Kluber strikes out season-high 14, Indians top Blue Jays 8-1

CLEVELAND (AP) Corey Kluber's stiff neck cleared up a day too soon for the Toronto Blue Jays.

Cleveland's ace struck out a season-high 14 in 7 2/3 innings and showed no signs of the neck problem that pushed back him back in the rotation with another dominating performance in the Indians' 8-1 victory Sunday.

''It wasn't anything that was really concerning,'' said Kluber, whose regular turn in the rotation was scheduled for Friday. ''Just needed a couple of extra days to get to the spot I wanted to be. I didn't think about it at all.''

Kluber (8-3) allowed five hits, including Kevin Pillar's leadoff homer in the third, and reached double figures in strikeouts for the ninth time in 16 starts. He fell four strikeouts short of matching his career-high 18 against St. Louis in 2015.

The 2014 AL Cy Young winner fanned the first two hitters in the eighth before walking Josh Donaldson, ending a nine-pitch at-bat. The right-hander, who threw 120 pitches, received a standing ovation from the crowd of 30,701 after being removed by manager Terry Francona.

''I knew it was my last hitter,'' Kluber said. ''I guess when you get in that spot you empty the tank and leave everything out there because there's no more after that point.''

Kluber missed a month earlier this season with a strained back. He's 5-1 with a 1.52 ERA in 10 starts since coming off the disabled list.

''He's kind of set the bar pretty high,'' Francona said. ''We rely on him so much and he knows that. It's nice to put his name in there every five days.''

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons, whose team finished 3-7 on its longest road trip of the season, expressed a similar opinion.

''He's one of the best in baseball, but he was as good today as we've ever seen him,'' Gibbons said.

Michael Brantley hit a two-run homer in the sixth and had three RBIs. Brandon Guyer's three-run double was the key hit in the first, when Cleveland took a 4-0 lead against J.A. Happ (3-7).

Kluber allowed three runs in 7 1/3 innings against Oakland on July 15. Francona decided earlier in the week to push his next start back a couple of days.

Happ was behind after throwing four pitches. Carlos Santana led off with a single, took second on Francisco Lindor's bunt hit and scored on Brantley's single.

Edwin Encarnacion flied out but Jose Ramirez walked on four pitches and Guyer lined a 2-2 pitch to the gap in left-center.

Lindor, whose 10th-inning home run Saturday gave the Indians a 2-1 win, had an RBI single in the fourth. Brantley's home run was his first since April 30, a span of 54 games.

Happ allowed a season-high seven runs in six innings. The Blue Jays were outscored 23-5 in the series.

''We need to get home,'' Gibbons said. ''It was a lousy day.''

BREAK-EVEN MARK

The win moved the Indians to 24-24 at Progressive Field after going 53-28 at home last season.

BASEMENT VIEW

The Blue Jays are 44-54 and firmly in last place in the AL East.

''We have come back from similar situations and made it to the playoffs,'' said Jose Bautista, who struck out three times against Kluber. ''All we can control is the games we have left.''

Bautista had little to say on whether he'd waive his no-trade clause with the July 31 deadline approaching.

''I'm not willing to entertain that type of question right now,'' he said.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Blue Jays: SS Troy Tulowitzki (groin) was not in the lineup for the second day in a row. He was injured while running to first base in his final at-bat Friday.

UP NEXT

Blue Jays: LHP Francisco Liriano opens a four-game home series against Oakland. He moved up one day in the rotation when Aaron Sanchez was placed on the disabled list.

Indians: RHP Josh Tomlin faces Cincinnati in a rescheduled home game from May 25. He allowed five runs in 6 1/3 innings during a 5-1 loss to the Reds on May 22 in Cincinnati.

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Blue JaysTOR44-54
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IndiansCLE51-45
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  • W: C. Kluber (8-3)L: J. Happ (3-7)
  • HR: TOR - K. Pillar (11), CLE - M. Brantley (6)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Bautista RF40000031.222.332.393.725-1.5
E. Carrera RF00000000.292.361.436.7970.0
J. Donaldson 3B30100110.238.358.421.7791.5
J. Smoak 1B30000112.299.376.593.9680.5
K. Morales DH40200021.256.309.447.7561.0
S. Pearce LF40100023.275.330.450.7800.0
M. Montero C40000013.242.328.367.695-0.5
K. Pillar CF31111020.251.302.408.7105.0
R. Goins SS30000020.203.261.318.578-1.0
D. Barney 2B30100010.217.273.272.5450.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    C. Santana 1B42100111.238.336.404.7403.5
    F. Lindor SS41310001.262.322.465.7875.0
    E. Gonzalez SS10000000.288.299.455.7530.0
    M. Brantley LF42231002.303.369.440.80910.0
    B. Zimmer CF10100000.261.323.406.7292.0
    E. Encarnacion DH30100212.259.374.479.8532.5
    J. Ramirez 2B41000105.325.381.576.9572.0
    B. Guyer RF40130011.193.264.301.5654.5
    A. Almonte LF41100013.240.324.405.7282.5
    Y. Gomes C40110003.219.310.362.6722.0
    G. Urshela 3B41100011.240.269.280.5491.5
      BATTING
      • HR - K. Pillar (11)
      • RBI - K. Pillar (23)
      BATTING
      • 2B - B. Zimmer (9), B. Guyer (4), A. Almonte (5)
      • HR - M. Brantley (6)
      • RBI - F. Lindor (47), M. Brantley 3 (44), B. Guyer 3 (10), Y. Gomes (23)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Brantley 2 (11), Y. Gomes (13)
      FIELDING
      • E - J. Donaldson (10)
      FIELDING
      • DP - F. Lindor, E. Gonzalez, J. Ramirez, C. Santana
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Happ (L, 3-7)6.09773314.131.32-4.5
      J. Smith1.02110203.581.161.0
      C. Smith1.01001000.001.501.0
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Happ (L, 3-7)6.0
      J. Smith1.0
      C. Smith1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Kluber (W, 8-3)7.251121412.740.9630.0
      N. Goody0.10000002.021.090.0
      T. Olson1.01000100.001.002.5
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Kluber (W, 8-3)7.2
      N. Goody0.1
      T. Olson1.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - J. Happ (4)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Happ 114-63, J. Smith 25-18, C. Smith 23-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Happ 8-8, C. Smith 1-2
      • Batters Faced - J. Happ 31, J. Smith 5, C. Smith 5
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kluber 120-81, N. Goody 3-3, T. Olson 9-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kluber 6-2, T. Olson 1-0
      • Batters Faced - C. Kluber 29, N. Goody, T. Olson 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      Blue JaysTOR44-54
      001000000161
      IndiansCLE51-45
      40010210X8120
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      J. Bautista RF40000031.222.332.393.725-1.5
      E. Carrera RF00000000.292.361.436.7970.0
      J. Donaldson 3B30100110.238.358.421.7791.5
      J. Smoak 1B30000112.299.376.593.9680.5
      K. Morales DH40200021.256.309.447.7561.0
      S. Pearce LF40100023.275.330.450.7800.0
      M. Montero C40000013.242.328.367.695-0.5
      K. Pillar CF31111020.251.302.408.7105.0
      R. Goins SS30000020.203.261.318.578-1.0
      D. Barney 2B30100010.217.273.272.5450.5
      Total31161121510-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        C. Santana 1B42100111.238.336.404.7403.5
        F. Lindor SS41310001.262.322.465.7875.0
        E. Gonzalez SS10000000.288.299.455.7530.0
        M. Brantley LF42231002.303.369.440.80910.0
        B. Zimmer CF10100000.261.323.406.7292.0
        E. Encarnacion DH30100212.259.374.479.8532.5
        J. Ramirez 2B41000105.325.381.576.9572.0
        B. Guyer RF40130011.193.264.301.5654.5
        A. Almonte LF41100013.240.324.405.7282.5
        Y. Gomes C40110003.219.310.362.6722.0
        G. Urshela 3B41100011.240.269.280.5491.5
        Total37812814519-----
          BATTING
          • HR - K. Pillar (11)
          • RBI - K. Pillar (23)
          BATTING
          • 2B - B. Zimmer (9), B. Guyer (4), A. Almonte (5)
          • HR - M. Brantley (6)
          • RBI - F. Lindor (47), M. Brantley 3 (44), B. Guyer 3 (10), Y. Gomes (23)
          • 2-Out RBI - M. Brantley 2 (11), Y. Gomes (13)
          FIELDING
          • E - J. Donaldson (10)
          FIELDING
          • DP - F. Lindor, E. Gonzalez, J. Ramirez, C. Santana
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Happ (L, 3-7)6.09773314.131.32-4.5
          J. Smith1.02110203.581.161.0
          C. Smith1.01001000.001.501.0
          Total8.01288451---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Happ (L, 3-7)6.0
          J. Smith1.0
          C. Smith1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          C. Kluber (W, 8-3)7.251121412.740.9630.0
          N. Goody0.10000002.021.090.0
          T. Olson1.01000100.001.002.5
          Total9.06112151---
          PITCHERSIP
          C. Kluber (W, 8-3)7.2
          N. Goody0.1
          T. Olson1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - J. Happ (4)
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Happ 114-63, J. Smith 25-18, C. Smith 23-12
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Happ 8-8, C. Smith 1-2
          • Batters Faced - J. Happ 31, J. Smith 5, C. Smith 5
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kluber 120-81, N. Goody 3-3, T. Olson 9-9
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kluber 6-2, T. Olson 1-0
          • Batters Faced - C. Kluber 29, N. Goody, T. Olson 3
          • 7TH INNING
            Gomes singled to center, Almonte scored18
          • 6TH INNING
            Brantley homered to center, Santana scored17
          • 4TH INNING
            Lindor singled to right, Urshela scored15
          • 3RD INNING
            Pillar homered to left center14
          • 1ST INNING
            Guyer doubled to left center, Lindor, Brantley and Ramirez scored04
            Brantley singled to center, Santana scored, Lindor to second01
          • 9TH INNING
            • T. Olson Pitching:
            • K. Morales: Foul, Strike swinging, Morales singled to right center
            • S. Pearce: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Pearce struck out swinging
            • M. Montero: Strike looking, Strike looking, Montero grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Morales out at second
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Erik Gonzalez at shortstop
            • Bradley Zimmer in center
            • Abraham Almonte in left
            • D. Barney: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul tip, Barney struck out on foul tip
            • J. Bautista: Strike looking, Strike looking, Donaldson walked
            • Nick Goody pitching
            • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Foul, In play
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Donaldson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball
            • Chris Smith pitching
            • Ezequiel Carrera in right
            • C. Santana: Ball, Ball, Foul, popped out to third
            • E. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike swinging, grounded out to shortstop
            • In play
            • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking
          • 7TH INNING
            • C. Kluber Pitching:
            • M. Montero: Strike looking, Ball, Montero grounded out to second
            • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Pillar struck out swinging
            • R. Goins: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Goins struck out looking
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Joe Smith relieved J.A. Happ
            • J. Ramirez: Ramirez fouled out to left
            • B. Guyer: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Guyer struck out swinging
            • A. Almonte: Strike looking, Almonte doubled to deep right
            • Y. Gomes: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Gomes singled to center, Almonte scored
            • G. Urshela: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Urshela struck out swinging
            • End of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • C. Kluber Pitching:
            • J. Donaldson: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Donaldson struck out swinging
            • J. Smoak: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Smoak walked
            • K. Morales: Foul, Strike looking, Morales singled to center, Smoak to second
            • S. Pearce: Ball, Foul, Pearce grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Morales out at second
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Happ Pitching:
            • G. Urshela: Ball, Foul, Foul, Urshela lined out to left
            • C. Santana: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Santana walked
            • F. Lindor: Lindor lined out to third
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Ball, Ball, Brantley homered to center, Santana scored
            • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Encarnacion struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • C. Kluber Pitching:
            • K. Pillar: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Pillar struck out swinging
            • R. Goins: Goins grounded out to second
            • D. Barney: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Barney singled to center
            • J. Bautista: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bautista struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Happ Pitching:
            • B. Guyer: Ball, Guyer grounded out to shortstop
            • A. Almonte: Strike looking, Almonte grounded out to shortstop
            • Y. Gomes: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Gomes grounded out to pitcher
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • C. Kluber Pitching:
            • J. Donaldson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Donaldson singled to right
            • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Smoak struck out swinging
            • K. Morales: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Morales struck out swinging
            • S. Pearce: Ball, Pearce singled to left, Donaldson to second
            • M. Montero: Montero grounded out to catcher
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Happ Pitching:
            • G. Urshela: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Urshela reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • C. Santana: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Urshela to second on wild pitch, Santana flied out to deep center
            • F. Lindor: Foul, Lindor singled to right, Urshela scored
            • M. Brantley: Brantley popped out to shortstop
            • E. Encarnacion: Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Encarnacion walked, Lindor to second
            • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Ramirez flied out to right
            • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • C. Kluber Pitching:
            • K. Pillar: Pillar homered to left center
            • R. Goins: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Goins struck out swinging
            • D. Barney: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Barney popped out to second
            • J. Bautista: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bautista struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Happ Pitching:
            • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Encarnacion singled to center
            • J. Ramirez: Ramirez flied out to deep left
            • B. Guyer: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Guyer reached on fielder's choice to third, Encarnacion to second on 3rd baseman Donaldson fielding error
            • A. Almonte: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Almonte struck out looking
            • Y. Gomes: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Gomes grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
          • 2ND INNING
            • C. Kluber Pitching:
            • K. Morales: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Morales struck out swinging
            • S. Pearce: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Pearce struck out swinging
            • M. Montero: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Montero struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Happ Pitching:
            • G. Urshela: Foul, Ball, Urshela grounded out to pitcher
            • C. Santana: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Santana struck out on foul tip
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Lindor reached on an infield single to second
            • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Strike looking, Brantley grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • C. Kluber Pitching:
            • J. Bautista: Bautista grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Donaldson: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Donaldson grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Smoak: Ball, Ball, Ball, Smoak flied out to deep left
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Happ Pitching:
            • C. Santana: Ball, Santana singled to center
            • F. Lindor: Lindor reached on bunt single to pitcher, Santana to second
            • M. Brantley: Brantley singled to center, Santana scored, Lindor to second
            • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt to third, Encarnacion flied out to center
            • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ramirez walked, Lindor to third, Brantley to second
            • B. Guyer: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Guyer doubled to left center, Lindor, Brantley and Ramirez scored
            • A. Almonte: Ball, Foul, Ball, Almonte lined out to shortstop
            • Y. Gomes: Foul, Gomes grounded out to third
            • End of the 1st (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)