Carrasco Ks 12 in 2-hitter, Indians top Astros 2-0
HOUSTON (AP) — Carlos Carrasco threw a two-hitter with a career-high 12 strikeouts to lead the Cleveland Indians over the Houston Astros 2-0 Wednesday night.
Yan Gomes had an RBI single in the fourth inning and a run-scoring triple in the sixth.
Carrasco (8-5) walked one in his first career complete game. His previous best for strikeouts was 10 on Sept. 2 against Detroit, and his longest outing had been 8 2-3 innings on Sept. 7 against the Chicago White Sox.
The right-hander retired his first seven batters before walking Jon Singleton in the third. Carrasco did not allow a hit until Jose Altuve’s infield single leading off the fourth.
Altuve had another infield single with two outs in the ninth, snapping a streak of 17 straight batters retired by Carrasco.
In eight August and September starts, Carrasco has allowed seven runs in 54 innings — including four in his previous start Friday at Detroit. He has not permitted a run in four of those eight starts.
Altuve leads the majors with 213 hits, which ties Dustin Pedroia for the most by a second baseman since 1974. Pedroia had 213 hits for Boston in 2008, when he won the AL MVP award.
Houston starter Brett Oberholtzer (5-12) gave up two runs and seven hits with three strikeouts in 7 2-3 innings. The left-hander retired 11 of the first 12 batters he faced before Carlos Santana got the game’s first hit with a double in the fourth.
Gomes reached on an error in the second.
Indians: OF Ryan Raburn had an MRI on his left knee that revealed a meniscus injury, manager Terry Francona said. Raburn will have season-ending surgery. "He needs to get the meniscus fixed, so we are in the midst of having that set up to have the scope, and it will be done sooner rather than later," Francona said. "Hopefully real soon. Ligaments are good, all intact."
Astros: RHP Brad Peacock, scratched from his scheduled start Monday with lower back tightness, will start Friday against Seattle.
The Indians will send RHP Danny Salazar (6-7) to the mound Thursday in the finale of the four-game series. Salazar is 3-2 with a 2.43 ERA in seven starts in August and September. Houston will counter with RHP Scott Feldman (8-11), who will look to keep his string of solid starts going after allowing two runs in six innings Saturday.