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Indians Gut Out Hard Fought 7-6 Win Over Houston; Three Takeaways From the Victory

1. Response Runs

Response runs has become a catchphrase in baseball, that being runs that are scored the following inning after a team ties the game or in the case of Wednesday night, gets closer.

After the Tribe built a 3-0 lead in the first, Houston clawed back in the game with an Evan Gattis two-run homer in the 4th and while it took an inning, the Indians came back with two in the 5th on a key Michael Brantley single to make it a 5-2 game.

Brian McCann hit another Houston two-run homer to make it 5-4 in the 6th, and again the Indians responded as Carlos Santana slammed a double to right, putting the Indians back up three at 7-4.

They needed every run they would get, as the Astros got two more in the 8th, closing it to 7-6 before Cody Allen got the four-out save to secure the win.

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Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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