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Kluber shuts down Yankees 3-0

AP Sports Writer

NEW YORK (AP) - The Cleveland Indians know that Corey Kluber is the probably biggest reason they are still in the hunt for a playoff spot.

He showed why Saturday.

Kluber pitched four-hit ball for a superb six innings and Jose Ramirez hit his first career homer among three hits as the Indians ended a four-game skid with a 3-0 victory over the New York Yankees.

''Every time he toes the rubber it's a win,'' reliever Cody Allen said.

Michael Brantley also connected and had three hits for Cleveland, which won at Yankee Stadium for the first time in eight games and improved to 58-59. Ramirez hit a two-run drive in the second inning.

Derek Jeter had an infield single in the sixth inning to pass Honus Wagner for sixth on the career list with No. 3,431. But New York was 0 for 9 with six strikeouts with runners in scoring position in losing for just the second time in eight games.

''I try not to think about it but today, Honus Wagner, he's the last one on the list that has played short at all - so that one hits home a little bit,'' Jeter said. ''But anytime you're passing guys that have had the careers that they've had, it's kind of overwhelming.''

Kluber (13-6) did not allow a hit until Jacoby Ellsbury doubled with one out in the fourth and struck out 10. The right-hander has allowed only one earned run in his last 31 1-3 innings over four starts. He has won six straight decisions.

''Just stick with my same approach. Maybe just executing a little better,'' Kluber said of his recent success.

Scott Atchison, Bryan Shaw and Allen each pitched an inning with Allen finishing striking out two to finish the five-hitter for his 15th save.

Brandon McCarthy (4-1) lost for the first time in six starts with New York. He received a scare in the third when he took a liner off his right foot but he continued for 6 1-3 innings, yielding two runs and seven hits. McCarthy was hit in the head by a liner in 2012 and looked briefly shaken this time.

''I don't think about it,'' McCarthy said. ''It's one of the things when I was coming back that I had to accept the reality that things can come back at you - you still have to play.''

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said x-rays of McCarthy's foot were negative.


Indians: Left fielder David Murphy was lifted after the fifth inning with soreness in the right side. He said his side has been bothering him the last week but got worse Saturday. He will have an MRI. ... Right fielder Nick Swisher was lifted for the eighth inning because of his troublesome right knee.

Yankees: Catcher Brian McCann was placed on the seven-day concussion list. He was hit in the facemask by a foul ball Friday night in the third inning and was feeling foggy when Girardi pulled him for a pinch hitter in the sixth. ... First baseman Mark Teixeira missed a third straight game with an injured pinkie. He said it was too sore to play.


Indians: Carlos Carrasco (3-4) will make his first start since April 25 for Cleveland, taking Danny Salazar's spot. Salazar was demoted to the minors last week. Carrasco was 0-3 with a 6.95 in four starts before being relegated to the bullpen. He has a 2.30 ERA in 26 appearances.

Yankees: Hiroki Kuroda (7-7) is 14-4 with a 2.48 ERA in 24 day games since joining New York in 2012.


Indians manager Terry Francona slept on the couch in the visiting manager's office after Friday night's 10-6 loss that took nearly four hours. ''I was out cold, man,'' he said.


Kluber has seven games with at least 10 strikeouts this season, the most by and Indians pitcher since Dennis Eckersley did it eight times in 1976.


McCarthy has walked three or fewer batters in each of his last 105 starts dating to 2009, the longest active streak in the majors.


The fan who caught Ramirez's homer asked for two autographed balls from Jason Giambi, a former Yankee. The Indians said they made the deal.

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Players of the Game

J. Ramirez
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
New York

B. McCarthy
IP 6.1
H 7
ER 2
BB 0
K 8

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Cleveland Indians
Jason Kipnis, 2B4000014.246.325.354
David Murphy, LF3000021.262.324.384
   Mike Aviles, LF1000013.249.280.324
Michael Brantley, DH4131000.324.384.519
Carlos Santana, 1B4000002.231.369.433
Yan Gomes, C4000010.282.323.480
Nick Swisher, RF3010020.208.278.331
   Ryan Raburn, RF1000000.205.251.295
Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B4110011.295.359.463
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   Bryan Shaw, P0000000.000.000.000
   Cody Allen, P0000000.000.000.000
HR - Michael Brantley (17, Whitley), Jose Ramirez (1, McCarthy)
RBI - Michael Brantley (74), Jose Ramirez 2 (4)
2-OUT RBI - Jose Ramirez 2 (3)
SB - Jose Ramirez (2, 2nd base off McCarthy/Cervelli)
Team LOB - 6
Cleveland Indians
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Bryan Shaw (H,15) 1100030 2.73
Cody Allen (S,15) 1000020 1.82
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Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Corey Kluber 6-2, Scott Atchison 2-1, Cody Allen 1-0
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New York (A.L.) Yankees
Brett Gardner, LF4010022.282.358.460
Derek Jeter, SS4010011.276.327.331
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF3020010.278.346.405
Carlos Beltran, DH4000025.248.303.441
Chase Headley, 1B3000124.232.304.359
Stephen Drew, 2B4000034.172.246.313
Martin Prado, 3B4000020.266.313.367
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   Rich Hill, P0000000.000.000.000
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2B - Brett Gardner (18, Shaw), Jacoby Ellsbury (24, Kluber)
SB - Ichiro Suzuki (10, 2nd base off Kluber/Gomes)
Team LOB - 8
New York (A.L.) Yankees
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Chase Whitley 2.1111011 5.02
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Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon McCarthy 3-8, Rich Hill 1-0, Chase Whitley 3-3
Batters Faced - Brandon McCarthy 26, Rich Hill 2, Chase Whitley 8
Game Information
Attendance - 47376
Game Time - 2:59
Temperature - 83
Umpires - Home - Jeff Kellogg, First Base - Brian O'Nora, Second Base - D.J. Reyburn, Third Base - Dan Bellino