Francisco Lindor powers Indians past Astros

Francisco Lindor powers Indians past Astros

Francisco Lindor clobbered two home runs and powered the Tribe offense in the Cleveland Indians 6-3 victory over the Houston Astros.

Francisco Lindor hit a landmark home run Friday night, his 100th in his career. Lindor also hit his 101st career home run later in the game to put the game away for the Indians. Both homers were Lindor’s only hits of the game, but they were more than enough to get Cleveland the victory. Lindor’s first home run was a solo shot which came in the third inning, his second was a two-run homer which came in the eighth inning.

Lindor got some help with some others on the roster. Carlos Gonzalez hit his first home run as a member of the Indians in the fourth inning. Leonys Martin also got into the act with his fifth long ball of the campaign. Cleveland was able to get some run support without relying on the home run, Tyler Naquin came through with a tie-breaking RBI double in the eighth inning to give Cleveland the lead for good.

Corey Kluber did not have the best of starts, but was good enough to keep the Indians in the game. Kluber went five innings, allowing three runs on seven hits while striking out six and walking three. A high pitch count chased Kluber after five innings and he was unable to pick up the win.

Adam Cimber got the win as he relieved Kluber in the sixth inning. Cimber did not allow a hit in 1.2 innings. Oliver Perez followed Cimber, but did not manage to get an out. Nick Wittgren came in for the Perez and earned a hold for his efforts. Brad Hand worked the ninth and got his eighth save of the year. Hand struck out the side to end the game.

Cleveland has earned a split in the series and will look to win the series over the next two games.

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