Cleveland Indians reduce magic number to one with 7-4 win over Chicago White Sox
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Indians took care of their part of the equation on a brisk Monday night, but they had to wait before officially joining the American League postseason field.
Jose Ramirez and Carlos Santana homered as the Indians beat the AL Central-leading White Sox, 7-4, to reduce their magic number to one. They needed Houston to beat Seattle in a late Monday night start at Safeco Park to qualify for the postseason for the fourth time in five years.
The hot-hitting Ramirez, making a late-season push to get into the AL MVP conversation, gave the Indians a 3-0 lead with a three-run homer off rookie right-hander Dane Dunning in the first inning. It was Ramirez’s 16th homer of the season and his seventh in the last 10 games.
Ramirez is hitting .368 (32-for-87) 11 homers and 23 RBI in his last 23 games. Francisco Lindor and Cesar Hernandez paved the way for him by opening the game with singles. Ramirez hit a 3-1 pitch from Dunning into the right field seats.
“He is really good,” said left fielder Josh Naylor, who had three before leaving the game with a cut on his ankle in the eighth inning following an awkward slide into second base. “He’s like a little kid out there. He’s just having fun playing the game.”
Nothing Ramirez has done of late is a surprise. Santana’s homer, however, was a shocker.
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