Cleveland’s Yan Gomes hit a two-run homer and Michael Brantley had three hits and two RBI to lead the Indians to a 6-5 win over the Twins at Target Field. Cleveland took a five-run lead into the bottom of the ninth inning and had to hold off a rally by the Twins to win. The Indians retained their lead on the second wild card playoff spot in the American League at 89-and-70 and have won seven straight games. They lead Texas by a game in the wild card standings. Bryan Shaw got the win in relief to go to 7-and-3. Joe Smith took over for struggling closer Chris Perez in the ninth and earned his third save. Josmil Pinto [[ HOSE-meel PEEN-toh ]] homered and Ryan Doumit had three hits for the Twins in the loss. Starting pitcher Andrew Albers fell to 2-and-5 for Minnesota. Game two of the four-game series is tonight.
Saturday’s Twins Gametime Switch
The start time for Saturday’s Twins-Indians game at Target Field has been switched. Fans are reminded that the game has been moved to a 12:05 p.m. start. It was originally slated to start at 3:05 p.m.