Eighth-inning sac fly gives Tribe the W

It wasn’t pretty but the Indians took game one of their four-game series with the Twins Monday night, 2-1. The struggling Scott Elarton shut the Twins out on four hits in his 5.1 innings of work but the offense very nearly gave this one away too. Tied 1-1 with the bases loaded and one out in the eighth, Victor Martinez hit a shot to straight-away center that resulted in the game-winning sacrifice fly. Bob Wickman did his best to blow the game in the ninth, putting runners on second and third before getting a groundout to end the game.

They’ve still got a ton of work to do, but tonight’s win was the Tribe’s third in a row and sent their record to 20-23. The White Sox have a hefty lead over the rest of the division but there’s still plenty of baseball to be played.

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