The Tribe has earned two days off and will host the wild-card playoff game at Progressive Field on Wednesday night. Texas will host Tampa Bay tonight in a tiebreaker to see who earns a trip to Cleveland.
Ubaldo Jimenez (13-9) embraced his role of second-half ace as he mowed down 13 Twins batters on strikes in 6 2/3 innings. Marc Rzepczynski and first-half ace Justin Masterson combined with Jimenez on a five-hitter.
Cleveland jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning when Nick Swisher hit his team-leading 22nd home run to left field.
In the sixth inning, Twins pitcher Scott Diamond committed a throwing error on Asdrubal Cabrera’s sacrifice bunt, scoring Carlos Santana.
Later in the inning, Yan Gomes hit a sacrifice fly to score Ryan Raburn to give Cleveland a 4-0 lead.
Santana wrapped up the scoring for the Tribe in the seventh innings with a double to score Jason Kipnis.
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