Houston beats Cleveland by landslide and will defend the American League title

  • Houston Chronicle

The Houston Astros became pure offense to prevail over the Cleveland Indians with an 11-3 scoreline and complete the landslide of the best of five division series games.

For this, Houston came from behind, as the Indians opened the score in the third inning, with Michael Brantley's sacrifice fly that brought Yan Gomes home.

The tie came at the top of the fifth inning, with the first of two home runs by George Springer, who set a franchise record of ten home runs during the postseason.

However, Cleveland resumed control of the game in the bottom of the same inning, with solo home runs by Francisco Lindor throughout the left field.

The starters gave way to the bullpen and it was then when the Astros exploded: Venezuelan Jose Altuve towed an RBA by failing an infield hit, and Marwin Gonzalez connected a double to push two more RBAs.

In the eighth inning the team sentenced the game with six more runs, and still had time for one more in the ninth to celebrate the divisional title and await in the American League final the winner of the series between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox.

Charlie McHugh took the win relieving two perfect innings, and the loss was Trevor Bauer also as a relief pitcher.

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