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CLEVELAND -- Terry Francona knows style points dont matter when a team is chasing a playoff spot. Even though Thursday nights 2-1 win over Houston took 11 innings and featured several twists and turns, the Cleveland Indians manager wasnt about to be picky. "Well take any win any way we can get it," he said. Matt Carson hit a winning single with two outs and the bases loaded and the Indians closed within a half-game in the AL wild card race. The fact the heroics came from an unlikely source made the victory even more special. Carson has spent most of his 12-year career in the minors, but came through at a crucial moment. "Thats the pinnacle for me at this point in my career," said Carson, who was called up from Triple-A Columbus on Aug. 28. "Thats nice to see," Francona said. "He spent the whole year at Triple-A, and comes up here and impacts the major league team. Its rewarding to see a kid get rewarded like that." Yan Gomes singled with one out against Rhiner Cruz (0-2), and Asdrubal Cabrera reached on an infield single, beating the throw after third baseman Marwin Gonzalez charged and barehanded his slow roller. Trevor Crowe caught Michael Brantleys liner to centre and nearly doubled Gomes off second, and Mike Aviles loaded the bases with a walk. Carson, who entered the game as a defensive replacement the previous inning, hit a grounder under the glove of second baseman Jose Altuve for Clevelands 10th walkoff win this season. "It wasnt do or die," he said. "If I get a hit we win. If I dont were still in the ballgame. I was trying to get a good solid swing. It wasnt a pressure at-bat." Carson was mobbed by his teammates who poured out of the dugout and doused the reserve outfielder with water. "Its the greatest feeling," he said. "I have done it plenty of times with other guys. To be the guy getting mobbed, it feels good." Tampa Bay and Texas (83-69) are tied for the two wild cards. Cleveland (83-70), trying to make the playoffs for the first time since 2007, has three more games against the major league-worst Astros (51-102), who have had seven losing streaks of six games or more. The Indians then host the Chicago White Sox for two games and finish with four at Minnesota. Bryan Shaw (5-3) pitched the 11th for the win. The Astros not only came to town with a five-game losing streak, they were also weary. The players checked into their downtown Cleveland hotel at 6:30 a.m. following a 13-inning home game Wednesday night. Houston lost to Cincinnati 6-5 at Minute Maid Park in a contest that lasted 5 hours, 13 minutes. Astros manager Bo Porter was unhappy following the game. "Its one thing to get beat, but its another thing to beat yourself," he said. "We just squandered opportunity after opportunity with poor at-bats and bad baserunning. Its extremely frustrating because this is basic baseball. We should have won these last two games." The Indians playoff chase hasnt caught on with Cleveland fans, with only 12,607 in attendance Thursday night. Both teams missed scoring chances in the ninth. Chris Perez worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the top half by striking out Brett Wallace and L.J. Hoes. Brantley walked with one out in the bottom of the ninth, but was thrown out trying to steal second. After Aviles walked, Jason Giambi batted for Drew Stubbs. The 42-year-old veteran lined a 1-1 pitch from Josh Zeid into the right field corner that was foul by a couple of feet. Giambi then popped out to end the inning. A baserunning blunder by pinch-runner Jake Elmore ended Houstons scoring threat in the 10th. Cody Clark led off with a double, but Elmore was picked off second by the catcher Gomes on the first pitch to Jonathan Villa. Cody Allen retired the next two hitters. Ubaldo Jimenez allowed one run and struck out nine in seven innings. The right-hander has fanned 59 in his last 47 innings. Dallas Keuchel matched Jimenez, also allowing one run with seven strikeouts in seven innings. The Indians were coming off a 5-2 road trip, sweeping four games in Chicago before losing two of three in Kansas City. Jason Kipnis, snapping an 0-for-11 slump, gave Cleveland the lead with an RBI single in the first. Hoes tied the game with a sacrifice fly in the second. Nick Swisher, who matched a career high with four hits, started the first-inning rally with a one-out double and scored when Kipnis, who was 4 for 21 on Clevelands trip, lined a hit to centre. Houston loaded the bases on three singles with nobody out in the second, but scored only once. After Jimenez struck out Wallace, Hoes fly ball to right was deep enough to score Marc Krauss. NOTES: RHP Justin Masterson (strained left oblique) will throw a bullpen session Friday, his first time since being injured on Sept. 2. Its still uncertain if he will return this season. ... 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LOUIS -- To stay a step ahead of goaltenders, T.First, Detroit Red Wings forward David Legwand was battling with Pittsburgh Penguins star Evgeni Malkin, when Legwand decided to spear Malkin in the groin with the butt-end of his stick. Legwand was assessed a five-minute major penalty on the play (deep in the third period of a 4-4 game) and a game misconduct, he was later handed a $5000 fine from the league. Last night, Boston Bruins agitator Milan Lucic appeared to spear Montreal Canadiens forward Alexei Emelin in the same area in act on revenge for a hit by Emelin in the first period. Take a look at both videos and determine for yourself who was in the wrong; first, Emelins hip-check on Lucic, followed by what appears to be a spear in retaliation.Now, even TSNs Mike Johnson had trouble seeing whether or not Lucic truly made contact with Emelin.There are two theories here; either Lucic speared him, or Emelin has eyes in the back of his head and gave an Oscar-worthy performance in an attempt to draw a penalty. Ill be going with the former. Lucic escaped the play without being called for a penalty and after walking it off down the Canadiens hallway, Emelin returned to thhe game.ddddddddddddIn the end, the Canadiens defeated the Bruins in a shootout, snapping the Bruins win streak at 12 games.Lucic then proceeded to make things worse for himself after the game by calling Emelin "a chicken" for throwing a low (legal) hit on him. He then claimed to have simply "skated by" Emelin in the third period and that he did not throw a spear to what TSNs John Lu described as "a sensitive area."There has been no word yet on whether or not Lucic will be facing league discipline for the incident.However, whether or not Lucic is fined or suspended, when it comes spearing a player in the groin, or any area really, its obvious you cant do that. Lucic then calling Emelin "a chicken" for throwing an open ice hit, when he threw an apparent spear to an unsuspecting player? You definitely cant do that.A lesson for next time Lucic, take a number and extract legal revenge. Though, if youre going to take the cowards route, dont call the other player a chicken. Those in glass houses shouldnt throw stones... or spear another player in them.You cant do that. 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