INDIANS/PIRATES Friday’s games

Altuve, Astros use late surge to beat Tribe


Jose Altuve tied it in the eighth inning with a two-run double off Andrew Miller and then scored the go-ahead run on Marwin Gonzalez’s squeeze bunt, and the Houston Astros scored 11 times in the final two innings to beat the Cleveland Indians 11-2 on Friday night.

Houston scored three runs off Miller (1-3) during a four-run eighth before George Springer’s three-run homer helped make it a blowout in the ninth.

Miller was pulled after allowing Altuve’s double, and Gonzalez then laid down a perfect bunt toward the mound off Cody Allen. Allen picked up the ball, but his flip to catcher Yan Gomes was too late to get Altuve at the plate.

Joe Smith (2-1) recorded the final out in the seventh.

Corey Kluber and Dallas Keuchel locked up in a battle of AL Cy Young Award winners. Kluber pitched 61/3 scoreless innings and Keuchel gave up two runs in six innings.

Kluber was the Cy Young winner in 2014 and last season, while Keuchel won the award in 2015.

Cleveland scored in the third on Jose Ramirez’s RBI double and again in the sixth on Jason Kipnis’ groundball with the bases loaded.

Springer led off the eighth with a double and Alex Bregman walked. Both scored when Altuve doubled

Pirates down Cards in Musgrove’s debut


Joe Musgrove came off the disabled list to win his Pirates debut with seven scoreless innings on the mound while also getting his first career hit and scoring the winning run as Pittsburgh beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-1 on Friday night.

The Pirates scored three times off John Gant to break a scoreless tie in the sixth. Musgrove came home on Josh Harrison’s double to center field before Josh Bell hit a sacrifice fly and Corey Dickerson capped the inning with an RBI triple off Brett Cecil.

Musgrove (1-0) allowed five hits and struck out seven. He was one of four players acquired from the Houston Astros in a January trade for right-hander Gerrit Cole.

Gant (1-2) was charged with three runs in 51/3 innings while giving up four hits with seven strikeouts and no walks.

Francisco Cervelli broke the game open with a three-run double in the seventh inning that pushed Pittsburgh’s lead to 6-0.

Tommy Pham accounted for the Cardinals’ run with an eighth-inning homer, his ninth, off Michael Feliz.

Austin Meadows and Jordy Mercer hit back-to-back triples for the Pirates in the eighth.

St. Louis’ Marcell Ozuna and Jedd Gyorko had two hits apiece.

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