After working overtime last night, the skies decided that six and-a-half innings was plenty.
Even better, the Indians parlayed some Dis-Astros sloppiness into another win. With their 84th win, the Indians to find themselves in position for the post-season, holding a slim half-game lead over Texas with eight games remaining.
For the second straight night, the Astros made the Tribe fight tooth and nail for the win, which is a testament to Houston manager Bo Porter and his staff in keeping a young Houston team from laying down. Unfortunately, two errors on the same sequence proved to be their undoing, and the Indians were more than willing to take advantage.
With the game tied in the fourth inning, Michael Brantley chopped a ground ball to Houston first-baseman, Chris Carter. Carter tried to start a double play, but the throw sailed over shortstop Johnathan Villar’s head, which allowed Ryan Raburn to score the game winner.
Zach McAllister (5 INN/4 H/1 ER/3 SO/2 BB) picked up the win but seemed to run out of gas once he reached the sixth inning. Not wanting to tempt fate, Tito went to the Mafia. Marc Rzepczynski came in and got an immediate assist from Yan–wait…SANTANA???
Er, yes, Santana threw Jose Altuve out. Scrabble would then strike out Ohio’s own, Marc Krauss. Bryan Shaw would carry it the rest of the way, earning a save on an inning and a third of perfect ball, including three punch-outs.
Astros starter Brett Oberholtzer went the distance (6 INN/4 H/2 UER/2 SO/3 BB), and he deserved far better. The young lefty turned in a near repeat performance of Thursday’s starter Dallas Kuechel. He was very impressive.
The lone Astros tally came from Brandon Laird with a second-inning homer.
W: McAllister (9-9); L: Oberholtzer (4-4); S: Shaw (1)