Tribe's Chisenhall showing off power stroke

Lefty-hitting outfielder has four homers in past six games

Tribe's Chisenhall showing off power stroke

HOUSTON -- Lonnie Chisenhall homered for a second straight game in the Indians' 3-0 victory over the Astros on Saturday at Minute Maid Park.

The left-handed-hitting Chisenhall has homered in consecutive games for the third time this season; all six of his homers have come in pairs.

When he gets hot, he gets hot.

"I'm sure confidence plays a big factor," Indians manager Terry Francona said.

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In Saturday's win, Chisenhall's fourth-inning solo shot to right field off Houston starter Mike Fiers gave Cleveland a 2-0 lead to back Indians starter Mike Clevinger, who took a no-hitter into the seventh inning.

Chisenhall singled in the second and came around to score the game's first run on Jason Kipnis' single, and finished the day 2-for-4 with two runs.

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"He's done a good job, and not just the last two games. He has given us a lift since the day he came back," Francona said. "He's been doing a good job for us."

Chisenhall began the season on the 10-day disabled list with a right shoulder sprain. After rehabbing at Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus, he returned April 13.

In his last six games, the Indians outfielder has four home runs and eight RBIs, batting .368 (7-for-19) in that span.

"I think he's just taken his normal approach, and he's getting a good pitch to hit," Francona said. "When you got an OPS around .900, you are going to have some RBIs."

His home run Saturday was measured at 446 feet with an exit velocity of 107 mph. The launch angle was 24 degrees.

Chisenhall, who played right field Saturday, has played 18 games in center field and four games in right this season.

Richard Dean is a contributor to based in Houston. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.