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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 m...
BEST OF MAXIM
Recall that Grandma who used her glove to snare a foul ball off the bat of Todd Helton at AT&T Park last week? Well...she's got competition in the foul ball catch of the year category in this woman snaring a hard liner at the Indians game last night. [TBL] Your browser does not support iframes. Bam! **Follow us on Twitter, View via Our Mobile Site, or Return to BobsBlitz...
If this one was any indication of the nail-biting nature of the stretch run just to get to October, it is going to be a long 10 days for Tribe fans. But here is hoping that the payoff will be as good as it was last night.
The Indians welcomed in the Houston Astros, baseball’s worst team. You know things are bad when former Tribe flame out #1 pick Trevor Crowe is not only their...
Player of the Game
Zach McAllister was the top player tonight, despite being pulled during the sixth inning. He allowed just a single run and four hits. McAllister pitched well enough to earn the win as well since the Indians managed to get two runs behind him in the rain shortened game.
The Astros managed to play things tight with the Indians again tonight...
Cleveland, OH -- Scott Kazmir pitched seven shutout innings and Cleveland scored three runs in the first as the Indians beat the Houston Astros 4-1 Saturday night at Progressive Field.
The Indians began Saturday with a half-game lead over Texas for the second American League Wild Card spot. Cleveland, who has won eight of its last 10 games, trails Tampa Bay by a half-game for the...
Here is your highlight from Thursday’s game between the Houston Astros and Cleveland Indians. This older lady shows that she’s still got it with a fantastic catch. When this hard hit foul ball came her way she makes a nifty snag. She rightfully celebrates her terrific snag that would players like Eduardo Nunez and Richie Weeks wish they could make.
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Some news, notes, and thoughts from my Indians notebook…
With just a week left in the season and still six teams in the wildcard mix, things are setting up to be quite crazy this week.
At the moment the Indians sit at 85-70 and own a half game lead on the Rangers for the second wildcard spot. The Rays lead the way with an 85-69 record, the Rangers are a half...
A Win’s A Win
Earned runs, unearned runs, walks, hits, errors, extra innings, rain… In the end, it doesn’t matter how you win since they’re all chalked up the same in the win column. On Friday night, the Indians took game two of the four-game set against the lowly Astros 2-1 in a rain-shortened six and a half innings of play.
Both runs of the game were unearned...
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In each case one would be entirely correct. One...
A playoff contender in September, the Indians drew their largest crowd in almost a month and gave fans something to cheer about.
Scott Kazmir allowed four hits in seven shutout innings, Michael Brantley hit a two-run homer in a three-run first inning and the Indians maintained their hold on an AL wild-card spot with a 4-1 win over the Houston Astros on Saturday night.
Matt Carson hit a winning single with two outs in the 11th inning, and the Cleveland Indians beat the Houston Astros 2-1 Thursday night to close within a half-game in the AL wild-card race.
Yan Gomes singled with one out off Rhiner Cruz (0-2), and Asdrubal Cabrera reached on an infield single, beating the throw after third baseman Marwin Gonzalez charged and barehanded his slow...
The Indians in pursuit of a playoff spot helped themselves with another dominant performance by Scott Kazmir.
Nod if you saw that coming in spring training. Now feel free to take a lie-detector test.
The surprising Indians and their shockingly effective lefty cruised to a 4-1 victory over the Houston Astros on Saturday night at Progressive Field. Kazmir struck out 10 in seven scoreless...
Welcome to a brand new season of the Weekly Power Poll. The power poll is a piece that will show up semi-regularly here at Indians Baseball Insider, and will focus either on an important weekly topic for the Cleveland Indians, or look at something with historical perspective. Last season, we took a look at several issues, including the top players in the long history of the...
Player of the Game
Scott Kazmir looked great today, going from the first hitter in the game through the first batter in the fifth inning without allowing a base runner. This was Kazmir's second to last start of the regular season and he let it all out, striking out ten and allowing just five base runners in 7+ innings.
Milestone Alert: Playing in his 810th...
All season long it's been too much something for the Houston Astros. One night, it's base-running blunders. The next, sloppy fielding.
No wonder they have lost 103 times.
The Astros committed two errors on one play in the fourth inning, allowing Cleveland to score the go-ahead run and the Astros lost their seventh straight, 2-1 on Friday night to the Indians in a game called...