American League Game Summary - Cleveland at Houston|
(Friday, April 19th)
Final Score: Houston 3, Cleveland 2
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - J.D. Martinez and Rick Ankiel's back-to-back
home runs in the second inning proved just enough for the Houston Astros to
end a five-game losing streak by edging the Cleveland Indians, 3-2, in the
opener of a three-game series.
Lucas Harrell (1-2) gave up five hits and five walks over 5 2/3 innings, but
the only runs he allowed came on Lonnie Chisenhall's two-run homer.
"I was struggling to throw strikes again," Harrell said. "If the defense
wouldn't have played so well and we didn't score some runs early, it could
have been a rough night."
The bullpen combination of Wesley Wright, Hector Ambriz and Jose Veras closed
out Harrell's first win of the season and handed the Indians a fifth straight
Cleveland starter Brett Myers (0-3) continued his struggles out of the gate as
the former Astro lasted just five innings and gave up three runs on five hits
and two walks.
"His velocity was a little down tonight," Indians manager Terry Francona said
of his starter.
After Carlos Pena worked a one-out walk in the second, Martinez stepped in and
sent an opposite-field blast into the right-field seats. Ankiel followed with
a shot to nearly the same spot off a payoff pitch. It was the 10th home run
allowed by Myers already this season.
Mark Reynolds earned a free pass in front of Chisenhall's homer in the fourth,
but the Indians couldn't capitalize on plenty of scoring chances the rest of
They wasted back-to-back walks to open the fifth, stranded a runner on second
in the seventh and squandered a leadoff double by Nick Swisher in the eighth.
Veras survived a one-out single in the ninth to pick up his first save of the
Cleveland has been held to three runs or less in every single game during
their losing streak ... Martinez suffered a right knee sprain on a check swing
in the fourth inning and is being listed as day-to-day ... The teams combined
to go 0-for-13 with runners in scoring position, with Cleveland failing on all
seven of their chances.
04/20 00:43:36 ET