The Indians were two outs away from the first combined no-hitter in franchise history Thursday when Jed Lowrie ruined it with a long homer to left field with one out in the ninth inning. So instead of a history-making event, the Indians settled for ordinary regular-season victory as they beat Houston, 5-1, at Minute Maid Park. Trevor Bauer, Kyle Crockett and Scott Atchison held the Astros hitless through eight innings. Hagadone started the ninth by striking out Chris Carter, but Lowrie hammered Hagadone's 0-1 pitch far and deep to left center. It would have been first no-hitter by the Indians since Lenny Barker's perfect game on May 15, 1981 against Toronto. By far, it would have been the most unique. Bauer walked one batter and struck out 26 in spring training as he worked hard to throw more strikes. To throw so many strikes, he had to leave a lot of balls over the plate and that resulted in 35 hits by the opposition. Those hits included three homers in succession by the Angels and four triples in one inning by the Giants. So what happened in Bauer's first start of the regular season? He walked four of the first nine batters he faced, but didn't allow a hit or run over six innings until manager Terry Francona removed him because he threw 111 pitches. He struck out a career-high 11 batters, walking five. He threw only 59 percent (65-of-111) of his pitches for strikes. Bauer settled in after his rocky start. At one point, he retired 10 straight before walking George Springer to start the sixth. By that time the Indians had a 4-0 lead. Crockett pitched a scoreless seventh, his only flaw being a two-out walk to Hank Conger. Atchison pitched the eighth. He walked Springer with one out and was saved by Brandon Moss' nice running catch in deep right against Luis Valbuena.
Indians denied no-hitter with one out in ninth; beat Houston, 5-1
Cleveland Plain Dealer | Apr 10