McCullers, McCann lead Astros to 3-1 win over Indians

HOUSTON (AP) Lance McCullers finally found his curveball - and the results were devastating for the Cleveland Indians.

McCullers allowed one hit over seven innings and Brian McCann hit a two-run homer to lead the Houston Astros to a 3-1 win Sunday night.

McCullers (6-2) took a perfect game into the sixth inning, retiring the first 15 batters he faced with six strikeouts, two ground balls and seven fly balls. One of the flyouts came in the first inning when Astros left fielder Tony Kemp chased down a ball near the foul line and made a leaping grab at the wall.

Jason Kipnis led off the sixth inning with a line-drive single to right center on a 2-2 count, but the Indians were unable to get much else going against McCullers. He had previously struggled with the location of his curve and has been forced to lean heavily on his fastball and changeup. Everything fell into place against the Indians.

''I had the curveball working,'' McCullers said. ''In the second inning, I had a couple of strikeouts on it, which was good to see. I haven't really been able to put it where I wanted to with two strikes, but tonight, I didn't really miss too often with it. Hopefully, it continues to be good for me going forward.''

McCullers walked two and struck out eight on 96 pitches, completing seven innings for the fourth time in his last seven starts. He has allowed two hits or fewer in three of those starts during this stretch.

''He got outs on all of his pitches, he kept them off-balance, pounded the zone and he's got some of the best stuff in baseball,'' McCann said. ''When he's filling up the strike zone, he's tough to hit.''

Ken Giles earned his eighth save of the season.

With the game still scoreless in the seventh inning, McCann sent the ball over the Astros' bullpen in right-center field off an 87 mph changeup from Indians starter Carlos Carrasco (5-3). The homer brought home Yuli Gurriel, who had led off the inning with a single.

The defending champion Astros had recently struggled against Cleveland, entering Sunday as losers of six of their previous seven meetings.

Carrasco matched McCullers' seven innings, but allowed six hits and two runs while striking out six and walking one.

''I thought he was terrific, my goodness,'' Indians manager Terry Francona said. ''Left a changeup just up enough and McCann took a really good swing. Other than that, he pitched his way out of a couple of jams but when we're not scoring like that it makes it even harder.''

Josh Reddick pushed Houston's lead to 3-0 with a ground-rule double to center off Tyler Olson that scored Alex Bregman. Reddick returned from a two-game absence with a leg infection.

The Indians scored their only run on a fielder's choice grounder by Edwin Encarnacion that scored Michael Brantley, who led off the inning with a double.

Cleveland outfielder Melky Cabrera, who was called up from Triple-A Columbus on Sunday, played right field and batted sixth. Cabrera went 0 for 3 in his Indians debut, including lining out to right field to strand two runners in the seventh.

Cleveland fell to 22-23 and has spent much of the young season lingering around the .500 mark.

''When this team can get over that hump, we still know we're one of the best teams in the American League,'' Kipnis said. ''We're still a contender with a very big run in us. I think we have started the last couple of years around this same record early on. You know how we do since (Francona's) been here, our second-half records are usually one of the best in the league. I think that's where we pick up our steam and hit our strides.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Indians: LHP Andrew Miller (back tightness) threw a bullpen session and received treatment before Sunday's game and said he felt fine. Miller, who recently returned from a three-week absence with a hamstring strain, was unavailable to pitch on Saturday because of the lingering back discomfort. Francona said after the game Miller would have been available if the Indians had tied the game or taken the lead late.

Astros: OF Derek Fisher has been sent to the 10-day disabled list with gastrointestinal discomfort that has limited his food intake and caused noticeable weight loss in recent days, manager A.J. Hinch said. Fisher played with discomfort on Friday against Cleveland and will see a specialist Monday. To replace Fisher, the Astros recalled IF J.D. Davis, who leads Triple-A with a .415 batting average at Fresno.

ASTROS' PITCHING

The Astros have allowed just 123 runs in 48 games this season. The only other pitching staff in the live-ball era (since 1920) to post a run total this low through the first 48 games of a season was the 1968 Cleveland Indians (112 runs).

UP NEXT

Indians: Trevor Bauer (3-3, 2.59 ERA) will open a two-game set at Wrigley Field on Tuesday hoping to build on his last start, where he tossed eight shutout innings, allowing four hits and striking out 10 on May 16 at Detroit.

Astros: Gerrit Cole (4-1, 1.75 ERA) will face the Giants in the first half of a two-game series in Houston on Tuesday. Cole leads the AL in strikeouts with 93 in 61 2/3 innings and ranks second in both opponent batting average (.166) and ERA.

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  • W: L. McCullers (6-2)L: C. Carrasco (5-3)S: K. Giles (8)
  • HR: HOU - B. McCann (4)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. Ramirez 3B40000021.295.384.601.985-1.0
E. Encarnacion DH30010110.212.289.429.7191.5
Y. Alonso 1B30000110.213.279.420.6990.5
M. Cabrera RF30000012.000.000.000.000-0.5
J. Kipnis 2B30100000.176.266.259.5241.0
Y. Gomes C30000021.257.328.460.788-1.0
G. Allen CF30100021.212.212.273.4850.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    G. Springer CF40000004.292.354.492.8460.0
    A. Bregman 3B41200011.264.376.414.7892.5
    J. Altuve 2B40200000.316.367.420.7864.0
    C. Correa SS40000023.274.364.494.858-1.0
    J. Reddick RF40110010.227.331.409.7402.5
    Y. Gurriel DH41200001.277.307.392.6994.0
    M. Gonzalez 1B20000011.225.304.338.642-0.5
    B. McCann C31121012.248.347.396.7436.5
    T. Kemp LF20100100.333.385.417.8012.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Brantley (11)
      • RBI - E. Encarnacion (25)
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Reddick (6), Y. Gurriel (12)
      • HR - B. McCann (4)
      • SH - M. Gonzalez (2)
      • RBI - J. Reddick (18), B. McCann 2 (14)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Reddick (7)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Altuve (3)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - M. Cabrera
      • DP - (Lindor-Kipnis-Alonso)
      • E - Y. Alonso (3)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Carrasco (L, 5-3)7.28331613.651.0710.0
      T. Olson0.01000006.081.20-1.0
      C. Allen0.10000003.321.260.0
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Carrasco (L, 5-3)7.2
      T. Olson0.0
      C. Allen0.1
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      L. McCullers (W, 6-2)7.01002803.201.1432.0
      W. Harris (H, 6)0.21000103.451.21-0.5
      C. Devenski (H, 9)0.21110101.530.96-1.5
      K. Giles (S, 8)0.20000003.600.937.0
      PITCHERSIP
      L. McCullers (W, 6-2)7.0
      W. Harris (H, 6)0.2
      C. Devenski (H, 9)0.2
      K. Giles (S, 8)0.2
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Carrasco 106-71, T. Olson 3-3, C. Allen 7-4
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Carrasco 10-6
      • Batters Faced - C. Carrasco 31, T. Olson, C. Allen
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - L. McCullers 96-62, W. Harris 18-11, C. Devenski 13-8, K. Giles 7-5
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. McCullers 5-8, K. Giles 2-0
      • Batters Faced - L. McCullers 24, W. Harris 3, C. Devenski 3, K. Giles 2
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      F. Lindor SS40000012.298.370.564.933-0.5
      M. Brantley LF41100000.331.366.570.9363.0
      J. Ramirez 3B40000021.295.384.601.985-1.0
      E. Encarnacion DH30010110.212.289.429.7191.5
      Y. Alonso 1B30000110.213.279.420.6990.5
      M. Cabrera RF30000012.000.000.000.000-0.5
      J. Kipnis 2B30100000.176.266.259.5241.0
      Y. Gomes C30000021.257.328.460.788-1.0
      G. Allen CF30100021.212.212.273.4850.0
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        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        G. Springer CF40000004.292.354.492.8460.0
        A. Bregman 3B41200011.264.376.414.7892.5
        J. Altuve 2B40200000.316.367.420.7864.0
        C. Correa SS40000023.274.364.494.858-1.0
        J. Reddick RF40110010.227.331.409.7402.5
        Y. Gurriel DH41200001.277.307.392.6994.0
        M. Gonzalez 1B20000011.225.304.338.642-0.5
        B. McCann C31121012.248.347.396.7436.5
        T. Kemp LF20100100.333.385.417.8012.0
        Total3139311612-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - M. Brantley (11)
          • RBI - E. Encarnacion (25)
          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Reddick (6), Y. Gurriel (12)
          • HR - B. McCann (4)
          • SH - M. Gonzalez (2)
          • RBI - J. Reddick (18), B. McCann 2 (14)
          • 2-Out RBI - J. Reddick (7)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - J. Altuve (3)
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - M. Cabrera
          • DP - (Lindor-Kipnis-Alonso)
          • E - Y. Alonso (3)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          C. Carrasco (L, 5-3)7.28331613.651.0710.0
          T. Olson0.01000006.081.20-1.0
          C. Allen0.10000003.321.260.0
          Total8.0933161---
          PITCHERSIP
          C. Carrasco (L, 5-3)7.2
          T. Olson0.0
          C. Allen0.1
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          L. McCullers (W, 6-2)7.01002803.201.1432.0
          W. Harris (H, 6)0.21000103.451.21-0.5
          C. Devenski (H, 9)0.21110101.530.96-1.5
          K. Giles (S, 8)0.20000003.600.937.0
          Total9.03112100---
          PITCHERSIP
          L. McCullers (W, 6-2)7.0
          W. Harris (H, 6)0.2
          C. Devenski (H, 9)0.2
          K. Giles (S, 8)0.2
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - C. Carrasco 106-71, T. Olson 3-3, C. Allen 7-4
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Carrasco 10-6
          • Batters Faced - C. Carrasco 31, T. Olson, C. Allen
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - L. McCullers 96-62, W. Harris 18-11, C. Devenski 13-8, K. Giles 7-5
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. McCullers 5-8, K. Giles 2-0
          • Batters Faced - L. McCullers 24, W. Harris 3, C. Devenski 3, K. Giles 2
          • 9TH INNING
            Encarnacion grounded out to third, Brantley scored13
          • 8TH INNING
            Reddick doubled to deep center, Bregman scored03
          • 7TH INNING
            McCann homered to right center, Gurriel scored02
          • 9TH INNING
            • C. Devenski Pitching:
            • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Brantley doubled to deep left
            • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ramirez lined out to center, Brantley to third
            • Ken Giles relieved Chris Devenski
            • E. Encarnacion: Foul, Foul, Foul, Encarnacion grounded out to third, Brantley scored
            • Y. Alonso: Ball, Ball, Alonso grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Will Harris relieved Lance McCullers
            • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Kipnis lined out to shortstop
            • Y. Gomes: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gomes struck out swinging
            • G. Allen: Ball, Foul, Ball, Allen singled to deep right
            • Chris Devenski relieved Will Harris
            • F. Lindor: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Lindor struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • C. Carrasco Pitching:
            • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Bregman reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • J. Altuve: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Altuve singled to center, Bregman to second
            • C. Correa: Ball, Correa grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Bregman to third, Altuve out at second
            • Tyler Olson relieved Carlos Carrasco
            • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Foul, Reddick doubled to deep center, Bregman scored
            • Cody Allen relieved Tyler Olson
            • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Gurriel popped out to shortstop
            • End of the 8th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • L. McCullers Pitching:
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Brantley grounded out to first
            • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ramirez struck out swinging
            • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Encarnacion walked
            • Y. Alonso: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Alonso walked, Encarnacion to second
            • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Cabrera lined out to right
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Carrasco Pitching:
            • Y. Gurriel: Gurriel singled to center
            • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike looking, Gonzalez hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Gurriel to second
            • B. McCann: Ball, McCann homered to right center, Gurriel scored
            • T. Kemp: Kemp flied out to left
            • G. Springer: Strike swinging, Springer popped out to second
            • End of the 7th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • L. McCullers Pitching:
            • J. Kipnis: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Kipnis singled to right
            • Y. Gomes: Gomes reached on fielder's choice to second, Kipnis out at second
            • G. Allen: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Allen struck out swinging
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Lindor grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • C. Carrasco Pitching:
            • J. Altuve: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Altuve grounded out to shortstop
            • C. Correa: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Correa grounded out to second
            • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Reddick grounded out to second
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • L. McCullers Pitching:
            • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Ball, Encarnacion flied out to center
            • Y. Alonso: Alonso grounded out to first
            • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Cabrera flied out to center
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Carrasco Pitching:
            • B. McCann: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, McCann flied out to deep left
            • T. Kemp: Strike swinging, Kemp singled to right
            • G. Springer: Strike looking, Springer flied out to center
            • A. Bregman: Pickoff attempt, Bregman flied out to center
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • L. McCullers Pitching:
            • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Lindor grounded out to first
            • M. Brantley: Brantley lined out to center
            • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ramirez fouled out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Carrasco Pitching:
            • J. Reddick: Reddick grounded out to first
            • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Gurriel grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • L. McCullers Pitching:
            • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Kipnis lined out to center
            • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gomes struck out swinging
            • G. Allen: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Allen struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Carrasco Pitching:
            • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Bregman struck out looking
            • J. Altuve: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Altuve flied out to right
            • C. Correa: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Correa struck out looking
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • L. McCullers Pitching:
            • E. Encarnacion: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Encarnacion struck out swinging
            • Y. Alonso: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Alonso struck out swinging
            • M. Cabrera: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Carrasco Pitching:
            • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Reddick struck out swinging
            • Y. Gurriel: Gurriel doubled to deep center
            • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Gonzalez safe at first on 1st baseman Alonso fielding error, Gurriel to third
            • B. McCann: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, McCann struck out swinging
            • T. Kemp: Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Kemp walked, Gonzalez to second
            • G. Springer: Strike swinging, Ball, Springer grounded out to first
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
          • 1ST INNING
            • L. McCullers Pitching:
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Lindor lined out to center
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Strike swinging, Brantley flied out to deep left
            • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ramirez struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Carrasco Pitching:
            • G. Springer: Springer grounded out to first
            • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bregman singled to left
            • J. Altuve: Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Foul, Altuve singled to right, Bregman out at third, Altuve to second
            • C. Correa: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Altuve stole third, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Correa struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)