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Stubbs, homers help Tribe top Astros

Monday, April 22, 2013

Associated Press


The Cleveland Indians hit four home runs and manager Terry Francona still thought a catch by Drew Stubbs was the biggest play of the day.

Stubbs made the dazzling catch to limit the damage in the first inning and homered in the sixth before Mark Reynolds’ seventh homer of the season put Cleveland on top in a 5-4 win over the Houston Astros.

The drive by Reynolds, who also homered in Cleveland’s 19-6 win Saturday, helped the Indians take two of three in the series.

Carlos Santana and Yan Gomes also added home runs for the Indians.

Jose Altuve drew a leadoff walk before Fernando Martinez, who came off the disabled list on Saturday, connected on his first pitch of the season for a solo homer that made it 2-0. The shot broke a streak of 142/3 scoreless innings against the Astros for Indians starter Ubaldo Jimenez.

Jason Castro singled before Stubbs made the nifty over-the-shoulder catch while sprinting near the wall right-center and the Indians made it a double play when Castro couldn’t beat the throw back to first.

“It started out a little rocky. That second hit of the game hits that short porch and then in my opinion Drew Stubbs saved the game two hitters later,” Francona said. “They’ve got a runner on first and they’ve got a ball that’s going to hit the wall and be a triple. And Drew catches it and we double the guy off, and in my opinion that gave us a chance to win the ballgame.”

Stubbs, who played here often when he was with Cincinnati, wasn’t sure if he’d be able to get to it when it was hit.

“You never know,” he said.