Indians claim AL wild-card lead through 5-1 victory against Twins
APMINNEAPOLIS -- The Cleveland Indians won their ninth straight game and took sole possession of the AL wild-card lead on the next-to-last scheduled day of the regular season, beating Minnesota 5-1 Saturday behind Scott Kazmir's 11 strikeouts.
September 30, 2013, 12:05 am TWN
Seeking their first postseason appearance since 2007, the Indians (91-70) hold a one-game lead over Tampa Bay and Texas (both 90-71).
Cleveland is assured of at least a tie for the AL wild card. With three teams seeking the two wild cards, Sunday's results could decide the matter or lead to one or two tiebreaker games at the start of next week.
After a rain delay of 2 hours, 26 minutes at the start, Kazmir (10-9) allowed one run and six hits in six innings.
Cole De Vries (0-2) allowed five runs in five innings.
Yankees 2, Astros 1 Andy Pettitte completed his career in a most fitting fashion.
The 41-year-old left-hander pitched a five-hitter for his first complete game since 2006, leading the New York Yankees over his hometown Houston Astros.
“It couldn't end any better,” Pettitte said, trying to hold back tears.
Houston extended its team-record losing streak to 14 with its 110th loss of the season.
Pettitte (11-11) never had a losing record in 18 major league seasons. He was 256-153 with a 3.85 ERA and excelled in October, where he compiled a record 19 postseason wins.
He struck out five and walked two in a 115-pitch effort.
Paul Clemens (4-7) took the loss.
Blue Jays 7, Rays 2 The Tampa Bay Rays dropped into a tie with Texas for the second AL wild-card berth, losing to Toronto as Ryan Goins and Kevin Pillar hit two-run homers.
The Rays and Rangers are even, one game behind Cleveland.
A.J,. Happ (5-7) got the win. Alex Torres (4-2) lost in relief.
On Sunday, Matt Moore (16-4) starts for the Rays against Blue Jays rookie right-hander Todd Redmond.
Other Games on Saturday:
Rangers 7, Angels 4
Orioles 6, Red Sox 5
Mariners 7, Athletics 5
White Sox 6, Royals 5