Kluber strikes out 13, pitches Indians over Tigers 2-0

CLEVELAND (AP) The reigning AL Cy Young winner looked every bit an ace.

Corey Kluber struck out 13, pitching two-hit ball for eight innings and leading the Cleveland Indians past the Detroit Tigers 2-0 in snow flurries Monday night.

The temperature at first pitch was 33 degrees, one above Progressive Field's record low set Sunday. There were flurries before the game and again in the seventh inning, resulted in a crowd of 9,843.

Kluber (1-1) gave up singles to Victor Martinez in the second and Nicholas Castellanos in the fourth. The right-hander walked one and threw 103 pitches in recording the 40th double-figure strikeout game of his career.

''We've all seen that when he gets on a roll, he can maintain it for, sometimes, shoot ... as long as you can play,'' Indians manager Terry Francona said. ''And that's a really good feeling.''

Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire hadn't seen Kluber from the opposing dugout since 2014 while he was with Minnesota when the right-hander won his first Cy Young Award.

''He had great late movement and a darting fastball,'' Gardenhire said. ''That thing came back over the plate a lot, so we got caught looking quite a few times. When he's spot-on like that, it's tough to beat him.''

Kluber downplayed his early success when asked to make a comparison to last season.

''We're three starts into it,'' he said. ''Try to go from start to start. Things that didn't feel great today, I'll work on in-between and go like that as opposed to take a broader view of it.''

Andrew Miller pitched the ninth for his first save, getting Miguel Cabrera on a game-ending double play.

Bradley Zimmer hit a two-run homer in the fifth off Francisco Liriano (1-1) as Cleveland's offense struggled again but used the long ball to win for the second straight day.

Kluber struck out the side in the fifth and fanned a batter in every inning except the sixth. Leonys Martin was the only batter who didn't strike out against Kluber.

''Kluber threw all three pitches all the time today, and he got every call in his favor,'' said Tigers catcher James McCann, who struck out looking in all three at-bats. ''He had our number tonight.''

Kluber was 18-4 with a big league-leading 2.25 ERA last season. He allowed two runs in eight innings against Seattle in his first start, but got the loss thanks to Nelson Cruz's two-run homer. Kluber gave up a two-run homer to Shohei Ohtani, the only runs he allowed in seven innings against the Los Angeles Angels in his second start.

Kluber put up his dominant numbers last season despite missing a month because of a strained back, an injury that seemed to catch up with him in the AL Division Series. He allowed nine runs, including four homers, in two starts and got the loss in Game 5 as the Indians blew a 2-0 series lead.

Liriano retired the first 10 hitters before walking Jason Kipnis and Jose Ramirez with one out in the fourth.

Yan Gomes, who hit a game-winning, two-run homer in the ninth inning Sunday against Kansas City, lined a two-out single to left for Cleveland's first hit.

Zimmer followed with his first home run of the season.

Liriano allowed three hits in six innings. The Indians, who were held to four hits, are batting .158, the worst team average in the majors.

CRASH ZIMMER

Cleveland's center fielder was in the lineup after running full-speed into the wall chasing Jon Jay's triple Sunday. His chest, face and legs appeared to make contact with the wall.

''I got a little banged up, but I can play,'' Zimmer said. ''I wasn't 100 percent today. It was a little bit of everything. Today I woke up and felt like I got hit by a car.''

IT'S BEEN AWHILE

Liriano, who hasn't beaten the Indians since July 21, 2010, when he pitched for the Twins, knew how the game got away from him.

''One bad pitch, one mistake, changed the whole game,'' he said.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Tigers: RHP Buck Farmer was removed with a left hip spasm after walking Zimmer in the seventh inning.

Indians: OF Michael Brantley, who played three straight days after starting the season on DL following offseason ankle surgery, wasn't in the lineup. He will get planned off-days early in the season.

UP NEXT

Indians RHP Josh Tomlin (0-1, 24.00) had his turn in the rotation pushed back a day after experiencing back soreness in his start against the Angels when he allowed four home runs in three innings. Tigers LHP Matthew Boyd (0-1, 1.50 ERA), who has a 1.91 ERA in five career games at Progressive Field.

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CLE5-5
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  • W: C. Kluber (1-1)L: F. Liriano (1-1)S: A. Miller (1)
  • HR: CLE - B. Zimmer (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
L. Martin CF20000100.219.342.250.5921.0
a- J. Jones PH00000000.333.538.333.8721.0
J. Candelario 3B40000032.179.273.256.529-1.5
M. Cabrera 1B40000012.242.316.424.740-0.5
N. Castellanos RF30100020.324.390.486.8770.0
V. Martinez DH30100011.292.357.375.7320.5
M. Mahtook LF30000011.143.219.179.397-0.5
J. McCann C30000031.185.290.222.513-1.5
J. Iglesias SS30000010.069.182.103.285-0.5
D. Machado 2B30000020.257.297.429.726-1.0
  • a-hit by pitch for Martin in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
F. Lindor SS40000021.175.250.200.450-1.0
J. Kipnis DH30000120.108.214.135.3490.0
J. Ramirez 3B20100200.086.256.171.4273.0
E. Encarnacion 1B40000014.171.275.429.704-0.5
Y. Alonso 1B00000000.182.270.394.6640.0
B. Guyer RF30000011.176.176.294.471-0.5
R. Davis LF30100000.235.278.353.6312.0
Y. Gomes C31100001.167.259.417.6762.0
B. Zimmer CF21121100.179.233.286.5197.0
E. Gonzalez 2B20000111.000.167.000.1670.5
    BATTING
    • 2B - R. Davis (2)
    • HR - B. Zimmer
    • RBI - B. Zimmer 2 (3)
    • 2-Out RBI - B. Zimmer 2 (3)
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - B. Zimmer
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    F. Liriano (L, 1-1)6.03223412.130.9510.0
    B. Farmer0.110010016.882.63-2.0
    D. VerHagen1.20001303.860.643.5
    PITCHERSIP
    F. Liriano (L, 1-1)6.0
    B. Farmer0.1
    D. VerHagen1.2
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Kluber (W, 1-1)8.020011301.570.6537.5
    A. Miller (S, 1)1.00000100.001.6210.5
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Kluber (W, 1-1)8.0
    A. Miller (S, 1)1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - F. Liriano 97-59, B. Farmer 16-7, D. VerHagen 26-14
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - F. Liriano 6-7, B. Farmer 1-0, D. VerHagen 1-0
    • Batters Faced - F. Liriano 23, B. Farmer 3, D. VerHagen 5
    PITCHING
    • HBP - A. Miller (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kluber 103-72, A. Miller 9-6
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kluber 7-4, A. Miller 1-0
    • Batters Faced - C. Kluber 27, A. Miller 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    DET4-5
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    L. Martin CF20000100.219.342.250.5921.0
    a- J. Jones PH00000000.333.538.333.8721.0
    J. Candelario 3B40000032.179.273.256.529-1.5
    M. Cabrera 1B40000012.242.316.424.740-0.5
    N. Castellanos RF30100020.324.390.486.8770.0
    V. Martinez DH30100011.292.357.375.7320.5
    M. Mahtook LF30000011.143.219.179.397-0.5
    J. McCann C30000031.185.290.222.513-1.5
    J. Iglesias SS30000010.069.182.103.285-0.5
    D. Machado 2B30000020.257.297.429.726-1.0
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    • a-hit by pitch for Martin in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    F. Lindor SS40000021.175.250.200.450-1.0
    J. Kipnis DH30000120.108.214.135.3490.0
    J. Ramirez 3B20100200.086.256.171.4273.0
    E. Encarnacion 1B40000014.171.275.429.704-0.5
    Y. Alonso 1B00000000.182.270.394.6640.0
    B. Guyer RF30000011.176.176.294.471-0.5
    R. Davis LF30100000.235.278.353.6312.0
    Y. Gomes C31100001.167.259.417.6762.0
    B. Zimmer CF21121100.179.233.286.5197.0
    E. Gonzalez 2B20000111.000.167.000.1670.5
    Total262421578-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - R. Davis (2)
      • HR - B. Zimmer
      • RBI - B. Zimmer 2 (3)
      • 2-Out RBI - B. Zimmer 2 (3)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - B. Zimmer
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      F. Liriano (L, 1-1)6.03223412.130.9510.0
      B. Farmer0.110010016.882.63-2.0
      D. VerHagen1.20001303.860.643.5
      Total8.0422571---
      PITCHERSIP
      F. Liriano (L, 1-1)6.0
      B. Farmer0.1
      D. VerHagen1.2
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Kluber (W, 1-1)8.020011301.570.6537.5
      A. Miller (S, 1)1.00000100.001.6210.5
      Total9.02001140---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Kluber (W, 1-1)8.0
      A. Miller (S, 1)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - F. Liriano 97-59, B. Farmer 16-7, D. VerHagen 26-14
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - F. Liriano 6-7, B. Farmer 1-0, D. VerHagen 1-0
      • Batters Faced - F. Liriano 23, B. Farmer 3, D. VerHagen 5
      PITCHING
      • HBP - A. Miller (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kluber 103-72, A. Miller 9-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kluber 7-4, A. Miller 1-0
      • Batters Faced - C. Kluber 27, A. Miller 3
      • 5TH INNING
        Zimmer homered to center, Gomes scored02
      • 9TH INNING
        • Yonder Alonso at first
        • Andrew Miller relieved Corey Kluber
        • JaCoby Jones hit for Leonys Martin
        • J. Jones: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Jones hit by pitch
        • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Candelario struck out looking
        • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Cabrera grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Jones out at second
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • J. McCann: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, McCann struck out looking
        • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Iglesias grounded out to shortstop
        • D. Machado: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Machado struck out looking
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. VerHagen Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Lindor struck out swinging
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Kipnis grounded out to second
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ramirez walked
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Encarnacion struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Castellanos struck out looking
        • V. Martinez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Martinez grounded out to first
        • M. Mahtook: Ball, Mahtook flied out to right
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Buck Farmer relieved Francisco Liriano
        • R. Davis: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Davis doubled to right
        • Y. Gomes: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Gomes grounded out to shortstop
        • B. Zimmer: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Zimmer walked
        • Drew VerHagen relieved Buck Farmer
        • E. Gonzalez: Ball, Pickoff attempt to second, Ball, Strike swinging, Davis to third, Zimmer out at second, Davis stole third Zimmer out at second, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • D. Machado: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Machado grounded out to third
        • L. Martin: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Martin walked
        • J. Candelario: Ball, Candelario reached on fielder's choice to second, Martin out at second
        • M. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Cabrera lined out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • F. Liriano Pitching:
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Kipnis struck out swinging
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ramirez singled to left
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Encarnacion grounded out to third, Ramirez to second
        • B. Guyer: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Guyer grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • M. Mahtook: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Mahtook struck out looking
        • J. McCann: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, McCann struck out swinging
        • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Iglesias struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • F. Liriano Pitching:
        • B. Guyer: Strike looking, Guyer grounded out to shortstop
        • R. Davis: Foul, Davis grounded out to second
        • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Gomes singled to left
        • B. Zimmer: Foul, Ball, Zimmer homered to center, Gomes scored
        • E. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gonzalez walked
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Lindor struck out looking
        • End of the 5th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Candelario struck out swinging
        • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Cabrera grounded out to second
        • N. Castellanos: Castellanos singled to right
        • V. Martinez: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • F. Liriano Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Lindor flied out to deep center
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Kipnis walked
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ramirez walked, Kipnis to second
        • E. Encarnacion: Encarnacion grounded into double play second to first, Ramirez out at second
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Ball, Iglesias grounded out to second
        • D. Machado: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Machado struck out looking
        • L. Martin: Strike looking, Martin popped out to third
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • F. Liriano Pitching:
        • Y. Gomes: Gomes flied out to deep right
        • B. Zimmer: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Zimmer flied out to center
        • E. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gonzalez grounded out to third
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Castellanos struck out swinging
        • V. Martinez: Martinez singled to right
        • M. Mahtook: Mahtook flied out to right
        • J. McCann: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, McCann struck out looking
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • F. Liriano Pitching:
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Encarnacion flied out to deep center
        • B. Guyer: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Guyer struck out looking
        • R. Davis: Foul, Strike looking, Davis flied out to right
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • L. Martin: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Martin grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Candelario struck out looking
        • M. Cabrera: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Cabrera struck out looking
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • F. Liriano Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Lindor flied out to deep right
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Kipnis struck out swinging
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ramirez flied out to deep right
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)