CLEVELAND (AP) — Trevor Bauer took a shutout into the seventh and won for the first time since July 18, leading the Cleveland Indians to a 3-1 victory over the Houston Astros on Sunday.
Bauer (5-7) held Houston to four hits and struck out nine. The right-hander was pulled after issuing a leadoff walk.
Cody Allen, the Indians’ fourth pitcher, worked out of ninth-inning trouble for his 17th save. He walked pinch-hitter Chris Carter to start the inning and gave up a one-out single to Jake Marisnick. Jose Altuve, the AL’s leading hitter, singled to load the bases with two outs, but Allen struck out Dexter Fowler to end his 29-pitch outing.
Carlos Santana’s sacrifice fly in the third put Cleveland ahead while Lonnie Chisenhall had an RBI single in the fourth. Jose Ramirez added an RBI single in the seventh.
Jon Singleton’s RBI double in the eighth off Bryan Shaw scored Houston’s only run. Brett Oberholtzer (4-9) allowed three runs in 6 2-3 innings.
The Indians (66-63), trying to remain in playoff contention, have won nine of 13.
The Astros finished 5-5 on their 10-game road trip. Houston is 1-8 in its last nine games at Progressive Field.
Carlos Corporan, the leadoff batter in the seventh, hit a towering drive to right that was called foul as it curled outside the pole. Astros manager Bo Porter talked with the umpires, who reviewed the play but the call stood.
Corporan walked on the next pitch, ending Bauer’s day. Scott Atchison got pinch-hitter Jason Castro to hit into a double play.
Bauer was 0-3 in his last six starts coming into the game in a season that has been marked by cases of wild inconsistency. He allowed five first-inning runs in two of his last three starts, but didn’t give up a hit until the sixth in the other.
After being rocked for five runs in the first inning against Minnesota in his last start, Bauer retired 14 of the final 15 batters he faced.
Bauer allowed a hit in each of the first three innings. He struck out the first two batters in the fourth, but hit Marwin Gonzalez and walked Corporan before striking out Matt Dominguez.
Astros: RHP Brad Peacock (sore forearm) is expected to start Wednesday against Oakland. He was pulled after five innings Friday, but played catch Sunday.
Indians: C Yan Gomes (seven-day concussion disabled list) is expected to accompany the team on its road trip that begins Tuesday in Chicago. He’s eligible to be activated Friday.
Astros: RHP Scott Feldman (7-9) opens a three-game series at home against Oakland on Monday. He matched a career high with 121 pitches in defeating the Yankees in his last start.
Indians: LHP T.J. House (2-3) will start the opener of a three-game series against the White Sox on Tuesday. He has allowed three earned runs or fewer in nine straight starts.