole possession of the AL wild-card by beating the Minnesota Twins 5-1 Saturday at the Target Center.
Lefty Scott Kazmir (10-9) had 11 strikeouts and allowed one run and six hits in six innings to lead the Indians in extending their winning streak to nine.
Carlos Santana hit a two-run homer in the fourth to start the scoring.
Ryan Doumit reached on a leadoff single and later came around to score on a base hit to right field from Twins catcher Eric Fryer to cut the lead to 2-1.
Then Michael Bourn had a two-run triple in the fifth and scored on Kipnis’ single for a 5-1 lead.
Twins’ Cole De Vries (0-2) retired the first 11 batters while setting a new career high in strikeouts with seven.
But the two-out single he gave up to Jason Kipnis resulted in a two-run blast by the Indians.
Seeking their first postseason appearance since 2007, the Indians (91-70) took a one-game lead over Tampa Bay and Texas (both 90-71).