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PREVIEW: Indians look to even series with Astros on Sunday afternoon

CLEVELAND– The Indians (25-25) wrap up a four-game set with the Astros (34-19) on Sunday afternoon, and will try to get their second straight win against the defending World Series champions.

Time: 1:10 p.m.

Starting Pitchers: CLE Trevor Bauer (4-3, 2.35) vs. HOU Gerrit Cole (5-1, 1.86)

TV:  SportsTime Ohio

Online: MLB.TV

Radio: WTAM 1100 AM, WMMS 100.7 FM, Indians Radio Network

1. The doctor is still in

Michael Brantley enters Sunday afternoon’s contest with a 15-game hit streak alive and well. His streak is the longest active one in Major League Baseball. With a hit in Sunday’s contest, Brantley will pass Francisco Lindor with the longest hit streak by a Tribe batter this year.

He kept the streak alive on Saturday night with solo home run in the seventh inning that gave the Indians an 8-6 lead.

Throughout the last 15 games, Brantley is batting .348 (23-of-66) with five home runs, 16 RBI and 16 runs scored.

2. A closer look at the pitching matchup

Trevor Bauer takes the mound for the Tribe for his first matchup against the Astros this season. Last game out against the Cubs, Bauer went six shutout innings and allowed just seven hits, two walks and struck out six.

On the other side, Gerrit Cole will get the start for Houston. The Astros hurler has a 1.86 ERA, and he’s currently second on his team in that category, just behind Justin Verlander (1.05).

3. Recapping game 3 of the series

After two rough losses to Houston on Thursday and Friday, the Indians topped the Astros on Saturday, 8-6.

The Tribe hit four home runs: Yonder Alonso, Jason Kipnis and Edwin Encarnacion each put up two-run shots to go along with Brantley’s solo homer.

Carlos Carrasco went five and two-thirds innings and allowed five runs, seven hits and struck out eight.

Ashley is a former basketball player who covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Indians and high school sports for NEO Sports Insiders. She also covers the Cavs for SB Nation's Fear The Sword. Ashley is a 2015 graduate of John Carroll University and previously worked in political journalism. You can follow her on Twitter @AshleyBastock42

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