Yan's long HR stops Astros in their tracks

May 21st, 2017

HOUSTON -- In ' first at-bat on Sunday, he just missed hitting a home run to left field at Minute Maid Park. The Indians' catcher made sure the ball got out in his following plate appearance against Houston starter Joe Musgrove.

Gomes hammered Musgrove's third-inning offering a projected 457 feet to left, according to Statcast™. His third homer of the season, a three-run shot, gave Cleveland a 5-1 lead en route to its 8-6 series-sweeping win over the Astros.

"Our biggest goal coming into this series was to just play good baseball," said Gomes, who tied his career high of five RBIs. "This is the best team in the AL right now. When we come in and play good ballgames, we're going to beat a lot of people."

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The blast by Gomes is his longest in the Statcast™ Era, and with an exit velocity of 110.2 mph, it's the hardest-hit homer by Gomes. The launch angle was 27 degrees.

Gomes' homer is the longest by an Indians player this season, bettering the 456-foot blast from on April 27, also against the Astros.

Gomes settled for a double in his first at-bat after the ball missed clearing the left-field wall by inches, though it still scored , who led off the second with a double.

"Credit to Edwin. He had a great read getting to third, so you're just trying to come up with something, hit a ball deep and try to get him in," Gomes said. "I was able to get a barrel on it.

"I didn't really think it was going to go that far, but you kind of remember that it's a short porch out there. You think you have a chance."

There was no chance of the ball Gomes hit in the third inning staying in play. He crushed it onto the train tracks in left field.

"I got hold of the second one," Gomes said.

Sunday marked Gomes' first game with multiple extra-base hits since April 23, 2016, when he homered and doubled against the Tigers. In 21 games since April 17, Gomes is batting .367 (22-for-60) with two homers, eight doubles, nine runs and 10 RBIs.