By Bryant Kizer
David Murphy moving up to the clean-up position has paid dividends for the Cleveland Indians. Murphy’s two-run double in the bottom of the eighth helped the Indians to a 4-2 comeback victory over the Houston Astros.
The Indians are trying to end the first half of the season on a positive note. They dropped the first game of the four-game series to the Astros on Monday. Now they have comeback with back-to-back wins at home.
Indians starter Trevor Bauer gave up a two-run homerun to Evan Gattis in the first inning and then he pitched seven straight innings of goose-eggs baseball. Bauer struck out nine in eight innings for his eighth victory of the season.
After Gattis’ 15th homer in the first, the Indians answered with a run in the first and fourth.
With Astros’ lefty Joe Thatcher on the mound in the eighth with one out, Fransico Lindor doubled and Michael Brantley walked. Lefty Murphy drilled the first pitch over the head of Preston Tucker for a double, scoring both runners. Murphy is batting four for seven since being moved to the clean-up spot on Tuesday.
Cody Allen got a one-two-three ninth inning for his 17th save.
The Indians got their 40th victory of the season.