Ubaldo Jimenez in the absence of Justin Masterson continued to do a great impersonation of a No.1 starter Saturday night at U.S. Cellular Field.
Jimenez pitched into the ninth inning as the Indians beat Chicago 8-1 to stay within 1 1/2 games of Tampa Bay and the second wild card spot. It was the Tribe's 11th straight win against Chicago and its 14th in the season series.
They took control of the game of the game with a five-run fourth inning. Jimenez (12-9 3.49) took it from there as he won his third straight start and earned his first victory over the season against the White Sox.
The best case scenario involving Masterson and his strained left oblique muscle is that he makes it back in time to make one more start during the regular season. That means the Indians' stretch drive rests squarely on Jimenez's shoulders. Right now that's a good place to be.
"With Justin out I think that's the way every pitcher in the clubhouse has to think " said Jimenez who struck out eight and pit...