Plesac pitches 4-hitter, Indians keep pace, beat Angels 8-0

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Corey Kluber is injured, Carlos Carrasco continues to work his way back from leukemia treatment and Trevor Bauer was traded, and still the Cleveland Indians continue to get solid pitching.

Rookie Zach Plesac threw a four-hitter for his first complete game in the majors as the Indians kept pace in the AL playoff race, blanking the Los Angeles Angels 8-0 Tuesday night.

The right-hander is the fifth Cleveland pitcher to toss a shutout this season, which leads the majors. He struck out five and walked two while throwing 114 pitches.

Plesac became the first Indians rookie to throw a shutout since Jeremy Sowers did it twice in 2006.

''After the first inning I was able to settle in,'' said Plesac, who had allowed 10 earned runs in last two starts. ''We had a good game plan and rhythm going.''

Francisco Lindor and Jordan Luplow homered as the Indians stayed a half-game behind Oakland for the second AL wild-card spot. Cleveland trails wild-card leader Tampa Bay by two games.

''I think every win is important right now no matter if the other team wins or loses. If we have a good month, we will be in the playoffs,'' Lindor said. ''We're on a mission. It's going to be fun.''

The Indians, who have won four of five, also got four RBIs from Franmil Reyes. The Angels, again playing without superstar outfielder Mike Trout, have dropped three in a row - the loss ensured they will miss the postseason for the fifth straight year.

Plesac's previous high in innings was seven on five occasions. It was the sixth time in 19 starts he has thrown over 100 pitches. The most pitches he threw was 20 in the first before he had five innings where he threw 11 or fewer.

''He got behind a couple hitters in the first but the rest of the game he worked ahead and got early outs,'' Cleveland manager Terry Francona said.

Francona thought about taking Plesac out after eight innings, but Plesac told him and pitching coach Carl Willis that he felt good and wanted to go out for the ninth.

Lindor hit his 30th homer, a solo drive off Trevor Cahill in the seventh. Luplow hit a two-run homer off Jose Suarez (2-6) in the second. He drew a bases-loaded walk in the third before Reyes hit a three-run double.

Suarez gave up six runs on four hits in three innings. The left-hander has lost five of his last six starts.

RARE AIR

Lindor joined Alex Rodriguez as the only shortstops in major league history to have three or more seasons of at least 30 home runs before turning 26.

His accomplishment might be more noteworthy considering he was injured the first four weeks of the season. A strained calf caused Lindor to miss spring training and then he sprained his ankle during a rehab assignment.

''I'm grateful that I am healthy and I'm not taking anything for granted,'' Lindor said.

HIT (BY PITCH) PARADE

Cleveland batters were hit by pitch four times, which is only the 14th time that has happened since 1908.

Indians slugger Yasiel Puig was hit by a pitch from Suarez his first two times up. Puig exchanged words with Suarez while walking up the first base line after he was hit in the foot during the third inning and was restrained by Francona.

It is the first time in Puig's seven-year career that he had been by a pitch twice in a game.

''I thought he handled himself great. I probably got a little more over-excited than he did,'' Francona said. ''I don't think anyone was throwing at anyone.''

Carlos Santana was also hit by a Suarez pitch while Luplow was tagged by a pitch from Cahill. It was the ninth time in Angels history they have hit four batters.

''Clearly, command was an issue tonight. He was trying to do what he did in Oakland by pitching in, but obviously a few went too far in,'' Angels manager Brad Ausmus said of Suarez.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Indians: OF Tyler Naquin has been tentatively scheduled to have surgery on his right knee Thursday after receiving a second opinion in Houston. Naquin tore the ACL in the knee after running into the outfield wall during a game at Tampa Bay on Aug. 30. There still remains some swelling in the knee that could delay the surgery.

Angels: Trout sat out a third straight game after he had a cryoablation procedure to deaden the tissue around the irritated nerve in his right foot.

UP NEXT

Indians: RHP Adam Plutko (6-4, 4.44 ERA) allowed one run on five hits with four strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings to beat the Angels on Aug. 3.

Angels: LHP Dillon Peters (3-2, 4.45 ERA) pitched a career-best 7 2/3 innings vs. the Indians on Aug. 2 but did not factor in the decision.

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  • W: Z. Plesac (8-6)L: J. Suarez (2-6)
  • HR: CLE - F. Lindor (30), J. Luplow (12)
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M. Freeman 2B10000002.277.372.416.7880.0
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Y. Chang 3B-SS40100000.222.340.333.6731.0
  • a-struck out for Reyes in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Goodwin CF40000000.276.336.494.8300.0
D. Fletcher 3B-SS40200000.289.349.389.7382.0
S. Ohtani DH20000102.288.344.501.8461.0
J. Bour 1B10000010.179.264.379.643-0.5
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T. Ward LF10100000.182.308.364.6712.0
K. Calhoun RF30100012.231.324.462.7851.5
M. Thaiss 3B10000011.184.273.386.659-0.5
A. Simmons SS30000011.259.304.359.663-0.5
M. Hermosillo RF00000000.333.429.333.7620.0
J. Walsh 1B-P30000011.217.265.326.591-0.5
L. Rengifo 2B30000000.236.322.366.6880.0
A. Bemboom C30000000.162.162.270.4320.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - F. Lindor (37), F. Reyes (17)
    • HR - F. Lindor (30), J. Luplow (12)
    • SF - F. Reyes (7)
    • RBI - F. Lindor (68), J. Luplow 3 (32), F. Reyes 4 (74)
    • 2-Out RBI - J. Luplow (9), F. Reyes 3 (35)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - O. Mercado (36), F. Reyes (49), J. Kipnis 2 (46), M. Freeman (12)
    BATTING
    • 2B - T. Ward (2), K. Calhoun (28)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Ohtani, K. Calhoun (54), M. Thaiss (10), J. Walsh (3)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Lindor-Santana)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Rengifo-Simmons-Walsh)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    Z. Plesac (W, 8-6)9.04002503.641.2033.5
    PITCHERSIP
    Z. Plesac (W, 8-6)9.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Suarez (L, 2-6)3.04662116.941.64-7.5
    J. Rodriguez3.00002202.310.948.0
    T. Cahill2.14221216.311.480.0
    J. Walsh0.20001101.801.80-0.5
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Suarez (L, 2-6)3.0
    J. Rodriguez3.0
    T. Cahill2.1
    J. Walsh0.2
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Plesac 114-78
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Plesac 11-10
    • Batters Faced - Z. Plesac 32
    PITCHING
    • HBP - J. Suarez 3 (9), T. Cahill (6)
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Suarez 60-35, J. Rodriguez 40-22, T. Cahill 54-35, J. Walsh 12-6
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Suarez 2-4, J. Rodriguez 3-4, T. Cahill 2-3, J. Walsh 1-0
    • Batters Faced - J. Suarez 16, J. Rodriguez 11, T. Cahill 13, J. Walsh 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    F. Lindor SS52211001.296.347.542.8899.0
    R. Flaherty PR-3B00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    O. Mercado CF51200012.271.320.423.7432.5
    C. Santana 1B21100111.284.404.533.9373.5
    J. Bauers 1B00000100.230.314.382.6961.0
    Y. Puig RF12000102.255.315.455.7715.0
    G. Allen PR-LF10000011.233.294.361.656-0.5
    J. Luplow LF-RF22131202.271.357.518.87412.0
    F. Reyes DH20140112.250.313.516.8286.5
    a- E. Haase PH-DH10000012.000.111.000.111-0.5
    J. Kipnis 2B40000004.247.305.414.7190.0
    M. Freeman 2B10000002.277.372.416.7880.0
    R. Perez C40000011.229.311.444.754-0.5
    Y. Chang 3B-SS40100000.222.340.333.6731.0
    Total3288826620-----
    HITTERSAB
    F. Lindor SS5
    R. Flaherty PR-3B0
    O. Mercado CF5
    C. Santana 1B2
    J. Bauers 1B0
    Y. Puig RF1
    G. Allen PR-LF1
    J. Luplow LF-RF2
    F. Reyes DH2
    a- E. Haase PH-DH1
    J. Kipnis 2B4
    M. Freeman 2B1
    R. Perez C4
    Y. Chang 3B-SS4
    Total32
    • a-struck out for Reyes in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    B. Goodwin CF40000000.276.336.494.8300.0
    D. Fletcher 3B-SS40200000.289.349.389.7382.0
    S. Ohtani DH20000102.288.344.501.8461.0
    J. Bour 1B10000010.179.264.379.643-0.5
    J. Upton LF20000101.215.309.416.7241.0
    T. Ward LF10100000.182.308.364.6712.0
    K. Calhoun RF30100012.231.324.462.7851.5
    M. Thaiss 3B10000011.184.273.386.659-0.5
    A. Simmons SS30000011.259.304.359.663-0.5
    M. Hermosillo RF00000000.333.429.333.7620.0
    J. Walsh 1B-P30000011.217.265.326.591-0.5
    L. Rengifo 2B30000000.236.322.366.6880.0
    A. Bemboom C30000000.162.162.270.4320.0
    Total300400258-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - F. Lindor (37), F. Reyes (17)
      • HR - F. Lindor (30), J. Luplow (12)
      • SF - F. Reyes (7)
      • RBI - F. Lindor (68), J. Luplow 3 (32), F. Reyes 4 (74)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Luplow (9), F. Reyes 3 (35)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - O. Mercado (36), F. Reyes (49), J. Kipnis 2 (46), M. Freeman (12)
      BATTING
      • 2B - T. Ward (2), K. Calhoun (28)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Ohtani, K. Calhoun (54), M. Thaiss (10), J. Walsh (3)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Lindor-Santana)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Rengifo-Simmons-Walsh)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      Z. Plesac (W, 8-6)9.04002503.641.2033.5
      Total9.0400250---
      PITCHERSIP
      Z. Plesac (W, 8-6)9.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Suarez (L, 2-6)3.04662116.941.64-7.5
      J. Rodriguez3.00002202.310.948.0
      T. Cahill2.14221216.311.480.0
      J. Walsh0.20001101.801.80-0.5
      Total9.0888662---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Suarez (L, 2-6)3.0
      J. Rodriguez3.0
      T. Cahill2.1
      J. Walsh0.2
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Plesac 114-78
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Plesac 11-10
      • Batters Faced - Z. Plesac 32
      PITCHING
      • HBP - J. Suarez 3 (9), T. Cahill (6)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Suarez 60-35, J. Rodriguez 40-22, T. Cahill 54-35, J. Walsh 12-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Suarez 2-4, J. Rodriguez 3-4, T. Cahill 2-3, J. Walsh 1-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Suarez 16, J. Rodriguez 11, T. Cahill 13, J. Walsh 3
      • 7TH INNING
        Reyes hit sacrifice fly to center, Mercado scored80
        Lindor homered to center70
      • 3RD INNING
        Reyes doubled to left, Santana, Puig and Luplow scored60
        Luplow walked, Lindor scored, Santana to third, Puig to second30
      • 2ND INNING
        Luplow homered to left, Puig scored20
      • 9TH INNING
        • T. Cahill Pitching:
        • J. Bauers: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Bauers walked
        • G. Allen: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Allen struck out swinging
        • Justin Bour at first base
        • J. Luplow: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Luplow walked, Bauers to second
        • Eric Haase hit for Franmil Reyes
        • E. Haase: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Haase struck out swinging
        • M. Freeman: Ball, Freeman grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Z. Plesac Pitching:
        • D. Fletcher: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Fletcher grounded out to second
        • J. Bour: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Bour struck out swinging
        • T. Ward: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ward doubled to left center
        • M. Thaiss: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Thaiss struck out swinging
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Taylor Ward in left field
        • Michael Hermosillo in right field
        • Matt Thaiss at third base
        • R. Perez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
        • Y. Chang: Ball, Foul, Chang flied out to deep right
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Lindor doubled to shallow right
        • Ryan Flaherty ran for Francisco Lindor
        • O. Mercado: Strike swinging, Ball, Mercado grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Jake Bauers at first base
        • L. Rengifo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Rengifo grounded out to second
        • A. Bemboom: Ball, Bemboom flied out to right
        • B. Goodwin: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Goodwin flied out to deep center
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Trevor Cahill relieved Jose Rodriguez
        • F. Lindor: Lindor homered to center
        • O. Mercado: Strike looking, Mercado singled to left
        • Ca. Santana: Strike looking, Santana reached on an infield single to shortstop, Mercado to second
        • Y. Puig: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Puig reached on fielder's choice to third, Mercado to third, Santana out at second
        • Greg Allen ran for Yasiel Puig
        • J. Luplow: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Luplow hit by pitch, Allen to second
        • F. Reyes: Strike swinging, Reyes hit sacrifice fly to center, Mercado scored
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Kipnis flied out to left
        • Middle of the 7th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Mike Freeman at second base
        • J. Upton: Strike swinging, Ball, Upton grounded out to third
        • K. Calhoun: Strike swinging, Calhoun doubled to right
        • A. Simmons: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Simmons fouled out to first
        • J. Walsh: Walsh grounded out to second
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • J. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • J. Kipnis: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Kipnis flied out to right
        • R. Perez: Ball, Foul, Perez grounded out to shortstop
        • Y. Chang: Ball, Strike looking, Chang flied out to center
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Z. Plesac Pitching:
        • A. Bemboom: Foul, Strike looking, Bemboom grounded out to first
        • B. Goodwin: Ball, Goodwin popped out to first
        • D. Fletcher: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Fletcher singled to right
        • S. Ohtani: Ohtani fouled out to left
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • J. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • O. Mercado: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Mercado struck out looking
        • Ca. Santana: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Santana walked
        • Y. Puig: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Puig walked, Santana to second
        • J. Luplow: Luplow flied out to deep right, Santana to third
        • F. Reyes: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Reyes struck out on foul tip
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Z. Plesac Pitching:
        • A. Simmons: Strike looking, Simmons grounded out to third
        • J. Walsh: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Walsh struck out swinging
        • L. Rengifo: Foul, Rengifo grounded out to first
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • Jose Rodriguez relieved Jose Suarez
        • R. Perez: Perez grounded out to shortstop
        • Y. Chang: Strike looking, Ball, Chang flied out to left
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Lindor grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Z. Plesac Pitching:
        • S. Ohtani: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ohtani walked
        • J. Upton: Foul, Strike looking, Upton grounded into double play shortstop to first, Ohtani out at second
        • K. Calhoun: Ball, Strike looking, Calhoun lined out to center
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • J. Suarez Pitching:
        • Y. Chang: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Chang singled to center
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Lindor reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Chang out at second
        • O. Mercado: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Mercado popped out to shortstop
        • Ca. Santana: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Santana hit by pitch, Lindor to second
        • Y. Puig: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Puig hit by pitch, Lindor to third, Santana to second
        • J. Luplow: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Luplow walked, Lindor scored, Santana to third, Puig to second
        • F. Reyes: Reyes doubled to left, Santana, Puig and Luplow scored
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Kipnis flied out to deep left
        • Middle of the 3rd (4 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Z. Plesac Pitching:
        • A. Bemboom: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Bemboom grounded out to shortstop
        • B. Goodwin: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Goodwin grounded out to shortstop
        • D. Fletcher: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Fletcher grounded out to second
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • J. Suarez Pitching:
        • Y. Puig: Strike swinging, Ball, Puig hit by pitch
        • J. Luplow: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike looking, Luplow homered to left, Puig scored
        • F. Reyes: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Reyes walked
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Kipnis fouled out to third
        • R. Perez: Ball, Perez grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Reyes out at second
        • Middle of the 2nd (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Z. Plesac Pitching:
        • A. Simmons: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Simmons struck out looking
        • J. Walsh: Ball, Foul, Ball, Walsh lined out to second
        • L. Rengifo: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Rengifo flied out to center
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • J. Suarez Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Lindor flied out to left
        • O. Mercado: Ball, Ball, Mercado singled to left
        • Ca. Santana: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
        • Y. Puig: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Mercado out at second, Mercado out at second
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Z. Plesac Pitching:
        • B. Goodwin: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Goodwin flied out to center
        • D. Fletcher: Ball, Strike looking, Fletcher singled to left
        • S. Ohtani: Ohtani flied out to deep left
        • J. Upton: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Upton walked, Fletcher to second
        • K. Calhoun: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul tip, Calhoun struck out on foul tip
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)