Carrasco Strikes Out 12, Leads Indians to Second Straight Win Over Houston; Indians 2, Astros 0
Laurel Wilder | On 17, Sep 2014
Jose Altuve may have set a franchise record for the Astros last night, but his two hits Wednesday evening were no match for the dominant pitching of Carlos Carrasco. Imitating Corey Kluber’s dominant performance on Tuesday, Carrasco continued his own resurrection as he struck out 12 batters and propelled the Indians to a 2-0 win over the Astros.
Carlos Santana had the first hit of the game for either team in the top of the fourth, when he hit a long fly ball to center field that had the makings of a home run. It ricocheted off the wall and resulted in Santana only making it to second, though Yan Gomes followed with a double that scored Santana and gave the Indians a 1-0 lead.
Altuve led off the bottom of the fourth with a single, which would become the Astros only hit of the night, stole second, and advanced to third on a throwing error by Gomes. The Indians were able to keep the Astros at bay, however, as Carrasco struck out Chris Carter and Jason Castro ground out to end the inning.
The Indians increased their lead to 2-0 in the top of the sixth when Gomes drove in his second run of the night on a drive to right field that scored Michael Brantley. Jake Marisnick dove for the hit but missed, allowing the ball to go to the wall and Gomes to turn a routine out at first into a triple.
With one out, Brantley delivered another single in the top of the eighth inning and stole second with Gomes at the plate. Gomes could not work his magic for a third time in the evening, and popped out against new pitcher Michael Foltynewicz.
Having retired 15 batters in a row and thrown only 85 pitches, Carrasco came back to pitch the ninth inning. Despite it having the appearance of a throwing error by Jose Ramirez, Altuve hit his second single of the night with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. Carrasco notched the final out of the game as he struck out Dexter Fowler to mark his twelfth strikeout of the game.
Carrasco threw 98 pitches to complete the two-hit game and move to an 8-5 record. The Indians are now 78-73 on the season.
Photo: David J. Phillip/Associated Press