Houston at Cleveland

W: T. Bauer (5-7) L: B. Oberholtzer (4-9) S: C. Allen (17)
HR: HOU - None   CLE - None

Bauer pitches Indians past Astros


CLEVELAND (AP) The Indians can thank their starting pitching for keeping them in playoff contention.

Trevor Bauer continued that trend Sunday by taking a shutout into the seventh and Cleveland hung on for a 3-1 win over the Houston Astros.

The Indians (66-63) have used strong work by their rotation to stay in the postseason picture. Cleveland's starters have recorded a 1.71 ERA in 13 games since Aug. 9.

Manager Terry Francona knows securing a playoff spot won't be easy. The Indians trail Kansas City by six games in the AL Central and are battling several teams in the crowded wild card race.

''We have our work cut out for us, but if we pitch like that we're going to give ourselves a chance,'' he said.

The Indians have won four of their last five series, including three straight.

''We haven't been scoring a ton of runs,'' he said. ''The hope is the pitching stays strong and we start scoring runs, spreading a few games out.''

The starters have allowed 15 earned runs in 79 innings in their dominant stretch. Bauer (5-7), winning for the first time since July 18, held Houston to four hits and struck out nine. The right-hander was pulled after issuing a leadoff walk in the seventh.

''Every day you run a new guy out there and you have this feeling you're going to have a really good start,'' Bauer said. ''It's nice for the team to have that confidence. It's been unbelievable.''

Cody Allen, the Indians' fourth pitcher, worked out of ninth-inning trouble for his 17th save. He walked pinch-hitter Chris Carter to start the inning and gave up a one-out single to Jake Marisnick. Jose Altuve, the AL's leading hitter, singled to load the bases with two outs, but Allen struck out Dexter Fowler to end his 29-pitch outing.

Carlos Santana's sacrifice fly in the third put Cleveland ahead while Lonnie Chisenhall had an RBI single in the fourth. Jose Ramirez added an RBI single in the seventh.

Rookie right fielder Tyler Holt helped Bauer with two outstanding defensive plays. Holt robbed Marc Krauss of a hit with a diving catch to end the first inning with a runner on first. Holt again took a hit away from Krauss with another diving catch for the first out of the sixth, also with a man on first.

Bauer was 0-3 in his last six starts coming into the game in a season that has been marked by cases of wild inconsistency. He allowed five first-inning runs in two of his last three starts, but didn't give up a hit until the sixth in the other.

''He'll go through spurts where he throws three or four balls in a row, but you look up and he's throwing a lot of strikes,'' Francona said. ''He has periods where he kind of loses what he's doing, but he really competes. He gets mad at himself when he doesn't do what he wants.''


OF Michael Brantley, in a 3-for-30 slump since Aug. 15, wasn't in Sunday's lineup. With the Indians off Monday, Francona thinks the two-day break will help the All-Star, who snapped an 0-for-15 skid Saturday with an RBI single. Brantley is batting .311 and has already reached career highs in homers (18) and RBIs (81).


The Indians don't play Monday, their last off-day until Sept. 25. Cleveland will play 30 consecutive days beginning with Tuesday's game in Chicago. The Indians were scheduled to be off Sept. 8, but instead will host the Angels in a make-up of a rainout in June.


Astros: RHP Brad Peacock (sore forearm) is expected to start Wednesday against Oakland. He was pulled after five innings Friday, but played catch Sunday.

Indians: C Yan Gomes (seven-day concussion disabled list) is expected to accompany the team on its road trip that begins Tuesday in Chicago. He's eligible to be activated Friday.


Astros: RHP Scott Feldman (7-9) opens a three-game series at home against Oakland on Monday. He matched a career high with 121 pitches in defeating the Yankees in his last start.

Indians: LHP T.J. House (2-3) will start the opener of a three-game series against the White Sox on Tuesday. He has allowed three earned runs or fewer in nine straight starts.

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Players of the Game

B. Oberholtzer
IP 6.2
H 10
ER 3
BB 0
K 6

J. Ramirez
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0

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Houston Astros
Robbie Grossman, RF5010023.213.331.328
Jose Altuve, 2B5020001.334.371.437
Dexter Fowler, DH5010015.272.379.404
Marc Krauss, LF4110012.203.283.343
Jon Singleton, 1B3011121.189.293.378
Marwin Gonzalez, SS3000022.257.307.376
Carlos Corporan, C1010200.240.298.377
   Gregorio Petit, 3B0000000.293.310.463
   a-Chris Carter, PH0000100.227.298.504
Matt Dominguez, 3B2000023.225.264.347
   b-Jason Castro, PH-C2000012.228.299.374
Jake Marisnick, CF4020010.248.275.296
Brett Oberholtzer, P0000000.000.000.000
   Mike Foltynewicz, P0000000.000.000.000
a-walked for Petit in the 9th
b-grounded into a double play for Dominguez in the 7th
2B - Robbie Grossman (9, Bauer), Jon Singleton (11, Shaw)
RBI - Jon Singleton (41)
2-OUT RBI - Jon Singleton (15)
SB - Jose Altuve (47, 2nd base off Bauer/Perez)
CS - Jon Singleton (3, 2nd base by Bauer/Perez)
Team LOB - 11
E - Brett Oberholtzer (1, Throwing)
Houston Astros
Brett Oberholtzer (L,4-9) 6.21033060 4.01
Mike Foltynewicz 1.1000140 5.79
WP - Mike Foltynewicz (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Brett Oberholtzer 103-71, Mike Foltynewicz 19-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brett Oberholtzer 8-6
Batters Faced - Brett Oberholtzer 30, Mike Foltynewicz 5
Cleveland Indians
Michael Bourn, CF4110011.262.320.367
Jose Ramirez, SS4031010.255.295.311
Jason Kipnis, 2B3020002.249.322.349
Carlos Santana, 1B2001102.228.366.425
Tyler Holt, RF4010023.400.429.450
Zach Walters, DH4000011.193.247.494
Mike Aviles, LF4110020.248.276.343
Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B4121022.290.355.447
Roberto Perez, C2000013.233.283.349
Trevor Bauer, P0000000.000.000.000
   Scott Atchison, P0000000.000.000.000
   Bryan Shaw, P0000000.000.000.000
   Cody Allen, P0000000.000.000.000
2B - Jose Ramirez (3, Oberholtzer), Mike Aviles (12, Oberholtzer)
SF - Carlos Santana (2)
SH - Jason Kipnis (1), Roberto Perez (4)
RBI - Jose Ramirez (7), Carlos Santana (60), Lonnie Chisenhall (47)
2-OUT RBI - Jose Ramirez (4), Lonnie Chisenhall (17)
Team LOB - 8
DP - Perez-Ramirez, Perez-Ramirez-Kipnis-Ramirez-Santana
Cleveland Indians
Trevor Bauer (W,5-7) 6400390 4.18
Scott Atchison (H,9) 1100010 2.76
Bryan Shaw (H,17) 1211000 2.54
Cody Allen (S,17) 1200120 1.75
HBP - M. Gonzalez (by Trevor Bauer)
Pitches-Strikes - Trevor Bauer 115-73, Scott Atchison 10-7, Bryan Shaw 23-14, Cody Allen 29-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Trevor Bauer 3-5, Scott Atchison 1-0, Bryan Shaw 2-1
Batters Faced - Trevor Bauer 25, Scott Atchison 3, Bryan Shaw 5, Cody Allen 6
Game Information
Attendance - 17123
Game Time - 3:14
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Lance Barksdale, First Base - Kerwin Danley, Second Base - Gary Cederstrom, Third Base - Mark Ripperger