Kluber gets 9th win, Indians beat Brewers 3-2

CLEVELAND (AP) Corey Kluber is looking like a Cy Young Award winner again.

Cleveland's ace scattered seven hits in seven strong innings and moved into a tie for the American League lead with his ninth win, and the Indians beat the Milwaukee Brewers 3-2 on Tuesday night.

''He's such a pro,'' Indians manager Terry Francona said. ''I'm sure he's fun to catch because he's in such command of what he's doing.''

Kluber (9-2) gave up a run, struck out seven and didn't walk a batter for the fifth straight start, a stretch of 35 1/3 innings. The right-hander is tied with New York's Luis Severino for the league lead in wins.

Kluber has a simple explanation for his ability to avoid walking hitters.

''My goal is to go out there and pound the strike zone,'' he said. ''At times it helps me get some quick at-bats. Regardless of whether a team is aggressive or not my approach is to put the pressure on them and make them put the ball in play.''

Lorenzo Cain's third-inning single scored Milwaukee's only run off Kluber, who was pulled after throwing 112 pitches.

''It's both sides of the plate when you go against him because he commands his fastball and curveball to both sides,'' Brewers third baseman Travis Shaw said. ''A lot of guys, you can kind of ignore one of them to some degree, but not with Kluber.''

Kluber won the AL Cy Young award in 2014 and again last season. He went 4-1 with a 1.83 ERA in May with the only loss coming to the Brewers on May 8 when he allowed two home runs, including one hit by pitcher Brent Suter that carried 433 feet.

Jose Ramirez hit his 19th home run, a solo shot in the third. Lonnie Chisenhall, in his first at-bat in two months, drove in two runs with a bases-loaded single in the second.

Cody Allen gave up a leadoff homer to Shaw in the ninth, but retired the next three hitters for his 10th save.

Junior Guerra (3-4) allowed three runs in six innings for the Brewers, who have lost two straight for the first time since April 26-29 when they lost four in a row.

The annoying midges from Lake Erie descended on the ballpark causing fielders to wave their gloves in front of their faces, although play continued without interruption. The bugs usually make their first appearance of the season in early June.

Cleveland loaded the bases in the second with one out on a walk and two singles. Chisenhall, activated from the 10-day disabled list before the game, was out since April 7 because of a strained right calf.

Chisenhall was glad to contribute in his return, but admitted dealing with the bugs was a challenge.

''I swallowed a few of them so I'm going to skip dinner,'' he said with a laugh.

The Indians won six straight before losing the final three games of a weekend series in Minnesota.

SUPPORT THE HOME TEAM

Indians players wore ''Whatever It Takes'' T-shirts during batting practice, the slogan the Cleveland Cavaliers have used during this season's playoffs. Francona and several players plan to attend Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday night when the Cavaliers play Golden State at Quicken Loans Arena.

Shaw, who was born in Ohio and attended Kent State, wore a LeBron James jersey in the Milwaukee clubhouse before the game.

Batting practice also had a football touch as former Browns offensive tackle Joe Thomas, a Wisconsin native, took some swings in the batting cage. Thomas, who retired following last season, hit a few pitches into the outfield.

NOT EXACTLY A SLUMP

The Brewers have lost three of four on their current road trip, but still have the best record in the NL.

''We pitched well enough to keep us in the game,'' manager Craig Counsell said. ''Junior did a nice job after leaving a couple of balls over the plate in the second inning. He's showing nice progress.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Brewers: 1B Eric Thames (torn left thumb ligament) will join Triple-A Colorado Springs on Wednesday for a minor league rehab assignment. He has been on the disabled list since April 25.

Indians: LHP Andrew Miller (inflammation in right knee) will throw off the mound Wednesday. He's been on the DL since May 26. It hasn't been determined if Miller will go on a minor league rehab assignment before being activated.

UP NEXT

Brewers RHP Chase Anderson (4-4, 4.85 ERA) takes on Indians RHP Carlos Carrasco (6-4, 4.50 ERA) in the two-game series finale. Carrasco earned a complete game victory at Milwaukee on May 9, striking out 14.

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  • W: C. Kluber (9-2)L: J. Guerra (3-4)S: C. Allen (10)
  • HR: MIL - T. Shaw (14), CLE - J. Ramirez (19)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
L. Cain CF40210000.278.387.431.8183.0
C. Yelich RF40100003.297.370.469.8391.0
J. Aguilar 1B40000033.301.369.549.918-1.5
T. Shaw 3B41111010.250.340.514.8545.5
R. Braun LF40100020.229.291.408.6990.0
J. Choi DH40100011.200.259.400.6590.5
J. Villar 2B40000011.283.330.398.727-0.5
M. Pina C31100010.216.279.351.6302.5
O. Arcia SS30100000.203.242.275.5171.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    F. Lindor SS40000010.300.374.556.929-0.5
    M. Brantley LF40100010.322.367.548.9151.5
    J. Ramirez 3B41111011.298.395.6311.0265.5
    E. Encarnacion DH31100100.248.320.519.8404.0
    Y. Alonso 1B41100021.244.313.451.7641.0
    J. Kipnis 2B30200002.208.286.310.5953.0
    Y. Gomes C30100022.235.290.403.6930.0
    L. Chisenhall RF30120001.250.375.300.6753.0
    G. Allen CF30000012.253.306.380.686-0.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Pina (6)
      • HR - T. Shaw (14)
      • RBI - L. Cain (18), T. Shaw (37)
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Brantley (13), E. Encarnacion (8), J. Kipnis (14)
      • HR - J. Ramirez (19)
      • RBI - J. Ramirez (42), L. Chisenhall 2 (2)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Ramirez (16)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Villar-Arcia-Aguilar)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Ramirez-Kipnis-Alonso)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Guerra (L, 3-4)6.07331512.831.147.5
      D. Jennings1.10000203.411.314.0
      C. Knebel0.21000104.761.15-0.5
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Guerra (L, 3-4)6.0
      D. Jennings1.1
      C. Knebel0.2
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Kluber (W, 9-2)7.07110701.960.8526.5
      N. Ramirez (H, 2)1.00000105.141.573.5
      C. Allen (S, 10)1.01110113.961.168.5
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Kluber (W, 9-2)7.0
      N. Ramirez (H, 2)1.0
      C. Allen (S, 10)1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Guerra 92-62, D. Jennings 17-10, C. Knebel 14-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Guerra 3-9, D. Jennings 2-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Guerra 25, D. Jennings 4, C. Knebel 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kluber 112-74, N. Ramirez 9-7, C. Allen 18-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kluber 6-7, N. Ramirez 1-1, C. Allen 1-1
      • Batters Faced - C. Kluber 27, N. Ramirez 3, C. Allen 4
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      L. Cain CF40210000.278.387.431.8183.0
      C. Yelich RF40100003.297.370.469.8391.0
      J. Aguilar 1B40000033.301.369.549.918-1.5
      T. Shaw 3B41111010.250.340.514.8545.5
      R. Braun LF40100020.229.291.408.6990.0
      J. Choi DH40100011.200.259.400.6590.5
      J. Villar 2B40000011.283.330.398.727-0.5
      M. Pina C31100010.216.279.351.6302.5
      O. Arcia SS30100000.203.242.275.5171.0
      Total342821098-----
      HITTERSAB
      L. Cain CF4
      C. Yelich RF4
      J. Aguilar 1B4
      T. Shaw 3B4
      R. Braun LF4
      J. Choi DH4
      J. Villar 2B4
      M. Pina C3
      O. Arcia SS3
      Total34
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        F. Lindor SS40000010.300.374.556.929-0.5
        M. Brantley LF40100010.322.367.548.9151.5
        J. Ramirez 3B41111011.298.395.6311.0265.5
        E. Encarnacion DH31100100.248.320.519.8404.0
        Y. Alonso 1B41100021.244.313.451.7641.0
        J. Kipnis 2B30200002.208.286.310.5953.0
        Y. Gomes C30100022.235.290.403.6930.0
        L. Chisenhall RF30120001.250.375.300.6753.0
        G. Allen CF30000012.253.306.380.686-0.5
        Total313831189-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - M. Pina (6)
          • HR - T. Shaw (14)
          • RBI - L. Cain (18), T. Shaw (37)
          BATTING
          • 2B - M. Brantley (13), E. Encarnacion (8), J. Kipnis (14)
          • HR - J. Ramirez (19)
          • RBI - J. Ramirez (42), L. Chisenhall 2 (2)
          • 2-Out RBI - J. Ramirez (16)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Villar-Arcia-Aguilar)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Ramirez-Kipnis-Alonso)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Guerra (L, 3-4)6.07331512.831.147.5
          D. Jennings1.10000203.411.314.0
          C. Knebel0.21000104.761.15-0.5
          Total8.0833181---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Guerra (L, 3-4)6.0
          D. Jennings1.1
          C. Knebel0.2
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          C. Kluber (W, 9-2)7.07110701.960.8526.5
          N. Ramirez (H, 2)1.00000105.141.573.5
          C. Allen (S, 10)1.01110113.961.168.5
          Total9.0822091---
          PITCHERSIP
          C. Kluber (W, 9-2)7.0
          N. Ramirez (H, 2)1.0
          C. Allen (S, 10)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Guerra 92-62, D. Jennings 17-10, C. Knebel 14-10
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Guerra 3-9, D. Jennings 2-0
          • Batters Faced - J. Guerra 25, D. Jennings 4, C. Knebel 3
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kluber 112-74, N. Ramirez 9-7, C. Allen 18-11
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kluber 6-7, N. Ramirez 1-1, C. Allen 1-1
          • Batters Faced - C. Kluber 27, N. Ramirez 3, C. Allen 4
          • 9TH INNING
            Shaw homered to right23
          • 3RD INNING
            Ramirez homered to right13
            Cain singled to shallow right, Pina scored, Arcia to second12
          • 2ND INNING
            Chisenhall singled to shallow center, Encarnacion and Alonso scored, Gomes to second02
          • 9TH INNING
            • Cody Allen relieved Neil Ramirez
            • T. Shaw: Ball, Strike looking, Shaw homered to right
            • R. Braun: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Braun flied out to right
            • J. Choi: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Choi grounded out to second
            • J. Villar: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Villar struck out looking
            • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Neil Ramirez relieved Corey Kluber
            • L. Cain: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Cain popped out to second
            • C. Yelich: Yelich grounded out to first
            • J. Aguilar: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Aguilar struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Jennings Pitching:
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Brantley struck out looking
            • Corey Knebel relieved Dan Jennings
            • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ramirez flied out to deep center
            • E. Encarnacion: Foul, Strike looking, Encarnacion doubled to deep left
            • Y. Alonso: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Alonso struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • C. Kluber Pitching:
            • J. Villar: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Villar grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Pina: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Pina lined out to shortstop
            • O. Arcia: Ball, Strike looking, Arcia grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Dan Jennings relieved Junior Guerra
            • L. Chisenhall: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Chisenhall grounded out to pitcher
            • G. Allen: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Allen struck out looking
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Lindor grounded out to third
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • C. Kluber Pitching:
            • J. Aguilar: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Aguilar struck out looking
            • T. Shaw: Ball, Shaw popped out to third
            • R. Braun: Ball, Foul, Braun singled to shallow center
            • J. Choi: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Choi lined out to left
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Guerra Pitching:
            • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Encarnacion lined out to right
            • Y. Alonso: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Alonso struck out swinging
            • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Foul, Kipnis singled to shallow right center
            • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gomes struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • C. Kluber Pitching:
            • M. Pina: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Pina struck out on foul tip
            • O. Arcia: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Arcia lined out to second
            • L. Cain: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Cain singled to shallow center
            • C. Yelich: Ball, Strike looking, Yelich grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Guerra Pitching:
            • G. Allen: Foul, Ball, Allen flied out to center
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Lindor struck out swinging
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Brantley doubled to deep right
            • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ramirez flied out to deep right
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • C. Kluber Pitching:
            • T. Shaw: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Shaw lined out to left
            • R. Braun: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Braun struck out swinging
            • J. Choi: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Choi reached on an infield single to second
            • J. Villar: Strike swinging, Villar grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Guerra Pitching:
            • Y. Alonso: Alonso lined out to second
            • J. Kipnis: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Kipnis doubled to right center
            • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gomes struck out swinging
            • L. Chisenhall: Strike looking, Chisenhall popped out to shortstop
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • C. Kluber Pitching:
            • J. Villar: Ball, Strike looking, Villar flied out to left
            • M. Pina: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pina doubled to left center
            • O. Arcia: Ball, Arcia reached on an infield single to shortstop, Pina to third
            • L. Cain: Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Cain singled to shallow right, Pina scored, Arcia to second
            • C. Yelich: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Yelich lined out to second
            • J. Aguilar: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Aguilar struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Guerra Pitching:
            • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Foul, Lindor lined out to second
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Brantley grounded out to second
            • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Ramirez homered to right
            • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Encarnacion flied out to deep left
            • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • C. Kluber Pitching:
            • T. Shaw: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Shaw struck out looking
            • R. Braun: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul tip, Braun struck out on foul tip
            • J. Choi: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Choi struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Guerra Pitching:
            • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Encarnacion walked
            • Y. Alonso: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Alonso singled to shallow right, Encarnacion to second
            • J. Kipnis: Foul, Kipnis lined out to right
            • Y. Gomes: Gomes singled to shallow center, Encarnacion to third, Alonso to second
            • L. Chisenhall: Ball, Chisenhall singled to shallow center, Encarnacion and Alonso scored, Gomes to second
            • G. Allen: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Allen grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Chisenhall out at second
            • End of the 2nd (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • C. Kluber Pitching:
            • L. Cain: Ball, Cain grounded out to third
            • C. Yelich: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Yelich singled to left
            • J. Aguilar: Ball, Aguilar grounded into double play third to second to first, Yelich out at second
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Guerra Pitching:
            • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Lindor lined out to right
            • M. Brantley: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Brantley grounded out to first
            • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ramirez struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)