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 innings Michael Brantley hit a two-run homer and Asdrubal Cabrera went 3-for-4 as the Tribe won for the eighth time in 10 games.
The Indians (85-70) remain in the second wild-card slot percentage points ahead of Texas. They trail wild-card leader Tampa Bay by percentage points; the Rays defeated Baltimore earlier in the day.
The DisAstros (51-104) have lost eight in a row and 104 of their last 154.
In the opener of the four-game series Thursday the Indians needed a Matt Carson walkoff single to prevail 2-1 in 11 innings. On Friday they managed three singles and one double but escaped 2-1 in a gam...