Solo home runs propel Astros to 7-2 win over Indians

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Corey Kluber #28 of the Cleveland Indians delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Houston Astros during Game One of the American League Division Series at Minute Maid Park on October 5, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

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*

*If necessary

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