Following a two-run single in the third by Michael Brantley that gave Cleveland a 2-0 lead, Houston roared back on the big fly to tomahawk the Indians, 8-2, that began a four-game holiday weekend series near Lake LeBron.
Bregman: 6 TB, 4 BI
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With one swing in the fifth, Alex Bregman gave Houston the lead they'd keep the rest of the night, staying back on a hanging curve ball from Mike Clevinger then whipping it into the left field stands for a 3-2 advantage.
After Clevinger allowed singles to Carlos Correa and Yuli Gurriel the next inning, the righthander got the hook. Lefthander Tyler Olson entered to face Brian McCann but the Astros countered with pinch-hitter Max Stassi who cracked an RBI single to left.
Next out of the bullpen was Michael Ramirez to face Jake Marisnick who had been recalled from AAA Fresno the night before after Josh Reddick was moved to the disabled list. Marisnick, who singled the inning before, drilled a fastball to dead center over the 400-foot sign to push Houston's lead to 7-2. After George Springer poked a base hit and stole second, Bregman capped his night with a line double to center that provided the final tally and gave him a four-RBI evening.
Charlie Morton expanded his season record to 7-0 with six innings of five-hit pitching. Hector Rondon and Collin McHugh split up the remaining three frames to complete the rout.
With the Mariners finally losing, 33-18 Houston opened up a three-game lead in the West over 29-20 Seattle. The Astros have rather quietly gone 12-3 (.800) in their last 15 games.
Dallas Keuchel (3-6) will go for some revenge Friday night when he stages a rematch with Corey Kluber (7-2) in a 6:10 pm Central duel. Kluber outpitched the bearded southpaw, 5-4, last Saturday in Houston.
- Bob Hulsey