Plutko, Miller pitch Indians past Cubs 1-0

CHICAGO (AP) Adam Plutko was nervous. Not about making his second major league start, really. It was all about stepping to the plate.

Once that was over, everything fell into place.

Plutko carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning and Andrew Miller provided stellar relief work, helping the Cleveland Indians beat the Chicago Cubs 1-0 on Wednesday night.

''We know when (Plutko) commands everything, he can be pretty good,'' manager Terry Francona said. ''But on a night when he didn't command real well, he still did pretty damn good.''

Plutko (2-0) was promoted from Triple-A Columbus to replace the struggling Josh Tomlin in Cleveland's rotation. The right-hander issued each of his four walks in the first two innings, but settled down after a successful sacrifice in the third in his first at-bat since he was a junior in high school in 2009.

''I was really nervous to hit, and so as soon as I got that bunt down in the third, I felt like a lot more calm and everything was a lot better,'' he said.

Plutko's sacrifice set up Michael Brantley's two-out RBI single, sending the AL Central leaders to their third win in four games. The Indians also completed a sweep of their two-game set versus the Cubs in their first appearance at Wrigley Field since they lost the 2016 World Series.

Brantley extended his hitting streak to 12 games, and Rajai Davis contributed two hits and a leaping catch against the wall in center , robbing Addison Russell of a likely run-scoring hit in the second.

''That could have blown the game wide open right there, and we could be talking about a loss right now instead of win,'' Plutko said. ''Raj played unbelievable defense.''

Chicago wasted a terrific start by Jon Lester (4-2) in its second straight loss after taking three of four last weekend in Cincinnati. The lefty allowed six hits, struck out four and walked one while lowering his ERA to 2.37 in his 10th start this year.

''Tonight was probably physically the best I've felt in a long time,'' Lester said.

Plutko was even better. He retired 13 in a row before Anthony Rizzo led off the seventh with a double for Chicago's first hit. Willson Contreras then reached on an infield single, chasing Plutko and putting runners on the corners.

But Miller came in and shut the door, preserving Cleveland's 1-0 lead. He got some help when Cubs manager Joe Maddon called for a squeeze play and Javier Baez bunted right back to the reliever, giving him plenty of time to cut down Rizzo at the plate for the first out.

''High strikeout percentage versus Miller, and Javy's possibly one of our best bunters,'' Maddon said of his reasoning for the call. ''I talked about it to him in the dugout. He kind of liked it, so we went with it.''

Russell then struck out swinging and Jason Heyward bounced to first, ending the inning.

Miller said he had a hunch he might see a bunt when he came in, recalling when he was in the AL East and Maddon managed Tampa Bay.

''It used to be a thing, it was almost automatic,'' Miller said. ''It was kind of, you almost prepared for it if you were in that division.''

Miller also got the first two outs of the eighth. After Kyle Schwarber singled, Cody Allen retired four in a row for his seventh save in eight chances.

AILING

Indians outfielder Brandon Guyer was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a neck strain after he got hurt in a collision with a fan. The injury occurred Saturday when Guyer went after a foul ball in Houston.

''When he went into the stands, he got like a forearm or something,'' Francona said. ''We checked him for concussions, but his neck is whiplash-ish kind of, so he hasn't played since that. I think he could've if he had to, but we're trying to be mindful of it.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Indians: OF Bradley Zimmer (bruised left rib) hit in the cage, and Francona said he looked normal. ''He's got a couple more days of this,'' Francona said. ''Maybe sometime around Friday-ish, we'll see about what to do with him.'' ... OF Lonnie Chisenhall (right calf strain) went 0 for 1 and scored a run in his second rehab game with Triple-A Columbus.

UP NEXT

Indians: RHP Mike Clevinger (3-1, 2.87 ERA) starts Thursday night as Cleveland begins a seven-game homestand with the first of four against Houston. RHP Charlie Morton (6-0, 1.94 ERA) pitches for the AL West-leading Astros.

Cubs: Following an off day, RHP Kyle Hendricks (3-3, 3.40 ERA) starts the opener of a three-game series against San Francisco. LHP Derek Holland (2-5, 4.94 ERA) pitches for the Giants on Friday.

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    A. Rizzo 1B30100100.207.301.360.6613.0
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    J. Baez 2B40000014.267.297.563.860-0.5
    A. Russell SS30000024.250.337.351.689-1.0
    J. Heyward RF20000102.222.306.343.6491.0
    J. Lester P20000003.105.105.105.2110.0
    C. Edwards P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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    • a-flied out for Edwards in the 8th
    BATTING
    • SH - A. Plutko 2 (2)
    • RBI - M. Brantley (30)
    • 2-Out RBI - M. Brantley (12)
    BATTING
    • 2B - A. Rizzo (5)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - J. Ramirez (7)
    • CS - M. Brantley (2)
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - M. Brantley
    • DP - (Brantley-Encarnacion)
    • PB - Y. Gomes (3)
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - K. Schwarber (4)
    • DP - (Contreras-Baez)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    A. Plutko (W, 2-0)6.02004402.030.9024.0
    A. Miller (H, 5)1.21000202.631.463.0
    C. Allen (S, 7)1.10000003.101.1810.0
    PITCHERSIP
    A. Plutko (W, 2-0)6.0
    A. Miller (H, 5)1.2
    C. Allen (S, 7)1.1
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Lester (L, 4-2)7.06111402.371.1913.0
    C. Edwards1.02000203.271.272.0
    B. Morrow1.01000201.060.943.0
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Lester (L, 4-2)7.0
    C. Edwards1.0
    B. Morrow1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - A. Plutko 85-49, A. Miller 23-18, C. Allen 9-7
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Plutko 5-8, A. Miller 2-1, C. Allen 2-2
    • Batters Faced - A. Plutko 23, A. Miller 6, C. Allen 4
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Lester 104-67, C. Edwards 19-14, B. Morrow 12-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Lester 7-8
    • Batters Faced - J. Lester 26, C. Edwards 5, B. Morrow 4
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    M. Brantley LF30210111.338.374.563.9372.5
    J. Ramirez 3B40100013.296.391.6091.0002.5
    E. Encarnacion 1B40000023.206.282.419.701-1.0
    C. Allen P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    M. Cabrera RF30000011.100.182.200.382-0.5
    G. Allen RF10000010.216.256.270.527-0.5
    Y. Gomes C40100010.256.326.453.7790.5
    J. Kipnis 2B40100001.180.269.258.5271.0
    R. Davis CF41200001.226.275.262.5373.0
    A. Plutko P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    A. Miller P10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
    Y. Alonso 1B00000000.227.294.435.7290.0
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      I. Happ CF-LF30000110.254.362.525.8880.5
      K. Schwarber LF40100011.250.381.485.8660.5
      B. Morrow P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
      K. Bryant 3B40000011.296.418.566.984-0.5
      A. Rizzo 1B30100100.207.301.360.6613.0
      W. Contreras C30100100.277.358.478.8362.0
      J. Baez 2B40000014.267.297.563.860-0.5
      A. Russell SS30000024.250.337.351.689-1.0
      J. Heyward RF20000102.222.306.343.6491.0
      J. Lester P20000003.105.105.105.2110.0
      C. Edwards P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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      • a-flied out for Edwards in the 8th
      BATTING
      • SH - A. Plutko 2 (2)
      • RBI - M. Brantley (30)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Brantley (12)
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Rizzo (5)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Ramirez (7)
      • CS - M. Brantley (2)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - M. Brantley
      • DP - (Brantley-Encarnacion)
      • PB - Y. Gomes (3)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - K. Schwarber (4)
      • DP - (Contreras-Baez)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Plutko (W, 2-0)6.02004402.030.9024.0
      A. Miller (H, 5)1.21000202.631.463.0
      C. Allen (S, 7)1.10000003.101.1810.0
      Total9.0300460---
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Plutko (W, 2-0)6.0
      A. Miller (H, 5)1.2
      C. Allen (S, 7)1.1
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Lester (L, 4-2)7.06111402.371.1913.0
      C. Edwards1.02000203.271.272.0
      B. Morrow1.01000201.060.943.0
      Total9.0911180---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Lester (L, 4-2)7.0
      C. Edwards1.0
      B. Morrow1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Plutko 85-49, A. Miller 23-18, C. Allen 9-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Plutko 5-8, A. Miller 2-1, C. Allen 2-2
      • Batters Faced - A. Plutko 23, A. Miller 6, C. Allen 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Lester 104-67, C. Edwards 19-14, B. Morrow 12-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Lester 7-8
      • Batters Faced - J. Lester 26, C. Edwards 5, B. Morrow 4
      • 3RD INNING
        Brantley singled to center, Davis scored10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Brandon Morrow pitching
        • G. Allen: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Allen struck out looking
        • Y. Gomes: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gomes struck out swinging
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Kipnis singled to center
        • R. Davis: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Davis lined out to second
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Allen Pitching:
        • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Rizzo grounded out to pitcher
        • W. Contreras: Contreras grounded out to third
        • J. Baez: Ball, Baez flied out to center
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Carl Edwards relieved Jon Lester
        • A. Miller: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Miller struck out looking
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Foul, Lindor singled to center
        • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Brantley struck out swinging
        • J. Ramirez: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ramirez singled to center, Lindor to third
        • E. Encarnacion: Foul, Strike swinging, Ramirez stole second, Encarnacion flied out to right
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Greg Allen in right
        • Albert Almora hit for Carl Edwards
        • A. Almora: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Almora flied out to deep center
        • I. Happ: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Happ struck out looking
        • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Strike looking, Schwarber singled to right
        • Yonder Alonso at first
        • Cody Allen pitching
        • K. Bryant: Ball, Strike looking, Bryant flied out to center
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • J. Lester Pitching:
        • Y. Gomes: Strike swinging, Gomes grounded out to second
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Kipnis flied out to left
        • R. Davis: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Davis flied out to right
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Plutko Pitching:
        • A. Rizzo: Ball, Rizzo doubled to deep right
        • W. Contreras: Foul, Contreras reached on an infield single to second, Rizzo to third
        • Andrew Miller relieved Adam Plutko
        • J. Baez: Foul, Baez reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Rizzo out at home, Contreras to second
        • A. Russell: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Russell struck out swinging
        • J. Heyward: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Heyward grounded out to first
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • J. Lester Pitching:
        • M. Brantley: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Brantley walked
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ramirez fouled out to third
        • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Encarnacion struck out swinging
        • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Foul, Cabrera grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Plutko Pitching:
        • I. Happ: Happ grounded out to first
        • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Ball, Schwarber grounded out to second
        • K. Bryant: Bryant flied out to left
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • J. Lester Pitching:
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Kipnis grounded out to second
        • R. Davis: Ball, Ball, Foul, Davis singled to left
        • A. Plutko: Ball, Foul, Ball, Plutko hit sacrifice bunt to first, Davis to second
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Ball, Lindor grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • A. Plutko Pitching:
        • A. Russell: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Russell struck out swinging
        • J. Heyward: Ball, Heyward flied out to deep right
        • J. Lester: Lester lined out to center
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • J. Lester Pitching:
        • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Encarnacion struck out swinging
        • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Cabrera struck out looking
        • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Gomes lined out to center
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Plutko Pitching:
        • A. Rizzo: Foul, Ball, Ball, Rizzo grounded out to third
        • W. Contreras: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Contreras flied out to right
        • J. Baez: Ball, Ball, Baez flied out to left
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • J. Lester Pitching:
        • R. Davis: Ball, Ball, Davis singled to left
        • A. Plutko: Ball, Plutko hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Davis to second
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Lindor popped out to shortstop
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Ball, Brantley singled to center, Davis scored
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ramirez grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Plutko Pitching:
        • I. Happ: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Happ flied out to deep center
        • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Schwarber struck out looking
        • K. Bryant: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Bryant struck out on foul tip
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • J. Lester Pitching:
        • E. Encarnacion: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Encarnacion flied out to right
        • M. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Cabrera flied out to deep left
        • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Gomes singled to right
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Kipnis flied out to right
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • A. Plutko Pitching:
        • A. Rizzo: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Rizzo walked
        • W. Contreras: Ball, Ball, Rizzo to second on passed ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Contreras walked
        • J. Baez: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Baez struck out looking
        • A. Russell: Russell flied out to deep center
        • J. Heyward: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Heyward walked, Rizzo to third, Contreras to second
        • J. Lester: Lester grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • J. Lester Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Lindor singled to left, Lindor out at second
        • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Brantley singled to center
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Brantley caught stealing, catcher to second
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Plutko Pitching:
        • I. Happ: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Happ walked
        • K. Schwarber: Ball, Schwarber fouled into double play left to first, Happ out at first
        • K. Bryant: Ball, Strike swinging, Bryant grounded out to third
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)