CLEVELAND -- In what was a week of transition for the Indians, they bounced back with a sweep of the Rangers, highlighted by Sunday's 4-3 win in 12 innings on Michael Brantley's walk-off homer.
But, let's face it, if the Indians want to mount a serious bid to get the second Wild Card spot, they needed to get a sweep at home against a team with the worst record in the majors.
The sweep put the wraps on a week that saw the Tribe win four of six. With Toronto losing three of four at Houston, Cleveland finds itself within three games of the Blue Jays in a Wild Card race that got tighter. The Royals and Yankees are 1 1/2 back while the Mariners are two games behind.
When it comes to the division race, they didn't gain much ground. The Indians are 6 1/2 games behind the Tigers, who bolstered their rotation by getting David Price right before Thursday's trade deadline.
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