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Cleveland Indians beat Houston Astros, 5-4, as Corey Kluber strikes out 10

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.