The Astros took advantage of numerous mistakes made by Cleveland to defeat the Indians 5-1 on Friday night.
In the eighth inning of a 1-1 game, Tony Sipp had made the unsuccessful decision to throw to second base on a sacrifice bunt. With two men on and nobody out, the Astros caught Mike Aviles in a rundown between second and third. Then, Jason Castro caught Tyler Holt trying to steal third. Threat averted, game still tied, and it set the stage for the Astros' ninth-inning dramatics.
Brad Peacock bounced back in a big way for five innings, giving up only two hits, walking nobody, and striking out four. He also had only thrown 62 pitches, which made his right forearm discomfort so unfortunate. This was the best Peacock has looked in a long time. Now, it's just a wait-and-see about his arm's condition.
Kevin Chapman entered in the sixth and did not give up a hit in 1.1 innings. Both of Josh Fields' outs in the seventh came by way of strikeout. Sipp got out of that two-on, nobody-out jam in the eighth inning jam to emerge unscathed. Chad Qualls made his first appearance since resting with back stiffness, got in a two-on, nobody-out jam, but then got Michael Brantley to line out and then coaxed a game-ending double play from Carlos Santana.
AT THE PLATE
The Astros only managed three hits for the game and one in the deciding ninth inning. It didn't matter with all the mistakes made by the Indians. Of course, the one hit in the ninth was a three-run home run by Jon Singleton. Another was a solo shot by Marwin Gonzalez.
IN THE FIELD
The Astros defense came through the most in the eighth inning to get out of the two-on, nobody-out jam. Then again, the Astros made made some mistakes in the ninth when Matt Dominguez made an error and it appeared Singleton misplayed a ball that was not charged as an error. Of course, Gonzalez made up for all that by turning a beautiful double play to end it. Gonzalez also made a nice play at short earlier in the game. Jose Altuve made a rare error.
Collin McHugh takes the hill next for the Astros on Saturday against the Indians' Danny Salazar. McHugh has had four straight quality starts, with a 2-0 record and 1.42 ERA over that time. Salazar is known for his strikeouts (73 in 67.2 innings on the year), but he does give up the hits at this stage of his career. Salazar currently has a 4.79 ERA on the season.