Happ solid as Astros defeat IndiansJun 25, 2012 - 12:00 AM
Happ (6-7), who has recorded each of his six victories at home, made sure the Astros allowed two or fewer runs for the fifth straight game. The lefty yielded only one run on four hits, although Houston has won only two of the aforementioned five.
"It was good. I felt in control out there," Happ said.
Chris Johnson and J.D. Martinez both homered in a four-run eighth inning for the Astros.
Derek Lowe (7-6) dropped his third straight decision and fifth out of six for the Indians, who gave up 15 runs in the last two games after Friday's shutout.
Casey Kotchman had a pair of hits in defeat.
"We struggled, big time, offensively the whole series," Indians manager Manny Acta said. "When you score four runs in a three-game series, there are times when you don't even win a ballgame."
Despite the six-run margin, it looked early on as if the Indians had the upper hand.
In the second, Jose Lopez doubled and eventually scored on a wild pitch, and it seemed as though Derek Lowe was putting together a quality outing.
Lowe retired the first 11 hitters he faced, taking him to two outs in the fourth. He was unable to get past Carlos Lee, however, and Lee kept the inning alive with a single.
Brian Bogusevic followed with another base hit, and Johnson's looping single to center scored Lee and tied the game. From that point, it was all Houston.
In the sixth, with the game still tied, Jed Lowrie doubled with one out and scored on Lee's subsequent single to center. A double play groundout in the seventh scored Johnson, who led off with a base hit, to make it 3-1.
The game would have ended closer if not for the Cleveland bullpen, which surrendered two-run homers to both Johnson and Martinez in the eighth.
After Happ's shaky second, no Indians batter reached as far as third base.
Houston second baseman Jose Altuve left the game with a strained right hamstring...The Astros had four hits with runners in scoring position...Happ has received a decision in 11 straight starts.
- CLEVELAND: 1
Jun 24 4:58 PM
- J.D. Martinez two-out, two-run Home Run (9) to left scored Jason Castro. Jordan Schafer due up.
Indians 1, Astros 7 Bot 8, 2 OutsJun 24 4:48 PM
- Jason Castro doubled to left center. Runner on second with two outs and J.D. Martinez due up.
Indians 1, Astros 5 Bot 8, 2 OutsJun 24 4:42 PM
- J.D. Martinez's double play second to short to first scored Chris Johnson with two out. Jason Castro out at second. None on and Jordan Schafer due up.
Indians 1, Astros 3 Bot 7, 2 OutsJun 24 4:06 PM
- Brian Bogusevic grounded into a double play, second to short to first. On the play, Carlos Lee out at second to end the inning.
Indians 1, Astros 2 End 6Jun 24 3:52 PM
- Jason Castro grounded out second to first to end the inning.
Indians 1, Astros 1 End 4Jun 24 3:13 PM
- Casey Kotchman singled to left. On the play, Shelley Duncan advances to second. Runners on first and second with one out and Lou Marson due up.
Indians 1, Astros 0 Top 2, 1 OutJun 24 2:29 PM
- CLEVELAND: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
Jun 24 2:06 PM
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