Bo Porter after Saturday's game vs. Indians
Cleveland jumped out to an early lead on Houston and never looked back, cruising to a 4-1 win on Saturday. Houston native Scott Kazmir earned the win for the Indians, pitching seven scoreless innings.
Paul Clemens was in trouble from the start, giving up a double to Michael Bourn and single to Nick Swisher to start the bottom of the first. Jason Kipnis hit a sacrifice fly to drive in Bourn and two batters later Michael Brantley blasted a two run homer to right field to extend the lead to 3-0. Clemens settled down some after that, allowing one more run the rest of his outing, but he didn’t get out of the fifth inning. Clemens left the game with two outs in the fifth, giving up eight hits and walking three to go with his four strikeouts.
Kazmir was spectacular for the Indians. The left-hander didn’t allow an Astro to reach third base, striking out 10 Astros while giving up four hits while pitching into the eighth inning.
Lucas Harrell went the distance in relief of Clemens and pitched well. Harrell didn’t allow a run in his 3 1/3 innings, allowing just two hits and walking a pair. His one inning of trouble came in the seventh when the Indians loaded the bases with one out, but Harrell got Lonnie Chisenhall to dribble the ball in front of home, setting up a catcher to first double play to end the threat.
The Astros bats were silent for most of the night, thanks in large part to Kazmir’s dominance. Chris Carter was the notable exception. The Astros first baseman was the only starter not to strike out at least once on the night and had three of the team’s hits, including a solo home run in the ninth for the Astros only run.
The Astros hope to end their season-long eight-game losing streak and avoid a sweep in the four-game series with the Indians. Houston will turn to Erik Bedard (4-11, 4.60 ERA) to get the Astros back in the win column. He will face Corey Kluber (9-5, 3.62 ERA), who will start for the Indians. First pitch is scheduled for 12:05, coverage begins on CSN Houston with Astros Pregame Live at 11:30.