The Cleveland Indians gained ground on the Oakland A’s in the wild card race with a 7-1 win last night at O.co Coliseum.
Ubaldo Jimenez (9-7) gave up only one hit in 5 2/3 innings, a single by Josh Reddick. Jimenez walked five and struck out eight.
The Tribe’s well-rested bullpen carried the team to the finish line, as Rich Hill, Bryan Shaw, Joe Smith and Matt Albers kept Oakland off the scoreboard the rest of the way.
Nick Swisher socked a solo home run and Asdrubal Cabrera added an RBI single to give the Indians a 2-0 lead in the first inning.
Cabrera struck again in the sixth with a double to right center field to score Michael Brantley.
Cleveland’s other three runs came in the ninth inning on an RBI single by Swisher and a two-run single by Jason Kipnis.
Cleveland trails the A’s by 3.5 games going into the decisive battle of the three-game series at 4:05 Eastern. Scott Kazmir (7-5) was scheduled to face former Tribe favorite Bartolo Colon, but due to Colon’s groin injury, Tommy Milone will take the mound at 4:05 p.m. Eastern.
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