Streak on! Kluber, Indians win club-record 15th straight

CHICAGO (AP) The Cleveland Indians didn't need much help to match last season's team-record 14-game winning streak, batting .317 and pitching to a 1.86 ERA over the last two weeks.

No. 15 was over almost before it started.

Cleveland jumped all over emergency starter Mike Pelfrey for seven runs in the first three innings and Corey Kluber struck out 13 in seven innings of three-hit ball on Thursday night, helping the Indians win their franchise-record 15th consecutive game, 11-2 over the Chicago White Sox.

Edwin Encarnacion hit a three-run homer in the first inning and Cleveland went deep five times in becoming the first major league team to win 15 straight since the 2002 Oakland A's.

''The winning streak is enjoyable and I think it's got people's attention, which gives me a chance to maybe brag on our guys a little, which I love,'' Indians manager Terry Francona said. ''Other than that, we just go play tomorrow.

''The Orioles are already sitting back home waiting for us. We'll have our hands full. It just makes the games a little bit more fun because people are watching and they care.''

Yolmer Sanchez and Jose Abreu homered in the first for Chicago, but Kluber allowed only one more hit - a fifth-inning single for Omar Narvaez.

The right-hander retired 20 of his last 22 batters on his way to double-digit strikeouts for the 14th time this season and 38th of his career.

Erik Gonzalez hit two home runs and Francisco Lindor and Greg Allen hit one apiece for the Indians. It was the first homer of Allen's career.

The White Sox turned to Pelfrey (3-11), who threw 40 pitches in 2 1/3 innings of relief Tuesday, when Carlos Rodon (shoulder stiffness) was scratched about 15 minutes before game time. Pelfrey allowed seven runs and eight hits in four innings.

Rodon will have his shoulder examined Friday.

''Just a little soreness when I was trying to get it going,'' Rodon said. ''Just precautionary stuff. We'll figure it out tomorrow with some pictures and see what happens. It just didn't feel right. I didn't want to mess anything up.''

The Indians are the first team to win at least 14 in a row in consecutive seasons since the 1935-36 Chicago Cubs.

''Different years, different players,'' Kluber said, ''but I think the one constant between both of them is good pitching, timely hitting, all that cliche stuff you say it takes to win ballgames.''

PITCHING IN A PINCH

Third-string catcher Rob Brantly pitched the ninth inning for the White Sox. He allowed Gonzalez's second homer. He was the first White Sox player whose primary position is catcher to pitch in a game, according to STATS LLC.

COUNTER MOVE

Francona changed his lineup when the White Sox pitching change was announced, installing the left-handed bats of outfielders Lonnie Chisenhall and Bradley Zimmer in place of Brandon Guyer and Allen.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Indians: 3B Yandy Diaz (left elbow contusion) departed after being hit by a pitch in the sixth inning. ... LHP Andrew Miller (right knee tendinitis) is expected to throw off the mound before the start of the series against the Orioles. ... INF Jose Ramirez (sore wrist) was held out of the lineup. Francona said he might miss one more game, but the injury isn't serious. ... OF Jay Bruce (sore neck) was out of the lineup for the sixth straight game.

White Sox: RHP Jake Petricka (right elbow strain) was placed on the 10-day disabled list. ... SS Tim Anderson (illness) was out of the lineup for the second straight game. ... OF Willy Garcia (concussion) was sent on a rehab assignment to Class A Kannapolis.

NEXT UP

Indians: RHP Mike Clevinger (8-5, 3.50 ERA) will take the mound opposite Orioles LHP Wade Miley (8-11, 4.91 ERA) on Friday. Clevinger allowed seven hits while striking out 15 over 12 scoreless innings in his last two starts.

White Sox: Rookie RHP Lucas Giolito (2-1, 2.25 ERA) and Giants LHP Matt Moore (4-13, 5.42 ERA) will square off in the opener of a three-game series on Friday in Chicago. Giolito won his past two starts, allowing a total of one run and seven hits in 14 innings. Moore returns to the rotation after making his first relief appearance since 2011 on Sunday. He pitched two scoreless innings.

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IndiansCLE84-56
41200030111160
White SoxCHW54-85
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  • W: C. Kluber (15-4)L: M. Pelfrey (3-11)
  • HR: CLE - E. Encarnacion (33), F. Lindor (27), E. Gonzalez 2 (4), G. Allen (1), CHW - Y. Sanchez (10), J. Abreu (28)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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F. Lindor SS63311000.270.331.484.81512.0
A. Jackson LF31110100.310.375.496.8715.0
G. Allen LF21121000.250.294.500.7947.0
Y. Diaz 3B21000101.255.380.321.7015.0
G. Urshela 3B10000000.224.268.267.5360.0
E. Encarnacion DH31231111.256.381.501.8829.5
a- F. Mejia DH10100000.286.286.286.5711.0
C. Santana 1B40000103.260.366.471.8371.0
T. Naquin RF00000000.222.267.296.5630.0
L. Chisenhall 1B50300013.305.379.562.9413.5
Y. Gomes C51200022.229.310.386.6963.0
B. Zimmer CF51100024.246.309.392.7012.0
E. Gonzalez 2B42242003.281.293.469.76214.0
  • a-singled for Encarnacion in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
Y. Sanchez 3B41111020.262.316.398.7145.0
Y. Moncada 2B30000110.183.321.339.6600.5
J. Abreu 1B41111011.296.348.533.8815.5
N. Delmonico LF30000130.284.408.531.939-0.5
A. Garcia RF30000021.322.372.487.859-1.0
R. Liriano RF00000000.154.267.462.7280.0
M. Davidson DH30000021.224.266.471.737-1.0
O. Narvaez C30100001.269.371.332.7021.0
T. Saladino SS30000011.192.264.250.514-0.5
A. Engel CF30000021.167.244.291.535-1.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - A. Jackson (15), L. Chisenhall (16), Y. Gomes (15), B. Zimmer (15)
    • 3B - F. Lindor (3)
    • HR - F. Lindor (27), G. Allen, E. Encarnacion (33), E. Gonzalez 2 (4)
    • SF - E. Gonzalez
    • RBI - F. Lindor (71), A. Jackson (31), G. Allen 2 (5), E. Encarnacion 3 (85), E. Gonzalez 4 (11)
    • 2-Out RBI - G. Allen 2 (4), E. Gonzalez 2 (5)
    BATTING
    • HR - Y. Sanchez (10), J. Abreu (28)
    • RBI - Y. Sanchez (47), J. Abreu (84)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - Y. Diaz
    FIELDING
    • DP - F. Lindor, E. Gonzalez, L. Chisenhall
    FIELDING
    • DP - J. Abreu, Y. Moncada, T. Saladino
    • E - A. Engel (2)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Kluber (W, 15-4)7.032211322.560.8831.5
    S. Armstrong1.00000004.381.343.0
    C. Breslow1.00001104.761.532.5
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Kluber (W, 15-4)7.0
    S. Armstrong1.0
    C. Breslow1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Pelfrey (L, 3-11)4.08773435.511.56-9.0
    C. Beck2.23111206.441.642.0
    J. Fry1.142200121.603.60-3.0
    R. Brantly1.01110019.001.001.0
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Pelfrey (L, 3-11)4.0
    C. Beck2.2
    J. Fry1.1
    R. Brantly1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kluber 96-67, S. Armstrong 9-5, C. Breslow 12-7
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kluber 2-6, S. Armstrong 1-2, C. Breslow 1-0
    • Batters Faced - C. Kluber 25, S. Armstrong 3, C. Breslow 3
    PITCHING
    • WP - J. Fry
    • HBP - C. Beck (4)
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Pelfrey 96-56, C. Beck 53-33, J. Fry 21-12, R. Brantly 12-7
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Pelfrey 6-2, C. Beck 2-4, J. Fry 3-0, R. Brantly 2-1
    • Batters Faced - M. Pelfrey 23, C. Beck 13, J. Fry 7, R. Brantly 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    IndiansCLE84-56
    41200030111160
    White SoxCHW54-85
    200000000231
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    F. Lindor SS63311000.270.331.484.81512.0
    A. Jackson LF31110100.310.375.496.8715.0
    G. Allen LF21121000.250.294.500.7947.0
    Y. Diaz 3B21000101.255.380.321.7015.0
    G. Urshela 3B10000000.224.268.267.5360.0
    E. Encarnacion DH31231111.256.381.501.8829.5
    a- F. Mejia DH10100000.286.286.286.5711.0
    C. Santana 1B40000103.260.366.471.8371.0
    T. Naquin RF00000000.222.267.296.5630.0
    L. Chisenhall 1B50300013.305.379.562.9413.5
    Y. Gomes C51200022.229.310.386.6963.0
    B. Zimmer CF51100024.246.309.392.7012.0
    E. Gonzalez 2B42242003.281.293.469.76214.0
    Total4111161154617-----
    • a-singled for Encarnacion in the 8th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    Y. Sanchez 3B41111020.262.316.398.7145.0
    Y. Moncada 2B30000110.183.321.339.6600.5
    J. Abreu 1B41111011.296.348.533.8815.5
    N. Delmonico LF30000130.284.408.531.939-0.5
    A. Garcia RF30000021.322.372.487.859-1.0
    R. Liriano RF00000000.154.267.462.7280.0
    M. Davidson DH30000021.224.266.471.737-1.0
    O. Narvaez C30100001.269.371.332.7021.0
    T. Saladino SS30000011.192.264.250.514-0.5
    A. Engel CF30000021.167.244.291.535-1.0
    Total2923222146-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Jackson (15), L. Chisenhall (16), Y. Gomes (15), B. Zimmer (15)
      • 3B - F. Lindor (3)
      • HR - F. Lindor (27), G. Allen, E. Encarnacion (33), E. Gonzalez 2 (4)
      • SF - E. Gonzalez
      • RBI - F. Lindor (71), A. Jackson (31), G. Allen 2 (5), E. Encarnacion 3 (85), E. Gonzalez 4 (11)
      • 2-Out RBI - G. Allen 2 (4), E. Gonzalez 2 (5)
      BATTING
      • HR - Y. Sanchez (10), J. Abreu (28)
      • RBI - Y. Sanchez (47), J. Abreu (84)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - Y. Diaz
      FIELDING
      • DP - F. Lindor, E. Gonzalez, L. Chisenhall
      FIELDING
      • DP - J. Abreu, Y. Moncada, T. Saladino
      • E - A. Engel (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Kluber (W, 15-4)7.032211322.560.8831.5
      S. Armstrong1.00000004.381.343.0
      C. Breslow1.00001104.761.532.5
      Total9.03222142---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Kluber (W, 15-4)7.0
      S. Armstrong1.0
      C. Breslow1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Pelfrey (L, 3-11)4.08773435.511.56-9.0
      C. Beck2.23111206.441.642.0
      J. Fry1.142200121.603.60-3.0
      R. Brantly1.01110019.001.001.0
      Total9.0161111465---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Pelfrey (L, 3-11)4.0
      C. Beck2.2
      J. Fry1.1
      R. Brantly1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kluber 96-67, S. Armstrong 9-5, C. Breslow 12-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kluber 2-6, S. Armstrong 1-2, C. Breslow 1-0
      • Batters Faced - C. Kluber 25, S. Armstrong 3, C. Breslow 3
      PITCHING
      • WP - J. Fry
      • HBP - C. Beck (4)
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Pelfrey 96-56, C. Beck 53-33, J. Fry 21-12, R. Brantly 12-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Pelfrey 6-2, C. Beck 2-4, J. Fry 3-0, R. Brantly 2-1
      • Batters Faced - M. Pelfrey 23, C. Beck 13, J. Fry 7, R. Brantly 4
      • 9TH INNING
        Gonzalez homered to right center112
      • 7TH INNING
        Allen homered to left, Lindor scored102
        Gonzalez hit sacrifice fly to left, Zimmer scored82
      • 3RD INNING
        Gonzalez homered to left center, Gomes scored72
      • 2ND INNING
        Lindor homered to right52
      • 1ST INNING
        Abreu homered to right center42
        Sanchez homered to right41
        Encarnacion homered to left, Jackson and Diaz scored40
        Jackson doubled to center, Lindor scored10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Rob Brantly relieved Jace Fry
        • B. Zimmer: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Zimmer flied out to right
        • E. Gonzalez: Ball, Gonzalez homered to right center
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Lindor grounded out to pitcher
        • G. Allen: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Allen grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Craig Breslow relieved Shawn Armstrong
        • Y. Moncada: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Moncada walked
        • J. Abreu: Strike swinging, Abreu grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Moncada out at second
        • N. Delmonico: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Delmonico struck out looking
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Rymer Liriano in right
        • Francisco Mejia hit for Edwin Encarnacion
        • F. Mejia: Ball, Mejia singled to left
        • C. Santana: Ball, Santana grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Encarnacion out at second
        • L. Chisenhall: Ball, Chisenhall singled to right
        • Y. Gomes: Ball, Gomes grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Tyler Naquin in right
        • Shawn Armstrong relieved Corey Kluber
        • T. Saladino: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Saladino flied out to right
        • A. Engel: Strike swinging, Ball, Engel grounded out to shortstop
        • Y. Sanchez: Ball, Sanchez flied out to deep left
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • C. Beck Pitching:
        • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gomes struck out swinging
        • B. Zimmer: Foul, Ball, Zimmer doubled to left center, Zimmer to third on center fielder Engel fielding error
        • E. Gonzalez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Gonzalez hit sacrifice fly to left, Zimmer scored
        • Jace Fry relieved Chris Beck
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Lindor singled to left center
        • G. Allen: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Lindor to second on wild pitch, Ball, Allen homered to left, Lindor scored
        • G. Urshela: Ball, Foul, Urshela grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 7th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • N. Delmonico: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Delmonico walked
        • A. Garcia: Foul, Garcia flied out to right
        • M. Davidson: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Davidson grounded out to pitcher, Delmonico to second
        • O. Narvaez: Strike looking, Narvaez lined out to shortstop
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • C. Beck Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Foul, Ball, Lindor grounded out to pitcher
        • A. Jackson: Strike looking, Jackson flied out to right
        • Y. Diaz: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Diaz hit by pitch
        • Giovanny Urshela ran for Yandy Diaz
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Encarnacion singled to right, Urshela to second
        • C. Santana: Pickoff attempt to second, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Santana walked, Urshela to third, Encarnacion to second
        • L. Chisenhall: Foul, Ball, Chisenhall lined out to first
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Greg Allen in left
        • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
        • Y. Moncada: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Moncada struck out swinging
        • J. Abreu: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Abreu struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • Chris Beck relieved Mike Pelfrey
        • L. Chisenhall: Foul, Foul, Foul, Chisenhall doubled to deep right center
        • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gomes struck out swinging
        • B. Zimmer: Ball, Foul, Foul, Zimmer fouled out to third
        • E. Gonzalez: Strike swinging, Ball, Gonzalez grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • M. Davidson: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Davidson struck out swinging
        • O. Narvaez: Ball, Strike looking, Narvaez singled to shallow center
        • T. Saladino: Ball, Foul, Saladino lined out to left
        • A. Engel: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Engel struck out looking
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • M. Pelfrey Pitching:
        • A. Jackson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Jackson walked
        • Y. Diaz: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Diaz reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Jackson out at second
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Diaz stole second
        • C. Santana: Strike looking, Santana grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Abreu grounded out to shortstop
        • N. Delmonico: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Delmonico struck out swinging
        • A. Garcia: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Garcia struck out looking
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • M. Pelfrey Pitching:
        • L. Chisenhall: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Chisenhall struck out swinging
        • Y. Gomes: Ball, Gomes doubled to deep right center
        • B. Zimmer: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Zimmer struck out looking
        • E. Gonzalez: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Gonzalez homered to left center, Gomes scored
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Lindor grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 3rd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • A. Engel: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Engel struck out swinging
        • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Sanchez struck out looking
        • Y. Moncada: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Moncada lined out to second
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • M. Pelfrey Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Foul, Lindor homered to right
        • A. Jackson: Ball, Strike looking, Jackson lined out to first
        • Y. Diaz: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Diaz grounded out to pitcher
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Encarnacion walked
        • C. Santana: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Santana flied out to center
        • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • M. Davidson: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Davidson struck out swinging
        • O. Narvaez: Narvaez lined out to shortstop
        • T. Saladino: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Saladino struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • M. Pelfrey Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Lindor tripled to deep center
        • A. Jackson: Ball, Strike looking, Jackson doubled to center, Lindor scored
        • Y. Diaz: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Diaz walked
        • E. Encarnacion: Foul, Encarnacion homered to left, Jackson and Diaz scored
        • C. Santana: Strike looking, Santana grounded out to first
        • L. Chisenhall: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Chisenhall singled to deep right
        • Y. Gomes: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Gomes singled to left center, Chisenhall to third
        • B. Zimmer: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Zimmer struck out swinging
        • E. Gonzalez: Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt to first, Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Foul, Gonzalez reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Gomes out at second
        • Middle of the 1st (4 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Sanchez homered to right
        • Y. Moncada: Ball, Ball, Moncada flied out to deep left
        • J. Abreu: Ball, Ball, Foul, Abreu homered to right center
        • N. Delmonico: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Delmonico struck out swinging
        • A. Garcia: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)