Kluber strikes out 10, Indians top Seattle 6-5 with 5 homers

CLEVELAND (AP) Corey Kluber is tough to beat most nights. When his team hits five solo home runs, the task is even more difficult.

Kluber (4-1) struck out 10 in 8 2/3 innings and the Cleveland Indians used a power barrage, including three homers in the first inning, to defeat the Seattle Mariners 6-5 on Friday night.

''Obviously, the first time up the offense puts three on the board and they keep adding to it, it makes your job easier,'' Kluber said. ''You have a cushion to work with.''

Kluber reached double figures in strikeouts for the 41st time and avenged his only loss this season, when Nelson Cruz hit a two-run homer at Seattle on opening day in the Mariners' 2-1 win. The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner left with a 6-2 lead after Kyle Seager's two-out single in the ninth, the Mariners' fourth hit.

Francisco Lindor, Michael Brantley and Edwin Encarnacion homered in the first, and Yonder Alonso and Yan Gomes hit consecutive drives in the sixth for a 6-0 lead against Erasmo Ramirez (0-2), who made his second start this season.

''I wanted to get on base, get the team going and find a way to help Kluber,'' Lindor said. ''I drove the ball and it went out.''

Seattle manager Scott Servais knew early on that his team had a difficult task.

''The story of the game was Kluber being real good again,'' he said. ''When you're down 3-0 out of the chute against him, it's tough.''

Brantley added a sacrifice fly in the third and hit the Indians' first triple this season in the fifth. Brantley and Lindor each had three hits.

Cody Allen gave up Mitch Haniger's single and Mike Zunino's three-run homer, then retired Ben Gamel on a lineout to Lindor.

Indians manager Terry Francona didn't want to pull his ace, but Haniger had hit a two-run homer in the seventh.

''I just thought, he was at 116, and a guy that's been pretty tough on him,'' Francona said in a reference to Kluber's pitch count. ''The last thing you want is a guy to have to, not that he's not bearing down, to get pushed that late. That really wears on somebody, but of course, I wanted to leave him in.''

Kluber was charged with three runs and walked three.

''I was definitely gassed at that point,'' he said

Ramirez, who began the season on the disabled list with a strained lat, has allowed seven home runs in 9 2/3 innings.

''These guys don't mess around,'' he said. ''The bad news was their hits were way gone. All the pitches I threw down, they got.''

On a night when the start was delayed by rain for 10 minutes, the Indians hit three homers in the first inning for the first time since Carlos Santana, Kipnis and Lonnie Chisenhall connected against the New York Yankees' Chad Green on July 8, 2016.

NET WERTH

OF Jayson Werth would get a $1 million, one-year contract if added to Seattle's 40-man roster. He would earn a $150,000 bonus if he spends 100 days on the active major league roster or a major league disabled list.

GIVE IT A TOSS

Baker Mayfield and Denzel Ward, the first-round draft picks of the Cleveland Browns, threw out ceremonial first pitches.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mariners: OF Dee Gordon crashed into the center-field wall chasing Alonso's home run. Gordon finished the sixth inning, then was removed in the seventh with a sore knee. A postgame medical exam showed no damage.

Indians: LHP Andrew Miller (strained left hamstring) plans to throw off the mound at some point during his 10-day DL stint that began Thursday.

UP NEXT

Mariners RHP Mike Leake (2-2, 6.59 ERA) starts Saturday against Indians RHP Carlos Carrasco (4-0, 2.31 ERA). Carrasco is 10-0 in 12 starts since losing to Kansas City on Aug. 27, the longest winning streak of his big league career.

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  • W: C. Kluber (4-1)L: E. Ramirez (0-2)
  • HR: SEA - M. Zunino (3), M. Haniger (9), CLE - E. Encarnacion (6), M. Brantley (2), Y. Alonso (7), F. Lindor (4), Y. Gomes (4)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Gordon CF30000021.277.305.366.671-1.0
A. Romine CF00000100.000.067.000.0671.0
J. Segura SS40100001.286.309.419.7281.0
R. Cano 2B40000022.307.425.432.856-1.0
N. Cruz DH40000010.250.273.516.788-0.5
K. Seager 3B32100110.250.305.417.7213.5
M. Haniger RF32221110.307.382.6821.06410.5
M. Zunino C41131001.214.241.571.8138.0
B. Gamel LF40000020.107.167.214.381-1.0
R. Healy 1B30100010.138.167.172.3390.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    F. Lindor SS51311013.235.318.418.7378.5
    J. Kipnis 2B51100023.175.252.237.4892.0
    E. Gonzalez 2B00000000.222.300.222.5220.0
    J. Ramirez 3B40000003.239.340.489.8290.0
    M. Brantley LF31321000.344.359.541.90011.0
    E. Encarnacion DH41111012.180.263.393.6565.5
    Y. Alonso 1B41111001.221.280.488.7686.0
    Y. Gomes C31111021.233.292.483.7766.0
    T. Naquin RF40200010.292.333.375.7082.5
    B. Zimmer CF40100023.266.288.375.6631.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Haniger (6)
      • HR - M. Haniger (9), M. Zunino (3)
      • RBI - M. Haniger 2 (26), M. Zunino 3 (7)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Zunino 3 (5)
      BATTING
      • 2B - F. Lindor (6), J. Kipnis (6), T. Naquin, B. Zimmer (4)
      • 3B - M. Brantley
      • HR - F. Lindor (4), M. Brantley (2), E. Encarnacion (6), Y. Alonso (7), Y. Gomes (4)
      • SF - M. Brantley
      • RBI - F. Lindor (10), M. Brantley 2 (10), E. Encarnacion (10), Y. Alonso (16), Y. Gomes (8)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Brantley (2), E. Encarnacion (3)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      E. Ramirez (L, 0-2)5.096605510.241.55-2.5
      M. Rzepczynski1.02000209.002.402.0
      W. LeBlanc2.02000204.611.395.0
      PITCHERSIP
      E. Ramirez (L, 0-2)5.0
      M. Rzepczynski1.0
      W. LeBlanc2.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Kluber (W, 4-1)8.243331012.180.7729.0
      C. Allen0.12220011.590.79-4.0
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Kluber (W, 4-1)8.2
      C. Allen0.1
      PITCHING
      • HBP - E. Ramirez
      • Pitches-Strikes - E. Ramirez 83-61, M. Rzepczynski 21-14, W. LeBlanc 26-17
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Ramirez 4-6, M. Rzepczynski 1-0, W. LeBlanc 1-3
      • Batters Faced - E. Ramirez 25, M. Rzepczynski 5, W. LeBlanc 8
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kluber 116-79, C. Allen 8-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kluber 7-8
      • Batters Faced - C. Kluber 32, C. Allen 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      SEA14-11
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      D. Gordon CF30000021.277.305.366.671-1.0
      A. Romine CF00000100.000.067.000.0671.0
      J. Segura SS40100001.286.309.419.7281.0
      R. Cano 2B40000022.307.425.432.856-1.0
      N. Cruz DH40000010.250.273.516.788-0.5
      K. Seager 3B32100110.250.305.417.7213.5
      M. Haniger RF32221110.307.382.6821.06410.5
      M. Zunino C41131001.214.241.571.8138.0
      B. Gamel LF40000020.107.167.214.381-1.0
      R. Healy 1B30100010.138.167.172.3390.5
      Total3256523105-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        F. Lindor SS51311013.235.318.418.7378.5
        J. Kipnis 2B51100023.175.252.237.4892.0
        E. Gonzalez 2B00000000.222.300.222.5220.0
        J. Ramirez 3B40000003.239.340.489.8290.0
        M. Brantley LF31321000.344.359.541.90011.0
        E. Encarnacion DH41111012.180.263.393.6565.5
        Y. Alonso 1B41111001.221.280.488.7686.0
        Y. Gomes C31111021.233.292.483.7766.0
        T. Naquin RF40200010.292.333.375.7082.5
        B. Zimmer CF40100023.266.288.375.6631.0
        Total36613650916-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - M. Haniger (6)
          • HR - M. Haniger (9), M. Zunino (3)
          • RBI - M. Haniger 2 (26), M. Zunino 3 (7)
          • 2-Out RBI - M. Zunino 3 (5)
          BATTING
          • 2B - F. Lindor (6), J. Kipnis (6), T. Naquin, B. Zimmer (4)
          • 3B - M. Brantley
          • HR - F. Lindor (4), M. Brantley (2), E. Encarnacion (6), Y. Alonso (7), Y. Gomes (4)
          • SF - M. Brantley
          • RBI - F. Lindor (10), M. Brantley 2 (10), E. Encarnacion (10), Y. Alonso (16), Y. Gomes (8)
          • 2-Out RBI - M. Brantley (2), E. Encarnacion (3)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          E. Ramirez (L, 0-2)5.096605510.241.55-2.5
          M. Rzepczynski1.02000209.002.402.0
          W. LeBlanc2.02000204.611.395.0
          Total8.01366095---
          PITCHERSIP
          E. Ramirez (L, 0-2)5.0
          M. Rzepczynski1.0
          W. LeBlanc2.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          C. Kluber (W, 4-1)8.243331012.180.7729.0
          C. Allen0.12220011.590.79-4.0
          Total9.06553102---
          PITCHERSIP
          C. Kluber (W, 4-1)8.2
          C. Allen0.1
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • HBP - E. Ramirez
          • Pitches-Strikes - E. Ramirez 83-61, M. Rzepczynski 21-14, W. LeBlanc 26-17
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Ramirez 4-6, M. Rzepczynski 1-0, W. LeBlanc 1-3
          • Batters Faced - E. Ramirez 25, M. Rzepczynski 5, W. LeBlanc 8
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kluber 116-79, C. Allen 8-6
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kluber 7-8
          • Batters Faced - C. Kluber 32, C. Allen 3
          • 9TH INNING
            Zunino homered to left, Seager and Haniger scored56
          • 7TH INNING
            Haniger homered to center, Seager scored26
          • 6TH INNING
            Gomes homered to left06
            Alonso homered to center05
          • 3RD INNING
            Brantley hit sacrifice fly to center, Kipnis scored04
          • 1ST INNING
            Encarnacion homered to right03
            Brantley homered to center02
            Lindor homered to right01
          • 9TH INNING
            • Erik Gonzalez at second
            • R. Cano: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Cano lined out to right
            • N. Cruz: Strike swinging, Cruz grounded out to shortstop
            • K. Seager: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Seager singled to right center
            • Cody Allen relieved Corey Kluber
            • M. Haniger: Ball, Haniger doubled to deep left, Seager to third
            • M. Zunino: Strike looking, Ball, Zunino homered to left, Seager and Haniger scored
            • B. Gamel: Strike looking, Foul, Gamel lined out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 9th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • C. Kluber Pitching:
            • R. Healy: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Healy flied out to deep right
            • A. Romine: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Romine walked
            • J. Segura: Ball, Segura grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Romine out at second
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • W. LeBlanc Pitching:
            • T. Naquin: Ball, Ball, Naquin flied out to center
            • B. Zimmer: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Zimmer struck out swinging
            • F. Lindor: Lindor doubled to deep center
            • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Kipnis grounded out to first
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • C. Kluber Pitching:
            • N. Cruz: Ball, Ball, Cruz grounded out to second
            • K. Seager: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Seager walked
            • M. Haniger: Haniger homered to center, Seager scored
            • M. Zunino: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Zunino grounded out to shortstop
            • B. Gamel: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Gamel struck out looking
            • Middle of the 7th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Andrew Romine in center
            • Wade LeBlanc relieved Marc Rzepczynski
            • M. Brantley: Foul, Brantley singled to right center
            • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Ball, Encarnacion popped out to second
            • Y. Alonso: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Alonso flied out to deep center
            • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Gomes struck out looking
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • C. Kluber Pitching:
            • D. Gordon: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Gordon struck out looking
            • J. Segura: Ball, Segura popped out to second
            • R. Cano: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Cano struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • E. Ramirez Pitching:
            • Y. Alonso: Alonso homered to center
            • Y. Gomes: Strike swinging, Gomes homered to left
            • Marc Rzepczynski relieved Erasmo Ramirez
            • T. Naquin: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Naquin struck out swinging
            • B. Zimmer: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Zimmer doubled to deep left
            • F. Lindor: Foul, Ball, Lindor reached on an infield single to shortstop, Zimmer to third
            • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Kipnis struck out looking
            • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ramirez grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Lindor out at second
            • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • C. Kluber Pitching:
            • M. Zunino: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Zunino flied out to deep right
            • B. Gamel: Gamel popped out to shortstop
            • R. Healy: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Healy struck out looking
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • E. Ramirez Pitching:
            • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Kipnis struck out swinging
            • J. Ramirez: Ramirez lined out to first
            • M. Brantley: Brantley tripled to deep center
            • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Encarnacion flied out to deep right
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • C. Kluber Pitching:
            • N. Cruz: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Cruz struck out swinging
            • K. Seager: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Seager lined out to right
            • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Haniger struck out looking
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • E. Ramirez Pitching:
            • Y. Alonso: Strike looking, Ball, Alonso grounded out to second
            • Y. Gomes: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Gomes hit by pitch
            • T. Naquin: Naquin singled to left center, Gomes to second
            • B. Zimmer: Foul, Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Zimmer struck out looking
            • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Lindor struck out swinging
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • C. Kluber Pitching:
            • B. Gamel: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gamel struck out swinging
            • R. Healy: Ball, Strike swinging, Healy singled to center
            • D. Gordon: Strike looking, Foul, Gordon reached on fielder's choice to third, Healy out at second
            • J. Segura: Strike looking, Segura singled to right, Gordon to second
            • R. Cano: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Cano struck out looking
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • E. Ramirez Pitching:
            • J. Kipnis: Kipnis doubled to left center
            • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ramirez grounded out to second, Kipnis to third
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Brantley hit sacrifice fly to center, Kipnis scored
            • E. Encarnacion: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Encarnacion struck out swinging
            • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • C. Kluber Pitching:
            • N. Cruz: Ball, Cruz lined out to right
            • K. Seager: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Seager struck out swinging
            • M. Haniger: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Haniger walked
            • M. Zunino: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Zunino grounded into fielder's choice to third, Haniger out at second
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • E. Ramirez Pitching:
            • Y. Gomes: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gomes struck out swinging
            • T. Naquin: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Naquin doubled to deep right
            • B. Zimmer: Strike looking, Ball, Zimmer grounded out to shortstop, Naquin to third
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Lindor flied out to deep left
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • C. Kluber Pitching:
            • D. Gordon: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gordon struck out swinging
            • J. Segura: Segura grounded out to shortstop
            • R. Cano: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Cano lined out to right
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • E. Ramirez Pitching:
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Lindor homered to right
            • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Kipnis grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ramirez flied out to left
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Brantley homered to center
            • E. Encarnacion: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Encarnacion homered to right
            • Y. Alonso: Foul, Foul, Ball, Alonso flied out to center
            • End of the 1st (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)