HOUSTON, Texas — The Cleveland Indians dropped their weekend series with the Astros, 2-1, after a 3-1 loss on Sunday in the series finale.
— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) May 21, 2018
The game was a standstill at zero until Brian McCann opened the scoring up with a two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh to give the Astros a 2-0 lead.
Houston continued to build their lead in the bottom of the eighth with an RBI ground rule double by Josh Reddick to increase their lead to 3-0.
The Indians would only muster one run in this contest as Edwin Encarnacion grounded out to third in the top of the ninth to bring home Michael Brantley for the only run.
Indians starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco had a good night on the mound as he only surrendered three earned runs and eight hits while striking out six batters in 7 2/3 innings.
Unfortunately for Carrasco, Astros starter Lance McCullers Jr. was on fire himself as he only gave up a single hit and struck out eight batters in seven innings pitched. McCullers threw a perfect game up until Jason Kipnis hit a leadoff single in the top of the sixth. It was the only hit McCullers surrendered the whole game.
Bauer Got Back
Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer flashed some pretty impressive skills before the game as he made an incredible behind-the-back catch in pregame warmups to the delight of some fans.
With the loss, the Indians yet again have a losing record as they fall to 22-23 on the season. However, they still hold a 1 1/2 game lead over the Minnesota Twins for first place in the AL Central.
The Indians are now headed to Wrigley Field for the first time since the 2016 World Series as they have a two-game interleague series with the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday and Wednesday. Trevor Bauer will take the mound for the Tribe on Tuesday as Cleveland and Chicago will be broadcast on ESPN at 7:00pm ET.