HOUSTON -- The Cleveland Indians hit four home runs Sunday in a 5-4 win over the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park.
Indians' third baseman Mark Reynolds belted his seventh home run of the season in the seventh inning to cap off the power surge.
Reynolds' second homer of the series helped the Indians (7-10) take the rubber match of their series with the Astros (5-13). Cleveland signed Reynolds away from the Baltimore Orioles as a free agent looking to add some thump to the middle of its order. Over the previous five seasons with the Orioles and Arizona Diamondbacks, Reynolds ranked eighth in the majors with 164 homers and produced a .472 slugging percentage.
The Astros loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning against Indians' closer Chris Perez. But Perez recorded his second save by striking out Chris Carter before getting Jason Castro to ground out to Reynolds. The Astros stranded eight base runners over their final four at-bats and finished 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position.
Indians' right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez had Drew Stubbs to thank for his limiting the damage of what was a perilous bottom of the first inning.
After Fernando Martinez, recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Saturday, followed a leadoff walk from Jose Altuve by drilling the first pitch his saw in the big leagues this season into the Crawford Boxes in left, Astros' catcher Jason Castro followed with a sharp single to center. Brandon Laird then cranked an 0-2 fastball deep into the right-center gap, a ball Stubbs somewhat miraculously tracked down and caught.
Given the depth of the batted ball, Castro had already rounded second base by the time Stubbs made his sparkling defensive effort, making Castro an easy victim of the subsequent double play. Jimenez settled down immediately, inducing a ground ball out from Carlos Pena to close the first inning and continue a string of 14 consecutive batters retired.
By the time Jimenez retook the mound in the sixth, the Indians flipped that 2-0 deficit into a 4-2 lead courtesy of a trio of solo home runs from Van Gomes in the second, Carlos Santana in the fifth and Stubbs in the sixth. Ryan Raburn added an RBI single that scored Santana in the third.
But things crumbled quickly for Jimenez, who allowed a single to Marwin Gonzalez to open the sixth before Altuve followed with an RBI triple. Jimenez was lifted in favor of left-hander Nick Hagadone, who immediately surrendered a sacrifice fly to Chris Carter, scoring Altuve.
NOTES: The Astros recalled left-hander Brett Oberholtzer from Triple-A Oklahoma City and optioned left-hander Dallas Keuchel. Three Houston starters have failed to pitch beyond the first inning in the past week, a development that taxed the bullpen and necessitated the recalling of Oberholtzer, a starter who can provide long relief. ... The Indians placed right-hander Brett Myers on the 15-day disabled list with right flexor tendon discomfort. Myers returned to Cleveland on Sunday to undergo an MRI on his right forearm. ... Indians' SS Asdrubal Cabrera left Saturday night's game with a left wrist contusion, but his condition has improved enough that he could play Monday against the Chicago White Sox. Cabrera was not in the lineup Sunday in Houston. ... Indians' right-hander Matt Albers might rejoin the club in Chicago. Albers is on the restricted list tending to a family issue.