Encarnacion's inside-park HR highlights Indians' 6-0 win

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The Cleveland Indians loved the sight of 35-year-old Edwin Encarnacion chugging around the bases on his way to a standup inside-the-park home run.

''I knew he had wheels, but ...'' starter Mike Clevinger said with a laugh. ''You see something new every day.''

Encarnacion hit his second career inside-the-park homer and Tyler Naquin and Yonder Alonso cleared the fences for the Indians, who beat Los Angeles 6-0 Monday night to spoil the Angels' home opener and snap their three-game win streak.

Encarnacion hit a high fly ball off JC Ramirez that left fielder Justin Upton tracked into the corner with one out in the second inning. The ball hit the yellow line on the padding below the foul pole and caromed several feet away from Upton, coming to a stop on the warning track.

Upton leaned over the short fence for just a moment, apparently thinking the ball had landed foul. By the time Upton chased it down and threw it in, the 230-pound Encarnacion was steaming around third base on his way to scoring standing up.

Encarnacion also hit an inside-the-park homer on Aug. 31, 2007, against St. Louis while with the Cincinnati Reds, back when he was 24. He homered twice Sunday in a loss at Seattle.

How did this one feel?

''I was too tired,'' he said. ''I just see the ball and when the ball go away from Upton, I said in my mind, `I've got to make it to the plate.' It was a lot of running. But I like it. It's good.''

The most recent inside-the-park homer by the Indians was Naquin's remarkable game-ending hit on Aug. 19, 2016, against Toronto.

''That's a lot of praise for Edwin,'' Naquin said. ''That man's hit a lot of homers. It's not easy to get an inside-the-park home run, so that obviously says Eddie's running hard. He plays the game the right way and he showed up. You're either going to have a triple or a homer in the books. Doesn't matter how you get it.''

Encarnacion was welcomed back to the dugout with high-fives and a teammate fanning him off with a towel.

''It was fun. Everybody was laughing about it. Everybody enjoyed it. That's good,'' he said.

''I ran after the ball and I braced myself on the wall, had no clue the ball was fair, couldn't hear anything,'' Upton said. ''(Mike) Trout was yelling but I couldn't hear anything, so it was an inside-the-park home run.

''I thought it was going to either hit in the stands or I was going to have a chance to catch it. The wind just swirls in the stadium. That's just how it goes. Most balls that go foul end up drifting back a little bit. That one just came back more than usual.''

Clevinger (1-0), a former Angels farmhand, scattered four hits and struck out five in 5 1/3 innings in his season debut.

Shohei Ohtani, the Angels' two-way star from Japan, had the night off after his impressive pitching debut on Sunday, when he threw three-hit ball over six innings in a 7-4 victory at Oakland. Ohtani made his hitting debut as the designated hitter on opening day, collecting his first big league hit on his first swing.

The Indians homered twice off Ramirez in the fourth. Alonso hit a leadoff shot to right, his second, and Naquin belted a two-run drive to right-center with two outs, his first.

Ramirez (0-1) allowed five runs, four earned, in five innings in his season debut. Manager Mike Scioscia said he had a little crack in one of his fingernails.

Cleveland scored an unearned run in the third on catcher Martin Maldonado's throwing error. Brandon Guyer hit an RBI double in the eighth.

MOTIVATION

''It's always good fun,'' Clevinger said of facing the Angels. He was drafted by Los Angeles in 2011 and missed most of the 2012 and 2013 seasons after having reconstructive elbow surgery. He was traded to Cleveland in 2014 and made his big league debut in 2016. ''I came up there and know a lot of people there and always want to leave a good impression. I try to use my emotions to my advantage.''

OHTANI

Scioscia said Ohtani will DH on Tuesday night. The Japanese star ''feels good,'' after Sunday's start, Scioscia said.

UP NEXT

Indians: RHP Josh Tomlin will make his season debut on eight days' rest after making his final spring start on March 25.

Angels: RHP Garrett Richards (0-0, 7.20 ERA) makes his second start after not factoring in the decision in an opening-day loss at Oakland.

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  • W: M. Clevinger (1-0)L: J. Ramirez (0-1)
  • HR: CLE - E. Encarnacion (3), Y. Alonso (2), T. Naquin (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
F. Lindor SS40100110.176.263.176.4401.5
J. Kipnis 2B50000012.188.235.250.485-0.5
E. Gonzalez 2B00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
J. Ramirez 3B30000202.000.118.000.1182.0
Y. Alonso 1B42111102.286.412.7861.1978.0
E. Encarnacion DH41111011.308.4001.0001.4005.5
L. Chisenhall RF41100001.286.375.357.7322.0
Y. Gomes C20000211.222.417.556.9721.5
T. Naquin LF21121010.200.200.500.7006.5
a- B. Guyer PH-LF20110001.250.250.500.7503.0
B. Zimmer CF41100032.154.154.154.3082.5
  • a-lined out for Naquin in the 6th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
Z. Cozart 2B50100003.333.360.6671.0272.0
M. Trout CF30000111.261.292.522.8130.5
J. Upton LF20000102.211.304.263.5682.0
A. Pujols DH40000012.174.174.348.522-0.5
K. Calhoun RF40000021.190.190.429.619-1.0
A. Simmons SS40200010.450.476.450.9261.5
L. Valbuena 3B40100011.167.167.222.3890.5
J. Marte 1B40200013.455.500.6361.1361.5
M. Maldonado C30000001.214.313.286.5981.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - B. Guyer
    • HR - Y. Alonso (2), E. Encarnacion (3), T. Naquin
    • RBI - Y. Alonso (5), E. Encarnacion (4), T. Naquin 2 (2), B. Guyer
    • 2-Out RBI - T. Naquin 2 (2), B. Guyer
    BATTING
    • 2B - Z. Cozart (3)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - B. Zimmer
    FIELDING
    • PB - Y. Gomes
    FIELDING
    • E - M. Maldonado
    • PB - M. Maldonado
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Clevinger (W, 1-0)5.14002500.001.1318.5
    T. Olson1.000002010.801.204.0
    N. Goody1.11000000.000.862.0
    Z. McAllister0.10000000.000.000.0
    M. Belisle1.01000000.001.002.0
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Clevinger (W, 1-0)5.1
    T. Olson1.0
    N. Goody1.1
    Z. McAllister0.1
    M. Belisle1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Ramirez (L, 0-1)4.25542337.711.50-2.5
    J. Alvarez1.20001100.001.132.5
    L. Bard1.11112103.861.71-0.5
    N. Ramirez1.11001303.382.252.5
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Ramirez (L, 0-1)4.2
    J. Alvarez1.2
    L. Bard1.1
    N. Ramirez1.1
    PITCHING
    • HBP - N. Goody, M. Belisle
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Clevinger 97-65, T. Olson 16-13, N. Goody 24-13, Z. McAllister 3-2, M. Belisle 15-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Clevinger 4-7, N. Goody 2-2, M. Belisle 2-1
    • Batters Faced - M. Clevinger 22, T. Olson 3, N. Goody 6, Z. McAllister, M. Belisle 5
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Ramirez 73-46, J. Alvarez 24-13, L. Bard 34-17, N. Ramirez 32-20
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Ramirez 3-8, J. Alvarez 3-1, L. Bard 1-2, N. Ramirez 1-0
    • Batters Faced - J. Ramirez 21, J. Alvarez 6, L. Bard 7, N. Ramirez 6
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    F. Lindor SS40100110.176.263.176.4401.5
    J. Kipnis 2B50000012.188.235.250.485-0.5
    E. Gonzalez 2B00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    J. Ramirez 3B30000202.000.118.000.1182.0
    Y. Alonso 1B42111102.286.412.7861.1978.0
    E. Encarnacion DH41111011.308.4001.0001.4005.5
    L. Chisenhall RF41100001.286.375.357.7322.0
    Y. Gomes C20000211.222.417.556.9721.5
    T. Naquin LF21121010.200.200.500.7006.5
    a- B. Guyer PH-LF20110001.250.250.500.7503.0
    B. Zimmer CF41100032.154.154.154.3082.5
    Total3467536812-----
    • a-lined out for Naquin in the 6th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    Z. Cozart 2B50100003.333.360.6671.0272.0
    M. Trout CF30000111.261.292.522.8130.5
    J. Upton LF20000102.211.304.263.5682.0
    A. Pujols DH40000012.174.174.348.522-0.5
    K. Calhoun RF40000021.190.190.429.619-1.0
    A. Simmons SS40200010.450.476.450.9261.5
    L. Valbuena 3B40100011.167.167.222.3890.5
    J. Marte 1B40200013.455.500.6361.1361.5
    M. Maldonado C30000001.214.313.286.5981.0
    Total3306002714-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - B. Guyer
      • HR - Y. Alonso (2), E. Encarnacion (3), T. Naquin
      • RBI - Y. Alonso (5), E. Encarnacion (4), T. Naquin 2 (2), B. Guyer
      • 2-Out RBI - T. Naquin 2 (2), B. Guyer
      BATTING
      • 2B - Z. Cozart (3)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - B. Zimmer
      FIELDING
      • PB - Y. Gomes
      FIELDING
      • E - M. Maldonado
      • PB - M. Maldonado
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Clevinger (W, 1-0)5.14002500.001.1318.5
      T. Olson1.000002010.801.204.0
      N. Goody1.11000000.000.862.0
      Z. McAllister0.10000000.000.000.0
      M. Belisle1.01000000.001.002.0
      Total9.0600270---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Clevinger (W, 1-0)5.1
      T. Olson1.0
      N. Goody1.1
      Z. McAllister0.1
      M. Belisle1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Ramirez (L, 0-1)4.25542337.711.50-2.5
      J. Alvarez1.20001100.001.132.5
      L. Bard1.11112103.861.71-0.5
      N. Ramirez1.11001303.382.252.5
      Total9.0765683---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Ramirez (L, 0-1)4.2
      J. Alvarez1.2
      L. Bard1.1
      N. Ramirez1.1
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - N. Goody, M. Belisle
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Clevinger 97-65, T. Olson 16-13, N. Goody 24-13, Z. McAllister 3-2, M. Belisle 15-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Clevinger 4-7, N. Goody 2-2, M. Belisle 2-1
      • Batters Faced - M. Clevinger 22, T. Olson 3, N. Goody 6, Z. McAllister, M. Belisle 5
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Ramirez 73-46, J. Alvarez 24-13, L. Bard 34-17, N. Ramirez 32-20
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Ramirez 3-8, J. Alvarez 3-1, L. Bard 1-2, N. Ramirez 1-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Ramirez 21, J. Alvarez 6, L. Bard 7, N. Ramirez 6
      • 8TH INNING
        Guyer doubled to left, Alonso scored, Gomes to third60
      • 4TH INNING
        Naquin homered to right center, Chisenhall scored50
        Alonso homered to right center30
      • 3RD INNING
        Lindor walked, Zimmer scored on catcher Maldonado fielding error20
      • 2ND INNING
        Encarnacion homered to left10
      • 9TH INNING
        • N. Ramirez Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Lindor struck out swinging
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Kipnis struck out swinging
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ramirez walked
        • Y. Alonso: Strike looking, Alonso grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Matt Belisle relieved Zach McAllister
        • Erik Gonzalez at second
        • A. Simmons: Strike looking, Simmons lined out to center
        • L. Valbuena: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Valbuena grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Marte: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Marte reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • M. Maldonado: Strike swinging, Ball, Maldonado hit by pitch, Marte to second
        • Z. Cozart: Ball, Cozart reached on fielder's choice to third, Maldonado out at second
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • L. Bard Pitching:
        • Y. Alonso: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Alonso walked
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Encarnacion struck out swinging
        • L. Chisenhall: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Chisenhall flied out to center
        • Y. Gomes: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gomes walked, Alonso to second
        • Noe Ramirez relieved Luke Bard
        • B. Guyer: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Guyer doubled to left, Alonso scored, Gomes to third
        • B. Zimmer: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Zimmer struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • N. Goody Pitching:
        • M. Trout: Trout grounded out to second
        • J. Upton: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Upton hit by pitch
        • A. Pujols: Ball, Upton to second on passed ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Pujols fouled out to catcher
        • Zach McAllister relieved Nick Goody
        • K. Calhoun: Ball, Foul, Calhoun popped out to third
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • J. Alvarez Pitching:
        • B. Zimmer: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Zimmer struck out swinging
        • Luke Bard relieved Jose Alvarez
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Lindor singled to shallow left
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Kipnis reached on fielder's choice to second, Lindor out at second
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Ramirez lined out to center
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • T. Olson Pitching:
        • L. Valbuena: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Valbuena struck out swinging
        • Nick Goody relieved Tyler Olson
        • J. Marte: Ball, Marte singled to center
        • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Maldonado popped out to shortstop
        • Z. Cozart: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Cozart reached on fielder's choice to third, Marte out at second
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • J. Alvarez Pitching:
        • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Encarnacion grounded out to pitcher
        • L. Chisenhall: Foul, Chisenhall grounded out to first
        • Y. Gomes: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gomes walked
        • Brandon Guyer hit for Tyler Naquin
        • B. Guyer: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Guyer lined out to left
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Clevinger Pitching:
        • A. Pujols: Foul, Foul, Foul, Pujols flied out to center
        • Tyler Olson relieved Mike Clevinger
        • K. Calhoun: Strike swinging, Foul, Calhoun flied out to left
        • A. Simmons: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Simmons struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • J. Ramirez Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Lindor lined out to right
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Kipnis grounded out to first
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ramirez walked
        • Jose Alvarez relieved JC Ramirez
        • Y. Alonso: Foul, Alonso grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Clevinger Pitching:
        • M. Maldonado: Ball, Strike swinging, Maldonado grounded out to pitcher
        • Z. Cozart: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Cozart lined out to left
        • M. Trout: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Trout walked
        • J. Upton: Strike looking, Strike looking, Upton reached on fielder's choice to third, Trout out at second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • J. Ramirez Pitching:
        • Y. Alonso: Alonso homered to right center
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Encarnacion popped out to shortstop
        • L. Chisenhall: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Chisenhall singled to right
        • Y. Gomes: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Gomes lined out to right
        • T. Naquin: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Naquin homered to right center, Chisenhall scored
        • B. Zimmer: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Zimmer struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Clevinger Pitching:
        • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Pujols struck out swinging
        • K. Calhoun: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Calhoun struck out on foul tip
        • A. Simmons: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Simmons singled to center
        • L. Valbuena: Ball, Valbuena singled to shallow right, Simmons to second
        • J. Marte: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Marte struck out looking
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • J. Ramirez Pitching:
        • T. Naquin: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul tip, Naquin struck out on foul tip
        • B. Zimmer: Zimmer reached on an infield single to second
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Zimmer stole second, Ball, Ball, Lindor walked, Zimmer scored on catcher Maldonado fielding error
        • J. Kipnis: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Kipnis flied out to left
        • J. Ramirez: Ramirez lined out to left
        • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
        • M. Clevinger Pitching:
        • M. Maldonado: Foul, Maldonado grounded out to pitcher
        • Z. Cozart: Ball, Strike looking, Cozart doubled to shallow left
        • M. Trout: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Trout popped out to first
        • J. Upton: Ball, Foul, Ball, Upton flied out to center
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • J. Ramirez Pitching:
        • Y. Alonso: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Alonso flied out to center
        • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Encarnacion homered to left
        • L. Chisenhall: Strike looking, Ball, Chisenhall lined out to second
        • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gomes struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Clevinger Pitching:
        • K. Calhoun: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Calhoun struck out swinging
        • A. Simmons: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Simmons reached on an infield single to second
        • L. Valbuena: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Valbuena flied out to left
        • J. Marte: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Marte grounded out to second
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • J. Ramirez Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Lindor lined out to center
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Kipnis grounded out to first
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ramirez grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Clevinger Pitching:
        • Z. Cozart: Cozart flied out to deep center
        • M. Trout: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul tip, Trout struck out on foul tip
        • J. Upton: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Upton walked
        • A. Pujols: Foul, Ball, Pujols fouled out to catcher
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)