Encarnacion's 2-run homer helps Indians beat Astros 5-3

HOUSTON (AP) Cleveland manager Terry Francona enjoys facing the top teams in baseball.

He likes it even more when his team gets the best of one of them.

Edwin Encarnacion hit a two-run homer and Jason Kipnis and Lonnie Chisenhall had solo shots to help the Cleveland Indians to a 5-3 victory over the Houston Astros on Friday night.

''They're dangerous. They present a lot of problems,'' Francona said of the Astros, who have the best record in the majors at 29-13. ''That's why we're looking forward to playing. Because it's fun playing teams like this because they're good.''

Cleveland starter Trevor Bauer (4-4) continued his dominance against Houston, yielding five hits and three runs while fanning a season-high nine in 5 2/3 innings to improve to 7-0 in seven career starts against the Astros.

''He got us to a point in the game where you're not asking the bullpen to do more than they're supposed to,'' Francona said. ''And our bullpen did a really good job.''

Cleveland's bullpen threw 3 1/3 scoreless innings capped by a perfect ninth by Cody Allen to help the Indians improve to 14-0 when leading after six innings. Allen has converted each of his 11 save opportunities this season and 20 in a row dating to Aug. 18.

Bauer couldn't explain why he's been so good against the Astros.

''I don't know,'' he said. ''I just happen to be on a good run right now I guess. It will turn around at some point too. It's not always going to be that way. So enjoy it while it's going my way.''

Encarnacion's home run off Charlie Morton (5-3) tied it at 2-all in the fourth and Kipnis gave the Indians the lead with his home run in the fifth. Chisenhall made it 4-2 with his homer in the sixth before Carlos Correa got Houston within one with a home run in the bottom of that inning.

Chisenhall sent home another run with a sacrifice fly in the eighth that pushed the lead to 5-3.

Morton tied a season high with eight hits and the three home runs he gave up tied a career high. He allowed four runs in 5 1/3 innings for his first loss since April 22 to snap a four-game winning streak. It was only the second time he's allowed three home runs in his career, and the first since April 14, 2010, against the Giants.

''He seemed to always have to deal with some sort of mess, some of it his own, some just some really good hitting from the Indians,'' manager A.J. Hinch said. ''We were trying to get him through that sixth inning hurdle that has been troublesome for him. All in all, he kept us in the game. I don't think he was at his best, and he fought through a little bit of delivery issues.''

Josh Reddick added a solo home run in the third for the Astros, who lost for just the second time in 11 games. .

Bauer settled in after Reddick's home run, retiring the next 10 batters with six strikeouts before Correa's home run with one out in the sixth.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Indians: OF Austin Jackson (toe) went 1 for 3 with a two-run homer in the first game of a rehabilitation assignment at Triple-A Louisville on Friday night. He'll play there on Sunday and Tuesday before being re-evaluated. ... RHP Corey Kluber (lower back strain) will throw a simulated game on Saturday. Francona said he'll throw at least 45 pitches, but it could be more depending on how he feels. The Indians will decide what his next step is after they see how he comes out of Saturday's work.

Astros: RHP Collin McHugh, who hasn't played all season because of an elbow injury, is making steady progress, but Hinch said he is unlikely to return to the team before the All-Star break.

DAZZLING DEFENSE

Lindor robbed Jose Altuve of a hit in the sixth inning when he grabbed his grounder, made a 360-degree turn and two-hopped the ball to just beat him to first base for the first out of the inning. It proved to be a big play with Correa's home run coming after Altuve's at-bat.

''Frankie plays a really good shortstop. He's athletic,'' Francona said. ''There's some good ones but he's right there. That's a heck of a play before the ball goes out of the ballpark makes it even bigger.''

THEY SAID IT

Morton on his struggles later in games: ''Execution has to be better. I have to establish a second pitch, if not a third pitch the third time through.''

UP NEXT

Indians: Mike Clevinger (1-1, 2.70 ERA) is scheduled to start on Saturday for Cleveland. Clevinger will pitch on three days' rest after throwing 1/3 inning of relief on Tuesday.

Astros: Mike Fiers (1-1, 5.75) will start for Houston on Saturday. He didn't factor into the decision after allowing four hits and four runs in 5 2/3 innings of an 11-6 loss to the Yankees in his last start.

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IndiansCLE21-19
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AstrosHOU29-13
101001000351
  • W: T. Bauer (4-4)L: C. Morton (5-3)S: C. Allen (11)
  • HR: CLE - E. Encarnacion (7), L. Chisenhall (5), J. Kipnis (3), HOU - J. Reddick (6), C. Correa (6)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Kipnis 2B51211011.215.245.355.6006.5
F. Lindor SS40100001.277.339.535.8743.0
M. Brantley LF30100203.288.360.464.8246.0
C. Santana 1B41100123.226.335.390.7253.0
E. Encarnacion DH41121022.204.341.366.7076.0
J. Ramirez 3B41200000.288.361.486.8485.0
L. Chisenhall RF31121001.268.333.549.8827.0
B. Zimmer CF30000121.200.273.600.8730.0
R. Perez C40000032.137.182.157.339-1.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    G. Springer CF40000031.250.323.480.803-1.5
    J. Reddick RF31111020.287.333.478.8115.0
    a- M. Gonzalez LF10000010.275.380.593.973-0.5
    J. Altuve 2B41100010.310.383.503.8861.5
    C. Correa SS31111110.295.379.486.8656.5
    C. Beltran DH40110010.248.287.376.6631.5
    B. McCann C30000112.269.365.454.8190.5
    Y. Gurriel 1B40000001.272.306.397.7030.0
    A. Bregman 3B30100010.259.338.360.6971.5
    N. Aoki RF30000001.267.323.333.6570.0
    • a-struck out for Reddick in the 8th
    BATTING
    • 2B - F. Lindor (12), M. Brantley (7), C. Santana (12)
    • 3B - J. Ramirez (2)
    • HR - J. Kipnis (3), E. Encarnacion (7), L. Chisenhall (5)
    • SF - L. Chisenhall (2)
    • RBI - J. Kipnis (13), E. Encarnacion 2 (16), L. Chisenhall 2 (21)
    BATTING
    • 2B - A. Bregman (9)
    • HR - J. Reddick (6), C. Correa (6)
    • RBI - J. Reddick (19), C. Correa (24), C. Beltran (13)
    • 2-Out RBI - C. Beltran (8)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - M. Brantley (4)
    • Picked Off - F. Lindor
    FIELDING
    • E - J. Altuve (5)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    T. Bauer (W, 4-4)5.25331926.651.0617.5
    B. Logan0.00001002.000.00-1.0
    B. Shaw (H, 8)1.10000101.770.003.5
    A. Miller (H, 9)1.00000100.450.003.5
    C. Allen (S, 11)1.00000001.620.0010.0
    PITCHERSIP
    T. Bauer (W, 4-4)5.2
    B. Logan0.0
    B. Shaw (H, 8)1.1
    A. Miller (H, 9)1.0
    C. Allen (S, 11)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Morton (L, 5-3)5.18442534.261.88-1.5
    J. Hoyt1.10001100.960.752.5
    M. Feliz1.11110302.080.752.5
    B. Peacock1.00001101.101.002.5
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Morton (L, 5-3)5.1
    J. Hoyt1.1
    M. Feliz1.1
    B. Peacock1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - T. Bauer 102-64, B. Logan 10-6, B. Shaw 13-8, A. Miller 11-9, C. Allen 6-4
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Bauer 3-5, B. Shaw 1-2, A. Miller 1-1
    • Batters Faced - T. Bauer 23, B. Logan, B. Shaw 4, A. Miller 3, C. Allen 3
    PITCHING
    • HBP - C. Morton (6)
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Morton 103-61, J. Hoyt 20-12, M. Feliz 23-15, B. Peacock 16-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Morton 6-4, J. Hoyt 2-1, B. Peacock 2-0
    • Batters Faced - C. Morton 26, J. Hoyt 5, M. Feliz 5, B. Peacock 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    IndiansCLE21-19
    000211010590
    AstrosHOU29-13
    101001000351
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Kipnis 2B51211011.215.245.355.6006.5
    F. Lindor SS40100001.277.339.535.8743.0
    M. Brantley LF30100203.288.360.464.8246.0
    C. Santana 1B41100123.226.335.390.7253.0
    E. Encarnacion DH41121022.204.341.366.7076.0
    J. Ramirez 3B41200000.288.361.486.8485.0
    L. Chisenhall RF31121001.268.333.549.8827.0
    B. Zimmer CF30000121.200.273.600.8730.0
    R. Perez C40000032.137.182.157.339-1.5
    Total34595341014-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      G. Springer CF40000031.250.323.480.803-1.5
      J. Reddick RF31111020.287.333.478.8115.0
      a- M. Gonzalez LF10000010.275.380.593.973-0.5
      J. Altuve 2B41100010.310.383.503.8861.5
      C. Correa SS31111110.295.379.486.8656.5
      C. Beltran DH40110010.248.287.376.6631.5
      B. McCann C30000112.269.365.454.8190.5
      Y. Gurriel 1B40000001.272.306.397.7030.0
      A. Bregman 3B30100010.259.338.360.6971.5
      N. Aoki RF30000001.267.323.333.6570.0
      Total3235322115-----
      • a-struck out for Reddick in the 8th
      BATTING
      • 2B - F. Lindor (12), M. Brantley (7), C. Santana (12)
      • 3B - J. Ramirez (2)
      • HR - J. Kipnis (3), E. Encarnacion (7), L. Chisenhall (5)
      • SF - L. Chisenhall (2)
      • RBI - J. Kipnis (13), E. Encarnacion 2 (16), L. Chisenhall 2 (21)
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Bregman (9)
      • HR - J. Reddick (6), C. Correa (6)
      • RBI - J. Reddick (19), C. Correa (24), C. Beltran (13)
      • 2-Out RBI - C. Beltran (8)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - M. Brantley (4)
      • Picked Off - F. Lindor
      FIELDING
      • E - J. Altuve (5)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      T. Bauer (W, 4-4)5.25331926.651.0617.5
      B. Logan0.00001002.000.00-1.0
      B. Shaw (H, 8)1.10000101.770.003.5
      A. Miller (H, 9)1.00000100.450.003.5
      C. Allen (S, 11)1.00000001.620.0010.0
      Total9.05332112---
      PITCHERSIP
      T. Bauer (W, 4-4)5.2
      B. Logan0.0
      B. Shaw (H, 8)1.1
      A. Miller (H, 9)1.0
      C. Allen (S, 11)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Morton (L, 5-3)5.18442534.261.88-1.5
      J. Hoyt1.10001100.960.752.5
      M. Feliz1.11110302.080.752.5
      B. Peacock1.00001101.101.002.5
      Total9.09554103---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Morton (L, 5-3)5.1
      J. Hoyt1.1
      M. Feliz1.1
      B. Peacock1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - T. Bauer 102-64, B. Logan 10-6, B. Shaw 13-8, A. Miller 11-9, C. Allen 6-4
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Bauer 3-5, B. Shaw 1-2, A. Miller 1-1
      • Batters Faced - T. Bauer 23, B. Logan, B. Shaw 4, A. Miller 3, C. Allen 3
      PITCHING
      • HBP - C. Morton (6)
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Morton 103-61, J. Hoyt 20-12, M. Feliz 23-15, B. Peacock 16-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Morton 6-4, J. Hoyt 2-1, B. Peacock 2-0
      • Batters Faced - C. Morton 26, J. Hoyt 5, M. Feliz 5, B. Peacock 4
      • 8TH INNING
        Chisenhall hit sacrifice fly to center, Ramirez scored53
      • 6TH INNING
        Correa homered to right43
        Chisenhall homered to right42
      • 5TH INNING
        Kipnis homered to right32
      • 4TH INNING
        Encarnacion homered to left, Santana scored22
      • 3RD INNING
        Reddick homered to right02
      • 1ST INNING
        Beltran singled to center, Altuve scored, Correa to second01
      • 9TH INNING
        • B. Peacock Pitching:
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Kipnis grounded out to first
        • F. Lindor: Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Lindor grounded out to first
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Brantley walked
        • C. Santana: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Allen Pitching:
        • C. Beltran: Ball, Beltran popped out to third
        • B. McCann: Foul, McCann popped out to third
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Gurriel lined out to center
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • M. Feliz Pitching:
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ramirez tripled to left center
        • L. Chisenhall: Strike looking, Ball, Chisenhall hit sacrifice fly to center, Ramirez scored
        • B. Zimmer: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Zimmer struck out looking
        • R. Perez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Perez struck out looking
        • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • A. Miller Pitching:
        • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
        • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Altuve grounded out to shortstop
        • C. Correa: Strike swinging, Correa lined out to right
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • J. Hoyt Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Strike looking, Lindor flied out to deep right
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Brantley walked
        • C. Santana: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Brantley stole second, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
        • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Encarnacion struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • B. Shaw Pitching:
        • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Bregman flied out to deep center
        • N. Aoki: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Aoki popped out to second
        • G. Springer: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike looking, Springer struck out looking
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • C. Morton Pitching:
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ramirez flied out to center
        • L. Chisenhall: Foul, Strike swinging, Chisenhall homered to right
        • B. Zimmer: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Zimmer walked
        • R. Perez: Strike looking, Perez grounded out to shortstop, Zimmer to second
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Kipnis grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • T. Bauer Pitching:
        • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Altuve grounded out to shortstop
        • C. Correa: Strike swinging, Ball, Correa homered to right
        • C. Beltran: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Beltran fouled out to catcher
        • B. McCann: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, McCann walked
        • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Gurriel reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, McCann out at second
        • End of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • C. Morton Pitching:
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Kipnis homered to right
        • F. Lindor: Lindor doubled to left center
        • M. Brantley: Brantley grounded out to second, Lindor to third
        • C. Santana: Ball, Ball, Ball, Lindor out at home, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Santana doubled to deep left
        • E. Encarnacion: Encarnacion grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Bauer Pitching:
        • N. Aoki: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Aoki lined out to left
        • G. Springer: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Springer struck out swinging
        • J. Reddick: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Reddick struck out swinging
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • C. Morton Pitching:
        • C. Santana: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Santana walked
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Encarnacion homered to left, Santana scored
        • J. Ramirez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ramirez singled to right
        • L. Chisenhall: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Chisenhall lined out to center
        • B. Zimmer: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Zimmer struck out swinging
        • R. Perez: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Bauer Pitching:
        • B. McCann: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, McCann grounded out to second
        • Y. Gurriel: Gurriel flied out to right
        • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bregman struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • C. Morton Pitching:
        • B. Zimmer: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Zimmer grounded out to first
        • R. Perez: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Kipnis singled to left center
        • F. Lindor: Lindor safe at first on 2nd baseman Altuve fielding error, Kipnis to third
        • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Brantley grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
        • T. Bauer Pitching:
        • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Foul, Reddick homered to right
        • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Altuve struck out swinging
        • C. Correa: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Correa struck out swinging
        • C. Beltran: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Beltran struck out looking
        • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • C. Morton Pitching:
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Encarnacion struck out swinging
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Ramirez lined out to center
        • L. Chisenhall: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Chisenhall grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Bauer Pitching:
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Gurriel lined out to second
        • A. Bregman: Bregman doubled to deep right
        • N. Aoki: Strike looking, Aoki flied out to center
        • G. Springer: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Springer grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • C. Morton Pitching:
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Kipnis struck out swinging
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Lindor hit by pitch
        • M. Brantley: , Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Brantley doubled to deep right
        • C. Santana: Santana flied out to deep right
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • T. Bauer Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Springer struck out looking
        • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Reddick struck out swinging
        • J. Altuve: Altuve singled to right
        • C. Correa: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Correa walked, Altuve to second
        • C. Beltran: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Beltran singled to center, Altuve scored, Correa to second
        • B. McCann: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, McCann struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)