The Indians took a 6-2 lead, four of those runs coming on one ball barely hit past the pitcher's mound.
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Nonetheless, the Cleveland Indians were gifted two runs early in a 10-7 victory over the Houston Astros when Joyce mistook a plain-as-day foul ball for a passed ball that may prove to carry playoff implications.
Players brushed away the bugs with Carlos Carrasco becoming the primary victim. Understandably, no one on the Astros was happy.
The game-time temperature was 87 degrees, causing swarms of midges to travel from nearby Lake Erie to the muggy ballpark.
"It wasn't until the fourth inning that he had thrown more strikes than balls", Francona said.
"That was weird", he said.
"To come in here and get a split feels good, but not the way it happened. I've got to get back to basics, but I don't know what I'm doing differently, to be honest".
I imagine he'd be throwing chairs out the window if the same thing happened to the Indians. Tony Kemp led off the ninth with a single before Indians closer Cody Allen struck out three straight batters for his 25th save.
Left-hander Dallas Keuchel - the reigning AL Cy Young victor - was sent back to Houston to have his pitching shoulder examined. "He's one of the best hitters in the game".
The loss cost Houston a chance to gain ground in the AL wild card race.
Houston still led by a run when Francisco Lindor singled to start the fifth.
Guyer, batting for Tyler Naquin, doubled in two more runs off Kevin Chapman. And foul balls, like checked swings, aren't reviewable - much to the chagrin of Astros manager A.J. Hinch, who emerged from the dugout in a fury and was promptly ejected. The Dodgers ace (11-2, 1.79 ERA), making his first start since June, draws Marlins equal Jose Fernandez (13-8, 3.03), whose 1.91 ERA at home will be hard to compete with first time out.
Hernan Perez had four hits and three RBI for the Brewers, who won their season-high fifth straight on the road and have won seven of their last eight games.
Mike Clevinger will start for the Indians in Minnesota on Saturday. Joyce showed no reaction and didn't call the ball dead. Josh Tomlin, removed from the rotation last week, will also be available.
Astros: SS Carlos Correa (left shoulder inflammation) returned to Houston for additional medical tests Wednesday.
Indians: C Yan Gomes (separated right shoulder) caught five innings for Triple-A Columbus on Wednesday, his first time behind the plate since being injured July 17.
Indians infielder Lonnie Chisenhall tried to check his swing on a ball that hit the dirt, took a amusing bounce and went shooting away from home plate. He went 5-4 with a 2.00 ERA at three minor league levels covering 20 outings.