CLEVELAND: The Indians have yet to decide — or at least announce — if Danny Salazar will make the postseason roster and if he does, what role he might fill. He certainly made a strong case for his inclusion Wednesday night.

Salazar, still being stretched out to a starter’s workload, dominated the Twins (83-75) and looked as strong as he has this season to lead the Indians to a 4-2 win at Progressive Field.

Salazar threw 64 pitches in 4⅔ innings, striking out nine and allowing only one hit and one walk. He threw 54 pitches in his previous start against the Los Angeles Angels on Sept. 21.

The Indians (99-59) know Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco and Trevor Bauer will be the starting pitchers for the first three games of the American League Division Series. A potential Game 4 starter has yet to be named. With the announcement that Mike Clevinger will remain in the bullpen, that leaves it between Josh Tomlin and Salazar, though the latter’s health remains one of the key factors in the decision.

It appeared likely Tomlin would get the start, and Salazar would be on the bubble as another multi-inning option in the bullpen. Salazar made his case against the Twins.

The Indians continued to receive encouraging news regarding the pitching staff. Clevinger relieved Salazar in the fifth and threw 1⅓ scoreless innings. It was the first time he pitched back-to-back days since being relegated to the bullpen. Andrew Miller then entered to throw an inning. He didn’t allow a hit and struck out two. It was also Miller’s first time pitching in back-to-back games since returning from the disabled list.

Edwin Encarnacion gave the Indians a 1-0 lead in the first with an RBI single to left, scoring Jose Ramirez, who had doubled. It was Encarnacion’s 104th RBI this season, which leads the team. For Ramirez, it was his major-league leading 53rd double of the season. Only George Burns (64 doubles) in 1926 and Tris Speaker (59) in 1923 have more in franchise history.

Yan Gomes took one for the team in the fourth. With the bases loaded, he was plunked by a pitch to bring home a run. Two innings later, he followed a more traditional route and belted a solo home run. It was his 14th of the season, the most for him in a single year since he hit 21 in 2014.

Cody Allen was the lone blemish for the Indians on Wednesday night. Leading 4-0 in the ninth, Allen gave up a two-run home run down the right-field line off the bat of Jorge Polanco, cutting the Indians’ lead in half. Byron Buxton followed with a single before Allen induced Max Kepler into a routine groundout to end the game.

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