Cleveland at Arizona

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Cleveland (38-40) «1110102006100
Arizona (33-48)000000001150

Indians 6, Diamondbacks 1

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PHOENIX -- A night after playing one of the longest games in team history, the Cleveland Indians needed Corey Kluber to pitch deep into the game to protect their depleted bullpen.

Kluber did, though it had nothing to do with necessity. He tries to do that every time he takes the mound.

Kluber gave Cleveland a much-needed quality start, pitching seven effective innings to help the Indians beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-1 on Wednesday to end a four-game losing streak.

The Indians ran through their bullpen in a 14-inning game the night before Kluber (7-5) gave them a lift with another strong interleague effort, allowing four hits while striking out eight.

"Obviously, we played a long game last night, but I don't think I put any more pressure on myself to go deep in the game as I normally would," Kluber said. "That's what I'm trying to do every game, go as deep as I can."

Early run support helped.

Michael Brantley homered and had two RBIs against Chase Anderson (5-3), sending the rookie to his third straight loss after opening his career with five consecutive wins.

Yan Gomes also homered for Cleveland, and Michael Bourn had a pair of triples among his three hits. Jason Kipnis also had two doubles for the Indians, who had 10 hits.

"We didn't score in bunches, but scored one and then we scored two," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "We kept after it. I thought we had good at-bats throughout the lineup."

Both teams needed their starters to go deep into the game after Tuesday night's marathon.

Arizona won 9-8 on Aaron Hill's single in the 14th inning after both teams emptied their bullpens in a game that lasted 5 hours, 32 minutes, matching the longest game in Chase Field history.

Cleveland's bullpen had pitched 20 of the 41 1-3 innings in the previous four games, so the Indians really needed a good outing from Kluber. And he delivered.

After giving up a pair of hits to start the first inning, Kluber limited Arizona's chances, allowing one runner to reach second base over the next six innings.

Kluber improved to 6-0 with a 2.28 ERA in six career interleague starts. He also lined a single to left in the fourth inning for his first career hit.

Arizona finished with five hits -- none after the third inning until Miguel Montero's run-scoring single with two outs in the ninth.

"Kluber is pretty good," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said. "We haven't seen him. He has really good stuff. A real live arm. He has some deception in his delivery."

Anderson ate up a few innings, though wasn't nearly as effective.

After losing his past two starts despite pitching well -- four earned runs in 11 innings -- the right-hander wasn't nearly as sharp against the Indians.

Anderson gave up a run in the first inning on Asdrubal Cabrera's sacrifice fly, and Gomes homered in the second. Brantley had a run-scoring groundout in the third inning and put Cleveland up 4-0 with a solo homer to right in the fifth.

Anderson allowed seven hits and walked three in five innings.

"I knew I had to try to get deeper in the game because the bullpen was spent," Anderson said. "Just didn't do my job tonight."

Kipnis and Lonnie Chisenhall each had run-scoring hits off Zeke Spruill in the seventh inning to put the Indians up 6-0.

 
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Players of the Game
Cleveland

M. Brantley
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Cleveland

C. Kluber
IP 7.0
H 4
ER 0
BB 1
K 8
 

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Cleveland Indians
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Michael Bourn, CF4230100 .271
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS4001005 .251
Michael Brantley, LF4222100 .325
Carlos Santana, 1B4000121 .211
Jason Kipnis, 2B5121022 .251
Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B3011101 .352
Yan Gomes, C4111013 .272
David Murphy, RF4000001 .250
Corey Kluber, P3010020 .250
   a-Nick Swisher, PH1000010 .196
   Scott Atchison, P0000000 .000
   Marc Rzepczynski, P0000000 .000
   Cody Allen, P0000000 .000
Totals36610648  
a-struck out for Kluber in the 8th
Batting
2B - Jason Kipnis 2 (11, Anderson)
3B - Michael Bourn 2 (7, Anderson)
HR - Michael Brantley (12, Anderson), Yan Gomes (8, Anderson)
SF - Asdrubal Cabrera (3)
RBI - Asdrubal Cabrera (32), Michael Brantley 2 (51), Jason Kipnis (22), Lonnie Chisenhall (36), Yan Gomes (27)
2-OUT RBI - Jason Kipnis (9), Lonnie Chisenhall (13)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Kipnis-A. Cabrera-Santana, Kipnis-A. Cabrera-Santana-Santana-A. Cabrera
Cleveland Indians
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Corey Kluber (W,7-5) 7400180 3.09
Scott Atchison 1000000 3.09
Marc Rzepczynski 0.2111210 3.81
Cody Allen 0.1000010 2.67
Pitches-Strikes - Corey Kluber 113-74, Scott Atchison 15-12, Marc Rzepczynski 25-13, Cody Allen 5-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Corey Kluber 6-4, Scott Atchison 1-2, Marc Rzepczynski 1-0
Batters Faced - Corey Kluber 23, Scott Atchison 3, Marc Rzepczynski 5, Cody Allen 1
Arizona Diamondbacks
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ender Inciarte, CF3120100 .240
Gerardo Parra, RF4010031 .265
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B3000132 .301
Miguel Montero, C4011011 .265
Aaron Hill, 2B4010012 .251
Martin Prado, 3B2000111 .271
David Peralta, LF3000002 .291
Chris Owings, SS3000011 .277
Chase Anderson, P1000000 .083
   Zeke Spruill, P1000000 .000
   a-Cody Ross, PH1000000 .219
Totals29151310  
a-grounded out for Spruill in the 9th
Batting
2B - Ender Inciarte (3, Kluber)
RBI - Miguel Montero (44)
2-OUT RBI - Miguel Montero (13)
CS - Ender Inciarte (1, 3rd base by Kluber/Gomes)
Team LOB - 4
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chase Anderson (L,5-3) 5744342 3.63
Zeke Spruill 4322140 4.82
Pitches-Strikes - Chase Anderson 93-55, Zeke Spruill 45-33
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chase Anderson 5-6, Zeke Spruill 3-5
Batters Faced - Chase Anderson 25, Zeke Spruill 16
Game Information
Attendance - 21269
Game Time - 3:00
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Chad Fairchild, First Base - Victor Carapazza, Second Base - Bill Miller, Third Base - Mike Everitt