Indians win rain shortened game 2-1, move into wildcard lead
CLEVELAND – Postseason ticket sales started for the Cleveland Indians on Friday morning, and the team offered fans another reason to invest on Friday night. The Indians moved into a playoff position with a 2-1 win on Friday night, thanks to some Houston Astros errors and some inclement weather.
Righty Zach McAllister (9-9, 3.88) received the start for the Indians to counter Houston lefty Brett Oberholtzer (4-4, 2.71).
McAllister’s sole blemish occurred in the second inning as he surrendered a solo home run to third baseman Brandon Laird.
However, Cleveland countered right away in their share of the inning as catcher Carlos Santana singled and shortstop Asdrubal Cabrerareached base on an error by Laird at third. The Indians loaded the bases as left fielder Michael Brantley singled to left before a force play that retired third baseman Mike Aviles allowed Santana to score to tie the game.
The Astros’ defensive miscues continued in similar fashion in the fourth inning. Designated hitter Ryan Raburnsingled to left and Cabrera reached on another error by Laird at third before first baseman Chris Carter committed a fielding error. A final throwing error by Marc Krauss in left field allowed Raburn to touch home, giving the Indians the 2-1 lead.
McAllister lasted for five innings, surrendering the one run on four hits, two walks and a trio of strikeouts. He was replaced with lefty Marc Rzepczynski, who retired two outs in the sixth inning before giving way to Bryan Shaw.
That was as far as either team got as the rains came in the middle of the seventh inning. After an hour and nine minute rain delay, the game was called, sealing the Indians with the 2-1 win – and a temporary spot in the 2013 playoffs.
The Texas Rangers and Tampa Bay Rays started Friday evening atop the American League Wild Card standings, but Texas fell to the Kansas City Royals, granting Cleveland the second Wild Card slot.
Next, the Indians will lefty Scott Kazmir (8-9, 3.43) to the hill against Houston right-hander Paul Clemens (4-5, 5.54). Kazmir has struggled through his previous two starts as Clemens comes off one of his best outings, in which he tossed seven solid innings last Sunday.
Stephanie is a crime and general assignment reporter for The Morning Journal in Lorain, Ohio. She’s an alumna of Cleveland State University with a degree in Journalism and Promotional Communication. You can follow her on Twitter @7thInningSteph.