Kluber gets eighth win, Indians roll past White Sox 9-1

CLEVELAND (AP) The Chicago White Sox were already in major trouble before Corey Kluber threw one pitch.

Once he had a big lead, surrender was their only option.

The two-time Cy Young Award winner pitched six shutout innings and reached eight victories before any AL pitcher as the Cleveland Indians rolled to their fifth straight win, 9-1 Wednesday over the sagging White Sox to complete a three-game series sweep.

Spotted a nine-run cushion after four innings, Kluber (8-2) had little trouble with baseball's worst team.

Kluber allowed three hits and struck out 10 while improving to 4-0 with a 0.33 ERA in four starts against Central Division teams this season.

''You know he has pitched so many games where you look up and it's nothing-nothing in the fifth,'' Indians manager Terry Francona said. ''We've all seen it. So to give him a cushion, any pitcher, but he certainly knows what to do with it.''

Melky Cabrera drove in three runs off Reynaldo Lopez (1-4) and Michael Brantley extended his MLB-high hitting streak to 19 games for Cleveland, which used the series to gain some confidence and momentum. The Indians scored 25 runs against the White Sox and 43 during their win streak.

Jose Ramirez and Edwin Encarnacion connected for back-to-back homers in the fourth off Chris Volstad as the Indians opened a 9-0 lead.

The White Sox committed two more errors, dropped their fourth in a row and fell to 16-37. Chicago had five errors in the three-game series.

Yolmer Sanchez homered leading off the ninth as the White Sox avoided a shutout.

Kluber is tough to deal with under normal circumstances, but with a big lead and pitching at home, he's nearly unbeatable. The right-hander is 5-0 with a 1.26 ERA at Progressive Field, and he didn't walk a batter for the fourth straight start - a career-best span of 28 1/3 innings.

''Kluber was Kluber,'' said White Sox manager Rick Renteria.

Chicago's Yoan Mocada led off the first with a single off Kluber, who then struck out eight of the next 12 and spent the rest of the day fine-tuning his already fine-tuned collection of pitches.

By the time Kluber took the mound in the third, the Indians were up 7-0, but he had to focus as things were much tighter.

''You kind of train yourself or teach yourself to take each hitter, each pitch, whatever you want to call it, as if the game was tied,'' he said. ''I think that through experience I'm sure every pitcher would tell you, as soon as you let your guard down a little bit, things usually bite you in the rear.''

Cabrera's two-run double highlighted a five-run third for the Indians. They had Lopez in trouble in the first inning, but let the right-hander escape by giving up only two runs.

Brantley singled in the first when the Indians took a 2-0 lead against Lopez, whose wild pitch brought in Greg Allen with Cleveland's first run before Cabrera delivered a one-out sacrifice fly.

Since moving into the No. 2 spot in Cleveland's order, Brantley is batting .368 (29 of 79) with six homers, 18 RBIs and 20 runs scored.

MELKY WAY

The Indians improved to 7-3 in Cabrera's 10 starts since he was recalled from Triple-A Columbus. He signed a minor league contract with the club in April.

''He just knows how to hit,'' Francona said. ''He really did work hard. When we were talking to him, he says, `I'm in good shape,' and he is because it's hard to step in when you miss spring training and he's played every game.''

SWEPT AWAY

The White Sox held a 25-minute meeting after they were swept for the eighth time this season. They also dropped to 8-19 on the road and 7-14 inside the division.

MANAGING MILLER

All-Star reliever Andrew Miller has been cleared to begin a throwing program after he had his right knee evaluated by Dr. David Altchek in New York.

Altchek confirmed Miller has inflammation. The Indians said he'll begin ''a gradual progression back to mound activity.'' There is no timetable for his return.

Miller has been on the disabled list three times in the past year with a right knee issue. The left-hander has not been effective since returning from a hamstring injury on May 11.

UP NEXT

White Sox: LHP Hector Santiago starts against Milwaukee in the opener of a three-game series Friday. He picked up his first win of the season on May 26, allowing one run in five innings against Detroit.

Indians: Rookie Shane Bieber will make his major league debut - on his 23rd birthday - in the opener of a four-game series at Minnesota. A fourth-round pick in 2016, Bieber has quickly risen through Cleveland's system. He pitched a rain-shortened, seven-inning no-hitter for Triple-A Columbus last week. He's is the first pitcher in Cleveland history to debut on his birthday.

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  • W: C. Kluber (8-2)L: R. Lopez (1-4)
  • HR: CHW - Y. Sanchez (3), CLE - E. Encarnacion (13), J. Ramirez (17)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
Y. Moncada 2B40100032.242.323.433.756-1.5
Y. Sanchez 3B41111011.279.314.426.7415.5
J. Abreu 1B30000121.298.360.522.8820.0
D. Palka RF40000011.277.298.535.833-0.5
M. Skole DH40100000.333.455.6671.1211.0
T. Anderson SS30200011.249.311.466.7763.5
O. Narvaez C30000013.169.273.234.506-0.5
A. Engel CF30000032.212.278.285.563-1.5
T. Thompson LF20000100.134.174.268.4431.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    G. Allen CF51200001.266.299.375.6743.0
    M. Brantley LF32100003.343.383.569.9524.0
    R. Davis LF10100000.217.270.250.5201.0
    J. Ramirez 3B42211104.300.393.6281.0219.0
    E. Encarnacion DH32221101.235.309.476.78510.0
    a- R. Perez PH-DH10000002.145.241.232.4720.0
    Y. Alonso 1B51300011.253.320.478.7973.5
    M. Cabrera RF41130002.171.211.286.4966.0
    J. Kipnis 2B40000124.193.276.295.5710.0
    Y. Gomes C30010013.239.299.418.7170.5
    E. Gonzalez SS30110110.372.413.581.9942.5
    • a-flied out for Encarnacion in the 7th
    BATTING
    • 2B - T. Anderson 2 (6)
    • HR - Y. Sanchez (3)
    • RBI - Y. Sanchez (24)
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Cabrera (4)
    • HR - J. Ramirez (17), E. Encarnacion (13)
    • SF - M. Cabrera, Y. Gomes
    • RBI - J. Ramirez (40), E. Encarnacion 2 (33), M. Cabrera 3 (6), Y. Gomes (13), E. Gonzalez (9)
    • 2-Out RBI - E. Gonzalez (4)
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - Y. Moncada
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Moncada-Anderson-Abreu)
    • E - T. Anderson (10), Y. Moncada (5)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 2 (Gomes-Kipnis; Kipnis-Ramirez-Alonso)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    R. Lopez (L, 1-4)2.28771203.801.25-14.0
    C. Volstad0.14220024.611.54-6.0
    L. Avilan1.00000103.941.563.5
    B. Rondon1.00000004.501.333.0
    J. Fry1.00002200.750.832.0
    N. Jones1.01001003.101.331.0
    J. Soria1.00000004.421.423.0
    PITCHERSIP
    R. Lopez (L, 1-4)2.2
    C. Volstad0.1
    L. Avilan1.0
    B. Rondon1.0
    J. Fry1.0
    N. Jones1.0
    J. Soria1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Kluber (W, 8-2)6.030001002.020.8430.0
    J. Beliveau1.000010010.382.542.0
    E. Marshall1.01001209.002.602.0
    B. Taylor1.01110016.001.171.0
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Kluber (W, 8-2)6.0
    J. Beliveau1.0
    E. Marshall1.0
    B. Taylor1.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - R. Lopez (3), J. Fry (3)
    • HBP - R. Lopez (4)
    • Pitches-Strikes - R. Lopez 73-52, C. Volstad 17-11, L. Avilan 15-9, B. Rondon 18-10, J. Fry 24-14, N. Jones 21-13, J. Soria 9-7
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Avilan 1-0, B. Rondon 3-1, J. Fry 1-1, J. Soria 1-2
    • Batters Faced - R. Lopez 18, C. Volstad 5, L. Avilan 2, B. Rondon 4, J. Fry 6, N. Jones 5, J. Soria 3
    PITCHING
    • WP - E. Marshall
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kluber 90-61, J. Beliveau 11-6, E. Marshall 20-13, B. Taylor 18-11
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kluber 2-5, J. Beliveau 1-1, E. Marshall 1-0, B. Taylor 1-2
    • Batters Faced - C. Kluber 20, J. Beliveau 3, E. Marshall 5, B. Taylor 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    Y. Moncada 2B40100032.242.323.433.756-1.5
    Y. Sanchez 3B41111011.279.314.426.7415.5
    J. Abreu 1B30000121.298.360.522.8820.0
    D. Palka RF40000011.277.298.535.833-0.5
    M. Skole DH40100000.333.455.6671.1211.0
    T. Anderson SS30200011.249.311.466.7763.5
    O. Narvaez C30000013.169.273.234.506-0.5
    A. Engel CF30000032.212.278.285.563-1.5
    T. Thompson LF20000100.134.174.268.4431.0
    Total30151121211-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      G. Allen CF51200001.266.299.375.6743.0
      M. Brantley LF32100003.343.383.569.9524.0
      R. Davis LF10100000.217.270.250.5201.0
      J. Ramirez 3B42211104.300.393.6281.0219.0
      E. Encarnacion DH32221101.235.309.476.78510.0
      a- R. Perez PH-DH10000002.145.241.232.4720.0
      Y. Alonso 1B51300011.253.320.478.7973.5
      M. Cabrera RF41130002.171.211.286.4966.0
      J. Kipnis 2B40000124.193.276.295.5710.0
      Y. Gomes C30010013.239.299.418.7170.5
      E. Gonzalez SS30110110.372.413.581.9942.5
      Total36913824521-----
      • a-flied out for Encarnacion in the 7th
      BATTING
      • 2B - T. Anderson 2 (6)
      • HR - Y. Sanchez (3)
      • RBI - Y. Sanchez (24)
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Cabrera (4)
      • HR - J. Ramirez (17), E. Encarnacion (13)
      • SF - M. Cabrera, Y. Gomes
      • RBI - J. Ramirez (40), E. Encarnacion 2 (33), M. Cabrera 3 (6), Y. Gomes (13), E. Gonzalez (9)
      • 2-Out RBI - E. Gonzalez (4)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - Y. Moncada
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Moncada-Anderson-Abreu)
      • E - T. Anderson (10), Y. Moncada (5)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Gomes-Kipnis; Kipnis-Ramirez-Alonso)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      R. Lopez (L, 1-4)2.28771203.801.25-14.0
      C. Volstad0.14220024.611.54-6.0
      L. Avilan1.00000103.941.563.5
      B. Rondon1.00000004.501.333.0
      J. Fry1.00002200.750.832.0
      N. Jones1.01001003.101.331.0
      J. Soria1.00000004.421.423.0
      Total8.01399452---
      PITCHERSIP
      R. Lopez (L, 1-4)2.2
      C. Volstad0.1
      L. Avilan1.0
      B. Rondon1.0
      J. Fry1.0
      N. Jones1.0
      J. Soria1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Kluber (W, 8-2)6.030001002.020.8430.0
      J. Beliveau1.000010010.382.542.0
      E. Marshall1.01001209.002.602.0
      B. Taylor1.01110016.001.171.0
      Total9.05112121---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Kluber (W, 8-2)6.0
      J. Beliveau1.0
      E. Marshall1.0
      B. Taylor1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - R. Lopez (3), J. Fry (3)
      • HBP - R. Lopez (4)
      • Pitches-Strikes - R. Lopez 73-52, C. Volstad 17-11, L. Avilan 15-9, B. Rondon 18-10, J. Fry 24-14, N. Jones 21-13, J. Soria 9-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Avilan 1-0, B. Rondon 3-1, J. Fry 1-1, J. Soria 1-2
      • Batters Faced - R. Lopez 18, C. Volstad 5, L. Avilan 2, B. Rondon 4, J. Fry 6, N. Jones 5, J. Soria 3
      PITCHING
      • WP - E. Marshall
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kluber 90-61, J. Beliveau 11-6, E. Marshall 20-13, B. Taylor 18-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kluber 2-5, J. Beliveau 1-1, E. Marshall 1-0, B. Taylor 1-2
      • Batters Faced - C. Kluber 20, J. Beliveau 3, E. Marshall 5, B. Taylor 4
      • 9TH INNING
        Sanchez homered to right center19
      • 4TH INNING
        Encarnacion homered to right center09
        Ramirez homered to right center08
      • 3RD INNING
        Gonzalez singled to right, Cabrera scored07
        Gomes hit sacrifice fly to center, Alonso scored, Cabrera to third06
        Cabrera doubled to right, Ramirez and Encarnacion scored, Alonso to third05
        Encarnacion singled to left, Brantley scored, Ramirez to second03
      • 1ST INNING
        Cabrera hit sacrifice fly to center, Brantley scored, Encarnacion to third02
        Allen scored, Brantley to second on wild pitch01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Ben Taylor relieved Evan Marshall
        • Y. Sanchez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Sanchez homered to right center
        • J. Abreu: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Abreu grounded out to shortstop
        • D. Palka: Ball, Strike looking, Palka popped out to first
        • M. Skole: Strike looking, Strike looking, Skole flied out to left
        • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Evan Marshall relieved Jeff Beliveau
        • T. Anderson: Foul, Anderson doubled to deep left
        • O. Narvaez: Strike looking, Narvaez grounded out to shortstop, Anderson to third
        • A. Engel: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Engel struck out swinging
        • T. Thompson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Thompson walked
        • Y. Moncada: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Thompson to second on wild pitch, Ball, Strike swinging, Moncada struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Joakim Soria relieved Nate Jones
        • Y. Alonso: Strike looking, Ball, Alonso flied out to left
        • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Cabrera grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Kipnis: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Kipnis lined out to left
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Jeff Beliveau relieved Corey Kluber
        • J. Abreu: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Abreu walked
        • D. Palka: Palka grounded into double play second to third to first, Abreu out at second
        • M. Skole: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Skole fouled out to catcher
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Nate Jones relieved Jace Fry
        • E. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gonzalez walked
        • G. Allen: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Allen lined out to center
        • R. Davis: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Davis singled to right, Gonzalez to second
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ramirez popped out to third
        • Roberto Perez hit for Edwin Encarnacion
        • R. Perez: Strike swinging, Perez flied out to left
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Rajai Davis in left
        • T. Thompson: Thompson grounded out to shortstop
        • Y. Moncada: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Moncada struck out swinging
        • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Sanchez flied out to center
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Jace Fry relieved Bruce Rondon
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ramirez walked
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Encarnacion lined out to center
        • Y. Alonso: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Alonso struck out swinging
        • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Cabrera safe at first on shortstop Anderson fielding error, Ramirez to second
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Ramirez to third, Cabrera to second on wild pitch, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Kipnis walked
        • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gomes struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 5TH INNING
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • M. Skole: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Skole lined out to left
        • T. Anderson: Ball, Anderson doubled to deep left
        • O. Narvaez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Narvaez flied out to center, Anderson to third
        • A. Engel: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Engel struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Bruce Rondon relieved Luis Avilan
        • Y. Gomes: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gomes flied out to left
        • E. Gonzalez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Gonzalez grounded out to shortstop
        • G. Allen: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Allen safe at first on 2nd baseman Moncada fielding error
        • M. Brantley: Brantley grounded out to third
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 4TH INNING
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • Y. Sanchez: Ball, Strike looking, Sanchez lined out to center
        • J. Abreu: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul tip, Abreu struck out on foul tip
        • D. Palka: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Palka struck out looking
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Volstad Pitching:
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ramirez homered to right center
        • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Encarnacion homered to right center
        • Y. Alonso: Alonso singled to right
        • Luis Avilan relieved Chris Volstad
        • M. Cabrera: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Cabrera grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Alonso out at second
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Kipnis struck out looking
        • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • A. Engel: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Engel struck out swinging
        • T. Thompson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Thompson flied out to left
        • Y. Moncada: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Moncada struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • R. Lopez Pitching:
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Ball, Brantley hit by pitch
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ramirez singled to right, Brantley to third
        • E. Encarnacion: Foul, Encarnacion singled to left, Brantley scored, Ramirez to second
        • Y. Alonso: Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Alonso singled to left, Ramirez to third, Encarnacion to second
        • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Cabrera doubled to right, Ramirez and Encarnacion scored, Alonso to third
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Kipnis popped out to shortstop
        • Y. Gomes: Gomes hit sacrifice fly to center, Alonso scored, Cabrera to third
        • E. Gonzalez: Foul, Gonzalez singled to right, Cabrera scored
        • Chris Volstad relieved Reynaldo Lopez
        • G. Allen: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Allen singled to center, Gonzalez to second
        • M. Brantley: Brantley flied out to left
        • End of the 3rd (5 Runs, 6 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • D. Palka: Ball, Palka grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Skole: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Skole singled to left
        • T. Anderson: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
        • O. Narvaez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Narvaez struck out looking
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • R. Lopez Pitching:
        • Y. Gomes: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Gomes fouled out to first
        • E. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
        • G. Allen: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Allen lined out to center
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • Y. Moncada: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Moncada singled to right
        • Y. Sanchez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
        • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Moncada caught stealing, catcher to second
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • R. Lopez Pitching:
        • G. Allen: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Allen reached on an infield single to second
        • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Brantley singled to center, Allen to second
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ramirez flied out to deep right, Allen to third
        • E. Encarnacion: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Allen scored, Brantley to second on wild pitch, Ball, Ball, Encarnacion walked
        • Y. Alonso: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Alonso singled to center, Brantley to third, Encarnacion to second
        • M. Cabrera: Cabrera hit sacrifice fly to center, Brantley scored, Encarnacion to third
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Kipnis struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)