Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 9/20/13
Zach McAllister lasted five innings and the Cleveland Indians got two gift runs from Houston in a 2-1, rain-shortened victory over the Astros on Friday night to remain near the top of the AL wild-card standings. The game was delayed for 1 hour, 9 minutes before the umpires decided to call it after 6 1-2 innings. The Indians, who entered the night trailing both Tampa Bay and Texas by one-half game for a wild-card spot, scored an unearned run in the second and fourth innings off Brett Oberholtzer (4-4). McAllister (9-9) allowed just one run and got a key double play in the fifth. Bryan Shaw went 1 1-3 innings for his first save. Brandon Laird homered for the inept Astros, who committed three errors, lost their seventh straight and fell to 51-103 - four losses shy of matching the club record set last season. The win improved Cleveland's record to 48-18 against teams currently below .500 - the majors' best mark - and perhaps the biggest reason the Indians have a chance to make the ...
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