Santana, Cabrera double doubles, Kipnis hits lift Indians over Twins
APMINNEAPOLIS--Carlos Santana and Asdrubal Cabrera both had two doubles and Jason Kipnis was a homer short of the cycle as the Cleveland Indians had 17 hits in a 12-6 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Friday.
September 29, 2013, 12:03 am TWN
With the win and Tampa Bay's loss at Toronto, the Indians moved into a tie with the Rays for the first American League wild card, one game ahead of Texas, which beat Los Angeles.
Cleveland has won eight straight and 13 of 15, taking advantage of a schedule that ends with 10 games against Houston, the Chicago White Sox and the Twins, the three worst teams in the AL.
Indians starter Corey Kluber (11-5) managed to win his fifth straight decision. He started the game with three scoreless innings, but then allowed 10 of the next 16 hitters to reach and was knocked out with one out in the sixth. Kluber gave up six earned runs and 10 hits, but walked only one and struck out five.
Twins starter Pedro Hernandez (3-3) gave up four runs in the first inning and three in the second.
Blue Jays 6, Rays 3 R.A. Dickey slowed Tampa Bay's stretch run, leading Toronto to a victory that stopped the Rays' seven-game winning streak.
Tampa Bay wasted a 2-0 lead and committed a season-high three errors, including a pair by Evan Longoria. Tampa Bay dropped into a tie with Cleveland for the two AL wild cards, one game ahead of Texas. The Rays' magic number for clinching remained at two over Texas.
Dickey (14-13) allowed two runs and five hits in 7 1-3 innings, retiring 13 of 14 during one stretch.
The 38-year-old knuckleballer, acquired from the New York Mets during the offseason after he won the NL Cy Young Award, struggled earlier this season but finished strongly, going 5-1 with a 3.17 ERA in his last seven starts.
Dickey has allowed 35 homers, one behind the Major League-high total of Oakland's A.J. Griffin (36).
Rangers 5, Angels 3 Alex Rios had a tiebreaking RBI single in the seventh inning, and Texas finally gained some ground in the AL wild-card race with the victory over Los Angeles.
For the first time during their five-game winning streak the Rangers moved closer in the wild-card standings.
With two games left in the regular season, the Rangers still have a chance to go to the postseason for the fourth year in a row.
The loss was the 82nd for the Angels, ensuring them of only their second losing record the past 10 seasons — when they were AL West champions five times.
Ian Kinsler led off the seventh with a walk off Juan Gutierrez (1-5). He took over after C.J. Wilson threw 121 pitches in six innings. Rios had his run-scoring hit after a sac bunt by Elvis Andrus, then scored on a two-out infield single by A.J. Pierzynski.
Other Games on Friday:
Yankees 3, Astros 2
Red Sox 12, Orioles 3
Athletics 8, Mariners 2
Royals 6, White Sox 1
Minnesota Twins' Pedro Florimon jumps high for the throw as Cleveland Indians' Drew Stubbs steals second in the eighth inning of a baseball game in Minneapolis on Friday, Sept. ...