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.
Cleveland leads Texas by a half-game for the AL's second wild card. The Indians, who have won eight of their last 10, trail Tampa Bay by a half-game for the wild-card lead.
''There's nothing like that atmosphere,'' Nick Swisher said. ''We've got to keep winning, but I'm telling you, man, when you have fan support like that it's so easy to get up for games. We're so happy everybody showed up and everybody had a great time.''
Swisher, who scored a run, had a hit and walked twice, picked up the tab for a postgame fireworks show. Despite being in the playoff race, Cleveland went into Saturday 14th among AL teams in att...