The Houston Astros' longest losing streak of the season has them on the verge of making unwanted franchise history.
Indians left-hander Scott Kazmir tossed seven scoreless innings on Saturday night, paving the way for Cleveland's 4-1 victory over the Astros.
Chris Carter's ninth-inning homer off Indians reliever Joe Smith avoided a shutout for Houston, which has only scored 12 runs while losing eight straight games.
''Frankly put, we just haven't swung the bat well lately, and conversely, we haven't won many games,'' Astros manager Bo Porter said. ''You definitely have to tip your hat to Kazmir tonight, though. He had an explosive fastball and did a tremendous job with his breakaway stuff.''
The defeat dropped Houston to 51-104, putting it within three of tying the team record for losses in a season. The Astros went 55-107 last year after finishing 56-106 in 2011. They are the only 100-loss seasons in franchise history.
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