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MLB: Cleveland 2, Houston 1 (7 inn.)

Sept. 20, 2013 at 11:04 PM   |   Comments

CLEVELAND, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Carlos Santana and Ryan Raburn scored unearned runs Friday that brought Cleveland a 2-1 win over Houston in a game shortened to seven innings by rain.

The umpires waited out a long delay in a contest vital to the playoff picture before it became apparent the conditions would not soon improve.

Cleveland started the contest just a half game behind Tampa Bay and Texas in the race for the two wild card berths in the American League.

A fielding error by Houston third baseman Brandon Laird in the third inning allowed Asdrubal Cabrera to reach base and Cleveland took advantage of that miscue to produce a run on a fielder's choice grounder by Mike Aviles.

Another fielding error by first baseman Chris Carter in the fourth on a grounder by Michael Brantley brought home Raburn all the way from second.

Those costly mistakes gave the win to Zach McAllister (9-9), who allowed a run on four hits in five innings. Bryan Shaw struck out three while working the final 1 1/3 innings and was credited with his first save.

The hard-luck loss went to Brett Oberholzer (4-4), who went the distance in the rain-shortened affair while giving up four hits.

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