Cleveland sports fans can keep on celebrating. For the first time since 2007, the Indians are American League Central champions.



Needing only one win in the final week of the regular season, the Indians secured a 7-4 win against the Detroit Tigers Monday night, and the celebration began at Comerica Park, a wave of players and coaches running to the mound and mobbing one another in hugs and high-fives. Then it turned to the clubhouse and a champagne-soaked victory party.  



It was somewhat fitting to finally clinch the division in Detroit, against the team that played such a significant role in holding the Indians’ down the last three seasons.



After trading two-run home runs, the Indians answered with a two-run fifth inning and remained one step ahead of the Tigers to support an extended night for the bullpen after a quick exit for Corey Kluber.



Coco Crisp came away with the first blow, belting a two-run home run to right field off Tigers starting pitcher Buck Farmer to give the Indians a 2-0 lead in the second inning.



The Tigers quickly responded against Kluber. After Victor Martinez singled in the bottom half of the inning, Kluber threw an 0-2 sinker that missed its intended location, and J.D. Martinez hit just enough of it to send it over the right-field wall for a game-tying two-run home run.



The Indians couldn’t escape the night without some further concern surrounding their already-depleted starting rotation. Pitching coach Mickey Callaway in the fourth inning visited the mound to check on Kluber, who went on to finish the inning. He was then pulled prior to the fifth after throwing only 60 pitches. The club later announced Kluber left with right groin tightness. The severity of the injury was unknown during the game.



In the top of the fifth, the Indians gave the incoming bullpen a lead. Carlos Santana started the inning with a single. Jason Kipnis followed with an RBI-double to the gap in left-center field, making it 3-2. A sacrifice fly by Mike Napoli later extended that lead to 4-2.



Dan Otero relieved Kluber in the fifth but quickly surrendered a run on an RBI-single off the bat of Miguel Cabrera to make it 4-3. In the seventh, Roberto Perez tacked onto the Indians’ lead with a lead-off, solo home run. The Tigers answered in the bottom half of the inning. Andrew Miller was brought in to face Cabrera with a runner on third but lost the battle, allowing an RBI-single to cut the Indians’ lead to 5-4.  



Perez, an unlikely hero offensively, came through again in the eighth, adding an RBI-single off Alex Wilson to make it 6-4. Then, a gift from the Tigers, as Santana’s two-out flyball was dropped by Martinez for an error, allowing Rajai Davis to score to push the advantage to 7-4.



That was plenty for Miller and then Cody Allen in the ninth inning, who nailed down the final outs for the club’s 91st win, the one that put away the rest of the division for good.