That's more like it.

After scoring 18 runs in two of their three wins against the Reds earlier in the week, the Indians came back to earth Friday night, beating the Astros 2-0, with Ubaldo Jimenez asserting himself again in a positive way.

In June, the Tribe has scored three or fewer runs in seven games but has three wins, better than would be expected of any team.

"That's a good sign, because we've had a lot of one-run games," Indians manager Manny Acta said. "Tonight it was two, but either way, we don't have to look back and think about mistakes [we made to lose].

"We've been pretty good in close games and that's due to our bullpen. When we get in a close game, it's their responsibility."

Joe Smith, Vinnie Pestano and closer Chris Perez faced seven batters and retired them all, with Perez striking out the side in the ninth to earn his 23rd save.