The Cleveland Guardians won tonight over the Houston Astros for only the second time this season, by a final score of 4-1. The Guards were able to get the lead at home early, which would help put them over Houston and make them 2-1 in the current 4 game series.
For Cleveland (now 55-52), the offense was all contained to the first couple innings, starting in the bottom of the 1st with a 3B Jose Ramirez double to deep right that scored SS Amed Rosario. The 2nd was the big inning for the team, starting with C Austin Hedges scoring on a throwing error, then continuing with Rosario singling to center to score both CF Myles Straw and 2B Alex Gimenez. These 4 runs would then be enough for the team to finish out the game with good pitching and take the victory. The win goes to starter Cal Quantrill (now 8-6) after going 6 full innings and allowing 0 runs on 3 hits, while striking out 4 and letting one on with a walk.
For Houston (now 70-39) the only offense came in the ninth, and allowed the team to avoid being blanked, with SS Aledmyds Diaz doubling to deep center to score 3B Alex Bregman. The loss goes to starter Luis Garcia (now 8-8) after going 6 full innings and allowing 4 runs on 9 hits, while striking out 5 and letting one on with a walk.
Tomorrow will be the last game in the current series, and the Guardians will try to at least make it a series tie with a win. It’ll be an earlier-than-usual start, with a 12:05pm first pitch (pregame starting on WQKT at 11:35am). RHP Triston McKenzie will start for Cleveland.