A furious rally by the Minnesota Twins fell short as the visiting Cleveland Indians locked up their seventh win in row by a score of 6-5.
Indians closer Chris Perez gave up four runs in the ninth inning before Joe Smith put out the fire for his third save.
Smith preserved the win for Bryan Shaw (7-3), who relieved Zach McAllister after 4 1/3 shutout innings.
Cleveland built a 5-0 lead in the first seven innings before the frightening finish. Ryan Raburn scored in the fourth on an error by Twins first baseman Chris Colabello.
Yan Gomes came up next and launched a two-run homer to left to give Cleveland a 3-0 lead. Cleveland scored its other runs on a pair of RBI singles by Michael Brantley and a run-scoring double by Carlos Santana.
In the wild-card race, Tampa Bay and Texas stayed just as hot as the Indians. All three teams are refusing to lose. Cleveland has the second wild-card spot, a game behind the Rays and a game ahead of the Rangers.
Corey Kluber (10-5) will start tonight for the Tribe. Game time in Minnesota is 8:10.
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