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TEX@HOU: Bedard retires Pierzynski to escape trouble

The Indians should be more relaxed, at least offensively, for Sunday's series finale against the Astros at Minute Maid Park after erupting for 19 runs on Saturday to snap a five-game losing streak.

Cleveland, which had struggled at the plate during its skid, collected 22 hits on Saturday night. The Indians scored eight runs in the first inning, matching their total from the previous three games.

"Sometimes it takes just one swing to get you going, get the team up and get a little motivation," said Indians third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall, 3-for-9 with a two-run homer in the series.

The Indians will turn to Ubaldo Jimenez on Sunday as they look to win their third series this year. Jimenez is winless in three starts with an 11.25 ERA and lasted just 1 2/3 innings in his last outing on Tuesday.

The Astros won the series opener on Friday, 3-2, to snap a five-game losing streak of their own. But Saturday's loss took an extreme toll on the bullpen.

Philip Humber lasted just one-third of an inning on Saturday, becoming the third Astros pitcher in five games to not make it out of the first. The Astros are in the early stages of a 17-game stretch without an off-day, and the bullpen has already endured a heavy workload.

Houston relievers have worked 30 2/3 innings over the past five games, including 8 2/3 innings on Saturday, 7 2/3 innings on Monday in Oakland and 7 1/3 innings Wednesday in Oakland.

"I will always be conscious of the workload of those guys," Astros manager Bo Porter said. "I sit and talk with [pitching coach] Doug [Brocail] and [bullpen coach] Dennis [Martinez] every day. We know who's available and not available and to what extent they're available. Sometimes that goes into how I'm going to manage the game as well, and I have to make sure those guys are able to last for the long haul."

One of those starters who struggled in his previous outing is Sunday starter Erik Bedard, who went a career-low one-third of inning in Monday's loss at Oakland. The left-hander threw only 35 pitches, though, so he should be fresh on Sunday.

Bedard walked four batters on Monday, which was his biggest problem. Still, opponents are hitting just .148 (4-for-27) against him this year in 7 2/3 innings over three outings, including two starts.

Indians: Myers dealing with arm issue
• Brett Myers will be evaluated in Cleveland on Sunday after complaining of tendinitis in his right forearm after his start on Friday night.

"We're sending him back to Cleveland and getting him looked at," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "Just to see what's going on and what we need to do."

It's possible that Myers could be skipped in the rotation this week, according to Francona. The right-hander is scheduled to pitch Wednesday against the White Sox.

Myers is 0-3 with an 8.02 ERA in four appearances, including three starts.

• Asdrubal Cabrera left Saturday's game in the first inning due to a left wrist contusion. The shortstop batted twice during Cleveland's eight-run first, with a single in his first at-bat and a groundout to end the frame.

Mike Aviles replaced Cabrera at shortstop in the bottom of the inning. Aviles went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.

Astros: Altuve off to strong start offensively
Jose Altuve went 2-for-3 on Saturday to extend his hitting streak to six games. Through 17 games, the second baseman is hitting .371 with one home run and eight RBIs.

Altuve leads the Astros with 26 hits and has eight games with multiple hits. He's reaching base at a .413 clip.

"He's doing tremendous," Porter said. "He's a baseball player. A lot of times people talk about size and stature and this and that, but this guy has an extreme passion to be good and it drives him. He has inner motivation to go along with an extremely gifted ability with hand-eye coordination to put the barrel on the baseball, and he has fun. From a manager's standpoint, it's easy to pencil that guy into the lineup every day because you know you're going to get everything he has."

Worth noting
• Astros outfielder Chris Carter is 1-for-19 over his last six games, with eight strikeouts.

• Cleveland pitchers have struck out at least 10 in each of the last five games. Comments