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Indians win tenth in a row, secure top AL Wild Card spot

Sep 29, 2013, 6:09 PM EDT

Ubaldo Jimenez AP AP

Indians starter Ubaldo Jimenez pitched his team into the post-season — at least for one game — with a sterling performance against the Twins. The right-hander allowed just one run on five hits and a walk while striking out 13. It marks a season-high in strikeouts and his fourth double-digit strikeout performance of the season. He also lowered his ERA on the season to 3.30.

Nick Swisher gave Jimenez some early run support with a two-run home run in the first inning. The Indians tacked on two more in the sixth and another in the seventh to take a 5-1 lead. Mark Rzepczynski and Justin Masterson teamed up to blank the Twins the rest of the way to wrap up the victory.

The victory is the Indians’ tenth in a row, a fantastic way to wrap up the season. They finish September 21-6 and secure themselves a chance to advance to the ALDS if they can win the Wild Card play-in game at home on Wednesday against the winner of tomorrow’s one-game play-in to the one-game play-in — effectively the 163rd game of the regular season — between the Rangers and Rays to decide the winner of the second AL Wild Card spot. The Indians will be playing in the post-season for the first time since 2007.

23-year-old rookie Danny Salazar will start for the Indians on Wednesday. The right-hander has a 3.12 ERA in 52 innings spanning 10 starts since being made a featured part of the rotation in August.

  1. 13arod - Sep 29, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    lose indians lose

    • theskinsman - Sep 29, 2013 at 8:09 PM

      Watch good teams play baseball from now on,A-Roid13, and watch your yanks play golf…from the Senior tees.

    • badintent - Sep 29, 2013 at 10:56 PM

      @13arod
      go carry theskinsman’s golf bag. And change his Depends.

  2. steve7921 - Sep 29, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    I hope the Rays packed some extra clothes…NYC, Toronto, Dallas and then Cleveland and if they win all those games, open on the road Friday at Boston!

  3. jrs45 - Sep 29, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    Arod?

  4. hbdbrowns33 - Sep 29, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    Roll Tribe

  5. Kevin Gillman - Sep 29, 2013 at 6:51 PM

    The Indians did something not many teams can do. You all can say they had an easy schedule at the end, but they are still taking on Major League teams, I thought they would finish 8-2, but as it turned out if they had done that, they wouldn’t have made the playoffs. So I am very happy to say I was wrong there.

    But here is the reality, the Indians did something none of the “experts” thought they’d do at the beginning of the season, make the postseason. A hell of a year, and a very fun season to watch for any Indians fan.

    When Justin Masterson went down with an injury, Corey Kluber came back and did what he could, Scott Kazmir did what he could, Danny Salazar is very young, but has a very live arm, and is the future ace of this staff, and Ubaldo? When you compare this season’s numbers to 2010 numbers with the Rockies, you can say he might have had a better season, he surely was incredible in the second half. But look at the walks, look at his WHIP numbers, compared to 2010. If 2010 was a better season for him, it wasn’t by much. Mickey Calloway did his best to get him to throw more fastballs, and tune up his other pitches.

    This is a very, very dangerous team to play, but regardless, it’s been a fun season and I thank them for it.

    Go Tribe!!

    • badintent - Sep 29, 2013 at 11:01 PM

      Not a Indian fan but they have been the Baseball story of the year. Hope they beat the Red Sux in the playoffs with Giambi hitting a walk off HR to beat them. Manram can only watch .

      • Kevin Gillman - Sep 29, 2013 at 11:22 PM

        It would be awesome, and a very fitting ending considering Francona’s end to his Red Sox tenure.

  6. clydeserra - Sep 29, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    that winning streak is all well and good, but it was against the white sox and twins.

    • Kevin Gillman - Sep 29, 2013 at 8:08 PM

      If we go by that logic, why in the hell did Miami beat the Tigers in 2 straight games? Or how about the wins Texas had this week, against the Astros, and Angels? How about that?

    • happytwinsfan - Sep 29, 2013 at 9:23 PM

      HEY! i resemble that

  7. bigtrav425 - Sep 29, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    It doesn’t matter who it was against.you still gotta win! The schedule makers can’t predict the future and know who will or will not be good or not

  8. dbldmr - Sep 29, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    I don’t care if the streak was against the Bad News Bears. Winning 10 in a row got them to the playoffs. Jeer all you want, but they did what they had to do.

  9. markjames23 - Sep 29, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    This is by far one of the best days to be an Indians fan. Keep on rolling, Tribe!

  10. clevelandschronic2 - Sep 29, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    No matter what any Cleveland team does there will be the Cleveland haters to discredit any and every accomplishment made by our teams. Its amazing how much hate and negativity they choose to hold towards Cleveland and or Ohio. Like we kicked they’re dog or something lol. Ah well Go Browns Go Cavs Go Indians

    • badintent - Sep 29, 2013 at 11:08 PM

      Go Irving. Straight to NY . To the Knicks.

      • clevelandschronic2 - Sep 30, 2013 at 1:10 AM

        Why would irving choose the knicks lmfao they’re not even the best team in Ny. Not that you could afford him anyway with melo the ball hog and amare with his 4 knee operations. Plus chandler on a max contract. The cavs have better talent than the knicks overall. Irving will be a Cavalier for awhile get used to it.

    • Kevin Gillman - Sep 29, 2013 at 11:30 PM

      Browns won today, Indians won, Buckeyes won last night, an awesome weekend for any Ohio sports fan.

      • ronarch13 - Sep 30, 2013 at 12:31 PM

        Except those Bungal fans, but they should be in Kentucky anyway

      • Kevin Gillman - Sep 30, 2013 at 1:25 PM

        That Browns defense dominated Bengals though. Very fun to watch.

  11. jimeejohnson - Sep 29, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    How about them Browns!

  12. janessa31888 - Sep 29, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    We had a tough schedule early in the season and anyway this is not the BCS ranking. Give the Tribe some credit please.

    • happytwinsfan - Sep 29, 2013 at 9:25 PM

      you betcha!

    • happytwinsfan - Sep 29, 2013 at 9:27 PM

      go tribe!!

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