Houston, TX — Cleveland third baseman Mark Reynolds blasted his seventh home run of the season, one of four Tribe shots on the day, as the Indians beat the Houston Astros 5-4 on Sunday afternoon at Minute Maid Park.
Reynolds hit a 3-2 pitch by former Indians reliever Hector Ambriz
(0-1, 3.97) off the arches in left field to break a 4-4 tie. Reynolds had five hits and three walks in 10 at-bats against Houston over the weekend.
The Tribe had seven extra base hits including the homers, which were all of the solo variety. Cleveland hitters were just 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position.
In addition to Reynolds' deciding dinger, catcher Yan Gomes
hit his second homer of the year in the second. He also led off the fourth inning with a triple but failed to score. First baseman Carlos Santana
hit a homer for the second consecutive game in the fifth and center fielder Drew Stubbs
hit his first home run in an Indians uniform in the sixth.
Cleveland righty Ubaldo Jimenez
was hot and cold in five innings of work. In the first inning, he walked the leadoff hitter and promptly allowed a two-run homer to Fernando Martinez
. After allowing another single, he set down the next 13 in order before giving up two hits to open the sixth.
Jimenez allowed four earned runs on four hits and a walk while striking out four. He received a no decision after getting pulled with two runners in scoring position, but pitched better than in his last two starts when he allowed 14 earned runs in just six innings.
gave up a sacrifice fly to tie the game and forced a ground out before walking the next two hitters.Cody Allen
(1-0, 3.00) retired the final batter in the sixth and picked up then win, the first of his career.
worked around two hits while striking out two to pick up a hold in the seventh and Vinnie Pestano
worked a scoreless eighth.
loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the ninth but stuck out Chris Carter
and induced a ground out to pick up his second save of the season. It was his first save since opening day.
Cleveland will continue their road trip in Chicago on Monday when they take on the Chicago White Sox at 8:10 p.m.Justin Masterson
(3-1, 1.67) will look to pick up his fourth win of the season against right-hander Dylan Axelrod
Notes: Shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera
was out of the lineup on Sunday after bruising his left wrist in a fall down the steps on the way to the dugout on Saturday. He may play in Monday's game. … Mark Reynolds is now tied with Baltimore's Chris Davis
for the American League lead in home runs (7).
Nathan Kemp graduated from The University of Akron in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in English. He plans to pursue a graduate degree through NEOMFA in the fall. Follow him on Twitter @NathanCKemp.