Indians maintain wild-card spot, beat Astros 4-1 - NBC Sports

Indians maintain wild-card spot, beat Astros 4-1
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Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Scott Kazmir works against the Houston Astros in the seventh inning of a baseball game Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
September 21, 2013, 9:15 pm

CLEVELAND (AP) Scott Kazmir allowed four hits in seven shutout innings, Michael Brantley hit a two-run homer and the Cleveland Indians maintained their hold on an AL wild-card spot with a 4-1 win over the Houston Astros on Saturday night.

Cleveland began Saturday with a half-game lead over Texas for the AL's second wild card. The Indians, who have won eight of their last 10, trail Tampa Bay by a half-game for the wild-card lead.

The Indians passed Texas with Friday's rain-shortened 2-1 win, moving into a wild-card spot for the first time since before play on Aug. 4. Following Sunday's series finale, Cleveland hosts the Chicago White Sox for two games before closing the regular season with four games at Minnesota.

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