Solo home runs propel Astros to 7-2 win over Indians
HOUSTON, Texas– It was all about the pitching in the first few innings of Game 1 of the American League Division Series between the Indians and the Astros.
But that abruptly changed and not in Cleveland’s favor with a string of solo homers. Houston won, 7-2.
The game was scoreless until the fourth inning when two-time Cy Younger winner Corey Kluber gave up the first hit: a solo home run by Alex Bregman. Yuli Gurriel walked and was knocked in by Josh Reddick to make it 2-0.
In the fifth, George Springer and Jose Altuve homered off of Kluber, extending the Astros lead to 4.
Houston’s Justin Verlander had a no-hitter through five innings, but it was broken up by a Yan Gomes single. He loaded the bases before he was pulled in place of Ryan Pressly. Gomes scored on a wild pitch and a Jose Ramirez ground out brought Michael Brantley home. The Indians trailed 4-2.
In the bottom of the seventh, Martin Maldonado hit a solo shot off of Cody Allen. Trevor Bauer came in and gave up a single to Bregman, which scored Springer. Dan Otero gave up another run in the eighth inning for a 7-2 score.
Here is the schedule for the remaining ALDS games:
Game 2: Saturday, Oct. 6 at 4:37 p.m. at Houston
Game 3: Monday, Oct. 8 at 1:30 p.m. at Cleveland
Game 4: Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 4:35 p.m. at Cleveland*
Game 5: Thursday, Oct. 11 at 4:07 p.m. at Houston*