Acta shows confidence in back end of bullpen

Acta shows confidence in back end of bullpen

HOUSTON -- Friday's 2-0 shutout of the Astros extended the Indians' win streak to six when leading on the road after six innings.

Cleveland manager Manny Acta attributes much of that success to his bullpen. He had no reservations about pulling Friday's starter Ubaldo Jimenez in the seventh inning even though the righty was in command and held Houston scoreless.

"He had 100-plus pitches and he had seen [Jose] Altuve already three times," Acta said. "I wanted Altuve to have a different look."

Acta went to his bullpen, calling upon Joe Smith to put out a seventh-inning fire.

"Smitty's our guy," Acta said. "Why take the chance with Ubaldo there after he had been giving us everything he gave us? Plus, walking the guy in front of him kind of did it for me."

Vinnie Pestano and Chris Perez, who picked up his league-leading 23rd save, followed Smith to the mound collectively retiring all seven batters they faced.