Correa robs a couple of hits
(c) Associated Press
It took three hours and 44 minutes, but the Astros got the job done in Cleveland Monday night, outlasting the Indians by a score of 6-2. Mike Fiers went five innings to pick up his tenth win of the season, thanks in part to a pair of outstanding defensive plays by shortstop Carlos Correa.
Jose Altuve got the Astros on the board in the first, driving in Alex Bregman with his 38th double of the season. Bregman extended the lead to 3-0 with a 2-run homer in the third off right-hander Jeff Manship.
The Indians got on the board in the bottom of the third when Jose Ramirez singled in Francisco Lindor, who had doubled earlier in the frame. In the fifth, Mike Napoli blasted his 30th homer of the season to trim Houston's lead to 3-2.
The Astros broke it open in the seventh, plating three runs in the frame. Yulieski Gurriel and Colby Rasmus contributed RBIs in an inning that also featured a throwing error by Jason Kipnis.
The Astros bullpen turned in a stellar performance. Four relievers teamed up to hold the Indians scoreless over the final four innings of the contest. Perhaps the most impressive was Michael Feliz, who recorded four strikeouts in two innings of work. Jandel Gustave sealed the deal with a 1-2-3 ninth.
The Astros added two players to the active roster before the game. Catcher Max Stassi and lefty reliever Kevin Chapman were recalled from AAA Fresno but neither saw action in the game.
Dallas Keuchel, who was originally scheduled to start Tuesday night's game has been scratched and returned to Houston with left shoulder inflammation. Brad Peacock will take Keuchel's spot in the rotation and will oppose Corey Kluber in a 6:10 CDT start.
- Greg Thurston