Gomes drives five, Tribe sweeps

Cleveland Indians Francisco Lindor right attempts to score past Houston Astros starting pitcher Charlie Morton during the fifth inning of a baseball game Friday

Cleveland Indians takes on Houston Astros in the second of the three-game series today evening. Over the past four games since inserting Jason Kipness into the leadoff spot, the Tribe has averaged just over seven runs per contest; even with such a high average run total, the team only won two out of those four games - mostly due to poor pitching. "They present so many challenges as a lineup and he continued to make pitches". Manager Terry Francona said he'll throw at least 45 pitches, but it could be more depending on how he feels. The Indians were stellar on the mound Saturday in a 3-0 win where Mike Clevinger was outstanding with two hits and two walks issued over seven scoreless frames to pick up the win.

He preferred to talk about the team rather than his performance.

"We don't get too far ahead or behind", Francona said of Cleveland's dominance on the road this year. "We might have hit a little lull, but we're a good ball team and we're a team to still look out for".

"He had a day where he was on, and we couldn't figure him out", Josh Reddick said. Clevinger was lifted after Evan Gattis singled with no outs in the eighth. Miller struck out two in the eighth and Allen allowed one hit in the ninth to convert his 12th save in as many opportunities, giving him 21 straight dating to August 18.

Jose Altuve hit a two-run homer and Carlos Beltran had a solo shot for the Astros, whose tied their season high with their third straight loss.

Consecutive singles by Kipnis and Francisco Lindor chased Musgrove in the fourth, and Edwin Encarnacion hit a run-scoring single off Ashur Tolliver, who plunked Gomes with two outs and the bases loaded.

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Dodgers 6, Marlins 3: Brandon McCarthy retired his first 14 batters and allowed one run over six innings. It was the 13th career start for Clevinger, who opened the season with Triple-A Columbus. Beltran hit his fourth home in the bottom half, but Musgrove walked consecutive batters with two outs in the third, then allowed Gomes' third homer. But as he did in the first inning when he allowed his first run, Bauer struck out the side in the third.

Carlos Santana's RBI double pushed the lead to 3-0 in the eighth inning.

The Indians' vaunted bullpen did the rest, with left-hander Boone Logan, right-hander Brian Shaw, southpaw Andrew Miller and closer Cody Allen combining to work 3 1/3 hitless innings. McCann played on Tuesday night in Miami and in the series opener against Cleveland on Friday before disclosing that he wasn't feeling well.

Mike Fiers is set to make his eighth start of the season but only his third at home.Fiers is at par for the Major League Baseball lead with 16 home runs allowed. During his first seven weeks with Cleveland he hit just.199 but on Sunday was 2 for 4 including a double and over his past five games is hitting.263 with 5 hits in 19 at bats.

"He finished really strong", Hinch said. "I think the command was less than his best". Coming off a bad start, Josh Tomlin (2-5, 6.86 ERA) pitches for Cleveland against Scott Feldman (2-4, 4.29).

Astros: Joe Musgrove (3-3, 4.57) is scheduled to start for Houston on May 21. He didn't factor into the decision after allowing four hits and four runs in 5 2/3 innings of an 11-6 loss to the Yankees in his last start.

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