The Cleveland Indians appear to have finally broken out of their slump. With Ubaldo Jimenez taking the mound on the road against the Houston Astros, they should have a good chance to extend their winning streak.
The right-hander seeks a third straight outstanding road start when he faces the Astros on Friday night.
Cleveland (36-32) gave up its AL Central lead during a 7-14 stretch but moved back into first place with a three-game sweep of Cincinnati to start the week. The Indians gave up a combined three runs in the final two games, the most recent an 8-1 win Wednesday, after posting a 6.16 ERA over their previous 22 contests.
"We're a resilient team," right-hander Justin Masterson said. "I think we'll be able to carry this momentum on the road and have a lot of fun with it."
Jimenez (6-5, 5.00 ERA) will try to do his part with another superb outing away from home. He has allowed one run and five hits in each of his last two road starts, pitching 13 2-3 innings, after putting u...