Cle 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2
Hou 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 X 3
Date of game: 4/19/2013

Recap: Houston vs. Cleveland

Houston, TX (Sports Network) - J.D. Martinez and Rick Ankiel's back-to-back home runs in the second inning proved just enough for the Houston Astros to end a five-game losing streak by edging the Cleveland Indians, 3-2, in the opener of a three-game series.

Lucas Harrell (1-2) gave up five hits and five walks over 5 2/3 innings, but the only runs he allowed came on Lonnie Chisenhall's two-run homer.

"I was struggling to throw strikes again," Harrell said. "If the defense wouldn't have played so well and we didn't score some runs early, it could have been a rough night."

The bullpen combination of Wesley Wright, Hector Ambriz and Jose Veras closed out Harrell's first win of the season and handed the Indians a fifth straight loss.

Cleveland starter Brett Myers (0-3) continued his struggles out of the gate as the former Astro lasted just five innings and gave up three runs on five hits and two walks.

"His velocity was a little down tonight," Indians manager Terry Francona said of his starter.

After Carlos Pena worked a one-out walk in the second, Martinez stepped in and sent an opposite-field blast into the right-field seats. Ankiel followed with a shot to nearly the same spot off a payoff pitch. It was the 10th home run allowed by Myers already this season.

Mark Reynolds earned a free pass in front of Chisenhall's homer in the fourth, but the Indians couldn't capitalize on plenty of scoring chances the rest of the way.

They wasted back-to-back walks to open the fifth, stranded a runner on second in the seventh and squandered a leadoff double by Nick Swisher in the eighth.

Veras survived a one-out single in the ninth to pick up his first save of the season.

Game Notes

Cleveland has been held to three runs or less in every single game during their losing streak ... Martinez suffered a right knee sprain on a check swing in the fourth inning and is being listed as day-to-day ... The teams combined to go 0-for-13 with runners in scoring position, with Cleveland failing on all seven of their chances.

Dorm Report: West Virginia goes wild, not so wonderful

There was quite a bit of hitting on the field at Milan Puskar Stadium last weekend, but almost as much action took place in the streets just outside in the hours following West Virginia's upset of visiting Baylor.

NASCAR News
McMurray tops Logano for Martinsville pole

Jamie McMurray claimed the pole for the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 -- the first race in the Eliminator Round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship -- by beating Joey Logano in Friday's qualifying at Martinsville Speedway.

Konerko, Rollins named co-winners of Roberto Clemente Award

Retiring Chicago White Sox slugger Paul Konerko and Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins were honored Friday as co-winners of this year's Roberto Clemente Award, given to the player who combines outstanding play on the field with devoted work in the community.

Stastny placed on injured reserve

The St. Louis Blues placed center Paul Stastny on injured reserve Friday and recalled forward Dmitrij Jaskin from Chicago of the American Hockey League.

Featured Partners
www.eastridgeretirementcenter.com
The newly modeled East Ridge Residence is a must see with its spacious comfortable apartments. Plus, 3 delicious meals daily, geriatric physician, home healthcare services and fun festive activities. Schedule your visit today!
www.ameripriseadvisors.com/james.m.scotchie
Together we can make a confident retirement possible. Simply click to get started with your private wealth advisor. Talk to Jimmy Scotchie, Certified Financial Planner.
www.comcast.com/cable-internet-packages.html
Get started at $79.99 a month for 12 months. Plus, get a $75 VISA® Prepaid card.
 
Supermarket Guru
From The Archives
Scenic City Roots
Through Irish Eyes
Brand News
Prime Mashup
What's Trending
Megan Wise Goes Outside
Stay Connected with WDEF News 12
 
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.