Corey Kluber's return helped vault the Cleveland Indians into the AL's second wild-card spot.
The surging Indians look to close in on a postseason berth and win their fifth straight start with Kluber on the mound when they continue their season-ending four-game set with the Minnesota Twins on Friday night.
Thursday night began comfortably in Cleveland's favor as the Indians (89-70) took a 6-1 lead into the bottom of the ninth at Target Field, but struggling Chris Perez gave up four runs, including Josmil Pinto's two-run home run to draw the Twins (66-93) within one.
"Like the way they finished and got after it," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "Just needed one more hit."
Texas, a game behind Cleveland, applied further pressure with Jurickson Profar's walk-off home run in the Rangers' 6-5 victory over the Los Angeles Angels.
Joe Smith, though, kept the Indians' margin with a strikeout with the tying run on second and the winning run on first.
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