Carson sends Tribe past Astros in 11
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Matt Carson's RBI single in the bottom of the 11th inning lifted the Cleveland Indians to a 2-1 win over the Houston Astros in the opener of a four-game set.
Back-to-back base hits by Yan Gomes and Asdrubal Cabrera preceded Michael Brantley's line out against Rhiner Cruz (0-2) in the 11th. Mike Aviles walked to load the bases with one out and Carson, who was a defensive replacement for Jason Giambi in the top of the 10th, deposited a single into right-center to bring home Gomes for the winning run.
The Indians are one-half game behind the Texas Rangers and Tampa Bay Rays, who are tied for the AL's two wild-card spots.
Nick Swisher went 4-of-4 with a run scored for Cleveland, which has won six of its last eight contests.
Indians starter Ubaldo Jimenez fanned nine and surrendered just a run on six hits over seven frames, while Bryan Shaw (5-3) registered the win with a perfect top of the 11th.
Houston starter Dallas Keuchel fanned seven and allowed a run on seven hits and a walk over seven innings for the Astros, who have dropped six straight tilts.
The Tribe opened the scoring in the first when Swisher smacked a one-out double to left and scored on Jason Kipnis' single to center.
The Astros countered in the second as L.J. Hoes' sacrifice fly knotted the game.
The Indians were 2-for-6 with runners in scoring position and left 11 men on base, while Houston finished 1-for-8 with RISP ... Swisher's double was his 25th of the season.
09/19 23:36:25 ET