It was the best of both worlds for the Indians on Friday night at Target Field.

They scored early and often which gave manager Terry Francona a chance to test some arms in his re-aligned bullpen while rolling to a 12-6 victory over the Twins. The Indians' eighth straight win combined with Tampa Bay's 5-3 loss to Toronto moved them into a tie for the first wild card spot.

Texas stayed a game behind the Rays and Indians with a victory over the Angels on Friday. The Indians could clinch a wild card spot with a victory over the Twins on Saturday and a Texas loss. A victory would also guarantee them the right to play at least one tiebreaker game on Monday.

Should the Indians and Rays tie for the best record in the wild card race the wild card game would be played Wednesday at Tropicana Field because the Rays won the season series against the Indians.

Francona with an eye toward the two games the Indians have left to play was not overwhelmed by moving into a tie with Tampa Bay.

"Whatever. . .I just want to keep playing" he said. "I don't want to go home. I just want to keep playing I don't care when we play or where we play. I just want to keep playing."

Friday's victory was the Tribe's 90th a 22-game improvement over last year. It's the first time the Indians have won 90 games since 2007.

Francona once again was more interested in victories yet to be earned than the ones already in the win column.