Only 9794 saw it but what a game it was Monday night at Progressive Field.

Not only did Ubaldo Jimenez strike out 10 batters for the third time in his last four starts but manager Terry Francona played Nostradamus predicting that rookie infielder Jose Ramirez would help the Indians win a game in his first big-league start.

Ramirez singled and scored and Jimenez won his second straight stretch-drive start as the Indians edged the Royals one of their pursuers in the AL Central and wild-card race 4-3 at nearly-empty Progressive Field.

The victory moved the Indians to within 1 1/2 games of idle Tampa Bay for the second wild-card spot. The Indians are tied with Baltimore in their pursuit of the Rays.

In the AL Central the Indians pulled to within 4 1/2 games of the Tigers who lost to Chicago. It's the closest they've been to first place since they were four games out on Aug. 5.

The Tribe's offense consisted of Ramirez scoring from first on Drew Stubbs' grounder assisted by first baseman Eric Hosmer's throwing error and homers by Asdrubal Cabrera Yan Gomes and Carlos Santana. First base umpire Dana DeMuth originally called Santana's 18th homer a drive down the right-field line to start the seventh foul. After Francona requested a review the umpires overturned the original call and signaled home run.

Replays showed that Santana's drive hit the back of the foul pole. The homer stretched the Tribe's lead to 4-1.

"Going down the first baseline I knew it hit the pole" said Santana. "I was surprised when the umpire called it foul."