October 2, 2014

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Tribe’s losing skid reaches five

 

The Associated Press

HOUSTON — J.D. Martinez and Rick Ankiel hit back-to-back homers in the second inning and the Houston Astros held on for a 3-2 win over the Indians on Friday night.

The win snaps a five-game skid for Houston and extends Cleveland’s losing streak to five.

Houston starter Lucas Harrell (1-2) allowed two runs in 5⅔ innings before three relievers combined to shut Cleveland out the rest of the way.

Closer Jose Veras allowed one hit in the ninth for his first save in two tries.

Carlos Pena walked with one out in the second inning before Martinez got Houston’s first hit by launching a homer in the stands in right field off former Astro Brett Myers (0-3) to make it 2-0. Martinez left the game with a sprained knee in the fourth inning.

Ankiel followed with another homer to right field to push the lead to 3-0.

Lonnie Chisenhall closed the gap to 3-2 when he connected on a homer that sailed just inside the foul pole in right field in the fourth inning.

Myers, who was facing Houston for the first time since a trade last summer, allowed five hits and three runs with four strikeouts in five innings. He has given up an MLB-high 10 home runs with an 8.02 ERA in four games with three starts this season.

Harrell was chased by a single by Mark Reynolds with two outs in the sixth inning, and was none too happy about it. He stalked off the field before throwing his glove, hat and a cup of water when he reached the dugout.

He yielded five hits and two runs with five walks and four strikeouts.

The Indians couldn’t string together any hits late in the game as they fell to 0-10 this season when trailing after six innings. Jason Kipnis singled with two outs in the seventh inning before Asdrubal Cabrera struck out swinging to end the inning. The frustration for Cabrera, who is hitting .138, was evident after the strikeout when he angrily threw his bat.

Nick Swisher doubled to start the eighth before Carlos Santana drew a one-out walk. But Reynolds grounded into a double play to end the threat.