The Cleveland Indians moved into the AL wild-card lead on the next-to-last scheduled day of the regular season, beating the Minnesota Twins 5-1 Saturday behind Scott Kazmir's strong start to extend their winning streak to nine.
Reliever Joe Smith struck out pinch hitter Oswaldo Arcia to end a ninth-inning rally, and the Cleveland Indians won their seventh straight game, holding off the Minnesota Twins 6-5 on Thursday night to keep their edge in the AL wild-card race.
Josh Willingham atoned for an earlier misplay with a tiebreaking three-run double in Minnesota's four-run seventh inning, leading the Twins to a 5-3 victory over the slumping Chicago White Sox on Sunday.
John Buck kept up his powerful start with a grand slam, his fourth home run in the past four games, and the New York Mets beat the Minnesota Twins 16-5 as snowflakes fell at Target Field on Friday night.
Francisco Liriano took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, Paul Konerko homered and drove in three runs Saturday, and the Chicago White Sox stayed on top of the AL Central with a 5-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins.