Kluber upstages Gray's debut as Indians down Yankees 5-1

CLEVELAND (AP) Unflappable and unassuming, Corey Kluber rarely shows any emotion on or off the mound.

But after a night when he joined three Hall of Famers - and three of his pitching heroes - on a rare list, Kluber allowed himself a brief moment to gloat.

''It's cool,'' he said.

Pinpoint. Typical Kluber.

Cleveland's ace upstaged Sonny Gray's debut for New York by pitching a three-hitter and leading the Indians to a 5-1 win over the sloppy Yankees on Thursday night.

Kluber (9-3) struck out 11 and outshined Gray (6-6), let down by a New York defense that made three errors in the first inning. The defending AL champions won the opener of a four-game series with a potential playoff opponent and ended their losing streak at three.

With his latest dominant performance, Kluber joined Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and Nolan Ryan as the only pitchers to strike out at least eight in 12 consecutive starts. Johnson did it four times in his career and holds the record with 17 straight.

Kluber often dismisses any chance to brag about his statistics or milestones. But he was pleased to be in such elite company.

''I mean, all three are guys I grew up watching and idolizing, so to be mentioned with them is definitely an honor and it's cool,'' he said.

For five innings, Gray (6-6) was nearly as good as Kluber, but New York kicked the ball around in the first behind the right-hander, who was acquired at Monday's trade deadline from Oakland to help the Yankees return to the postseason.

Gray settled in after the rough beginning and allowed only two hits until the sixth, when Yan Gomes broke an 0-for-13 slide by hitting a two-out, two-run double to put Cleveland up 4-0.

Following the game, Gray didn't make any excuses and wasn't about to point fingers at his new teammates.

''That's just part of the game,'' he said of the miscues by first baseman Chase Headley, second baseman Tyler Wade and right fielder Clint Frazier in the first. ''You make pitches. We were able to come out of the first inning with only two.''

Yankees manager Joe Girardi was disappointed with the errors, especially because they gave Kluber a cushion.

''That's probably as bad a first inning that we've had all year. It leads to two unearned runs. It leads to extra pitches,'' Girardi said. ''Sonny threw the ball well. It's unfortunate we gave up those runs. Kluber had a lot to do with it. His stuff is dynamite. When he gives you a ball to hit, you better not miss it.''

Kluber took the lead and ran with it. He was locked in from the start and carried a two-hit shutout into the seventh before Gary Sanchez belted his 17th homer, a 427-foot laser shot to center.

And along with containing the Bronx Bombers, Kluber didn't make Indians manager Terry Francona dip into a bullpen missing All-Star reliever Andrew Miller, who is on the disabled list with knee tendinitis.

''Klubes just took over,'' Francona said. ''The first time we're playing without Andrew, to just bypass those innings was really big. Any day you can win and stay away from guys throwing at this time of year is important.''

JUDGE RESTS

The Yankees sat struggling slugger Aaron Judge for the series opener. The major league home run leader is batting just .164 (11 of 67) with 29 strikeouts since the All-Star break.

Girardi also sat DH Matt Holliday. He and Judge are both expected to play Friday.

HOME COOKING

The Indians have won eight straight at Progressive Field after struggling in their home park during the first three months. Cleveland went 7-0 on its most recent homestand and is 29-24 at home.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Yankees: OF Aaron Hicks (strained right oblique) went 1 for 3 with a walk in his second minor league rehab game with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Hicks has been out since June 26.

Indians: 2B Jason Kipnis, sidelined since before the All-Star break with a strained right hamstring, will play at Triple-A Columbus on Friday. He'll return to Cleveland for a workout Saturday, and as long as there are no setbacks, he'll be activated Sunday for the series finale. ... Francona said OF Lonnie Chisenhall is still not ready to play in a rehab game. He's been on the DL with a strained right calf sustained on July 9.

UP NEXT

Jaime Garcia makes his debut for New York against Cleveland's Trevor Bauer on Friday night. Garcia, who began the season with Atlanta, made one start for Minnesota before the Twins traded him to the Yankees on July 29. The 31-year-old lefty is 5-7 with a 4.29 ERA in 19 starts. Bauer worked a season-high eight innings on July 27 against the Los Angeles Angels.

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IndiansCLE58-48
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  • W: C. Kluber (9-3)L: S. Gray (6-6)
  • HR: NYY - G. Sanchez (17), CLE - F. Lindor (18)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Gardner LF40000020.258.352.458.810-1.0
C. Frazier RF40100020.255.282.510.7921.0
D. Gregorius SS40000001.299.326.497.8230.0
G. Sanchez DH31111021.271.345.500.8455.0
J. Ellsbury CF20000101.245.328.354.6821.0
C. Headley 1B30000021.269.351.390.741-1.0
R. Torreyes 3B30100001.285.305.374.6791.0
A. Romine C30000021.230.293.309.603-1.0
T. Wade 2B30000010.128.212.213.424-0.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    B. Zimmer CF41000020.277.339.455.7940.0
    F. Lindor SS41111011.272.330.475.8055.5
    M. Brantley LF31000101.295.357.438.7942.0
    J. Ramirez 3B40110001.323.376.562.9382.0
    E. Encarnacion DH40100011.255.372.475.8470.5
    C. Santana 1B31000102.247.349.439.7882.0
    B. Guyer RF31100100.230.325.350.6753.0
    Y. Gomes C30120012.224.318.362.6803.5
    E. Gonzalez 2B30000023.263.272.400.672-1.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - C. Frazier (7)
      • HR - G. Sanchez (17)
      • RBI - G. Sanchez (52)
      BATTING
      • 2B - Y. Gomes (14)
      • HR - F. Lindor (18)
      • RBI - F. Lindor (51), J. Ramirez (56), Y. Gomes 2 (30)
      • 2-Out RBI - Y. Gomes 2 (17)
      FIELDING
      • E - C. Frazier (2), C. Headley (12), T. Wade (3)
      FIELDING
      • DP - E. Gonzalez, C. Santana
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      S. Gray (L, 6-6)6.04423603.411.1710.0
      C. Shreve2.01110112.831.294.5
      PITCHERSIP
      S. Gray (L, 6-6)6.0
      C. Shreve2.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Kluber (W, 9-3)9.031111112.770.9537.5
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Kluber (W, 9-3)9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - S. Gray 98-54, C. Shreve 23-17
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Gray 9-5, C. Shreve 4-1
      • Batters Faced - S. Gray 27, C. Shreve 7
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kluber 106-72
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kluber 9-6
      • Batters Faced - C. Kluber 30
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      YankeesNYY57-50
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      IndiansCLE58-48
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      B. Gardner LF40000020.258.352.458.810-1.0
      C. Frazier RF40100020.255.282.510.7921.0
      D. Gregorius SS40000001.299.326.497.8230.0
      G. Sanchez DH31111021.271.345.500.8455.0
      J. Ellsbury CF20000101.245.328.354.6821.0
      C. Headley 1B30000021.269.351.390.741-1.0
      R. Torreyes 3B30100001.285.305.374.6791.0
      A. Romine C30000021.230.293.309.603-1.0
      T. Wade 2B30000010.128.212.213.424-0.5
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        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        B. Zimmer CF41000020.277.339.455.7940.0
        F. Lindor SS41111011.272.330.475.8055.5
        M. Brantley LF31000101.295.357.438.7942.0
        J. Ramirez 3B40110001.323.376.562.9382.0
        E. Encarnacion DH40100011.255.372.475.8470.5
        C. Santana 1B31000102.247.349.439.7882.0
        B. Guyer RF31100100.230.325.350.6753.0
        Y. Gomes C30120012.224.318.362.6803.5
        E. Gonzalez 2B30000023.263.272.400.672-1.0
        Total3155413711-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - C. Frazier (7)
          • HR - G. Sanchez (17)
          • RBI - G. Sanchez (52)
          BATTING
          • 2B - Y. Gomes (14)
          • HR - F. Lindor (18)
          • RBI - F. Lindor (51), J. Ramirez (56), Y. Gomes 2 (30)
          • 2-Out RBI - Y. Gomes 2 (17)
          FIELDING
          • E - C. Frazier (2), C. Headley (12), T. Wade (3)
          FIELDING
          • DP - E. Gonzalez, C. Santana
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          S. Gray (L, 6-6)6.04423603.411.1710.0
          C. Shreve2.01110112.831.294.5
          Total8.0553371---
          PITCHERSIP
          S. Gray (L, 6-6)6.0
          C. Shreve2.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          C. Kluber (W, 9-3)9.031111112.770.9537.5
          Total9.03111111---
          PITCHERSIP
          C. Kluber (W, 9-3)9.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - S. Gray 98-54, C. Shreve 23-17
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Gray 9-5, C. Shreve 4-1
          • Batters Faced - S. Gray 27, C. Shreve 7
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kluber 106-72
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kluber 9-6
          • Batters Faced - C. Kluber 30
          • 7TH INNING
            Lindor homered to left15
            Sanchez homered to center14
          • 6TH INNING
            Gomes doubled to deep left, Santana and Guyer scored04
          • 1ST INNING
            Ramirez singled to right, Zimmer and Brantley scored, Ramirez to third on left fielder Frazier fielding error02
          • 9TH INNING
            • C. Kluber Pitching:
            • B. Gardner: Ball, Strike looking, Gardner grounded out to shortstop
            • C. Frazier: Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Frazier struck out swinging
            • D. Gregorius: Strike looking, Gregorius grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • C. Kluber Pitching:
            • R. Torreyes: Torreyes grounded out to shortstop
            • A. Romine: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Romine struck out swinging
            • T. Wade: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Wade struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Shreve Pitching:
            • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Encarnacion grounded out to second
            • C. Santana: Foul, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Santana popped out to shortstop
            • B. Guyer: Ball, Guyer grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • C. Kluber Pitching:
            • D. Gregorius: Ball, Gregorius lined out to first
            • G. Sanchez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Sanchez homered to center
            • J. Ellsbury: Ball, Ellsbury lined out to left
            • C. Headley: Foul, Ball, Ball, Headley grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Chasen Shreve relieved Sonny Gray
            • B. Zimmer: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Zimmer struck out swinging
            • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Lindor homered to left
            • M. Brantley: Foul, Brantley grounded out to first
            • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ramirez grounded out to pitcher
            • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • C. Kluber Pitching:
            • T. Wade: Strike looking, Wade lined out to shortstop
            • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Gardner struck out swinging
            • C. Frazier: Strike swinging, Foul, Frazier grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • S. Gray Pitching:
            • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ramirez grounded out to first
            • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Encarnacion popped out to first
            • C. Santana: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Santana walked
            • B. Guyer: Guyer singled to right, Santana to second
            • Y. Gomes: Gomes doubled to deep left, Santana and Guyer scored
            • E. Gonzalez: Ball, Gonzalez lined out to pitcher
            • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • C. Kluber Pitching:
            • C. Headley: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Headley struck out swinging
            • R. Torreyes: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Torreyes singled to shallow left
            • A. Romine: Ball, Romine grounded into double play second to first, Torreyes out at second
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • S. Gray Pitching:
            • B. Zimmer: Zimmer flied out to center
            • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Lindor struck out swinging
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Brantley grounded out to first
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • C. Kluber Pitching:
            • C. Frazier: Ball, Foul, Frazier doubled to deep right
            • D. Gregorius: Gregorius flied out to deep center, Frazier to third
            • G. Sanchez: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
            • J. Ellsbury: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ellsbury grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • S. Gray Pitching:
            • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Encarnacion singled to right
            • C. Santana: Ball, Ball, Santana reached on fielder's choice to second, Encarnacion out at second
            • B. Guyer: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Guyer walked, Santana to second
            • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gomes reached on fielder's choice to third, Santana out at third, Guyer to second
            • E. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • C. Kluber Pitching:
            • A. Romine: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Romine struck out looking
            • T. Wade: Ball, Wade flied out to shallow right
            • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Gardner flied out to deep left
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • S. Gray Pitching:
            • B. Zimmer: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Zimmer struck out on foul tip
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Strike looking, Lindor lined out to third
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Brantley walked
            • J. Ramirez: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ramirez grounded out to pitcher
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • C. Kluber Pitching:
            • G. Sanchez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
            • J. Ellsbury: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ellsbury walked
            • C. Headley: Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Headley struck out looking
            • R. Torreyes: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Torreyes reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Ellsbury out at second
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • S. Gray Pitching:
            • B. Guyer: Ball, Ball, Guyer popped out to shortstop
            • Y. Gomes: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gomes struck out swinging
            • E. Gonzalez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • C. Kluber Pitching:
            • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gardner struck out swinging
            • C. Frazier: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Frazier struck out swinging
            • D. Gregorius: Strike looking, Ball, Gregorius grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • S. Gray Pitching:
            • B. Zimmer: Ball, Zimmer safe at first on 3rd baseman Headley fielding error
            • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Lindor grounded out to second, Zimmer to second
            • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Ball, Brantley safe at first on 2nd baseman Wade fielding error, Zimmer to third
            • J. Ramirez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ramirez singled to right, Zimmer and Brantley scored, Ramirez to third on left fielder Frazier fielding error
            • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Encarnacion struck out swinging
            • C. Santana: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Santana flied out to deep right
            • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 3 Errors)