Indians Clinch Win in Houston
HOUSTON — The theme of Sunday’s game in Houston was suspense as the Tribe defended a one-run lead with bases loaded and only one out in the bottom of the 9th.
That was the tone of most of the game as the Indians and Astros kept it close at Minute Maid Park.
Chris Perez managed to power through to claim his second save and the Indians won 5-4.
The Astros took an early lead when Fernando Martinez rocked a two-run homer in the first inning.
Yan Gomes answered with a homer of his own in the top of the second.
The Tribe put together some hits in the third with Ryan Raburn’s RBI single, scoring Carlos Santana who doubled.
Santana’s bat got even hotter in the fifth inning when his home run gave the Tribe a 3-2 lead.
Drew Stubbs widened the lead in style when he sent a ball sailing over the wall and into a fan’s snack, creating a popcorn explosion.
Stubbs’ first homer with the Tribe made it 4-2 in the sixth inning.
But the lead didn’t last long and the Astros tied it up in the bottom of the sixth.
Another moment of suspense came in the seventh inning when a Mark Reynolds home run was under review.
It would stand, giving the Tribe the final 5-4 advantage.
The Tribe will travel to Chicago to take on the White Sox at 8:10 p.m. Sunday.