Encarnacion, Kluber lead Indians past Rangers 12-4

CLEVELAND (AP) Edwin Encarnacion's big day included a congratulatory phone call from another Dominican slugger.

Encarnacion homered three times and drove in six runs, helping Corey Kluber and the Cleveland Indians beat the Texas Rangers 12-4 on Wednesday.

The 35-year-old Encarnacion said Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols made a FaceTime call to him after the victory.

''We used to talk a lot,'' Encarnacion said. ''He called me almost every day and we'd talk about hitting. He's a great guy.''

Encarnacion hit a three-homer in the first, a two-run shot in the second and a solo drive in the eighth. The designated hitter leads the team with nine homers despite a .191 batting average.

''I feel very comfortable about myself and I know what I can do,'' he said. ''It's just about timing and about playing.''

Encarnacion also had a slow start last season and was batting .198 in mid-May. He finished with a .258 average, 38 homers and 107 RBIs.

''We've all seen how hot he can get where he can kind of put you on his shoulders a little bit,'' Cleveland manager Terry Francona said.

Jason Kipnis and Francisco Lindor also connected in Cleveland's highest scoring game of the season. Kipnis' three-run shot in the second was his first of the season.

Kluber (5-1) allowed three solo homers in seven innings in his fifth straight win. The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner struck out six and walked none.

''Obviously that's a huge cushion,'' Kluber said of the offense scoring nine times in the first two innings. ''It allows you to go out there and be aggressive and attack the zone and ideally get deep into the game.''

Rangers starter Matt Moore (1-4) allowed a career-high 10 runs in four innings, including three homers. The left-hander gave up 11 hits and walked two while throwing 94 pitches.

''It was a bad day,'' Moore said. ''I've got to do way better. A lot of the pitches, it just seemed like they knew what was coming. I don't have an answer for that.''

Each team used nine relievers over the series' first two games, leaving both bullpens overworked. Kluber gave Cleveland exactly what it needed while Moore stumbled.

The Indians got four in the first and five in the second. Michael Brantley hit an RBI single in the first before Encarnacion drove a 1-0 pitch into the bleachers in left for his seventh of the season.

After Kipnis went deep, Lindor singled and Encarnacion made it 9-1 with a two-out drive to center.

Joey Gallo, Nomar Mazara and Juan Centeno homered for Texas, which lost for the third time in four games. Gallo also homered in the 12th inning of Texas' 8-6 win on Tuesday night.

ROSTER NEWS

Texas claimed catcher Carlos Perez off waivers from Atlanta. He will join the Rangers on Thursday.

Shortstop Elvis Andrus, who has been sidelined with a broken right elbow since April 12, was moved to the 60-day disabled list. Andrus is batting .327 with two homers and five RBIs in 14 games. He's eligible to be activated June 11.

BAD PLAY, GOOD PLAY

Texas center fielder Delino DeShields fell down coming in for Erik Gonzalez's hit in the fifth. The ball rolled to the warning track and the play resulted in a triple. DeShields then saved two runs with leaping catch at the wall on Lindor's long drive to end the inning.

BULLPEN MOVES

The Rangers placed right-hander Chris Martin on the 10-day disabled list with a forearm cramp. Right-hander Nick Gardewine was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock and worked two scoreless innings.

Indians right-hander Ben Taylor pitched a scoreless ninth after being called up from Triple-A Columbus. Right-hander Matt Belisle was designated for assignment.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: LHP Jake Diekman was unavailable after being hit in the back and left triceps by Encarnacion's line drive Tuesday.

Indians: 3B Jose Ramirez (right hip/groin soreness) was out of the lineup for the first time this season.

UP NEXT

Rangers: LHP Mike Minor (2-1, 4.33 ERA) takes on Red Sox LHP David Price (2-3, 3.78 ERA) at Globe Life Park on Thursday night.

Indians: Finish their 11-game homestand with a doubleheader against Toronto on Thursday, with RHP Carlos Carrasco (4-1, 3.08 ERA) and RHP Adam Plutko (first appearance) on the mound. Carrasco's back stiffened up after tripping on the dugout steps in his last start and was limited to three innings.

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  • W: C. Kluber (5-1)L: M. Moore (1-4)
  • HR: TEX - J. Centeno (1), J. Gallo (10), N. Mazara (5), CLE - E. Encarnacion 3 (9), J. Kipnis (1), F. Lindor (5)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. DeShields CF40100011.265.321.388.7090.5
S. Choo DH40210000.252.340.439.7793.0
J. Profar SS40000023.238.333.357.690-1.0
N. Mazara RF31111102.280.331.441.7717.0
R. Nunez PR00000000.150.227.350.5770.0
J. Gallo LF31111010.225.306.508.8145.5
R. Rua LF10000011.204.228.315.543-0.5
I. Kiner-Falefa 3B40000001.278.316.417.7320.0
R. Guzman 1B40100001.212.255.385.6391.0
J. Centeno C31111001.162.184.270.4546.0
D. Robinson 2B31100020.182.267.247.5142.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    R. Davis CF21110000.196.255.239.4943.0
    a- B. Zimmer PH-CF20000021.222.259.309.567-1.0
    J. Kipnis 2B42231002.198.279.302.58112.0
    F. Lindor SS53311004.264.341.446.78710.0
    M. Brantley LF51210001.333.345.543.8885.0
    T. Naquin RF00000000.296.345.370.7150.0
    E. Encarnacion DH53363001.191.264.445.71021.0
    Y. Alonso 1B40000111.214.274.466.7400.5
    B. Guyer RF-LF41100002.174.269.391.6613.0
    R. Perez C30000110.111.238.194.4330.5
    E. Gonzalez 3B41300010.333.375.533.9086.5
    • a-struck out for Davis in the 5th
    BATTING
    • 2B - D. Robinson (2)
    • HR - N. Mazara (5), J. Gallo (10), J. Centeno
    • RBI - S. Choo (15), N. Mazara (17), J. Gallo (22), J. Centeno (3)
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Kipnis (9), M. Brantley (6), B. Guyer (4), E. Gonzalez
    • 3B - E. Gonzalez
    • HR - J. Kipnis, F. Lindor (5), E. Encarnacion 3 (9)
    • SF - R. Davis
    • RBI - R. Davis, J. Kipnis 3 (12), F. Lindor (12), M. Brantley (15), E. Encarnacion 6 (16)
    • 2-Out RBI - E. Encarnacion 3 (6)
    FIELDING
    • PB - J. Centeno
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Moore (L, 1-4)4.01110102137.671.91-15.5
    N. Gardewine2.02000103.601.404.5
    J. Chavez2.02220326.001.673.5
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Moore (L, 1-4)4.0
    N. Gardewine2.0
    J. Chavez2.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Kluber (W, 5-1)7.06330632.410.7825.0
    D. Otero1.02110004.730.980.0
    B. Taylor1.00001100.001.002.5
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Kluber (W, 5-1)7.0
    D. Otero1.0
    B. Taylor1.0
    PITCHING
    • HBP - N. Gardewine
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Moore 94-62, N. Gardewine 34-21, J. Chavez 31-20
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Moore 4-7, J. Chavez 1-2
    • Batters Faced - M. Moore 25, N. Gardewine 9, J. Chavez 8
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kluber 99-65, D. Otero 18-11, B. Taylor 17-12
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kluber 9-5, D. Otero 2-0, B. Taylor 1-1
    • Batters Faced - C. Kluber 26, D. Otero 4, B. Taylor 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    TEX12-20
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    D. DeShields CF40100011.265.321.388.7090.5
    S. Choo DH40210000.252.340.439.7793.0
    J. Profar SS40000023.238.333.357.690-1.0
    N. Mazara RF31111102.280.331.441.7717.0
    R. Nunez PR00000000.150.227.350.5770.0
    J. Gallo LF31111010.225.306.508.8145.5
    R. Rua LF10000011.204.228.315.543-0.5
    I. Kiner-Falefa 3B40000001.278.316.417.7320.0
    R. Guzman 1B40100001.212.255.385.6391.0
    J. Centeno C31111001.162.184.270.4546.0
    D. Robinson 2B31100020.182.267.247.5142.0
    Total3348431710-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      R. Davis CF21110000.196.255.239.4943.0
      a- B. Zimmer PH-CF20000021.222.259.309.567-1.0
      J. Kipnis 2B42231002.198.279.302.58112.0
      F. Lindor SS53311004.264.341.446.78710.0
      M. Brantley LF51210001.333.345.543.8885.0
      T. Naquin RF00000000.296.345.370.7150.0
      E. Encarnacion DH53363001.191.264.445.71021.0
      Y. Alonso 1B40000111.214.274.466.7400.5
      B. Guyer RF-LF41100002.174.269.391.6613.0
      R. Perez C30000110.111.238.194.4330.5
      E. Gonzalez 3B41300010.333.375.533.9086.5
      Total3812151252512-----
      • a-struck out for Davis in the 5th
      BATTING
      • 2B - D. Robinson (2)
      • HR - N. Mazara (5), J. Gallo (10), J. Centeno
      • RBI - S. Choo (15), N. Mazara (17), J. Gallo (22), J. Centeno (3)
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Kipnis (9), M. Brantley (6), B. Guyer (4), E. Gonzalez
      • 3B - E. Gonzalez
      • HR - J. Kipnis, F. Lindor (5), E. Encarnacion 3 (9)
      • SF - R. Davis
      • RBI - R. Davis, J. Kipnis 3 (12), F. Lindor (12), M. Brantley (15), E. Encarnacion 6 (16)
      • 2-Out RBI - E. Encarnacion 3 (6)
      FIELDING
      • PB - J. Centeno
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Moore (L, 1-4)4.01110102137.671.91-15.5
      N. Gardewine2.02000103.601.404.5
      J. Chavez2.02220326.001.673.5
      Total8.0151212255---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Moore (L, 1-4)4.0
      N. Gardewine2.0
      J. Chavez2.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Kluber (W, 5-1)7.06330632.410.7825.0
      D. Otero1.02110004.730.980.0
      B. Taylor1.00001100.001.002.5
      Total9.0844173---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Kluber (W, 5-1)7.0
      D. Otero1.0
      B. Taylor1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - N. Gardewine
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Moore 94-62, N. Gardewine 34-21, J. Chavez 31-20
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Moore 4-7, J. Chavez 1-2
      • Batters Faced - M. Moore 25, N. Gardewine 9, J. Chavez 8
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kluber 99-65, D. Otero 18-11, B. Taylor 17-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kluber 9-5, D. Otero 2-0, B. Taylor 1-1
      • Batters Faced - C. Kluber 26, D. Otero 4, B. Taylor 4
      • 8TH INNING
        Encarnacion homered to left412
        Lindor homered to center411
        Choo singled to center, Robinson scored410
      • 7TH INNING
        Gallo homered to right center310
      • 3RD INNING
        Davis hit sacrifice fly to center, Guyer scored210
        Centeno homered to right center29
      • 2ND INNING
        Encarnacion homered to center, Lindor scored19
        Kipnis homered to right center, Gonzalez and Davis scored17
        Mazara homered to right center14
      • 1ST INNING
        Encarnacion homered to left, Lindor and Brantley scored04
        Brantley singled to center, Kipnis scored, Lindor to second01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Ben Taylor relieved Dan Otero
        • Tyler Naquin in right
        • N. Mazara: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Mazara walked
        • Renato Nunez ran for Nomar Mazara
        • R. Rua: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Rua struck out swinging
        • I. Kiner-Falefa: Strike looking, Kiner-Falefa flied out to shallow center
        • R. Guzman: Strike looking, Nunez to second on fielder's indifference, Ball, Foul, Foul, Guzman grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Dan Otero relieved Corey Kluber
        • D. Robinson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Robinson doubled to left center
        • D. DeShields: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, DeShields grounded out to second, Robinson to third
        • S. Choo: Choo singled to center, Robinson scored
        • J. Profar: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Profar grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Choo out at second
        • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Ryan Rua in left
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Kipnis lined out to second
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Foul, Ball, Lindor homered to center
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Brantley flied out to left
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Encarnacion homered to left
        • Y. Alonso: Alonso grounded out to second
        • End of the 8th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • J. Gallo: Gallo homered to right center
        • I. Kiner-Falefa: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Kiner-Falefa grounded out to shortstop
        • R. Guzman: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Guzman reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • J. Centeno: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Centeno grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Guzman out at second
        • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Jesse Chavez relieved Nick Gardewine
        • R. Perez: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike looking, Perez struck out looking
        • E. Gonzalez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
        • B. Zimmer: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Zimmer struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • S. Choo: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Choo lined out to second
        • J. Profar: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Profar grounded out to first
        • N. Mazara: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Mazara grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • N. Gardewine Pitching:
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Brantley doubled to deep right center
        • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Ball, Encarnacion flied out to right
        • Y. Alonso: Alonso flied out to left
        • B. Guyer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Guyer flied out to shallow right
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • J. Centeno: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Centeno grounded out to second
        • D. Robinson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Robinson struck out swinging
        • D. DeShields: Ball, DeShields grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Nick Gardewine relieved Matt Moore
        • R. Perez: Foul, Ball, Perez lined out to left
        • E. Gonzalez: Gonzalez tripled to deep center
        • Bradley Zimmer hit for Rajai Davis
        • B. Zimmer: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Zimmer struck out swinging
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Kipnis hit by pitch
        • F. Lindor: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Lindor flied out to center
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • J. Gallo: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Gallo struck out swinging
        • I. Kiner-Falefa: Ball, Kiner-Falefa grounded out to first
        • R. Guzman: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Guzman popped out to second
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Moore Pitching:
        • M. Brantley: Brantley grounded out to second
        • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Encarnacion flied out to center
        • Y. Alonso: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Alonso walked
        • B. Guyer: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Guyer flied out to left
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • J. Centeno: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Centeno homered to right center
        • D. Robinson: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Robinson struck out swinging
        • D. DeShields: DeShields singled to center
        • S. Choo: Choo singled to center, DeShields to second
        • J. Profar: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Profar struck out swinging
        • N. Mazara: Mazara grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Moore Pitching:
        • B. Guyer: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Guyer doubled to deep left
        • R. Perez: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Perez walked
        • E. Gonzalez: Gonzalez singled to left, Guyer to third, Perez to second
        • R. Davis: Davis hit sacrifice fly to center, Guyer scored
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Kipnis reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Perez to third, Gonzalez out at second
        • F. Lindor: Foul, Strike swinging, Lindor grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Kipnis out at second
        • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • N. Mazara: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Mazara homered to right center
        • J. Gallo: Strike swinging, Gallo flied out to left
        • I. Kiner-Falefa: Strike looking, Kiner-Falefa popped out to second
        • R. Guzman: Ball, Strike looking, Guzman grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Moore Pitching:
        • R. Perez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Perez flied out to right
        • E. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gonzalez doubled to deep right
        • R. Davis: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Davis singled to shallow left, Gonzalez to third
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Ball, Kipnis homered to right center, Gonzalez and Davis scored
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Lindor singled to center
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Lindor to second on passed ball, Ball, Brantley lined out to center
        • E. Encarnacion: Encarnacion homered to center, Lindor scored
        • Y. Alonso: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Alonso struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (5 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • D. DeShields: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, DeShields struck out swinging
        • S. Choo: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Choo lined out to left
        • J. Profar: Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Profar struck out looking
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Moore Pitching:
        • R. Davis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Davis grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Kipnis doubled to deep left
        • F. Lindor: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Lindor singled to right, Kipnis to third
        • M. Brantley: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Brantley singled to center, Kipnis scored, Lindor to second
        • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Encarnacion homered to left, Lindor and Brantley scored
        • Y. Alonso: Alonso lined out to center
        • B. Guyer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Guyer lined out to shortstop
        • End of the 1st (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)