The Cleveland Indians won their ninth game in a row on Saturday, beating Minnesota 5-1 and grabbing sole possession of the first wild-card spot.
Today is the last day of the regular season, and the Indians are one victory away from their first trip to the playoffs since 2007.
Even if the Indians lose, they will still qualify for the postseason if the Tampa Bay Rays or Texas Rangers lose.
Scott Kazmir (10-9) struck out 11 Minnesota batters in six innings. Marc Rzepcyznski, Cody Allen and Joe Smith shut the Twins down the rest of the way.
Carlos Santana put the Tribe on the board in the fourth inning with a two-run homer. He joined Nick Swisher in the Indians’ 20-homer club.
The Twins responded with a run in the bottom of the fourth, but Cleveland came right back with three in the bottom of the fifth.
Michael Bourn doubled to score Yan Gomes and Mike Aviles. Bourn later scored on a single by Jason Kipnis, who leads the Tribe with 84 RBI.
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