Gomes leads Indians past Astros
HOUSTON -- Yan Gomes followed his run-scoring double in the second inning with a three-run home run in the third, leading the Cleveland Indians to an 8-6 win over the Houston Astros on Sunday and a series sweep at Minute Maid Park.
Gomes finished 2-for-3 with five RBIs including his third homer on the season. The Indians (23-19) made short work of Houston right-hander Joe Musgrove (3-4) and saddled the Astros (29-15) with just their second three-game losing skid.
Edwin Encarnacion reached base three times, scored three runs, and tacked on an RBI single to kick-start the Indians' three-run fourth inning. Gomes was hit by an Ashur Tolliver pitch with the bases loaded in the fourth, preceding an infield single by Bradley Zimmer that plated Encarnacion with the final run of that frame.
Musgrove pitched to two batters in the fourth inning, surrendering back-to-back singles to Jason Kipnis and Francisco Lindor before departing. He allowed a season-high seven earned runs on eight hits and three walks. Four of those hits went for extra bases, including doubles from Encarnacion and Michael Bradley.
Trailing 2-0 in the second inning, the Astros cut that deficit in half when Carlos Beltran belted his fourth home run of the season, a solo shot to right field off Indians right-hander Danny Salazar (3-4).
The Houston deficit had bloated to seven runs and Musgrove had given way to Tolliver when Jose Altuve added his seventh home run in the fourth inning off Salazar, a two-run shot that plated Josh Reddick,
Salazar allowed three runs on four hits and three walks with seven strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings.
Marwin Gonzalez and Alex Bregman slugged back-to-back home runs off Indians right-hander Zach McAllister with two outs in the ninth, with Gonzalez winning a 13-pitch battle. The Indians won five of six games with the Astros this season.
NOTES -- Astros C Brian McCann was placed on the 7-day concussion disabled list, retroactive to May 20. The club could not pinpoint when McCann suffered the concussion, but signs point to a pitch he took off his mask last Sunday in New York against the Yankees. McCann played on Tuesday night in Miami and in the series opener against Cleveland on Friday before disclosing that he wasn't feeling well. ... Indians RHP Corey Kluber completed a 50-pitch simulated game on Saturday at Progressive Field and will throw a bullpen on Monday before being re-evaluated. Kluber is tentatively scheduled to make a rehab start on Thursday. He landed on the 10-day disabled list on May 3 with a lower back strain. ... The Astros selected C Juan Centeno to the major league roster as a corresponding move to McCann going on the concussion DL. Centeno was hitting .368 with seven doubles and nine RBIs over 22 games with Triple-A Fresno. He will make his Astros debut either Monday or Tuesday night against Detroit.