Major League Baseball
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Houston at Cleveland
When: 6:10 PM ET, Thursday, May 24, 2018
Where: Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio

The Houston Astros attempt to extend a pair of winning streaks when they begin their seven-game road trip Thursday with the opener of a four-game series against the Cleveland Indians. Houston, which has won two straight away from home, topped San Francisco 4-1 on Wednesday for its third consecutive overall victory.

George Springer snapped a 1-1 tie in the fifth inning with his team-leading 10th home run, a two-run shot that highlighted his third two-hit performance in five contests. Carlos Correa added two hits and an RBI for the Astros, but Jose Altuve went 0-for-3 to end his hitting streak at seven games. Cleveland completed its 4-4 road trip - which included a 1-2 mark at Houston last weekend - with a two-game interleague sweep in Chicago during which it outscored the Cubs 11-1. Michael Brantley delivered an RBI single in the third inning as he went 2-for-3 to extend his hitting streak to 12 games while Adam Plutko did not allow a hit over the first six frames and combined with two relievers on a three-hitter after being recalled from the minors prior to Wednesday's 1-0 victory.

TV: 6:10 p.m. ET, MLB Network, AT&T SportsNet Southwest (Houston), SportsTime Ohio (Cleveland)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Astros RH Charlie Morton (6-0, 1.94 ERA) vs. Indians RH Mike Clevinger (3-1, 2.87)

Morton looks to top Cleveland for the second time in seven days after allowing one run and four hits over seven innings of a home victory over the Indians on Friday. The 34-year-old native of New Jersey has registered 70 strikeouts while issuing only 18 walks in 55 2/3 frames this season and has yielded more than two runs only twice in his nine turns. Morton's win last time out improved him to 1-2 with a 3.93 ERA in three career starts against Cleveland.

Clevinger suffered his first loss of the season opposite Morton on Friday as he surrendered three runs on eight hits and four walks in 6 1/3 innings. The 27-year-old Floridian has issued four free passes in two of his last three turns - both on the road - after handing out a total of 10 over his first six outings this year. Clevinger has made three career starts against the Astros, going 1-2 with a 2.40 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 15 frames.

WALK-OFFS

1. The Astros have allowed 126 runs over their first 50 games, the lowest total in the major leagues in that span since 1920.

2. Cleveland placed OF Brandon Guyer (neck) on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday to make room on the roster for Plutko.

3. Houston placed Josh Reddick (leg infection) on the 10-day DL and recalled fellow OF Jake Marisnick from Triple-A Fresno.

PREDICTION: Astros 5, Indians 2
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
Houston 32-18 W3 16-11 16-7 4-3 6-3 17-9 5-3
Cleveland 23-23 W1 13-9 10-14 4-6 10-5 6-10 3-2
Last Meeting
Houston Cleveland
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
5/20/18 CLE 1 HOU 3 .290 1 .764 .100 0 .290
Player Stats
Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Houston J. Altuve .417 5 .917
Cleveland E. Encarnacion .300 3 1.117
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Houston C. Correa 1 2 2
Cleveland E. Encarnacion 1 2 3
Pitching ERA Avg K
Houston 2.33 .292 25
Cleveland 3.96 .188 25
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Houston J. Altuve .313 63 .778
Cleveland M. Brantley .331 49 .926
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Houston G. Springer 10 36 31
Cleveland J. Ramirez 14 31 34
Pitching ERA Avg K
Houston 2.39 .256 517
Cleveland 3.99 .247 401