User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto Racing
Horses
Boxing/MMA
More
Betting Tools

 
Indians hold off Twins, keep wild-card lead

New Sportsbook.ag customers: Make your 1st bet, get your 2nd bet free, 100%, winnings paid in cash.
Join Now

Already have an account? Click here to view new Exclusive Rewards!

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Reliever Joe Smith struck out pinch-hitter Oswaldo Arcia to stop a ninth-inning rally and the Cleveland Indians won their seventh straight game, holding off the Minnesota Twins 6-5 Thursday night to keep their edge in the AL wild-card race.

Advertisement
The Twins scored four runs in the ninth and had runners on first and second before Smith got the final out.

Cleveland leads Texas by one game for the second wild-card spot. Each team has three games left in the regular season. Tampa Bay is on top in the chase, one game ahead of the Indians.

Yan Gomes hit a towering two-run homer and Michael Brantley added three hits and two RBIs from the leadoff spot.

Bryan Shaw (7-3) picked up the victory in relief of Zach McAllister by getting five key outs over the fifth and sixth innings.

The Indians were cruising with a 6-1 lead until closer Chris Perez came in for what looked like mop-up duty in the ninth.

But Alex Presley hit an RBI triple, Josmil Pinto hit a two-run homer and suddenly the Twins were within one. Smith gave up an infield single and a walk before fanning Arcia on three pitches for his third save.

McAllister had a shutout intact despite allowing runners on in every inning. After a walk and a single with one out in the fifth, Shaw was summoned and got Ryan Doumit on a double-play grounder.

McAllister gave up six hits and two walks while striking out three. This was the right-hander's shortest start in September, and the 68 pitches were his second-lowest total of 24 starts this season.

Shaw is 5-0 in 13 appearances this month, and hasn't permitted a run in 15 1-3 innings.

The Indians caught quite a break with their September schedule, facing the teams with the three worst records in the league in 14 of their final 17 games: the Twins, White Sox and Astros.

The Twins have won a mere four of their last 21 home games since mid-August. They've lost 17 of 22 overall.

Doumit's two-out single in the seventh finally put the Twins on the board.

The Twins had to watch their opponents celebrate division-clinching wins in each of the last two series, in Oakland and then Detroit here in their own ballpark. They'll have to win a couple of games this weekend to prevent another party at Target Field.

Ryan Raburn singled in the fourth and took second on a balk by Twins starter Andrew Albers (2-5). Then Albers almost made a sliding catch of Asdrubal Cabrera's popped-up bunt in front of the mound, but the ball leaked out of his glove. The throw was in time for the out, but first baseman Chris Colabello simply missed it as it sailed into shallow right field for an error. Raburn hustled home on the blooper reel.

Then Gomes sent a soaring fly ball bouncing off the facade along the second deck above left field for a 3-0 edge.

Albers was pulled with the bases loaded and two outs in the sixth, and Brantley met reliever Ryan Pressly with an RBI single to pad the lead. Carlos Santana's double in the seventh made it 5-0, and Brantley added another RBI single in the eighth.

NOTES: The Indians will start RHP Corey Kluber (10-5, 3.61 ERA) on Friday night against LHP Pedro Hernandez (3-2, 6.05 ERA). Kluber has won a career-best four straight decisions. ... The Indians kept CF Michael Bourn out again with a sprained right wrist. He was available to run but not hit.

AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2014
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

  
HEADLINES
Rogers: Wednesday's Tip Sheet
Akins: Diamond Trends - Wednesday
Rose: Who's Hot - NL Edition
News: MVP and Cy Young Odds
Kemp lifts Dodgers past Braves
Pirates hand Giants sixth straight loss
White Sox pound Tigers as road 'dogs
O's walk-off past Angels in 12 innings
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
MLB Pro Baseball Handicapper Sports Picks Records
MLB Hot Streaks
19-8 L27 Guarantees, +7,962 TY
5-0 L5 Guarantees, 13-3 L6 Days
15-5 L20 Totals, +3,044 This Year
5-2 LN, 12-5 +789 L17, +2,444 TY
3-0 +354 Run, +2,323 This Year
5-2 LN, 18-6 G-Plays, +2,135 TY
5-2 L7 Guarantees, 7-2 L9 Totals
7-3 L10 Over/Unders, +2,012 TY
23-12 Last 35 Selections
5-2 L7 Guaranteed Plays
4-0 L2 Days, 25-12 +1,602 Run
7-2, +549 L9 Guaranteed Plays
MLB Pro Baseball Expert Sports Picks - Pittsburgh Pirates at San Francisco Giants
2014 MLB SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 7962
Bruce Marshall + 3044
John Fisher + 2444
Underdog Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bruce Marshall + 3459
James Manos + 2542
Dave Cokin + 1531
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 2164
Matt Zylbert + 1859
Tony Stoffo + 1342
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Dave Cokin + 1348
Doc's Sports + 1137
Kyle Hunter + 876
Favorite Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 3589
Doc's Sports + 1507
Kevin Rogers + 1504
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Mike Rose + 2522
The Gold Sheet + 1152
Bruce Marshall + 1091
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!