Shin-Soo Choo hit a leadoff triple and Michael Brantley drove in a run late to back up a strong start by Ubaldo Jimenez and the Cleveland Indians got a 2-0 win over the Houston Astros on Friday night.
Choo's triple was one of only two hits the Indians managed in seven innings against Houston starter Lucas Harrell (6-6) as these teams met for the first time since 2001.
Choo made it 1-0 when he scored on a sacrifice fly by Asdrubal Cabrera after his triple.
Brantley added an insurance run for the Indians with his RBI single with one out in the ninth inning.
Jimenez (7-5) allowed four hits with eight strikeouts in 6 2-3 innings. Chris Perez struck out the side in the ninth for his major league-leading 23rd save.
Harrell took the loss despite allowing two hits and striking out a career-high nine in seven innings.
Including Cabrera's out, Harrell retired 19 of the next 20 batters he faced. Cleveland's only base runner in that stretch came on a walk by Carlos Santana with two outs i...