Clevinger tosses 2-hitter to carry Indians past Orioles 4-0

BALTIMORE (AP) Mike Clevinger is proving to be a worthy member of the Cleveland Indians' formidable rotation.

Clevinger pitched a two-hitter in his first career complete game, and the Indians hit three solo homers off Chris Tillman in a 4-0 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday.

Jose Ramirez went 3 for 4 with his team-leading fifth home run . Yan Gomes and Yonder Alonso also went deep for Cleveland, which came into the game ranked second-to-last in the AL in runs and last in batting average.

Clevinger (2-0) hardly needed the offensive support. Pitching on seven days' rest, the right-hander struck out three, walked two and allowed only one runner past first base.

It was an outstanding effort, one that fits nicely within a starting staff that includes 2017 Cy Young winner Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer (who won 17 games last year) and unbeaten Carlos Carrasco.

''Metaphorically, if you're in class and everyone else in the class is making 90 on the test, and you're making 60s all the time, how is that going to feel?'' Clevinger said. ''So if eventually you can get up to 80, you're going to be doing pretty good.''

He certainly deserved an ''A'' for this performance.

''Tell you what, that was really fun to watch,'' manager Terry Francona said. ''He's a young pitcher who's getting better.''

The only two hits Clevinger allowed in his 35th career start were singles by Manny Machado in the fourth inning and Chance Sisco in the fifth.

His previous longest outing was 7 1/3 innings, earlier this month against Kansas City.

''Six innings a start isn't going to get you there,'' Clevinger said. ''As a starter, you have to figure out how to get deep in the game.''

While Clevinger is unbeaten in 11 starts since July 31, Tillman has experienced an opposite fate. This was his 22nd straight start without a victory, dating back to his first outing last season.

Tillman (0-4) gave up four runs, eight hits and a walk in six innings to lower his ERA from 11.91 to 9.87.

''He was better,'' manager Buck Showalter said. ''Obviously, there was very little margin for error with Clevinger.''

At this point, Tillman is happy just to be making progress.

''It was a big stepping stone,'' he said.

Michael Brantley hit a run-scoring groundout in the first inning and Gomes connected in the fourth for a 2-0 lead.

The Orioles put runners on the corners with one out in the fourth, their lone threat against Clevinger, who responded by retiring Tim Beckham on a short fly to left and getting Anthony Santander to ground out.

Ramirez led off the sixth with a drive to right, and Alonso hit a two-out shot that landed on Eutaw Street beyond the right-field scoreboard.

STRONG-ARMED

Sisco threw out three Indians attempting to steal, the first Orioles catcher to pull off that feat since Matt Wieters in August 2012.

''There's a lot of mechanics that do go into it,'' the rookie said, ''but once you do start feeling comfortable with those mechanics, it's a confidence boost.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Indians: LHP Ryan Merritt (left knee sprain) is on the brink of completing extended spring training in Arizona and moving to the next phase of the rehabilitative process. ''He's starting to feel pretty good,'' Francona said.

Orioles: OF Trey Mancini was sidelined with a swollen right knee, an injury he sustained Friday night by sliding into the wall in foul territory chasing a ball. A CT scan came back clean, but Mancini received stitches and will be sidelined for a few days. ... LHP Zach Britton completed fielding drills for the first time since he tore his right Achilles tendon in December. The closer hopes to return in June.

UP NEXT

Indians: Kluber (2-1, 1.52 ERA) seeks to win his third straight start Sunday. In his last appearance against Baltimore, Kluber tossed a three-hit shutout last June.

Orioles: Andrew Cashner (1-2, 3.00) makes his fourth start with Baltimore. He's 0-2 with a 9.90 ERA in two career starts vs. Cleveland.

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  • W: M. Clevinger (2-0)L: C. Tillman (0-4)
  • HR: CLE - Y. Alonso (4), Y. Gomes (3), J. Ramirez (5)
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J. Kipnis 2B31100110.181.263.236.4992.5
J. Ramirez 3B41311000.221.338.441.7798.0
M. Brantley LF40110003.341.372.488.8601.0
E. Encarnacion DH30000122.138.243.323.5660.0
R. Davis PR-DH00000000.207.258.276.534-1.0
Y. Alonso 1B31211100.206.286.413.6988.0
Y. Gomes C41111022.220.289.463.7525.0
T. Naquin RF40000012.278.316.361.677-0.5
B. Zimmer CF30000011.250.278.346.624-0.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    C. Gentry LF40000001.212.278.212.4900.0
    P. Alvarez DH40000011.231.362.436.798-0.5
    M. Machado SS30100110.337.421.6391.0601.5
    A. Jones CF40000002.239.250.398.6480.0
    C. Davis 1B30000011.159.275.275.550-0.5
    T. Beckham 3B30000002.182.256.273.5290.0
    A. Santander RF30000002.170.214.283.4970.0
    C. Sisco C20100100.256.341.333.6742.0
    L. Sardinas 2B30000002.143.250.357.6070.0
      BATTING
      • HR - J. Ramirez (5), Y. Alonso (4), Y. Gomes (3)
      • RBI - J. Ramirez (9), M. Brantley (7), Y. Alonso (10), Y. Gomes (6)
      • 2-Out RBI - Y. Alonso (5), Y. Gomes (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - F. Lindor (2), M. Brantley, R. Davis
      FIELDING
      • E - F. Lindor (3)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Clevinger (W, 2-0)9.02002301.751.0534.5
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Clevinger (W, 2-0)9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Tillman (L, 0-4)6.08441539.872.372.5
      T. Scott2.01000102.451.095.5
      M. Givens1.00002205.911.592.0
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Tillman (L, 0-4)6.0
      T. Scott2.0
      M. Givens1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Clevinger 107-70
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Clevinger 12-12
      • Batters Faced - M. Clevinger 31
      PITCHING
      • WP - C. Tillman 2 (5)
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Tillman 83-51, T. Scott 19-11, M. Givens 23-14
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Tillman 7-4, T. Scott 2-2
      • Batters Faced - C. Tillman 25, T. Scott 6, M. Givens 4
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      F. Lindor SS40100010.208.274.351.624-0.5
      J. Kipnis 2B31100110.181.263.236.4992.5
      J. Ramirez 3B41311000.221.338.441.7798.0
      M. Brantley LF40110003.341.372.488.8601.0
      E. Encarnacion DH30000122.138.243.323.5660.0
      R. Davis PR-DH00000000.207.258.276.534-1.0
      Y. Alonso 1B31211100.206.286.413.6988.0
      Y. Gomes C41111022.220.289.463.7525.0
      T. Naquin RF40000012.278.316.361.677-0.5
      B. Zimmer CF30000011.250.278.346.624-0.5
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        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        C. Gentry LF40000001.212.278.212.4900.0
        P. Alvarez DH40000011.231.362.436.798-0.5
        M. Machado SS30100110.337.421.6391.0601.5
        A. Jones CF40000002.239.250.398.6480.0
        C. Davis 1B30000011.159.275.275.550-0.5
        T. Beckham 3B30000002.182.256.273.5290.0
        A. Santander RF30000002.170.214.283.4970.0
        C. Sisco C20100100.256.341.333.6742.0
        L. Sardinas 2B30000002.143.250.357.6070.0
        Total2902002311-----
          BATTING
          • HR - J. Ramirez (5), Y. Alonso (4), Y. Gomes (3)
          • RBI - J. Ramirez (9), M. Brantley (7), Y. Alonso (10), Y. Gomes (6)
          • 2-Out RBI - Y. Alonso (5), Y. Gomes (2)
          BASERUNNING
          • CS - F. Lindor (2), M. Brantley, R. Davis
          FIELDING
          • E - F. Lindor (3)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Clevinger (W, 2-0)9.02002301.751.0534.5
          Total9.0200230---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Clevinger (W, 2-0)9.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          C. Tillman (L, 0-4)6.08441539.872.372.5
          T. Scott2.01000102.451.095.5
          M. Givens1.00002205.911.592.0
          Total9.0944383---
          PITCHERSIP
          C. Tillman (L, 0-4)6.0
          T. Scott2.0
          M. Givens1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Clevinger 107-70
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Clevinger 12-12
          • Batters Faced - M. Clevinger 31
          PITCHING
          • WP - C. Tillman 2 (5)
          • Pitches-Strikes - C. Tillman 83-51, T. Scott 19-11, M. Givens 23-14
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Tillman 7-4, T. Scott 2-2
          • Batters Faced - C. Tillman 25, T. Scott 6, M. Givens 4
          • 6TH INNING
            Alonso homered to right40
            Ramirez homered to right30
          • 4TH INNING
            Gomes homered to left center20
          • 1ST INNING
            Brantley grounded out to second, Kipnis scored, Ramirez to third10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Mychal Givens relieved Tanner Scott
            • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Encarnacion walked
            • Rajai Davis ran for Edwin Encarnacion
            • Y. Alonso: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Alonso walked, Davis to second
            • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Ball, Davis caught stealing, catcher to third, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gomes struck out swinging
            • T. Naquin: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Naquin struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Clevinger Pitching:
            • P. Alvarez: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Alvarez flied out to deep right
            • M. Machado: Machado grounded out to second
            • A. Jones: Strike looking, Ball, Jones grounded out to first
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • T. Scott Pitching:
            • J. Kipnis: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Kipnis struck out swinging
            • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ramirez lined out to center
            • M. Brantley: Brantley popped out to second
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Clevinger Pitching:
            • C. Sisco: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Sisco grounded out to first
            • L. Sardinas: Sardinas grounded out to second
            • C. Gentry: Strike looking, Ball, Gentry grounded out to third
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Tanner Scott relieved Chris Tillman
            • T. Naquin: Foul, Naquin grounded out to second
            • B. Zimmer: Ball, Zimmer grounded out to second
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Lindor singled to left
            • J. Kipnis: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Lindor caught stealing, catcher to shortstop
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • M. Clevinger Pitching:
            • C. Davis: Davis grounded out to second
            • T. Beckham: Beckham grounded bunt out to third
            • A. Santander: Strike looking, Strike looking, Santander grounded out to first
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • C. Tillman Pitching:
            • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ramirez homered to right
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Brantley singled to right
            • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Encarnacion struck out looking
            • Y. Alonso: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Brantley caught stealing, catcher to shortstop, Ball, Alonso homered to right
            • Y. Gomes: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Gomes struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 6th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Clevinger Pitching:
            • P. Alvarez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Alvarez flied out to deep left
            • M. Machado: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Machado struck out swinging
            • A. Jones: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Jones flied out to deep right
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • C. Tillman Pitching:
            • B. Zimmer: Foul, Ball, Zimmer grounded out to first
            • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Lindor struck out swinging
            • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Kipnis grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Clevinger Pitching:
            • C. Sisco: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Sisco singled to center
            • L. Sardinas: Strike (foul tip), Sardinas grounded into double play shortstop to first, Sisco out at second
            • C. Gentry: Ball, Strike swinging, Gentry flied out to right
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • C. Tillman Pitching:
            • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Encarnacion struck out looking
            • Y. Alonso: Ball, Alonso grounded out to third
            • Y. Gomes: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Gomes homered to left center
            • T. Naquin: Strike looking, Ball, Naquin flied out to deep left
            • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • M. Clevinger Pitching:
            • M. Machado: Ball, Machado singled to left
            • A. Jones: Ball, Ball, Foul, Jones lined out to center
            • C. Davis: Ball, Davis reached on fielder's choice to second, Machado to third on shortstop Lindor fielding error
            • T. Beckham: Strike looking, Beckham flied out to left
            • A. Santander: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Santander grounded out to first
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
          • 3RD INNING
            • C. Tillman Pitching:
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Lindor grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Kipnis: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Kipnis reached on bunt single to pitcher
            • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ramirez reached on an infield single to first, Kipnis to second
            • M. Brantley: Brantley grounded into double play first to shortstop to pitcher, Ramirez out at second
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Clevinger Pitching:
            • C. Sisco: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Sisco walked
            • L. Sardinas: Ball, Strike looking, Sardinas flied out to left
            • C. Gentry: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Gentry reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Sisco out at second
            • P. Alvarez: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Alvarez struck out swinging
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • C. Tillman Pitching:
            • Y. Alonso: Alonso singled to left
            • Y. Gomes: Ball, Alonso to second on wild pitch, Gomes grounded out to shortstop
            • T. Naquin: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Naquin lined out to right
            • B. Zimmer: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Zimmer struck out on foul tip
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • M. Clevinger Pitching:
            • C. Davis: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
            • T. Beckham: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Beckham flied out to deep center
            • A. Santander: Santander flied out to deep center
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • C. Tillman Pitching:
            • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Lindor flied out to deep right
            • J. Kipnis: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Kipnis walked
            • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ramirez singled to center, Kipnis to second
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Kipnis to third, Ramirez to second on wild pitch, Foul, Ball, Ball, Brantley grounded out to second, Kipnis scored, Ramirez to third
            • E. Encarnacion: Encarnacion flied out to center
            • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • M. Clevinger Pitching:
            • C. Gentry: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Gentry popped out to shortstop
            • P. Alvarez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Alvarez flied out to deep left
            • M. Machado: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Machado walked
            • A. Jones: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Jones popped out to first
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)