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Associated Press, Published September 28 2013

Indians open AL wild card lead with win over Twins

MINNEAPOLIS – The Cleveland Indians moved into the AL wild card lead on the next-to-last scheduled day of the regular season, beating the Minnesota Twins 5-1 Saturday behind Scott Kazmir's strong start to extend their winning streak to nine.

Seeking their first postseason appearance since 2007, the Indians (91-70) took 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, today’s results could decide the matter or lead to one or two tiebreaker games at the start of next week.

Cleveland Minnesota

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Bourn cf 4 1 2 2 Presley cf 4 0 1 0

Swisher rf-1b 3 0 0 0 Dozier 2b 3 0 0 0

Kipnis 2b 4 1 2 1 Plouffe 3b 4 0 1 0

CSantn 1b 4 1 1 2 Doumit dh 4 1 1 0

MCarsn rf 0 0 0 0 Wlngh lf 4 0 1 0

Brantly lf 4 0 0 0 Colaell 1b 4 0 1 0

AsCarr ss 4 0 0 0 Mstrnn rf 3 0 0 0

Giambi dh 2 0 0 0 Parmel ph 1 0 0 0

Chnhll ph-dh 0 0 0 0 Fryer c 1 0 1 1

Rburn ph-dh 1 0 0 0 Flormn ss 3 0 0 0

YGoms c 4 1 1 0

Aviles 3b 4 1 1 0

Totals 34 5 7 5 Totals 31 1 6 1

Cleveland 000 230 000— 5

Minnesota 000 100 000— 1

DP—Cleveland 1. LOB—Cleveland 4, Minnesota 6. 3B—Bourn (6). HR—C.Santana (20).

IP H R ER BB SO

Cleveland

Kazmir W,10-9 6 6 1 1 2 11

Rzepczynski 1 0 0 0 1 0

Allen 1 0 0 0 0 1

J.Smith 1 0 0 0 0 1

Minnesota

De Vries L,0-2 5 6 5 5 1 7

Swarzak 1Xc 1 0 0 1 1

Thielbar 1Zc 0 0 0 0 0

Perkins 1 0 0 0 0 1

T—2:53. A—30,452 (39,021).