Cleveland, OH, United States (4E Sports) – Trevor Bauer pitched six-plus scoreless frames to help the Cleveland Indians take two of three from the Houston Astros via a 3-1 win Sunday at Progressive Field.
Bauer (5-7), who tossed to one batter in the seventh, scattered four hits with three walks and nine strikeouts in a 115-pitch outing for the Indians (66-63), who have won or split seven of their past eight series.
Cody Allen tossed a scoreless ninth for his 17th save of the season.
Dating back to Aug. 9, Cleveland has won nine of 13 games — during which the team’s rotation has turned in a 1.71 ERA, .176 opponents’ batting average and 0.90 WHIP.
Over 79 combined innings in that period, Bauer (three starts), Corey Kluber (three), Carlos Carrasco (three), Danny Salazar (two), T.J. House (one) and Josh Tomlin (one) have piled up 87 strikeouts against 22 walks.
Brett Oberholtzer took the loss after giving up three runs on 10 hits with six strikeouts in 6 2/3 frames as the Astros slipped to 55-76.
Carlos Santana provided a run-scoring sacrifice fly in the third inning while Lonnie Chisenhall contributed an RBI single in the fourth for a 2-0 lead.
Following Bauer’s exit, Houston struck for one run against Tribe reliever Bryan Shaw, but that was as far as the Astros’ rally went.
Jose Ramirez drove in a run with a base hit in the seventh to seal the victory for the Indians.