CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Indians reduced their magic number to 4 to clinch a wild card spot when they beat the Chicago White Sox 7-2 Wednesday night at Progressive Field.
The Indians trailed in the 2nd inning when Avisail Garcia ripped a solo homer off rookie Danny Salazar.
Cleveland answered in the bottom of the frame. Drew Stubbs was safe at second on an error by third baseman Semien, and Lonnie Chisenhall scored to tie the game at one apiece. Michael Brantley, who has been on a tear lately, singled to center field to drive in the go-ahead run, 2-1.
The Tribe would make it 4-1 when Nick Swisher hit his 21st homer of the year, a two-run blast in the 5th inning.
Danny Salazar went just over five innings, allowing 6 hits and 2 runs. He struck out 8 batters over his 89 pitch outing to get his second win of the year.
The White Sox got their second run in the 6th inning when Dayan Aiciedo singled in Alexei Ramirez. It was only a two-run game, 4-2.
In the bottom of that frame, Drew Stubbs hit a sacrifice fly to center to extend the Tribe lead to 3 runs, 5-2.
Asdrubal Cabrera drove in two runs in the 7th inning to give the Indians the final outcome, 7-2. Justin Masterson came back from his oblique injury to pitch an effective 9th inning. He struck out two and got the final out on a ground out.
Indians are in Minnesota Thursday night to begin the final four-game stretch of the season.