Kluber throws 3-hitter, Indians beat White Sox 3-0

CHICAGO (AP) Corey Kluber has been too good for too long for the Indians to panic over a few rough starts.

Cleveland's ace returned to form Friday night, a welcome - if unsurprising - sight for the reigning AL champions.

Kluber pitched a three-hitter and faced two over the minimum, leading the Indians over the Chicago White Sox 3-0.

Kluber (2-1) faced 29 batters in his fourth complete-game shutout and first since June 21, 2016 against Tampa Bay. Only one Chicago runner reached second base, and Kluber struck out nine, walked two and threw 110 pitches.

Kluber entered with a 6.38 ERA over three starts this season, hampered mostly by allowing five homers in 18 1/3 innings.

''That was so nice to see,'' Indians manager Terry Francona said. ''He threw the ball so well, and he got some real good defense. ... But when you're pitching like that, you're going to get good defense.''

Cleveland had just six hits, but found enough offense to win its fourth straight. Austin Jackson doubled and scored on a wild pitch in the third, and Brandon Guyer hit a two-run homer in the fourth - his first of the year.

''We did some really good things,'' Francona said. ''It looks good because it was crisp and we got a well-pitched game and we caught the ball. That's a good way to play.''

The middle of Chicago's order had no answer for Kluber. The Nos. 3 through 7 hitters went 0 for 15, and Avisail Garcia failed to reach base for the first time this season.

Garcia entered the game leading the majors with a .423 batting average, and he ranked second with a 1.137 OPS.

''He threw very, very well, obviously,'' White Sox manager Rick Renteria said of Kluber. ''Even getting into the ninth inning, he still was very effective. His ball was moving quite a bit.''

Jose Quintana (0-4) took a fifth straight loss dating to last season. The left-hander allowed three runs, five hits and three walks while striking out six in six innings.

Chicago is 3-7 in its last 10 at Guaranteed Rate Field.

ON THE MOVE

Cleveland's Yandy Diaz was sent to Triple-A Columbus, where he could also play in the outfield. ''There's a lot of chance he's going to be a really good hitter,'' Francona said of Diaz, 25, who hit .236 and scored nine runs in 15 games.

STILL ON THE SCHNEID

White Sox outfielder Jacob May, now through the 10th game of his major league career, remains without a hit. The 25-year-old went 0 for 2, moving his mark to 0 for 26.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Indians: 2B Jason Kipnis (sprained right shoulder) was activated from the 10-day disabled list and made his regular-season debut. He went 0 for 3 with a run.

White Sox: RHP James Shields was placed on the 10-day DL prior to Friday's contest with a strained right lat. ... 3B Todd Frazier returned after a four-game absence because of a stomach illness. He lost 10 pounds in the process. ... Renteria said C Geovany Soto (inflamed right elbow) ''looked real good'' in a pregame throwing drill and his status would be re-evaluated shortly. ... LHP Carlos Rodon (sore left bicep) will be re-examined this weekend. He's on an exercise program but has yet to throw off a mound. ... C Kevan Smith was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte after the game.

UP NEXT

Indians: RHP Carlos Carrasco (1-1, 2.33 ERA) takes the hill Saturday. The 30-year-old is 3-9 with a 5.31 ERA in 18 career outings against Chicago, but he stifled the White Sox to just one run over seven innings on April 11.

White Sox: RHP Mike Pelfrey (0-0, 0.00) joins the White Sox from Triple-A Charlotte to take the place of Shields (strained right lat). Pelfrey posted a 7.50 ERA through two minor league outings.

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White SoxCHW7-8
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  • W: C. Kluber (2-1)L: J. Quintana (0-4)
  • HR: CLE - B. Guyer (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Santana 1B20000201.246.325.420.7452.0
F. Lindor SS40100031.323.392.6151.007-0.5
M. Brantley LF40200013.302.383.472.8550.5
E. Encarnacion DH30000123.207.352.328.6800.0
J. Ramirez 3B40000011.322.391.576.968-1.5
J. Kipnis 2B31000110.000.250.000.2501.5
B. Guyer RF21121010.143.217.286.5036.5
a- L. Chisenhall RF20000010.308.333.615.949-0.5
A. Jackson CF31100000.238.360.381.7413.0
Y. Gomes C20100010.135.220.243.4630.5
  • a-struck out for Guyer in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
T. Anderson SS40100002.186.200.254.4541.0
M. Cabrera LF40100012.261.320.348.6680.5
J. Abreu 1B30000011.190.230.241.471-0.5
T. Frazier 3B30000011.100.206.233.439-0.5
A. Garcia RF30000010.400.459.6181.077-0.5
C. Asche DH30000020.063.143.063.205-1.0
Y. Sanchez 2B30000010.267.267.467.733-0.5
O. Narvaez C20100110.174.269.174.4431.5
J. May CF20000112.000.103.000.1030.5
    BATTING
    • 2B - A. Jackson (3)
    • HR - B. Guyer
    • SH - Y. Gomes
    • RBI - B. Guyer 2 (2)
    • 2-Out RBI - B. Guyer 2 (2)
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - M. Brantley, J. Ramirez
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - L. Chisenhall
    • DP - F. Lindor, J. Kipnis, C. Santana
    FIELDING
    • DP - Y. Sanchez, T. Anderson, J. Abreu
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Kluber (W, 2-1)9.03002904.280.5636.5
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Kluber (W, 2-1)9.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Quintana (L, 0-4)6.05333616.171.338.0
    A. Swarzak1.10000200.000.004.0
    D. Jennings0.11001001.506.00-2.0
    N. Jones1.10000303.520.004.5
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Quintana (L, 0-4)6.0
    A. Swarzak1.1
    D. Jennings0.1
    N. Jones1.1
    PITCHING
    • WP - C. Kluber
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kluber 110-73
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kluber 9-6
    • Batters Faced - C. Kluber 29
    PITCHING
    • WP - J. Quintana
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Quintana 106-60, A. Swarzak 15-12, D. Jennings 16-10, N. Jones 24-15
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Quintana 6-3, A. Swarzak 1-1, D. Jennings 1-0, N. Jones 1-0
    • Batters Faced - J. Quintana 23, A. Swarzak 4, D. Jennings 3, N. Jones 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    IndiansCLE9-7
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    White SoxCHW7-8
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    C. Santana 1B20000201.246.325.420.7452.0
    F. Lindor SS40100031.323.392.6151.007-0.5
    M. Brantley LF40200013.302.383.472.8550.5
    E. Encarnacion DH30000123.207.352.328.6800.0
    J. Ramirez 3B40000011.322.391.576.968-1.5
    J. Kipnis 2B31000110.000.250.000.2501.5
    B. Guyer RF21121010.143.217.286.5036.5
    a- L. Chisenhall RF20000010.308.333.615.949-0.5
    A. Jackson CF31100000.238.360.381.7413.0
    Y. Gomes C20100010.135.220.243.4630.5
    Total2936214119-----
    • a-struck out for Guyer in the 7th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    T. Anderson SS40100002.186.200.254.4541.0
    M. Cabrera LF40100012.261.320.348.6680.5
    J. Abreu 1B30000011.190.230.241.471-0.5
    T. Frazier 3B30000011.100.206.233.439-0.5
    A. Garcia RF30000010.400.459.6181.077-0.5
    C. Asche DH30000020.063.143.063.205-1.0
    Y. Sanchez 2B30000010.267.267.467.733-0.5
    O. Narvaez C20100110.174.269.174.4431.5
    J. May CF20000112.000.103.000.1030.5
    Total270300298-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Jackson (3)
      • HR - B. Guyer
      • SH - Y. Gomes
      • RBI - B. Guyer 2 (2)
      • 2-Out RBI - B. Guyer 2 (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - M. Brantley, J. Ramirez
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - L. Chisenhall
      • DP - F. Lindor, J. Kipnis, C. Santana
      FIELDING
      • DP - Y. Sanchez, T. Anderson, J. Abreu
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Kluber (W, 2-1)9.03002904.280.5636.5
      Total9.0300290---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Kluber (W, 2-1)9.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Quintana (L, 0-4)6.05333616.171.338.0
      A. Swarzak1.10000200.000.004.0
      D. Jennings0.11001001.506.00-2.0
      N. Jones1.10000303.520.004.5
      Total9.06334111---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Quintana (L, 0-4)6.0
      A. Swarzak1.1
      D. Jennings0.1
      N. Jones1.1
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - C. Kluber
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kluber 110-73
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kluber 9-6
      • Batters Faced - C. Kluber 29
      PITCHING
      • WP - J. Quintana
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Quintana 106-60, A. Swarzak 15-12, D. Jennings 16-10, N. Jones 24-15
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Quintana 6-3, A. Swarzak 1-1, D. Jennings 1-0, N. Jones 1-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Quintana 23, A. Swarzak 4, D. Jennings 3, N. Jones 4
      • 4TH INNING
        Guyer homered to left center, Kipnis scored30
      • 3RD INNING
        Jackson scored, Santana to second on wild pitch10
      • 9TH INNING
        • N. Jones Pitching:
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ramirez struck out swinging
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Kipnis struck out swinging
        • L. Chisenhall: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Chisenhall grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • O. Narvaez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Narvaez walked
        • J. May: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, May struck out swinging
        • T. Anderson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Anderson popped out to first
        • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Cabrera popped out to shortstop
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • A. Swarzak Pitching:
        • Y. Gomes: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gomes struck out swinging
        • C. Santana: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Santana walked
        • F. Lindor: Lindor singled to shallow left, Santana to second
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Brantley grounded out to first, Santana to third, Lindor to second
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Encarnacion struck out looking
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • A. Garcia: Garcia grounded out to shortstop
        • C. Asche: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Asche struck out looking
        • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • A. Swarzak Pitching:
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Kipnis flied out to center
        • L. Chisenhall: Ball, Foul, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Chisenhall struck out swinging
        • A. Jackson: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Jackson grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • M. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Cabrera singled to deep right center, Cabrera out at second
        • J. Abreu: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Abreu struck out swinging
        • T. Frazier: Frazier flied out to left
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • J. Quintana Pitching:
        • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Brantley singled to shallow left
        • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Ball, Brantley caught stealing, catcher to second, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Encarnacion struck out looking
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ramirez flied out to center
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • O. Narvaez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Narvaez struck out looking
        • J. May: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, May walked
        • T. Anderson: Ball, Anderson grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, May out at second
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • J. Quintana Pitching:
        • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Gomes singled to shallow center
        • C. Santana: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Santana grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Gomes out at second
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Lindor struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • A. Garcia: Ball, Garcia grounded out to third
        • C. Asche: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Asche struck out looking
        • Y. Sanchez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Sanchez grounded out to second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • J. Quintana Pitching:
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Encarnacion walked
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ramirez reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Encarnacion out at second
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ramirez picked off at second, first to pitcher to shortstop, Ball, Foul, Ball, Kipnis walked
        • B. Guyer: Ball, Guyer homered to left center, Kipnis scored
        • A. Jackson: Foul, Jackson grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 4th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • T. Anderson: Anderson singled to shallow center
        • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Anderson to second on wild pitch, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Cabrera struck out on foul tip
        • J. Abreu: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Abreu flied out to right
        • T. Frazier: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Frazier flied out to right
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • J. Quintana Pitching:
        • A. Jackson: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Jackson doubled to left center
        • Y. Gomes: Gomes hit sacrifice bunt to third, Jackson to third
        • C. Santana: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Santana walked
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Jackson scored, Santana to second on wild pitch, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Lindor struck out looking
        • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Brantley struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Sanchez grounded out to shortstop
        • O. Narvaez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Narvaez singled to shallow right
        • J. May: Ball, May grounded into double play first to shortstop, Narvaez out at second
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • J. Quintana Pitching:
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ramirez lined out to center
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Kipnis popped out to third
        • B. Guyer: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Guyer struck out looking
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • T. Frazier: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Frazier struck out swinging
        • A. Garcia: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
        • C. Asche: Ball, Asche popped out to third
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • J. Quintana Pitching:
        • C. Santana: Ball, Santana grounded out to pitcher
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul tip, Lindor struck out on foul tip
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Brantley singled to shallow left center
        • E. Encarnacion: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Encarnacion grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • T. Anderson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Anderson grounded out to pitcher
        • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Cabrera grounded out to first
        • J. Abreu: Abreu grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)