The Indians scored early, Corey Kluber pitched late and the bullpen, well, the bullpen hung on Saturday at Minute Maid Park.
Michael Brantley homered to start a three-run first inning and Kluber struck out 10 in seven innings in a 5-4 win over Houston. The Indians have won just five of their last 13 games.
Houston’s Dallas Keuchel (3-6, 3.43) wasn’t locked in early and the Tribe rocked him.
Francisco Lindor opened the game with a blistering ground out to third. Brantley followed with a homer to left. Then came consecutive doubles by Jose Ramirez and Edwin Encarnacion — Ramirez doubled past third and Encarnacion doubled off the fence in right center for a 2-0 lead.official nfl jerseys cheap
Jason Kipnis ended the inning with a double to right center to give Kluber a 3-0 lead to work with.
Kluber (7-2, 2.36) protected the lead as if it was made of the finest china. He held the Astros scoreless through five innings, striking out eight. The two-time Cy Young winner struck out the side — Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa and Yuli Gurriel — in order in the fourth.
“Anytime you can play with a lead is good,” said manager Terry Francona. “We got a couple of add one runs that we needed because when you play these guys they just keep on coming.
The Indians squeezed out a run in the fifth as Rajai Davis walked and advanced to third on two ground ball outs. He scored on a Ramirez’s slow chopper down the third baseline for a 4-0 lead.
Yan Gomes made it 5-0 in the sixth with a long home run to left off former teammate Joe Smith. Gomes hit a 1-1 pitch for his sixth homer. The Indians entered the game leading the big leagues with 65 home runs.
But things grew interesting — nfl authentic jerseys cheap as the seem to do of late — when Kluber left. Neil Ramirez, with Andrew Miller runavailable because of back spasms, started the eighth with a strikeout of George Springer. That was a good thing.
Then he allowed a homer to Alex Bregman and a double to Altuve, which was not so good. Altuve’s drive to wall in right center was originally ruled a double. Then the umpires conferred and called it a best nfl jerseys home run. After manager Terry Francona asked crew chief Bill Miller to call New York for a review, it was ruled a double.nfl authentic jerseys
Closer Cody Allen relieved and retired Correa on a loud fly ball to the track in left field and Brian McCann on a fly ball to right. Allen pitched the ninth for his first save since April 25 — nfl jersey wholesale it was the Tribe’s first save in May — but not without a flaw.