Indians hit 4 HRs, bullpen hangs on for 8-6 win vs. Astros

CLEVELAND (AP) The Cleveland Indians' beleaguered bullpen suffered another jolt when Andrew Miller went on the disabled list Saturday.

A few hours later. the relievers played a major role in an 8-6 win over the Houston Astros.

Zach McAllister, Tyler Olson, Dan Otero and Cody Allen combined to allow one run over the final 3 1/3 innings to make four homers hold up.

''That's a big pick-me-up right there,'' said Allen, who pitched a perfect ninth for his eighth save. ''That was a game we really needed.''

Miller is out with inflammation in his right knee. Even though the left-hander has struggled, his absence leaves a major hole in the AL's worst bullpen.

''This season has not been easy by any means,'' Allen said. ''This is a hard game. This is a humbling game, unforgiving. We know we can do it, but it's trying to show up every single day and build on what we did the previous day.''

Added manager Terry Francona: ''I was happy for those guys. They've had a tough stretch. Some good things happened.''

Carlos Carrasco (6-3) allowed five runs and struck out eight in 5 2/3 innings.

Yonder Alonso, Jason Kipnis and Edwin Encarnacion each hit two-run homers. Michael Brantley added a solo homer and the Indians needed every bit of the power display to end Houston's five-game winning streak.

Lance McCullers Jr. (6-3) gave up seven runs in 4 1/3 innings after holding the Indians to one hit in seven scoreless innings last Sunday.

Jose Altuve, who had four hits, and Tony Kemp hit two-run homers off Carrasco. Altuve's third-inning homer gave Houston a 2-1 lead, but Cleveland scored four times in the fourth - including homers by Alonso and Kipnis.

Carlos Correa had an RBI single in the fifth, but Encarnacion, who had three hits, ended McCullers' night in the bottom of the inning with a homer to center.

The game started an hour late because of rain.

Altuve tripled to center off McAllister with one out in the seventh and scored on Correa's groundout to cut Houston's deficit to one run at 7-6. But Brantley homered in the bottom of the inning to make it a two-run game again and extending his hitting streak to 15 games.

TEMPERS FLARE

Encarnacion led off the second with a double. Following a wild pitch and a walk, first baseman Yuli Gurriel couldn't glove Melky Cabrera's ground ball and Encarnacion scored on the error.

McCullers let out a yell as he ran toward first during the play and was confronted by Altuve as the Astros returned to the dugout following the inning. Altuve homered moments later in the third.

''I deserved it,'' McCullers said. ''I'm an emotional guy, and Altuve let me know that I need to channel my emotions for the right reason on the field. I was real immature and let my emotions get away from me. I'm not 21 anymore. I apologized to everyone.''

McCullers had a simple explanation for the difference between his two outings against the Indians.

''I got my butt beat,'' he said. ''I made bad pitches and they hit them. Nothing more really to say about it. As a pitcher, you have to wear the bad ones like this.''

GRUDGE MATCH

Trevor Bauer will pitch against Houston on Sunday for the first time since questioning on Twitter how Astros pitchers have been able to improve the movement on their pitches. Bauer later told reporters that he never accused them of cheating.

Several Houston players criticized Bauer on their Twitter accounts, including McCullers and Collin McHugh.

Gerrit Cole, a teammate of Bauer's at UCLA, will start for Houston. The two reportedly had a strained relationship in college, adding more intrigue to the game. Cole was the first pick in the 2011 draft by Pittsburgh while Bauer was taken third by Arizona.

TRIBUTE

The Indians wore patches on their uniforms to honor Tito Francona, father of manager Terry Francona. Tito Francona passed away at the age of 84 in February. The name ''Tito'' was on the uniforms and painted in the dirt behind home plate. Tito Francona played for the Indians from 1959-64.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Astros: OF Derek Fisher (gastrointestinal discomfort) has been on the DL since May 19 and it's unclear when he'll return.

Indians: Miller was out from April 26-May 11 with a strained left hamstring. He was on the DL twice last season with patella tendinitis in his right knee.

UP NEXT

Astros: Cole (5-1, 1.86 ERA) leads the AL with 101 strikeouts and has held opponents to a .169 batting average. Bauer (4-3, 2.35 ERA) has won all seven career starts against Houston.

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  • W: C. Carrasco (6-3)L: L. McCullers (6-3)S: C. Allen (8)
  • HR: HOU - J. Altuve (3), T. Kemp (1), CLE - E. Encarnacion (11), M. Brantley (8), Y. Alonso (10), J. Kipnis (2)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
G. Springer RF50000010.298.359.514.874-0.5
A. Bregman 3B41000010.269.387.435.8221.5
J. Altuve 2B43421000.321.369.447.81618.0
C. Correa SS30220100.276.362.481.8436.0
M. Gonzalez LF40000034.217.294.319.613-1.5
Y. Gurriel 1B40100010.283.309.382.6900.5
B. McCann C30000011.227.323.364.686-0.5
a- M. Stassi PH-C10100000.311.386.514.8991.0
E. Gattis DH31000112.225.294.380.6741.5
T. Kemp CF41121011.375.448.542.9906.5
  • a-singled for McCann in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
F. Lindor SS50000022.292.366.545.911-1.0
M. Brantley LF51111002.333.367.564.9316.0
J. Ramirez 3B21000210.291.391.593.9842.5
E. Encarnacion DH33321100.224.302.447.74913.0
Y. Alonso 1B31121112.230.298.447.7457.5
M. Cabrera RF41110013.227.261.364.6253.5
R. Davis CF00000000.218.274.253.5270.0
J. Kipnis 2B41221002.185.272.275.5478.0
Y. Gomes C40000003.248.314.432.7460.0
G. Allen CF-RF40100012.213.245.255.5000.5
    BATTING
    • 2B - C. Correa (14)
    • 3B - J. Altuve (2)
    • HR - J. Altuve (3), T. Kemp
    • RBI - J. Altuve 2 (26), C. Correa 2 (35), T. Kemp 2 (8)
    • 2-Out RBI - J. Altuve 2 (11), C. Correa (11), T. Kemp 2 (4)
    BATTING
    • 2B - E. Encarnacion (5), M. Cabrera (3)
    • HR - M. Brantley (8), E. Encarnacion (11), Y. Alonso (10), J. Kipnis (2)
    • RBI - M. Brantley (33), E. Encarnacion 2 (27), Y. Alonso 2 (28), M. Cabrera (2), J. Kipnis 2 (20)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - J. Altuve 2 (6)
    FIELDING
    • E - Y. Gurriel
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Lindor-Kipnis-Alonso)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    L. McCullers (L, 6-3)4.16772233.981.18-7.0
    T. Sipp0.20000103.481.260.5
    B. Peacock1.11112112.140.95-0.5
    H. Rondon0.20000101.961.040.5
    C. McHugh1.02000100.440.921.5
    PITCHERSIP
    L. McCullers (L, 6-3)4.1
    T. Sipp0.2
    B. Peacock1.1
    H. Rondon0.2
    C. McHugh1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Carrasco (W, 6-3)5.27552823.981.1112.0
    Z. McAllister (H, 3)1.11110006.751.391.0
    T. Olson (H, 3)0.10000006.591.240.0
    D. Otero (H, 1)0.21000006.621.19-1.0
    C. Allen (S, 8)1.00000103.321.2010.5
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Carrasco (W, 6-3)5.2
    Z. McAllister (H, 3)1.1
    T. Olson (H, 3)0.1
    D. Otero (H, 1)0.2
    C. Allen (S, 8)1.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - L. McCullers (5)
    • Pitches-Strikes - L. McCullers 93-62, T. Sipp 8-4, B. Peacock 32-18, H. Rondon 11-6, C. McHugh 25-13
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. McCullers 7-5, T. Sipp 1-0, B. Peacock 1-2, H. Rondon 1-0
    • Batters Faced - L. McCullers 22, T. Sipp 2, B. Peacock 7, H. Rondon 2, C. McHugh 5
    PITCHING
    • HBP - C. Carrasco (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Carrasco 108-70, Z. McAllister 26-16, T. Olson 1-1, D. Otero 8-5, C. Allen 12-8
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Carrasco 4-5, Z. McAllister 2-2, D. Otero 1-0, C. Allen 2-0
    • Batters Faced - C. Carrasco 27, Z. McAllister 5, T. Olson, D. Otero 2, C. Allen 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    G. Springer RF50000010.298.359.514.874-0.5
    A. Bregman 3B41000010.269.387.435.8221.5
    J. Altuve 2B43421000.321.369.447.81618.0
    C. Correa SS30220100.276.362.481.8436.0
    M. Gonzalez LF40000034.217.294.319.613-1.5
    Y. Gurriel 1B40100010.283.309.382.6900.5
    B. McCann C30000011.227.323.364.686-0.5
    a- M. Stassi PH-C10100000.311.386.514.8991.0
    E. Gattis DH31000112.225.294.380.6741.5
    T. Kemp CF41121011.375.448.542.9906.5
    Total356962298-----
    • a-singled for McCann in the 8th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    F. Lindor SS50000022.292.366.545.911-1.0
    M. Brantley LF51111002.333.367.564.9316.0
    J. Ramirez 3B21000210.291.391.593.9842.5
    E. Encarnacion DH33321100.224.302.447.74913.0
    Y. Alonso 1B31121112.230.298.447.7457.5
    M. Cabrera RF41110013.227.261.364.6253.5
    R. Davis CF00000000.218.274.253.5270.0
    J. Kipnis 2B41221002.185.272.275.5478.0
    Y. Gomes C40000003.248.314.432.7460.0
    G. Allen CF-RF40100012.213.245.255.5000.5
    Total3489844616-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - C. Correa (14)
      • 3B - J. Altuve (2)
      • HR - J. Altuve (3), T. Kemp
      • RBI - J. Altuve 2 (26), C. Correa 2 (35), T. Kemp 2 (8)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Altuve 2 (11), C. Correa (11), T. Kemp 2 (4)
      BATTING
      • 2B - E. Encarnacion (5), M. Cabrera (3)
      • HR - M. Brantley (8), E. Encarnacion (11), Y. Alonso (10), J. Kipnis (2)
      • RBI - M. Brantley (33), E. Encarnacion 2 (27), Y. Alonso 2 (28), M. Cabrera (2), J. Kipnis 2 (20)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Altuve 2 (6)
      FIELDING
      • E - Y. Gurriel
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Lindor-Kipnis-Alonso)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      L. McCullers (L, 6-3)4.16772233.981.18-7.0
      T. Sipp0.20000103.481.260.5
      B. Peacock1.11112112.140.95-0.5
      H. Rondon0.20000101.961.040.5
      C. McHugh1.02000100.440.921.5
      Total8.0988464---
      PITCHERSIP
      L. McCullers (L, 6-3)4.1
      T. Sipp0.2
      B. Peacock1.1
      H. Rondon0.2
      C. McHugh1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Carrasco (W, 6-3)5.27552823.981.1112.0
      Z. McAllister (H, 3)1.11110006.751.391.0
      T. Olson (H, 3)0.10000006.591.240.0
      D. Otero (H, 1)0.21000006.621.19-1.0
      C. Allen (S, 8)1.00000103.321.2010.5
      Total9.0966292---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Carrasco (W, 6-3)5.2
      Z. McAllister (H, 3)1.1
      T. Olson (H, 3)0.1
      D. Otero (H, 1)0.2
      C. Allen (S, 8)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - L. McCullers (5)
      • Pitches-Strikes - L. McCullers 93-62, T. Sipp 8-4, B. Peacock 32-18, H. Rondon 11-6, C. McHugh 25-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. McCullers 7-5, T. Sipp 1-0, B. Peacock 1-2, H. Rondon 1-0
      • Batters Faced - L. McCullers 22, T. Sipp 2, B. Peacock 7, H. Rondon 2, C. McHugh 5
      PITCHING
      • HBP - C. Carrasco (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Carrasco 108-70, Z. McAllister 26-16, T. Olson 1-1, D. Otero 8-5, C. Allen 12-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Carrasco 4-5, Z. McAllister 2-2, D. Otero 1-0, C. Allen 2-0
      • Batters Faced - C. Carrasco 27, Z. McAllister 5, T. Olson, D. Otero 2, C. Allen 3
      • 7TH INNING
        Brantley homered to center68
        Correa grounded out to second, Altuve scored67
      • 6TH INNING
        Kemp homered to right, Gattis scored57
      • 5TH INNING
        Encarnacion homered to center, Ramirez scored37
        Correa doubled to deep left, Altuve scored35
      • 4TH INNING
        Kipnis homered to right, Cabrera scored25
        Alonso homered to center, Encarnacion scored23
      • 3RD INNING
        Altuve homered to left center, Bregman scored21
      • 2ND INNING
        Cabrera safe at first on 1st baseman Gurriel fielding error, Encarnacion scored, Alonso to second01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Cody Allen relieved Dan Otero
        • T. Kemp: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Kemp struck out looking
        • G. Springer: Springer grounded out to second
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Bregman grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Rajai Davis in center
        • Tyler Olson relieved Zach McAllister
        • Y. Gurriel: Gurriel lined out to first
        • Max Stassi hit for Brian McCann
        • Dan Otero relieved Tyler Olson
        • M. Stassi: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Stassi singled to right
        • E. Gattis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Gattis grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Stassi out at second
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Collin McHugh relieved Hector Rondon
        • J. Kipnis: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Kipnis singled to center
        • Y. Gomes: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gomes lined out to left
        • G. Allen: Ball, Ball, Allen singled to right center, Kipnis to second
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Lindor struck out swinging
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Brantley flied out to deep center
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Z. McAllister Pitching:
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Bregman grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Altuve: Ball, Foul, Ball, Altuve tripled to deep center
        • C. Correa: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Correa grounded out to second, Altuve scored
        • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Gonzalez lined out to right
        • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • B. Peacock Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Lindor lined out to left
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Brantley homered to center
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ramirez walked
        • E. Encarnacion: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Encarnacion walked, Ramirez to second
        • Hector Rondon relieved Brad Peacock
        • Y. Alonso: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Alonso struck out on foul tip
        • M. Cabrera: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Cabrera grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • C. Carrasco Pitching:
        • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Gurriel struck out looking
        • B. McCann: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, McCann struck out looking
        • E. Gattis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gattis walked
        • T. Kemp: Ball, Kemp homered to right, Gattis scored
        • Zach McAllister relieved Carlos Carrasco
        • G. Springer: Ball, Strike looking, Springer popped out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 6th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Brad Peacock relieved Tony Sipp
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Kipnis fouled out to left
        • Y. Gomes: Gomes grounded out to shortstop
        • G. Allen: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Allen struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • C. Carrasco Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Springer lined out to center
        • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul tip, Bregman struck out on foul tip
        • J. Altuve: Ball, Altuve singled to center
        • C. Correa: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Altuve stole second, Correa doubled to deep left, Altuve scored
        • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • L. McCullers Pitching:
        • M. Brantley: Brantley grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ramirez walked
        • E. Encarnacion: Encarnacion homered to center, Ramirez scored
        • Tony Sipp relieved Lance McCullers
        • Y. Alonso: Ball, Alonso grounded out to pitcher
        • M. Cabrera: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
        • End of the 5th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • C. Carrasco Pitching:
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Gurriel singled to left
        • B. McCann: Strike swinging, McCann grounded out to second, Gurriel to second
        • E. Gattis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gattis struck out swinging
        • T. Kemp: Ball, Strike looking, Kemp lined out to center
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • L. McCullers Pitching:
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Encarnacion singled to right
        • Y. Alonso: Alonso homered to center, Encarnacion scored
        • M. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Foul, Cabrera doubled to deep right center
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Kipnis homered to right, Cabrera scored
        • Y. Gomes: Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Foul, Gomes lined out to left
        • G. Allen: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Allen grounded out to second
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Lindor lined out to center
        • End of the 4th (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • C. Carrasco Pitching:
        • T. Kemp: Strike looking, Strike looking, Kemp fouled out to left
        • G. Springer: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Springer grounded out to catcher
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Bregman hit by pitch
        • J. Altuve: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Altuve homered to left center, Bregman scored
        • C. Correa: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Correa reached on an infield single to third
        • M. Gonzalez: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • L. McCullers Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Lindor struck out swinging
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Foul, Brantley grounded out to first
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ramirez grounded out to second
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • C. Carrasco Pitching:
        • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Foul, Gurriel grounded out to second
        • B. McCann: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, McCann grounded out to first
        • E. Gattis: Ball, Gattis flied out to deep right
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • L. McCullers Pitching:
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Encarnacion doubled to deep right center
        • Y. Alonso: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Encarnacion to third on wild pitch, Ball, Alonso walked
        • M. Cabrera: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Cabrera safe at first on 1st baseman Gurriel fielding error, Encarnacion scored, Alonso to second
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Foul, Kipnis flied out to left
        • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Gomes flied out to deep left
        • G. Allen: Strike looking, Ball, Allen grounded out to second
        • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
      • 1ST INNING
        • C. Carrasco Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Springer struck out swinging
        • A. Bregman: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Bregman lined out to shortstop
        • J. Altuve: Foul, Strike looking, Altuve reached on an infield single to pitcher
        • C. Correa: Ball, Altuve stole second, Ball, Ball, Ball, Correa walked
        • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • L. McCullers Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Lindor flied out to left
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Brantley grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Ramirez struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)