Minnesota Twins win and lower their magic number to one

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 26: Brian Dozier /

The Minnesota Twins made a comeback to win and lower their magic number to one.

The Minnesota Twins have now guaranteed their season will not end at 162 games. The Los Angeles Angels are still alive in the Wild Card chase, but they will need to win out and have the Twins to lose out just to force a tiebreaker game. The Twins now have a magic number of one.

What does that mean again? Simply, the Twins just need to win one more game or the Angels need to lose one more game, either one will clinch the second Wild Card spot for the Twins.

The Twins lowering that magic number took some magic against the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night. Minnesota got off to a hot start by scoring two runs in the first inning, but it would be a back and forth battle between the Twins and the American League Central champions.

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It was looking like the Indians would go on to win the game as they had a two-run lead going into the eighth inning. It wasn’t a thought against the Twins that they couldn’t make a comeback, but a tip of the hat to the usually incredible Cleveland pitching staff. Sometimes there’s a crack in the armor.

Brian Dozier continued his amazingly hot streak after the All-Star break by hitting a three-run home run to give the Twins a 7-6 lead. The Twins then followed that up with an insurance run in the ninth inning via a Byron Buxton RBI single to win 8-6.

The comeback came despite Twins starting pitcher Bartolo Colon only lasting one inning before leaving the game due to an illness. That resulted in the Twins using a record amount of pitchers.

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Also, if we want to get way ahead of ourselves, look at this fun stat about the Twins at Progressive Field.

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The Twins will look to clinch a playoff berth with a win against the Indians on Wednesday night. The game from Cleveland is set for a 6:10 central first pitch.