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The Indians jumped on Philip Humber early, scoring eight runs and knocking him out of the game with just one out in the first inning.
Cleveland went on to beat the Astros, 19-6, in three hours and 45 minutes in front of 19,904 at Minute Maid Park on Saturday night.
Starters: After retiring the first batter, Humber allowed eight earned runs on eight hits, including a three-run home run to Mark Reynolds. He only lased 1/3 inning while his ERA inflated from 2.89 to 6.63. He left with an 8-0 deficit. His final line: 1/3 IP, 8 H, 8 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO, 1 HR; 30 pitches, 18 strikes.
LHP Scott Kazmir, a Houston native out of Cypress Fairs High School, lasted just 3 1/3 innings, giving up seven hits and six runs while walking three and striking out four. So, even though he left with a 12-run lead, he did not qualify for the win.
Bullpen: LHP Dallas Keuchel replaced Humber with only one out in the first and retired the next two batters to finally get the Astros out of the top of the first. But it didn’t go as smoothly in the second. He gave up a leadoff single and then a walk, and then things unraveled after a Matt Dominguez error. The Indians went on to score six runs that inning, but only two were earned. He opened the fourth giving up a leadoff home run to Carlos Santana. His final line: 2 2/3 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO
LHP Travis Blackley, reinstated off the 15-day disabled list on Saturday, made his Astros debut in the fourth and quickly gave up a three-run home run to Jason Giambi. His final line: 1 IP, 3 H, 3 R (all earned), 2 BB, 0 SO.
RHP Rhiner Cruz was up next, pitching 1 2/3 innings, giving up three hits and one run while walking three and striking out one.
RHP Paul Clemens made his third appearance in long relief with two outs left in the sixth and immediately came in and closed out the inning with a runner on third. He was once again impressive as he finished with 3 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing only one hit and striking out one.
The Indians’ bullpen shut down the Astros.
At the plate: With a single in the second inning, Astros 2B Jose Altuve has now hit safely in nine of his last ten games. He also singled to right in the fourth.
Brandon Barnes hit his first home run of the season, a two-run shot into right field, in the second inning. Brandon Laird, called up on Thursday and making his Astros debut at first base on Saturday, blasted a solo home run into the Crawford Boxes in the third. He added a single in the sixth.
The Indians clearly had no trouble at the plate, collecting 13 hits over the first two innings alone and 22 hits overall, which tied a record. The Astros have never allowed more than 22 hits in a game. They gave up 22 hits was on June 3, 1987, against the Chicago Cubs.
With his three-run home run in the fourth, Jason Giambi tied Cal Ripken, Jr. with 431 major league home runs.
In the field: Astros 3B Matt Dominguez came into Saturday’s game error-free while handling a league-high 57 total chances in 2013 (only one error in 46 ML games the past two seasons), but he committed his first error of the season in the second inning, which loaded the bases and started off another Indians scoring barrage. Astros catcher Carlos Corporan committed a throwing error to first in the same inning.
Astros SS Ronny Cedeno had a throwing error in the fourth but started a double play in the sixth.
Health Check: OF J.D. Martinez, who left Friday’s game in the fourth inning with a right knee sprain, was placed on the 15-day disabled list. The Astros activated OF Fernando Martinez, who has been on the 15-day disabled list since the beginning of the season with a strained left oblique muscle.
LHP Travis Blackley, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list on April 5 with a left shoulder strain, was reinstated on Saturday.
Indians SS Asdrubal Cabrera left after the first inning with a left wrist contusion. He was replaced by Mike Aviles.
Up Next: The will wrap up their weekend series with the Indians at 1:10 p.m. on Sunday. LHP Erik Bedard (0-1, 7.04) will take the mound for Houston and RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (0-2, 11.25) will start for Cleveland. Then the Astros will begin their second series of their home stand with Seattle on Monday.