Cleveland has only scored eight runs in three games against the Astros, but it doesn’t matter because they were all victories. Cody Allen and Joe Smith pitched the last two innings, combining with Kazmir on a five-hitter.
At the plate, the Tribe jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning to give Kazmir some breathing room. Jason Kipnis started the scoring with a sacrifice fly to score Michael Bourn. Kipnis leads the Indians with 80 RBI.
Later in the first, Michael Brantley slammed a two-run homer to right field to score Nick Swisher.
Lonnie Chisenhall drove in the Tribe’s other run in the fourth inning with a single to score Yan Gomes.
Houston avoided a shutout when Chris Carter hit his 28th home run of the season in the ninth inning.
Paul Clemens (4-6) took the loss for the Astros, who have a record of 51-104.
The Indians even got some good news at the box office, as a crowd of 26,611 came to see them win. Tampa Bay and Texas both won, so Cleveland remained in the second wild-card slot between those teams.
Cleveland will go for the four-game sweep on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. with Corey Kluber on the mound.
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