So that’s how a reliever gets a win. He retires one batter and leaves. That’s how Cody Allen got his first major-league win Sunday against the Astros.
Allen entered the game with two outs and two on in the sixth and induced Justin Maxwell to hit a fly ball to the right fielder.
When the Tribe scored the game winner in the seventh on a solo homer by Mark Reynolds, Allen became the pitcher of record.
“I got a baseball, and they’re going to get me a lineup card,” Allen said, speaking of the mementos he will keep.
LINEUP JUGGLING — Manager Terry Francona gave Carlos Santana a day off from catching by installing him at first base instead of Nick Swisher or Mark Reynolds, who played his first game of the season at third base.
Swisher moved to the designated hitter spot, and Yan Gomes took over behind the plate.
“Swisher fouled a ball off his knee Saturday night,” Francona said. “I told him if he finished out the game, I’d put him at DH tomorrow. Then I had to figure out a way to do it.
“I think Santana is kind of excited to play first; it gives him a day off from squatting.”
CABRERA SITS OUT — Asdrubal Cabrera, who bruised his left wrist on Saturday, was on the bench Sunday.
“He’s much better today,” Francona said. “He thinks he’ll be able to play [Monday]. The fact that he thinks so is great.”
GIAMBI MILESTONES — By going deep at Minute Maid Park Saturday night, Jason Giambi has homered against every team in either league.
He also tied Cal Ripken Jr. for 42nd place on the all-time home run list with 431. Next on the list are Andruw Jones and Juan Gonzalez, tied for 40th and 41st with 434 homers.
Six players among the top 40 played for the Indians: Jim Thome with 612 (7th), Frank Robinson with 586 (9th), Manny Ramirez with 555 (14th), Eddie Murray with 504 (25th), Dave Winfield with 465 (33rd) and Gonzalez.
Thome, Ramirez, Murray and Winfield all played on the 1995 team that won the American League pennant.
PACKING LIGHT — Francona was asked if it was a burden to be on the road for 10 days in a row.
“I just go where they tell me,” the manager said. “As long as I have enough underwear, I’m good to go.”
JUST ASKIN’ — Mark Reynolds was certain he had been hit in the arm by a Philip Humber pitch in the first inning Saturday night, but plate umpire Mike DiMuro didn’t think so.
According to Reynolds, the umpire said, “You didn’t react.”
Answered Reynolds, “What do I have to do, cry?”
On the pitch, Reynolds homered.
LOTS OF PITCHES — How many pitches did it take to complete Saturday night’s 19-6 Tribe win?
Astros pitchers delivered 228 and Indians pitchers used 163 for a total of 391.
FARM FACTS — Carlos Carrasco delivered six scoreless innings, allowing two hits and one walk while striking out 10, as Columbus defeated Toledo 1-0.
— Sheldon Ocker