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House bests Saguaros with five strong frames

Indians prospect strikes out six to earn first AFL win as Scorpions move above .500

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T.J. House may very well have been born in Mississippi, but he appears at home in Scottsdale.

The Indians prospect struck out six over five strong innings as his Scorpions bested the Surprise Saguaros, 6-3, on Thursday afternoon in Arizona Fall League action.

The Scorpions (8-7) moved a game above .500, while the Saguaros (7-7) fell to that level.

House, who was coming off five no-hit innings in his last appearance, gave up two runs on six hits and a pair of walks. The 23-year-old left-hander is now 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA -- and 14 Ks in 13 innings -- through three AFL outings.

Cleveland's 16th-round draftee in 2008 is no stranger to success. He won 10 of 15 decisions while compiling a 3.56 ERA 116-to-50 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 27 starts split between Class A Advanced Carolina and Double-A Akron.

The only Saguaros batter who gave House and his relievers trouble was catcher Christian Vazquez (Red Sox). The Boston prospect doubled home a run and scored another in the second inning before hitting a solo home run, his first, in the ninth. Vazquez, a ninth-round draftee in 2008, also singled twice to round out his four at-bats and raise his batting average through seven games to .292.

Saguaros starter Ben Henry (Rangers) made his Fall League debut, walking three but pitching two hitless innings before exiting. His bullpen, starting with righty Ben Rowen (Rangers), gave up six runs, but three were unearned. The club committed four defensive errors.

Andrew Pentis is a contributor to and writes the Prospective Blog. Follow him on Twitter at AndrewMiLB.

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