Astros break 5-game skid with 3-2 win over Indians

Astros break 5-game skid with 3-2 win over Indians
April 19, 2013, 11:17 pm
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Houston Astros' Lucas Harrell follows through on a pitch against the Cleveland Indians in the second inning of a baseball game on Friday, April 19, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)


HOUSTON (AP) J.D. Martinez and Rick Ankiel hit back-to-back homers in the second inning and the Houston Astros held on for a 3-2 win over the Cleveland Indians on Friday night.

The win snaps a five-game skid for Houston and extends Cleveland's losing streak to five.

Houston starter Lucas Harrell (1-2) allowed two runs in 5 2-3 innings before three relievers combined to shut Cleveland out the rest of the way.

Closer Jose Veras allowed one hit in the ninth for his first save in two tries.

Carlos Pena walked with one out in the second inning before Martinez got Houston's first hit by launching a homer into the right field stands off former Astro Brett Myers (0-3) to make it 2-0. Martinez left the game with a sprained knee in the fourth inning.

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