Kluber strikes out 10, pitches Indians past Astros 5-4

HOUSTON (AP) Corey Kluber is starting to put together quite a streak.

The AL Cy Young Award winner struck out 10, dominating in the early innings and pitching the Cleveland Indians past the Houston Astros 5-4 Saturday.

The Indians ace made his 22nd straight start of allowing no more than three earned runs, breaking the team record set by Sonny Siebert in 1965.

''I don't have a magic answer,'' Kluber said. ''I guess it goes back to that consistency, trying to be consistent not only from start to start but from day to day. The work in between starts, I think that's big to try and get you in a position where you feel like you each time out.''

Kluber (7-2) gave up two runs - on Carlos Correa's eighth homer in the sixth - and six hits in seven innings. He walked none.

Kluber dominated the World Series champions in the first four innings, striking out eight in that stretch.

''I executed most of my pitches pretty well early on,'' Kluber said. ''Later on, the pitch Correa hit out wasn't a good pitch.''

Alex Bregman cut the lead to 5-3 with a solo home run in the Houston eighth. After Jose Altuve doubled, Cody Allen retired Correa and Brian McCann on popups to end the eighth.

Marwin Gonzalez hit a solo home run in the ninth off Allen, pulling the Astros within one.

Allen was able to get the final two outs for his first save since April 25 and sixth of the season.

''It's a tough spot,'' Allen said about the five-out save. ''I was put in the same spot in New York against a very talented club like the one they've got here. Unfortunately we weren't able to hold that one down. That's a big win for us.''

Michael Brantley got the scoring started for Cleveland in the first with his seventh home run, connecting off Dallas Keuchel (3-6). Cleveland tacked on two more runs in the inning with run-scoring doubles from Edwin Encarnacion and Jason Kipnis, making it 3-0.

Jose Ramirez had an RBI single in the fifth and Yank Gomes hit a solo home run off Joe Smith in the sixth, pushing the lead to 5-0.

''Anytime you can play with the lead it's good,'' Indians manager Terry Francona said. ''We got a couple of add-on runs that we needed because when you play these guys they just keep coming. Fortunately, they ran out of time.''

Keuchel allowed four runs and six hits, striking out three in five innings. This is the first time Keuchel has given up four or more runs in a start since April 27 against Oakland.

''I felt good from the get-go,'' Keuchel said. ''That's why it's so frustrating. I come out of the game with 90-something pitches in five innings with four runs on the board. With a team like that, a couple lefties in the lineup, I should be able to navigate through and make pitches to certain guys.

''There were a few guys who I didn't want to do damage on me, and they didn't, but overall, a few pitches got away from me and McCann and that was the difference,'' he said.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Indians: OF Lonnie Chisenhall (right calf strain) will begin his rehab assignment on Monday with Triple-A Columbus. Indians manager Terry Francona said he will play three or four innings or a couple of at-bats on Monday and then workout on Tuesday.

Astros: OF Josh Reddick (left leg irritation) was held out of the starting lineup for a second-straight day. Reddick pinch-hit in the ninth and flied out to center.

UP NEXT

Indians: RHP Carlos Carrasco (5-2, 3.66 ERA) starts the three-game series finale on Sunday night. Carrasco is 3-1 with a 2.67 ERA in his career against Houston.

Astros: RHP Lance McCullers Jr. (5-2, 3.63 ERA) gets the start on Sunday night as he tries to avoid back-to-back losses for the first time this season. In his last start, McCullers pitched six strong innings against the Angels on May 14, giving up two runs on four hits in a 2-1 loss.

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CLE22-22
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HOU29-18
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  • W: C. Kluber (7-2)L: D. Keuchel (3-6)S: C. Allen (6)
  • HR: CLE - M. Brantley (7), Y. Gomes (6), HOU - M. Gonzalez (4), C. Correa (8), A. Bregman (4)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
F. Lindor SS40100001.304.377.576.9531.0
M. Brantley LF41111002.333.369.572.9426.0
J. Ramirez 3B31210100.302.392.6151.0075.0
E. Encarnacion DH41110022.216.290.438.7283.0
B. Guyer RF30000111.150.244.325.5690.5
Y. Gomes C41111012.264.336.473.8095.5
J. Kipnis 2B30110100.174.265.257.5223.0
E. Gonzalez 1B20000002.361.395.583.9780.0
a- Y. Alonso PH-1B20000010.218.280.429.708-0.5
R. Davis CF21000110.213.264.250.5141.5
  • a-flied out for Gonzalez in the 6th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
G. Springer RF40200020.298.361.503.8641.0
A. Bregman 3B41111012.259.373.412.7855.5
J. Altuve 2B41200021.312.364.418.7823.0
C. Correa SS41121012.281.372.506.8786.5
B. McCann C40000031.245.348.367.715-1.5
Y. Gurriel 1B40100010.270.301.381.6821.5
M. Gonzalez LF41211001.228.308.342.6507.0
E. Gattis DH20000011.209.276.365.6410.5
a- J. Reddick PH-DH10000000.227.333.406.7400.0
T. Kemp CF40000013.300.300.400.700-0.5
  • a-flied out for Gattis in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Ramirez (14), E. Encarnacion (4), J. Kipnis (11)
  • HR - M. Brantley (7), Y. Gomes (6)
  • RBI - M. Brantley (29), J. Ramirez (31), E. Encarnacion (24), Y. Gomes (12), J. Kipnis (15)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Ramirez (12), J. Kipnis (5)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Altuve (12), Y. Gurriel (11)
  • HR - A. Bregman (4), C. Correa (8), M. Gonzalez (4)
  • RBI - A. Bregman (17), C. Correa 2 (31), M. Gonzalez (24)
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Correa 2 (9)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - J. Ramirez (2), J. Kipnis
FIELDING
  • DP - (Kipnis-Lindor-Gonzalez)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Correa-Gurriel)
  • E - A. Bregman (8)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Kluber (W, 7-2)7.062201012.360.8428.0
N. Ramirez (H, 1)0.12110117.711.71-2.5
C. Allen (S, 6)1.21110113.381.298.5
PITCHERSIP
C. Kluber (W, 7-2)7.0
N. Ramirez (H, 1)0.1
C. Allen (S, 6)1.2
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
D. Keuchel (L, 3-6)5.06442313.431.14-0.5
J. Smith1.01111017.431.430.0
T. Sipp1.00000004.321.083.0
C. McHugh1.00001200.510.913.0
H. Rondon1.00000102.301.153.5
PITCHERSIP
D. Keuchel (L, 3-6)5.0
J. Smith1.0
T. Sipp1.0
C. McHugh1.0
H. Rondon1.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - C. Kluber
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kluber 110-72, N. Ramirez 12-8, C. Allen 28-17
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kluber 7-3
  • Batters Faced - C. Kluber 27, N. Ramirez 3, C. Allen 6
PITCHING
  • WP - D. Keuchel (5)
  • Pitches-Strikes - D. Keuchel 98-62, J. Smith 21-13, T. Sipp 9-7, C. McHugh 23-14, H. Rondon 9-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Keuchel 9-2, T. Sipp 2-1, H. Rondon 1-1
  • Batters Faced - D. Keuchel 22, J. Smith 4, T. Sipp 3, C. McHugh 3, H. Rondon 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
F. Lindor SS40100001.304.377.576.9531.0
M. Brantley LF41111002.333.369.572.9426.0
J. Ramirez 3B31210100.302.392.6151.0075.0
E. Encarnacion DH41110022.216.290.438.7283.0
B. Guyer RF30000111.150.244.325.5690.5
Y. Gomes C41111012.264.336.473.8095.5
J. Kipnis 2B30110100.174.265.257.5223.0
E. Gonzalez 1B20000002.361.395.583.9780.0
a- Y. Alonso PH-1B20000010.218.280.429.708-0.5
R. Davis CF21000110.213.264.250.5141.5
Total3157524610-----
  • a-flied out for Gonzalez in the 6th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
G. Springer RF40200020.298.361.503.8641.0
A. Bregman 3B41111012.259.373.412.7855.5
J. Altuve 2B41200021.312.364.418.7823.0
C. Correa SS41121012.281.372.506.8786.5
B. McCann C40000031.245.348.367.715-1.5
Y. Gurriel 1B40100010.270.301.381.6821.5
M. Gonzalez LF41211001.228.308.342.6507.0
E. Gattis DH20000011.209.276.365.6410.5
a- J. Reddick PH-DH10000000.227.333.406.7400.0
T. Kemp CF40000013.300.300.400.700-0.5
Total35494301211-----
  • a-flied out for Gattis in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Ramirez (14), E. Encarnacion (4), J. Kipnis (11)
  • HR - M. Brantley (7), Y. Gomes (6)
  • RBI - M. Brantley (29), J. Ramirez (31), E. Encarnacion (24), Y. Gomes (12), J. Kipnis (15)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Ramirez (12), J. Kipnis (5)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Altuve (12), Y. Gurriel (11)
  • HR - A. Bregman (4), C. Correa (8), M. Gonzalez (4)
  • RBI - A. Bregman (17), C. Correa 2 (31), M. Gonzalez (24)
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Correa 2 (9)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - J. Ramirez (2), J. Kipnis
FIELDING
  • DP - (Kipnis-Lindor-Gonzalez)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Correa-Gurriel)
  • E - A. Bregman (8)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Kluber (W, 7-2)7.062201012.360.8428.0
N. Ramirez (H, 1)0.12110117.711.71-2.5
C. Allen (S, 6)1.21110113.381.298.5
Total9.09440123---
PITCHERSIP
C. Kluber (W, 7-2)7.0
N. Ramirez (H, 1)0.1
C. Allen (S, 6)1.2
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
D. Keuchel (L, 3-6)5.06442313.431.14-0.5
J. Smith1.01111017.431.430.0
T. Sipp1.00000004.321.083.0
C. McHugh1.00001200.510.913.0
H. Rondon1.00000102.301.153.5
Total9.0755462---
PITCHERSIP
D. Keuchel (L, 3-6)5.0
J. Smith1.0
T. Sipp1.0
C. McHugh1.0
H. Rondon1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - C. Kluber
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kluber 110-72, N. Ramirez 12-8, C. Allen 28-17
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kluber 7-3
  • Batters Faced - C. Kluber 27, N. Ramirez 3, C. Allen 6
PITCHING
  • WP - D. Keuchel (5)
  • Pitches-Strikes - D. Keuchel 98-62, J. Smith 21-13, T. Sipp 9-7, C. McHugh 23-14, H. Rondon 9-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Keuchel 9-2, T. Sipp 2-1, H. Rondon 1-1
  • Batters Faced - D. Keuchel 22, J. Smith 4, T. Sipp 3, C. McHugh 3, H. Rondon 3
  • 9TH INNING
    Gonzalez homered to right54
  • 8TH INNING
    Bregman homered to left center53
  • 6TH INNING
    Correa homered to left center, Altuve scored52
    Gomes homered to left center50
  • 5TH INNING
    Ramirez reached on an infield single to shortstop, Davis scored, Ramirez to second on 3rd baseman Bregman fielding error40
  • 1ST INNING
    Kipnis doubled to right center, Encarnacion scored, Guyer to third30
    Encarnacion doubled to deep center, Ramirez scored20
    Brantley homered to left center10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Hector Rondon relieved Collin McHugh
    • Y. Gomes: Foul, Gomes flied out to left
    • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Kipnis grounded out to pitcher
    • Y. Alonso: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Alonso struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Allen Pitching:
    • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Gurriel flied out to right
    • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Gonzalez homered to right
    • Josh Reddick hit for Evan Gattis
    • J. Reddick: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Reddick flied out to deep center
    • T. Kemp: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Kemp struck out swinging
    • End of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Collin McHugh relieved Tony Sipp
    • J. Ramirez: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ramirez walked
    • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Encarnacion struck out swinging
    • B. Guyer: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Guyer struck out swinging
    • Y. Gomes: Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ramirez picked off at second, pitcher to first to second
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Neil Ramirez relieved Corey Kluber
    • G. Springer: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Springer struck out swinging
    • A. Bregman: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bregman homered to left center
    • J. Altuve: Foul, Altuve doubled to deep right center
    • Cody Allen relieved Neil Ramirez
    • C. Correa: Ball, Strike swinging, Correa flied out to deep left
    • B. McCann: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, McCann flied out to deep right
    • End of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Tony Sipp relieved Joe Smith
    • R. Davis: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Davis flied out to deep center
    • F. Lindor: Lindor grounded out to third
    • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Strike looking, Brantley grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Kluber Pitching:
    • Y. Gurriel: Strike swinging, Gurriel doubled to deep right center
    • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Gonzalez grounded out to first, Gurriel to third
    • E. Gattis: Ball, Strike swinging, Gattis popped out to first
    • T. Kemp: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Kemp grounded out to first
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Joe Smith relieved Dallas Keuchel
    • B. Guyer: Strike swinging, Foul, Guyer flied out to center
    • Y. Gomes: Ball, Strike swinging, Gomes homered to left center
    • J. Kipnis: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Kipnis walked
    • Yonder Alonso hit for Erik Gonzalez
    • Y. Alonso: Strike looking, Kipnis caught stealing, catcher to shortstop, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Alonso flied out to right
    • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • C. Kluber Pitching:
    • G. Springer: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Springer struck out swinging
    • A. Bregman: Ball, Ball, Bregman grounded out to second
    • J. Altuve: Ball, Strike looking, Altuve singled to shallow right
    • C. Correa: Ball, Foul, Correa homered to left center, Altuve scored
    • B. McCann: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, McCann struck out looking
    • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • D. Keuchel Pitching:
    • R. Davis: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Davis walked
    • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Lindor grounded out to catcher, Davis to second
    • M. Brantley: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Brantley grounded out to first, Davis to third
    • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ramirez reached on an infield single to shortstop, Davis scored, Ramirez to second on 3rd baseman Bregman fielding error
    • E. Encarnacion: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ramirez to third on wild pitch, Ball, Ball, Foul, Encarnacion grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
    • C. Kluber Pitching:
    • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gurriel grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Gonzalez: Strike swinging, Gonzalez singled to shallow left
    • E. Gattis: Ball, Gattis hit by pitch, Gonzalez to second
    • T. Kemp: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Kemp grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Gattis out at second
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • D. Keuchel Pitching:
    • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Gomes struck out swinging
    • J. Kipnis: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Kipnis grounded out to second
    • E. Gonzalez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Gonzalez grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Kluber Pitching:
    • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Altuve struck out swinging
    • C. Correa: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Correa struck out looking
    • B. McCann: Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, McCann struck out looking
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • D. Keuchel Pitching:
    • J. Ramirez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ramirez grounded out to third
    • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Encarnacion struck out swinging
    • B. Guyer: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Guyer flied out to center
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Kluber Pitching:
    • E. Gattis: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gattis struck out looking
    • T. Kemp: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Kemp grounded out to third
    • G. Springer: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Springer singled to shallow left
    • A. Bregman: Ball, Strike looking, Bregman flied out to deep center
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • D. Keuchel Pitching:
    • R. Davis: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Davis struck out looking
    • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Lindor singled to shallow right center
    • M. Brantley: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Brantley grounded into double play shortstop to first, Lindor out at second
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • C. Kluber Pitching:
    • B. McCann: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, McCann struck out swinging
    • Y. Gurriel: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Gurriel struck out looking
    • M. Gonzalez: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Gonzalez flied out to left
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • D. Keuchel Pitching:
    • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Foul, Lindor grounded out to third
    • M. Brantley: Ball, Brantley homered to left center
    • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ramirez doubled to shallow left
    • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Encarnacion doubled to deep center, Ramirez scored
    • B. Guyer: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Guyer walked
    • Y. Gomes: Foul, Gomes popped out to first
    • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Kipnis doubled to right center, Encarnacion scored, Guyer to third
    • E. Gonzalez: Foul, Ball, Gonzalez grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 1st (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Kluber Pitching:
    • G. Springer: Ball, Springer singled to right
    • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bregman struck out swinging
    • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Altuve struck out looking
    • C. Correa: Correa grounded out to third
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)