Indians beat Astros 2-1, close within half-game

Indians beat Astros 2-1, close within half-game
September 19, 2013, 11:06 pm
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Houston Astros shortstop Jonathan Villar tags out Cleveland Indians' Michael Brantley (23) trying to steal second base in the ninth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

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CLEVELAND (AP) Matt Carson hit a winning single with two outs in the 11th inning, and the Cleveland Indians beat the Houston Astros 2-1 Thursday night to close within a half-game in the AL wild-card race.

Yan Gomes singled with one out off Rhiner Cruz (0-2), and Asdrubal Cabrera reached on an infield single, beating the throw after third baseman Marwin Gonzalez charged and barehanded his slow roller.

Trevor Crowe caught Michael Brantey's liner to center and nearly doubled Gomes off second, and Mike Aviles loaded the bases with a walk.

Carson hit a grounder under the glove of seciond baseman Jose Altuve for Cleveland's 10th walkoff win this season.

Tampa Bay and Texas (83-69) are tied for the two wild-card berths.

Cleveland (83-70), trying to make the playoffs for the first time since 2007, has three more games against the major league-worst Astros (51-102), who have had seven losing streaks of six games or more. The Indians then host the Chicago White Sox for two games and finish with four at Minnesota.

Bryan Shaw (5-3) pitched the 11th.