Clevinger, Brantley lead Indians past Tigers 4-0

CLEVELAND (AP) Mike Clevinger grew up watching Justin Verlander dominate opposing hitters. Lately, the Cleveland right-hander has had the Detroit ace's number.

Clevinger, who made it to the big leagues last season, outpitched Verlander for the second time in a week to lead the Indians to a 4-0 victory over the Tigers on Saturday night.

''It's a little surreal,'' Clevinger said after allowing three hits in six innings. ''When he made his mark, I was 16. Any right-handed pitcher, especially, the second he got on the scenes, he had the 100 mile-an-hour fastball and the power curveball, that's what everyone looked up to, wanting to be him.''

Clevinger (5-3) allowed only one runner to reach second base and won his third straight decision.

Verlander (5-6) gave up one run in 6 2/3 innings. The right-hander struck out six after the Indians snapped his streak of 331 consecutive games with at least one strikeout last Sunday.

Verlander lost to Cleveland for the 24th time in his career, the most losses he's had against any team, and is 1-3 this season.

''I don't think there has been a team that's battled against me better than them over the last couple years,'' he said. ''If you take the Indians out of the equation, I've had a pretty good year. But with them in it, I haven't pitched very well.''

All-Star Michael Brantley broke a scoreless tie with an RBI double in the fifth, hitting a 3-2 pitch to right-center that scored Francisco Lindor, who reached on a two-out single.

Brantley is batting .289 (22 for 76) with 10 RBIs lifetime against Verlander.

''It's a battle every time,'' Brantley said. ''He's a great pitcher. He's their ace.''

Cleveland scored three in the eighth off Bruce Rondon. Carlos Santana, returning after three days on the paternity list, had an RBI double and scored on rookie Bradley Zimmer's triple. Yan Gomes added a sacrifice fly.

The Indians played their fifth straight game without manager Terry Francona. He was released from the Cleveland Clinic on Friday night, one day after undergoing a cardiac ablation for an irregular heartbeat. Francona was resting at his downtown residence following a heart procedure and four-day hospital stay.

Francona won't manage Tuesday night's All-Star Game in Miami and is expected to rejoin the Indians and assume his usual duties July 14 when the team opens a three-game series in Oakland. Bench coach Brad Mills is running the team with Francona out.

Verlander was removed with two on in the seventh and threw 115 pitches. His name has been mentioned in trade rumors as the Tigers fall further back in the AL Central.

''Everything felt better,'' he said. ''I felt really good. But this is the end of a lousy first half.''

Clevinger retired Miguel Cabrera on a hard grounder to the mound with a man on to end the sixth. The ball hit off Clevinger's leg and rolled a few feet away, but he recovered and threw to first.

Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis strained his right hamstring running out a grounder in the third and was replaced by Erik Gonzalez.

GOOD COFFEE, TOO

Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez's popularity grows by the day. A late surge in fan voting resulted in him being the starting third baseman in the All-Star Game. A local coffee company has introduced a blend named ''Jose Jose,'' in honor of the chant heard nightly at Progressive Field. Ramirez handed out bags of the coffee in the concourse before the game.

GETTING TO THE POINT

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus knew his team didn't do the job against Clevinger.

''We had three hits against the guy - and three hits generally doesn't get it done,'' he said.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Tigers: LHP Anthony Gose (strained elbow) was placed on the disabled list at Single-A Lakeland. The former outfielder has made 11 appearances in his first season as a pitcher, posting a 7.59 ERA.

Indians: RHP Danny Salazar (sore shoulder) will make a minor league rehab start at Single-A Mahoning Valley on Tuesday.

UP NEXT

Tigers: RHP Michael Fulmer ranks second in the American League with 14 quality starts. The first-time All-Star is 1-2 with a 6.98 ERA in four career starts against Cleveland.

Indians: RHP Corey Kluber - named to his second AL All-Star team - seeks to extend his franchise-record streak of five straight games with double-digit strikeouts.

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IndiansCLE47-39
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  • W: M. Clevinger (5-3)L: J. Verlander (5-6)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
I. Kinsler 2B30000110.241.325.391.715-0.5
A. Avila C40100011.304.423.543.9670.5
J. Upton LF40100001.269.355.500.8551.0
M. Cabrera 1B40100002.267.356.444.8001.0
J. Martinez RF30100101.297.381.615.9963.0
V. Martinez DH30000002.254.324.369.6930.0
N. Castellanos 3B30000021.248.312.436.747-1.0
M. Mahtook CF30000021.265.286.412.697-1.0
J. Iglesias SS30000000.239.273.337.6110.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Kipnis 2B20100000.232.292.402.6932.0
    E. Gonzalez 2B30200010.313.327.500.8272.5
    F. Lindor SS41100103.256.316.462.7783.0
    M. Brantley LF30110102.308.369.445.8144.0
    E. Encarnacion DH40000014.259.370.475.846-0.5
    J. Ramirez 3B30000110.329.384.591.9752.5
    L. Chisenhall RF31100111.306.377.581.9583.5
    C. Santana 1B31210111.237.341.411.7526.5
    B. Zimmer CF41110014.281.338.452.7904.5
    Y. Gomes C30010010.227.321.373.6940.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Martinez (12)
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Kipnis (19), E. Gonzalez (3), M. Brantley (17), L. Chisenhall (13), C. Santana 2 (23)
      • 3B - B. Zimmer
      • SF - Y. Gomes
      • RBI - M. Brantley (37), C. Santana (47), B. Zimmer (25), Y. Gomes (21)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Brantley (8)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - I. Kinsler (4)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Ramirez (10)
      FIELDING
      • E - I. Kinsler (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Verlander (L, 5-6)6.26114604.731.528.0
      S. Greene0.10000003.231.210.0
      B. Rondon0.233311011.572.14-6.5
      D. Stumpf0.10000004.351.740.0
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Verlander (L, 5-6)6.2
      S. Greene0.1
      B. Rondon0.2
      D. Stumpf0.1
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Clevinger (W, 5-3)6.03002403.001.1525.0
      A. Miller (H, 18)2.00000201.420.687.0
      C. Allen1.01000002.621.282.0
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Clevinger (W, 5-3)6.0
      A. Miller (H, 18)2.0
      C. Allen1.0
      PITCHING
      • IBB - J. Verlander 2 (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Verlander 115-69, S. Greene 6-4, B. Rondon 30-21, D. Stumpf 3-2
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Verlander 6-8, S. Greene 1-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Verlander 30, S. Greene, B. Rondon 6, D. Stumpf
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Clevinger 96-54, A. Miller 30-22, C. Allen 10-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Clevinger 6-7, A. Miller 4-0, C. Allen 1-2
      • Batters Faced - M. Clevinger 22, A. Miller 6, C. Allen 4
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      TigersDET38-48
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      IndiansCLE47-39
      00001003X490
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      I. Kinsler 2B30000110.241.325.391.715-0.5
      A. Avila C40100011.304.423.543.9670.5
      J. Upton LF40100001.269.355.500.8551.0
      M. Cabrera 1B40100002.267.356.444.8001.0
      J. Martinez RF30100101.297.381.615.9963.0
      V. Martinez DH30000002.254.324.369.6930.0
      N. Castellanos 3B30000021.248.312.436.747-1.0
      M. Mahtook CF30000021.265.286.412.697-1.0
      J. Iglesias SS30000000.239.273.337.6110.0
      Total300400269-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        J. Kipnis 2B20100000.232.292.402.6932.0
        E. Gonzalez 2B30200010.313.327.500.8272.5
        F. Lindor SS41100103.256.316.462.7783.0
        M. Brantley LF30110102.308.369.445.8144.0
        E. Encarnacion DH40000014.259.370.475.846-0.5
        J. Ramirez 3B30000110.329.384.591.9752.5
        L. Chisenhall RF31100111.306.377.581.9583.5
        C. Santana 1B31210111.237.341.411.7526.5
        B. Zimmer CF41110014.281.338.452.7904.5
        Y. Gomes C30010010.227.321.373.6940.5
        Total3249405715-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Martinez (12)
          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Kipnis (19), E. Gonzalez (3), M. Brantley (17), L. Chisenhall (13), C. Santana 2 (23)
          • 3B - B. Zimmer
          • SF - Y. Gomes
          • RBI - M. Brantley (37), C. Santana (47), B. Zimmer (25), Y. Gomes (21)
          • 2-Out RBI - M. Brantley (8)
          BASERUNNING
          • CS - I. Kinsler (4)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - J. Ramirez (10)
          FIELDING
          • E - I. Kinsler (2)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Verlander (L, 5-6)6.26114604.731.528.0
          S. Greene0.10000003.231.210.0
          B. Rondon0.233311011.572.14-6.5
          D. Stumpf0.10000004.351.740.0
          Total8.0944570---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Verlander (L, 5-6)6.2
          S. Greene0.1
          B. Rondon0.2
          D. Stumpf0.1
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Clevinger (W, 5-3)6.03002403.001.1525.0
          A. Miller (H, 18)2.00000201.420.687.0
          C. Allen1.01000002.621.282.0
          Total9.0400260---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Clevinger (W, 5-3)6.0
          A. Miller (H, 18)2.0
          C. Allen1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • IBB - J. Verlander 2 (3)
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Verlander 115-69, S. Greene 6-4, B. Rondon 30-21, D. Stumpf 3-2
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Verlander 6-8, S. Greene 1-0
          • Batters Faced - J. Verlander 30, S. Greene, B. Rondon 6, D. Stumpf
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Clevinger 96-54, A. Miller 30-22, C. Allen 10-7
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Clevinger 6-7, A. Miller 4-0, C. Allen 1-2
          • Batters Faced - M. Clevinger 22, A. Miller 6, C. Allen 4
          • 8TH INNING
            Gomes hit sacrifice fly to center, Zimmer scored04
            Zimmer tripled to deep right center, Santana scored03
            Santana doubled to deep right center, Chisenhall scored, Santana to third on 2nd baseman Kinsler fielding error02
          • 5TH INNING
            Brantley doubled to deep right center, Lindor scored01
          • 9TH INNING
            • Cody Allen relieved Andrew Miller
            • A. Avila: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Avila grounded out to second
            • J. Upton: Ball, Upton popped out to first
            • M. Cabrera: Ball, Strike looking, Cabrera singled to shallow right center
            • J. Martinez: Martinez lined out to second
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • A. Miller Pitching:
            • M. Mahtook: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Mahtook grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Iglesias grounded out to third
            • I. Kinsler: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Kinsler struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Bruce Rondon relieved Shane Greene
            • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Ramirez struck out swinging
            • L. Chisenhall: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Chisenhall walked
            • C. Santana: Foul, Santana doubled to deep right center, Chisenhall scored, Santana to third on 2nd baseman Kinsler fielding error
            • B. Zimmer: Foul, Zimmer tripled to deep right center, Santana scored
            • Y. Gomes: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Gomes hit sacrifice fly to center, Zimmer scored
            • E. Gonzalez: Gonzalez singled to right
            • Daniel Stumpf relieved Bruce Rondon
            • F. Lindor: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Lindor flied out to center
            • End of the 8th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Andrew Miller relieved Mike Clevinger
            • J. Martinez: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Martinez grounded out to first
            • V. Martinez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Martinez grounded out to second
            • N. Castellanos: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Castellanos struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Verlander Pitching:
            • Y. Gomes: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Gomes flied out to right
            • E. Gonzalez: Ball, Gonzalez doubled to right
            • F. Lindor: Strike swinging, Foul, Lindor popped out to shortstop
            • M. Brantley: Brantley intentionally walked
            • Shane Greene relieved Justin Verlander
            • E. Encarnacion: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Encarnacion reached on fielder's choice to second, Brantley out at second
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • M. Clevinger Pitching:
            • I. Kinsler: Strike looking, Ball, Kinsler flied out to left
            • A. Avila: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Avila singled to shallow left
            • J. Upton: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Upton lined out to left
            • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Cabrera lined out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Verlander Pitching:
            • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ramirez walked
            • L. Chisenhall: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Chisenhall struck out swinging
            • C. Santana: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ramirez stole second
            • B. Zimmer: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Zimmer fouled out to third
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • M. Clevinger Pitching:
            • N. Castellanos: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Castellanos struck out looking
            • M. Mahtook: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Mahtook struck out looking
            • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Iglesias popped out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Verlander Pitching:
            • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Gomes struck out swinging
            • E. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Gonzalez struck out looking
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Ball, Lindor singled to shallow left
            • M. Brantley: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Brantley doubled to deep right center, Lindor scored
            • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Encarnacion struck out swinging
            • End of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • Erik Gonzalez at second
            • J. Upton: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Upton grounded out to third
            • M. Cabrera: Cabrera grounded out to second
            • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Martinez walked
            • V. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Martinez grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Verlander Pitching:
            • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Encarnacion grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ramirez lined out to left
            • L. Chisenhall: Ball, Ball, Chisenhall doubled to left center
            • C. Santana: Santana intentionally walked
            • B. Zimmer: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Zimmer struck out swinging
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • M. Clevinger Pitching:
            • J. Iglesias: Ball, Iglesias grounded out to second
            • I. Kinsler: Kinsler fouled out to first
            • A. Avila: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Avila lined out to center
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Verlander Pitching:
            • Y. Gomes: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Gomes grounded out to third
            • J. Kipnis: Kipnis grounded out to pitcher
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Lindor walked
            • M. Brantley: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Brantley grounded out to second
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • M. Clevinger Pitching:
            • J. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Martinez doubled to right center
            • V. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Martinez lined out to left
            • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Castellanos grounded out to third
            • M. Mahtook: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Mahtook struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Verlander Pitching:
            • J. Ramirez: Ramirez lined out to first
            • L. Chisenhall: Strike looking, Ball, Chisenhall grounded out to shortstop
            • C. Santana: Ball, Santana doubled to left center
            • B. Zimmer: Zimmer flied out to shallow left
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • M. Clevinger Pitching:
            • I. Kinsler: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Kinsler walked
            • A. Avila: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Avila struck out swinging
            • J. Upton: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Kinsler picked off at second, first to pitcher to shortstop, Upton singled to left
            • M. Cabrera: Cabrera flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Verlander Pitching:
            • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Ball, Kipnis doubled to right
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Lindor flied out to left
            • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Brantley flied out to right, Kipnis to third
            • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Encarnacion grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)