The victory launched the Tribe into the second wild-card spot, one-half game ahead of the Texas Rangers. Cleveland is just one-half game behind the Tampa Bay Rays, who hold the first wild-card spot.
Zach McAllister (9-9) pitched into the sixth inning and gave up one run on a home run by Astros third baseman Brandon Laird in the second inning.
Cleveland tied the game in the bottom of the second when Mike Aviles hit a fielder’s choice grounder with the bases loaded to score Carlos Santana. That run was unearned due to an error by Laird earlier in the inning.
The Tribe’s Ryan Raburn scored the winning run when Houston committed two errors on the same play. Michael Brantley (pictured) grounded to first. Chris Carter chucked the ball into left field, where Marc Krauss tried to throw Raburn out at the plate. His throw hit Raburn in the shoulder and bounced to the backstop.
Marc Rzepczynski and Bryan Shaw got the Astros out in the sixth and seventh. After a 69-minute rain delay, the umpires called the game, giving the win to the Tribe. Shaw picked up his first save.
Attendance was 17,310, which was better than Thursday night, but still less than half-capacity. Scott Kazmir (8-9) will pitch on Saturday night against the Astros at 6:05 p.m.
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