Houston 7, Cleveland 1

Boxscore | Recap
Sunday, June 24, 2012 2:05 PM
Location - Minute Maid Park
Temperature - Indoors
Umpires - Home Plate - Jordan Baker, First Base - Gerry Davis, Second Base - Phil Cuzzi, Third Base - Manny Gonzalez,
Attendance - 21191

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X R H E
Cleveland 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 0
Houston 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 4 7 12 0

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Cleveland 37-34 20-18 17-16 L2
Houston 30-42 21-17 9-25 W2

Recap


Astros 7, Indians 1: J.A. Happ pitched seven strong innings and Carlos Lee singled home the go-ahead run in the sixth, as host Houston won the rubber match of the three-game series.

Chris Johnson collected three hits - including belting a two-run homer in the eighth. Lee, who was batting third for the second consecutive game, went 2-for-4. He scored Houston’s first run in the fourth, then drove home Jed Lowrie with a single to center in the sixth to give the Astros a 2-1 advantage.

J.D. Martinez plated Houston’s third run in the seventh, grounding into a double play to score Johnson and push the Astros’ lead to 3-1.

Happ (6-7) allowed just one run on four hits in seven innings, throwing 71 of his 111 pitches for strikes. Happ walked two and struck out five. Cleveland’s Jose Lopez scored in the second on Happ’s wild pitch.

Cleveland starter Derek Lowe (7-6) dropped to 1-3 in June. Lowe allowed eight hits and three runs in 6 2/3 innings, walking one and striking out one. The Indians have lost two in a row after a four-game winning streak.

The Astros have won two in a row after losing three straight. Johnson hit his sixth homer of the season with two outs in the eighth. Martinez followed two hitters later with a two-run shot, his ninth.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Houston second baseman Jose Altuve left the game with a strained right hamstring suffered while running out a ground ball in the fourth. Altuve is hitting .309 this season and has missed just one of Houston’s first 72 games. … Happ has won two starts in a row after losing four in a row. … Cleveland opens a three-game series Monday at the New York Yankees. Houston hosts the San Diego Padres for four games starting Monday.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Cleveland   Houston
Derek Lowe Player J.A. Happ
Loss W/L Win
6.2 IP 7.0
1 Strikeouts 5
8 Hits 4
4.05 ERA 1.29
Hitting
Cleveland   Houston
Casey KotchmanPlayer Chris Johnson
2 Hits 3
0 RBI 3
0 HR 1
2 TB 6
.500 Avg .750

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Cleveland 5 0 6 .161 15 7 0 3 0 0
Houston 12 2 21 .364 8 3 6 2 0 0

Upcoming Games

  • Houston will play their next game at home against San Diego. The Astros have a W/L % of .448 after a win and .405 after a loss.
  • Cleveland will play their next game on the road against NY Yankees. The Indians have a W/L % of .486 after a win and .559 after a loss.