On the surface, Monday's matchup between the Houston Astros and Cleveland Indians looked to be far in the tribe's favor. 2014 American League Cy-Young award winner Corey Kluber was the mound against Mike Fiers. But to pull out a terrible clique, the game isn't played on paper.
The Astros double play duo flashed the leather to keep the game tied at 0-0. Jose Altuve threw out Michael Brantley after fielding a grounder far to his right with his bare hand in the second. Carlos Correa went all out diving to his left to catch a laser from Lonnie Chisenhall in the third.
Houston offense broke down Corey Kluber in the third inning. The Astros sent six players to the plate and all six reached before Kluber retired a batter.
Luis Valbuena singled to right to open up the inning. Jas Castro and Jose Altuve followed with back-to-back doubles -- Altuve's double scored two runs.
George Springer and Carlos Correa loaded the bases with a walk and a single respectively. The Indians' Mickey Callaway visited with Kluber before Colby Rasmus singled to right. Altuve and Springer scored, Springer sneaking just under the tag by Yan Gomes. The Astros led 4-0.
Marwin Gonzalez put the fifth run on the board with a grounder back to Kluber, allowing Correa to score.
Rajai Davis helped put the Indians' lone run in the game in the sixth inning. Davis doubled to left and later scored on a fielder's choice.
Luis Valbuena helped the Astros get the run back in the sixth. Valbuena doubled to left, moved to third on a failed pickoff attempt. Altuve drove in his third run in the game with a sacrifice fly.
Preston Tucker and Carlos Gomez paired up to get a run in the eighth. Tucker doubled to center and scored on a Gomez single.
Everything went wrong with Kluber, Mik Fiers had a settler night. Fister allowed just one run on three hits, two walks while striking out four over seven innings.
Ken Giles and Scott Feldman pitched a scoreless inning in relief.