Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Zach McAllister tossed five-plus innings of
one-run ball in the Cleveland Indians' 2-1 rain-shortened victory over the
Houston Astros in the second installment of a four-game set.
The tilt was delayed for 69 minutes before the umpires called the contest
after 6 1/2 innings.
McAllister (9-9) surrendered four hits and two walks while fanning two for
the Tribe, who have won seven of their last nine games.
Cleveland moved into the second wild card spot with its victory and the
Rangers' loss. It's also just a half-game behind Tampa Bay for the top wild
Brett Oberholtzer (4-4) allowed a pair of unearned runs on four hits and three
walks in a six-inning complete game for Houston, which dropped its seventh
Brandon Laird's two-out blast into the seats in left field in the second
inning staked the Astros to a 1-0 lead, but Cleveland plated a run in the home
half and another in the fourth to surge ahead.
Mike Aviles' RBI groundout in the bottom of the second knotted the tilt and
the Tribe capitalized on a Houston fielding blunder in the fourth.
Ryan Raburn singled with one out before Asdrubal Cabrera walked to put runners
on first and second. Raburn scored when Astros first baseman Chris Carter
fielded a Michael Brantley grounder, but threw wildly to second on the force
Bryan Shaw was credited with his first save of the year after picking up the
final four outs of the game.
The Indians were 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position, while the Astros
finished 1-for-3 in those situations ... Houston now has 103 losses, which
is four shy of matching the club record set last season.
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