MINNEAPOLIS, MN — The Indians knew before Sunday’s first pitch of their season finale against the Twins that a win would mean a home Wild Card game on Wednesday.
The team responded to the thought of home cooking on Sunday afternoon.
Nick Swisher belted a two-run home run in the 1st inning off Twins starter Scott Diamond to give the Indians the 2-0 lead.
In the 6th inning, the Tribe extended their lead to 3-0 off a throwing error by Diamond. Yan Gomes followed with a sacrifice fly to left to score Ryan Raburn, making it a 4-0 lead.
The Indians kept their bats alive in the 7th. Carlos Santana double to deep right to score Jason Kipnis to extend the lead to 5-0.
Ubaldo Jimenez got the start and was in command all afternoon. He went just over seven innings, striking out 13 batters.
Justin Masterson hit the mound in the 8th and stayed on through the 9th to seal the 5-1 win. Sunday’s win is the 10th in a row for the Indians. They finish the regular season 92-70.
The Tribe will return home Wednesday night to host the American League Wild Card game. The first pitch will be at 8:07 p.m.
The Cleveland Indians announced Sunday evening that tickets are sold out for Wednesday’s game. Tickets remain for two potential ALDS games at Progressive Field.