Manny Ramirez is on a mission to bring a World Series to Cleveland.
"None of this means anything if you don't win in the playoffs," Ramirez said. "Winning the World Series, that is my only goal."
At 97-62, Cleveland maintained the best record in the American League going into the final weekend of the season, one game ahead of the New York Yankees (96-63) and two games ahead of Texas (95-64).
Ramirez's 43rd homer, a 441-foot drive to left off John Bale in the sixth inning, broke the previous team record of 162 RBIs, by Hal Trosky in 1936.
"I never thought I would put these numbers up," Ramirez said. "I got great players in front of me. Give them the credit. If I think about setting records, then it isn't going to happen. For me, if I hit 25 homers and 100 RBIs, then I am happy."
Ramirez received three standing ovations from Cleveland's 370th consecutive sellout crowd: one when he reached the dugout, another to summon him back out for a second curtain call, and a third when he took his position in right field in the seventh.
"That was pretty neat for them to do that for me," Ramirez said. "The fans really made me feel proud."
The first major leaguer to reach 160 RBIs since Boston's Jimmie Foxx had 175 in 1938, Ramirez tied Babe Ruth's 1927 total for the 12th-most in one season.
"I never heard of some of those guys," Ramirez said. "I don't knw them, but I am proud to be mentioned around those guys."
With his second triple of the game and seventh this season, Sexson gave Cleveland a 5-0 lead. Wil Cordero followed with an RBI single.
"I'm befuddled by the whole thing and upset with walking guys before Sexson," Spoljaric said. "Anytime you put guys on base you are asking for trouble."
Colon won for the eighth time in nine decisions, allowing six hits in seven shutout innings.
"Bartolo is a fine pitcher," Toronto manager Jim Fregosi said. "He is close to being a number one guy. He's got the stuff. He just needs the experience."
Roberto Alomar hit an RBI groundout in the first and Cordero homered in the fourth for a 2-0 lead.
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