05/24 20:19 CDT Astros' Morton stays unbeaten with 8-2 win over Indians
Astros' Morton stays unbeaten with 8-2 win over Indians
By STEVE HERRICK
CLEVELAND (AP) --- Charlie Morton remained unbeaten this season with six solid
innings, Alex Bregman and Jake Marisnick hit three-run homers and the Houston
Astros defeated the Cleveland Indians 8-2 on Thursday night.
Morton (7-0) allowed two runs and five hits while extending his career-best
winning streak to 10 games. The right-hander, who moved into a tie for the AL
lead in wins, hasn't lost since Sept. 9, 2017 against Oakland. He walked three
and struck out five.
Morton fell behind after Michael Brantley's two-run single in the third, but
his offense gave him plenty of support. Houston scored three runs in the fifth
and added five in the sixth to put the game away.
Mike Clevinger (3-2) opened with four scoreless innings, but couldn't hold a
2-0 lead in the fifth. Bregman capped the inning with his fifth homer over the
19-foot high wall in left field that put Houston ahead. He added an RBI double
in the sixth.
Marisnick, recalled from the minors Wednesday, homered to straightaway center
in the sixth off Neil Ramirez. Marisnick was sent to Triple-A Frenso on May 15
and was called up when outfielder Josh Reddick went on the 10-day disabled list
with a leg infection. Marisnick, batting .141 going into the game, also singled
in the fifth but was picked off first by Clevinger.
Houston's go-ahead rally came with two outs in the fifth. Clevinger hit Tony
Kemp on an 0-2 pitch and George Springer drew a four-pitch walk. Pitching coach
Carl Willis visited Clevinger, but Bregman then jumped on a hanging breaking
pitch and Houston had the lead.
Clevinger allowed five runs in 5 1/3 innings. The right-hander was pulled with
two on in the sixth, but pinch-hitter Max Stassi's single off Tyler Olson drove
in a run before Marisnick homered.
The defending World Series champions have won four straight and taken three of
four from Cleveland this season
Brantley singled up the middle in the third to give Cleveland a 2-0 lead.
Roberto Perez led off with a single and took third on Francisco Lindor's
double. Brantley is second in the AL in batting and extended his hitting streak
to 13 games. He began the season on the disabled list following ankle surgery
Astros: OF Derek Fisher (gastrointestinal discomfort), who has been on the
10-day disabled list since May 19, could begin a minor league rehab assignment
Indians: Cleveland has four outfielders on the 10-day DL. Lonnie Chisenhall
(strained right calf) will continue his minor league rehab assignment Friday.
He's played two games at Triple-A Columbus. ... Bradley Zimmer (left rib
contusion) is expected to begin a rehab assignment this weekend. ... Brandon
Guyer (strained neck) could join a minor league team soon before being
activated. ... Tyler Naquin (strained left hamstring) has resumed baseball
LHP Dallas Keuchel (3-6, 3.43 ERA) takes on RHP Corey Kluber (7-2, 2.36 ERA) in
a rematch of their May 19 game in Houston. Kluber became the first AL pitcher
to reach seven wins this season in Cleveland's 5-4 victory while Keuchel got
the loss, allowing four runs in five innings.