Tribe holds off Yanks to take series opener

Bob Wickman made it interesting but in the end, the Indians beat the visiting Yankees 6-5 Tuesday night. Victor Martinez continued to sizzle, going 2-3 with a home run and an RBI single, while Ronnie Belliard drove in three runs and Grady Sizemore tallied two hits and stole a base. Scott Elarton delivered a decent performance considering the opponent, yielding three runs on four hits in six innings, but after Arthur Rhodes and Bobby Howry surrendered single runs in the seventh and eighth, Wickman allowed the tying run to reach second base before getting Derek Jeter to ground to second for the final out of the game.

It was a significant win for the Indians, moving them to within 1.5 games of the Yankees in the wild card race, five behind front-runner Oakland. The question is, will they follow through tomorrow and Thursday? It seems that, whenever this team has been faced with the opportunity to improve their playoff chances, they fail. Let’s hope that trend ends this week.

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