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CLEVELAND -- Jason Kipnis and Michael Brantley each had three hits and Corey Kluber won his 10th game as the Cleveland Indians completed a four-game sweep by beating the Houston Astros 9-2 Sunday.

It's the ninth win in the last 11 games for the Indians, who started the day in the second wild-card spot in the American League, 1/2 game behind Tampa Bay for the first wild-card spot. Houston has lost nine games in a row.

Kluber (10-5) pitched 5 1/3 innings, giving up two run on six hits with six strikeouts and one walk. Erik Bedard (4-12) took the loss. He gave up six runs on eight hits in five innings, striking out eight and walking two.

Cleveland outscored Houston 17-5 in the four games, but the Astros took the early lead Sunday. Chris Carter belted his 29th home run leading off the second inning to give Houston a 1-0 lead. In the fourth the Astros loaded the bases with no outs, but Kluber kept the damage to a minimum, giving up just one run, which scored when Trevor Crowe hit into a double play.

Bedard held Cleveland scoreless on one hit over the first three innings, but the Indians scored three times in the fourth. Kipnis led off with a single and scored on a double to center by Carlos Santana. Ryan Raburn grounded out and Asdrubal Cabrera walked.

Yan Gomes struck out but Brantley lined a two-out single to center, scoring both runs and giving Cleveland a 3-2 lead.

The Indians blew the game open with a four-run sixth inning.

Cabrera led off with a single and Bedard hit Gomes with a pitch. Brantley followed with his third hit of the game, another single to center, scoring Cabrera to make the score 4-2.

Philip Humber relieved Bedard and after a sacrifice bunt by Aviles moved the runners to second and third, Michael Bourn ripped a triple into the right-field corner, scoring Gomes and Brantley to extend the Cleveland lead to 7-2.

The Indians added another run in the seventh inning on an RBI single by Aviles, and a solo home run by Santana in the eighth made it 9-2.

Notes: Houston RHP Jordan Lyles, who will start Monday at Texas, is 0-4 with an 8.54 ERA in five career starts vs. the Rangers. ... Chris Carter's home run Sunday was his 29th. That's the most by an Astros player since Lance Berkman hit 29 in 2008. ... Indians RHP Justin Masterson pitched a simulated game following Sunday's game. Masterson, who hasn't pitched since Sept. 2 due to a strained oblique, still hopes to pitch again this season. ... At the start of play Sunday, the Indians' 3.16 ERA since the All-star break was the second lowest in the American League.
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