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Indians returning to postseason


September 30. 2013 12:09AM
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MINNEAPOLIS — The surging Cleveland Indians earned their first postseason berth since 2007, beating the Minnesota Twins 5-1 Sunday to clinch an AL wild card as Ubaldo Jimenez tied a career high with 13 strikeouts.


Nick Swisher homered in the first inning for the Indians, who became the first major league team to win its final 10 regular-season games since the 1971 Baltimore Orioles finished with 11 straight victories, according to STATS.


Jimenez (13-9) gave up one run and five hits in 6 2-3 innings for the Indians, who became the first team to sweep seven four-game series in one regular season since the 1943 St. Louis Cardinals. After the final out, Cleveland players mobbed each other on the diamond in a jubilant celebration.


Scott Diamond (6-13) gave up four runs — two earned — and seven hits for the Twins (66-96).


Rangers 6, Angels 2


ARLINGTON, Texas —Texas forced a one-game tiebreaker for the second AL wild-card spot, winning its seventh straight when Geovany Soto hit a tiebreaking RBI double and later homered to beat Los Angeles.


About the same time Tampa Bay wrapped up its 7-6 win at Toronto to necessitate a victory by the Rangers to keep playing, Craig Gentry hit a two-run single in the fifth for a 2-1 lead.


Los Angeles quickly tied the game against major league strikeout leader Yu Darvish in the sixth, but the Rangers went ahead to stay in the bottom half on Soto’s two-out double.


Adrian Beltre and Soto added solo homers in the eighth.


Rays 7, Blue Jays 6


TORONTO — Evan Longoria and Tampa Bay assured the Rays would tie for an AL wild-card berth, scoring six runs in the first inning and then holding off Toronto.


Longoria hit an RBI double as the Rays used their highest-scoring first inning since 2010 to go ahead early. Tampa Bay took a 7-0 lead into the sixth before Toronto rallied.


Rays manager Joe Maddon was ejected in the seventh and the Blue Jays put the go-ahead run at the plate in the eighth and ninth innings. Fernando Rodney got four shaky outs for his 37th save in 45 chances.


Orioles 7, Red Sox 6


BALTIMORE — Ryan Flaherty had two hits subbing for Chris Davis after baseball’s home run champ left with a sprained wrist, and Baltimore wrapped up its season with a victory over playoff-bound Boston.


Yankees 5, Astros 1, 14 innings


HOUSTON — Mark Reynolds hit a tiebreaking homer in a four-run 14th inning, and New York went into an offseason of uncertainty with a victory over Houston, whose 15-game losing streak was the longest at the end of the season in more than a century.


Mariano Rivera didn’t pitch in the final game of a career that started in 1995, and Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson were among the players unsure whether they had played their final games for the Yankees (85-77).


Bothered by sore legs, Alex Rodriguez also didn’t get into the game. The appeal of his 211-game drug suspension starts Monday.


New York finished with its fewest wins in a non-strike season since 1992 and failed to make the playoffs for only the second time in 19 years. Manager Joe Girardi’s contract is expiring, and he hasn’t said whether he wants to come back for a seventh season.


Royals 4, White Sox 1


CHICAGO — Bruce Chen pitched four-hit ball into the seventh inning and Kansas City beat Chicago to finish off its best season in 24 years.


Athletics 9, Mariners 0


SEATTLE — Sonny Gray threw five shutout innings and Oakland had a pair of four-run innings to close out the regular season with a win over Seattle in Eric Wedge’s final game as Mariners manager.




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