Gonzalez hits 3-run homer as Astros beat Kluber, Indians 4-3
CLEVELAND– Corey Kluber lost for the first time since July 3 after Marwin Gonzalez connected for a three-run homer off Cleveland’s ace in the second inning, leading the Houston Astros over the Indians 4-3 on Tuesday night.
Kluber (15-9) had won his previous seven decisions, a span during which he dominated the way he did while winning the Cy Young Award in 2014. But the right-hander had a bad sequence of six batters against the Astros, who have won the first two of four games between the playoff contenders.
Gonzalez added two doubles for Houston, a major league-best 13-4 since Aug. 19.
Reliever James Hoyt (1-0) struck out two in 1 1/3 innings for his first major league win. The 29-year-old rookie replaced Brad Peacock, who was called up to replace an injured Dallas Keuchel and made his first start since April 14, 2015.
Ken Giles, Houston’s fifth reliever, recorded his ninth save.