Astros fall to Indians 8-6
HOUSTON – Yan Gomes homered and tied a career high with five RBIs to lead the Cleveland Indians over the Houston Astros 8-6 on Sunday and complete a three-game sweep.
Gomes' third-inning homer off Joe Musgrove (3-4) gave the Indians a 3-1 lead, and Cleveland added three more runs in the fourth. The Indians are 5-1 against Houston this season, dealing the Astros two of their three series losses.
Danny Salazar (3-4) yielded three runs and four hits in 5 2/3 innings with seven strikeouts.
Marwin Gonzalez hit a two run homer off Zach McAllister on the 13th pitch of an at-bat with two outs and the ninth, and Alex Bregman homered on the next pitch. McAllister then struck out Nori Aoki.
Musgrove allowed a season-high seven runs and matched a high with eight hits. He lasted three-plus innings in his shortest start this season, and his ERA rose from 4.57 to 5.63.
Jose Altuve hit a two-run homer and Carlos Beltran had a solo shot for the Astros, whose tied their season high with their third straight loss.
Gomes' RBI double and Jason Kipnis' run-scoring single built a 2-0 lead in the second. Beltran hit his fourth home in the bottom half, but Musgrove walked consecutive batters with two outs in the third, then allowed Gomes' third homer.
Consecutive singles by Kipnis and Francisco Lindor chased Musgrove in the fourth, and Edwin Encarnacion hit a run-scoring single off Ashur Tolliver, who plunked Gomes with two outs and the bases loaded. Bradley Zimmer added an RBI single that opened an 8-1 lead.
Indians: OF Austin Jackson (toe) went 2 for 3 in his second rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Columbus on Sunday. He is to play there again on Tuesday before he is re-evaluated. ... RHP Corey Kluber threw 50 pitches in a simulated game on Saturday. He is slated to throw a bullpen session on Monday and then the Indians will decide whether he can make a rehabilitation start on Thursday.
Astros: C Brian McCann was placed on the 7-day concussion disabled list. The move was retroactive to Saturday and came a day after Houston placed ace Dallas Keuchel on the 10-day disabled list because of a pinched nerve in his neck.
Indians: Josh Tomlin (2-5, 6.86 ERA) is to start the opener of a two-game series at Cincinnati on Monday. Tomlin will look to bounce back after allowing seven hits and six runs in 2 1/3 innings of a 7-4 loss against Tampa Bay in his last start.
Astros: Brad Peacock (2-0, 1.10) will move out of the bullpen to make his first start this season in place of Keuchel when Houston opens a four-game series against Detroit on Monday. Peacock, who has appeared in 12 games this season, last started on Sept. 30 against the Angels when he allowed five hits and seven runs in 4 2/3 innings of a 7-1 loss.
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