Opportunity continues to knock on the door of the Cleveland Indians but the Tribe refuses to answer the call and remains just one of the teams in contention for an American League wild card spot instead of being in control.
The bats remained silent for the Indians throughout the visit to Atlanta where the Braves concluded a 3-game sweep with a 3-1 win behind a 3-run home run by Brian McCann in the fourth that made a loser of Ubaldo Jimenez with that one big mistake.
Lonnie Chisenhall provide the only Cleveland offense with a solo home run in the eighth. Kris Melden (11-12) earned the win, pitching seven scoreless innings. Jimenez saw his record fall to 9-9 with the loss, allowing seven hits without a walk while striking out 10.
The Indians, who were shutout once and scored just three runs over the three games at Turner Field, now head off to Detroit in what will be a make or break effort to climb back into the Central Division race against the first place Tigers.
The Indians (71-61) now trail the Tigers (78-56) by 6.5 games after Detroit rallied for three runs in the ninth earlier on Thursday at home against Oakland in a 7-6 win over the A's.
Should the Indians sweep the Tigers, the division race is still in play. Anything less and the Indians must turn their attention toward the wild card, where Oakland (75-58) holds the second and final spot. Cleveland trails Oakland by four games in the chase for the one-game play-in against the other wild card winner.