Indians' Kluber continues dominance of Tigers, AL Central

DETROIT (AP) Eventually, a team from the AL Central will figure out a way to beat Cleveland Indians ace Corey Kluber.

Kluber continued his dominance of the division on Sunday, allowing two runs in eight innings as the Indians beat the Detroit Tigers 9-2.

The win improved Kluber (10-2) to 5-0 with a 0.76 ERA in five starts against division rivals this season, and he has won his last 11 decisions against teams from the AL Central.

''Division games are always huge, because those are the teams you are fighting for a playoff spot,'' he said. ''Obviously, winning your division is the easiest way to get in, so there's a little more riding on these games.''

Kluber allowed five hits and struck out eight without walking a batter. He has 46 strikeouts and zero walks in his last six starts.

''I'm pretty sure I had some three-ball counts today, but my focus in that situation is to execute a pitch,'' he said. ''You don't want to just throw a ball down the middle, because that's when you give up damage. You still have to make a quality pitch.''

John Hicks, who had two hits off Kluber, tried to give his teammates some hopeful advice.

''I told a couple guys that if he throws a pitch that looks like a strike, it is probably going to end up a ball, and if it looks like a ball, it will probably be a strike,'' he said. ''It's like hitting a Wiffle Ball.''

Melky Cabrera and Erik Gonzalez each drove in three runs for Cleveland, which expanded its divisional lead to five games over the Tigers.

Artie Lewicki (0-2) took the loss, allowing three runs on six hits and a walk in five innings. He struck out four in his third major-league start.

''Artie hung in there and kept us in the game, but Kluber didn't give us many chances,'' Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said.

Leonys Martin drove in two runs for Detroit, which lost a home series for the first time since April 13. The Tigers were playing their 18th game in 17 days.

''I think it is safe to say that everyone in this clubhouse is going to enjoy getting away from here for a day, because we're worn out,'' Gardenhire said. ''We went 10-8, which isn't bad, but we played so many close games that we could have been even better.''

The Indians took the lead with two runs in the second. Francisco Lindor singled, stole second and took third when Hicks' throw sailed into centerfield. Yonder Alonso followed with a ground-rule double to left-centerfield to put the Indians ahead, and he scored on Cabrera's one-out sacrifice fly.

Martin's groundout in the third brought home Hicks to make it 2-1 and end Kluber's 20-inning scoreless streak against Detroit.

Cabrera's second sacrifice fly of the game, scoring Lindor again, gave the Indians a 3-1 lead in the fourth.

The Indians loaded the bases with one out in the sixth off reliever Drew VerHagen and Gonzalez followed with a three-run double to put the Indians ahead 6-1.

''VerHagen got a little unlucky, but that was a bad pitch with the bases loaded,'' Gardenhire said. ''He needs to have a good breaking ball to be successful, and he couldn't find it today.''

Martin homered in the bottom of the sixth to make it 6-2, but that was Detroit's last run off Kluber.

''He goes out and throws strikes,'' Indians manager Terry Francona said. ''He works ahead, and when teams get contact, it isn't off the barrel.''

Cabrera drove in his third run of the game to restore Cleveland's five-run lead in the eighth. Yan Gomes followed with his eighth homer to give the Indians a 9-2 advantage.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Indians: 2B Jason Kipnis (neck) and 1B Edwin Encarnacion both took Sunday off to rest minor injuries. ... C Roberto Perez left the game after being hit in the right wrist by a sixth-inning pitch. Perez had X-rays, which were sent a specialist in Cleveland for further evaluation. ''It's a little ambiguous right now,'' Francona said.

Tigers: C James McCann was scheduled to get Sunday off after catching 12 innings Saturday night, but was also dealing with flu-like symptoms. 2B Dixon Machado would have caught if something had happened to Hicks. . RHP Zac Reininger was optioned to Triple-A Toledo after the game, but the Tigers did not announce a corresponding move. If McCann is still sick on Tuesday, Detroit will bring up C Grayson Greiner from Toledo.

UP NEXT

Indians: Cleveland travels to Chicago for a four-game series starting Monday. Lucas Giolito (4-6, 7.08) faces Cleveland's Carlos Carrasco (7-4, 4.23) in the opener.

Tigers: After Monday's day off, Detroit starts a three-game home series with the Twins. Blaine Hardy (2-1, 3.66) takes on Minnesota's Jake Odorizzi (3-3, 4.24) on Tuesday.

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DET31-36
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  • W: C. Kluber (10-2)L: A. Lewicki (0-2)
  • HR: CLE - Y. Gomes (8), DET - L. Martin (9)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
G. Allen CF50100031.241.290.356.6471.5
M. Brantley DH50000012.319.364.528.892-0.5
J. Ramirez 3B50100011.292.391.6171.0072.5
F. Lindor SS52300001.291.363.533.89610.0
Y. Alonso 1B41110101.245.319.447.7665.0
L. Chisenhall RF42300101.270.357.324.6816.0
M. Cabrera LF32230001.212.224.308.5328.0
R. Perez C21000012.130.227.208.4351.5
Y. Gomes C11121000.239.291.440.7317.0
E. Gonzalez 2B40230013.360.396.580.9766.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    L. Martin CF41121023.262.329.476.8056.0
    N. Castellanos RF40000023.321.360.496.856-1.0
    M. Cabrera 1B40000010.301.394.451.845-0.5
    J. Candelario 3B40100020.263.350.507.8570.0
    V. Martinez DH40000010.244.308.348.656-0.5
    N. Goodrum 2B30000010.232.316.428.744-0.5
    J. Hicks C31200010.284.323.439.7622.5
    J. Iglesias SS30000002.257.305.383.6880.0
    J. Jones LF30100002.220.267.378.6452.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - F. Lindor (21), Y. Alonso (9), M. Cabrera (5), E. Gonzalez 2 (6)
      • 3B - J. Ramirez
      • HR - Y. Gomes (8)
      • SF - M. Cabrera 2 (4)
      • RBI - Y. Alonso (36), M. Cabrera 3 (11), Y. Gomes 2 (16), E. Gonzalez 3 (12)
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Jones (13)
      • HR - L. Martin (9)
      • RBI - L. Martin 2 (24)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - G. Allen (4), F. Lindor 2 (8)
      FIELDING
      • E - J. Ramirez (3)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - L. Martin 2 (6)
      • DP - (Martin-Candelario)
      • E - M. Cabrera, N. Castellanos (2), J. Hicks (5)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Kluber (W, 10-2)8.05220811.990.8331.0
      J. Tomlin1.00000207.231.534.0
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Kluber (W, 10-2)8.0
      J. Tomlin1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Lewicki (L, 0-2)5.06331404.181.612.0
      D. VerHagen2.04330209.771.660.0
      Z. Reininger1.043301110.292.14-3.5
      B. Farmer1.00001005.931.812.0
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Lewicki (L, 0-2)5.0
      D. VerHagen2.0
      Z. Reininger1.0
      B. Farmer1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kluber 106-76, J. Tomlin 9-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kluber 10-6, J. Tomlin 1-0
      • Batters Faced - C. Kluber 29, J. Tomlin 3
      PITCHING
      • HBP - D. VerHagen
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Lewicki 78-53, D. VerHagen 37-24, Z. Reininger 27-16, B. Farmer 28-15
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Lewicki 5-6, D. VerHagen 1-2, Z. Reininger 1-1
      • Batters Faced - A. Lewicki 22, D. VerHagen 10, Z. Reininger 7, B. Farmer 4
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      CLE34-29
      0201030309141
      DET31-36
      001001000253
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      G. Allen CF50100031.241.290.356.6471.5
      M. Brantley DH50000012.319.364.528.892-0.5
      J. Ramirez 3B50100011.292.391.6171.0072.5
      F. Lindor SS52300001.291.363.533.89610.0
      Y. Alonso 1B41110101.245.319.447.7665.0
      L. Chisenhall RF42300101.270.357.324.6816.0
      M. Cabrera LF32230001.212.224.308.5328.0
      R. Perez C21000012.130.227.208.4351.5
      Y. Gomes C11121000.239.291.440.7317.0
      E. Gonzalez 2B40230013.360.396.580.9766.5
      Total38914912713-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        L. Martin CF41121023.262.329.476.8056.0
        N. Castellanos RF40000023.321.360.496.856-1.0
        M. Cabrera 1B40000010.301.394.451.845-0.5
        J. Candelario 3B40100020.263.350.507.8570.0
        V. Martinez DH40000010.244.308.348.656-0.5
        N. Goodrum 2B30000010.232.316.428.744-0.5
        J. Hicks C31200010.284.323.439.7622.5
        J. Iglesias SS30000002.257.305.383.6880.0
        J. Jones LF30100002.220.267.378.6452.0
        Total32252101010-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - F. Lindor (21), Y. Alonso (9), M. Cabrera (5), E. Gonzalez 2 (6)
          • 3B - J. Ramirez
          • HR - Y. Gomes (8)
          • SF - M. Cabrera 2 (4)
          • RBI - Y. Alonso (36), M. Cabrera 3 (11), Y. Gomes 2 (16), E. Gonzalez 3 (12)
          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Jones (13)
          • HR - L. Martin (9)
          • RBI - L. Martin 2 (24)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - G. Allen (4), F. Lindor 2 (8)
          FIELDING
          • E - J. Ramirez (3)
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - L. Martin 2 (6)
          • DP - (Martin-Candelario)
          • E - M. Cabrera, N. Castellanos (2), J. Hicks (5)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          C. Kluber (W, 10-2)8.05220811.990.8331.0
          J. Tomlin1.00000207.231.534.0
          Total9.05220101---
          PITCHERSIP
          C. Kluber (W, 10-2)8.0
          J. Tomlin1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          A. Lewicki (L, 0-2)5.06331404.181.612.0
          D. VerHagen2.04330209.771.660.0
          Z. Reininger1.043301110.292.14-3.5
          B. Farmer1.00001005.931.812.0
          Total9.01499271---
          PITCHERSIP
          A. Lewicki (L, 0-2)5.0
          D. VerHagen2.0
          Z. Reininger1.0
          B. Farmer1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kluber 106-76, J. Tomlin 9-7
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kluber 10-6, J. Tomlin 1-0
          • Batters Faced - C. Kluber 29, J. Tomlin 3
          PITCHING
          • HBP - D. VerHagen
          • Pitches-Strikes - A. Lewicki 78-53, D. VerHagen 37-24, Z. Reininger 27-16, B. Farmer 28-15
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Lewicki 5-6, D. VerHagen 1-2, Z. Reininger 1-1
          • Batters Faced - A. Lewicki 22, D. VerHagen 10, Z. Reininger 7, B. Farmer 4
          • 8TH INNING
            Gomes homered to center, Cabrera scored92
            Cabrera singled to deep right, Chisenhall scored72
          • 6TH INNING
            Martin homered to right62
            Gonzalez doubled to deep center, Chisenhall, Cabrera and Perez scored, Gonzalez out at third61
          • 4TH INNING
            Cabrera hit sacrifice fly to center, Lindor scored31
          • 3RD INNING
            Martin grounded out to second, Hicks scored, Jones to third21
          • 2ND INNING
            Cabrera hit sacrifice fly to center, Alonso scored20
            Alonso doubled to left center, Lindor scored10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Buck Farmer relieved Zac Reininger
            • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Lindor flied out to left
            • Y. Alonso: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Alonso popped out to second
            • L. Chisenhall: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Chisenhall walked
            • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Cabrera fouled out to third
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Josh Tomlin relieved Corey Kluber
            • M. Cabrera: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
            • J. Candelario: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Candelario struck out looking
            • V. Martinez: Martinez grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Zac Reininger relieved Drew VerHagen
            • L. Chisenhall: Strike looking, Ball, Chisenhall singled to right, Chisenhall to second on right fielder Castellanos fielding error
            • M. Cabrera: Foul, Ball, Cabrera singled to deep right, Chisenhall scored
            • Y. Gomes: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Gomes homered to center, Cabrera scored
            • E. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Gonzalez doubled to shallow left
            • G. Allen: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Allen struck out looking
            • M. Brantley: Foul, Ball, Ball, Brantley flied out to left
            • J. Ramirez: Ball, Strike looking, Ramirez grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 8th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 1 Error)
            • C. Kluber Pitching:
            • J. Hicks: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Hicks singled to right
            • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Ball, Iglesias safe at first on 3rd baseman Ramirez fielding error, Hicks to second
            • J. Jones: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Jones grounded out to second, Hicks to third, Iglesias to second
            • L. Martin: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Martin struck out looking
            • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Castellanos flied out to deep left
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
          • 7TH INNING
            • D. VerHagen Pitching:
            • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Brantley struck out on foul tip
            • J. Ramirez: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ramirez flied out to deep right
            • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Lindor doubled to deep right center
            • Y. Alonso: Strike looking, Alonso flied out to deep left
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • C. Kluber Pitching:
            • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Candelario struck out looking
            • V. Martinez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Martinez grounded out to second
            • N. Goodrum: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Goodrum struck out swinging
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • Drew VerHagen relieved Artie Lewicki
            • Y. Alonso: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Alonso grounded out to first
            • L. Chisenhall: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Chisenhall singled to right center
            • M. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Cabrera doubled to shallow left, Chisenhall to third
            • R. Perez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Perez hit by pitch
            • E. Gonzalez: Foul, Ball, Gonzalez doubled to deep center, Chisenhall, Cabrera and Perez scored, Gonzalez out at third
            • G. Allen: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Allen struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 6th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Yan Gomes catching
            • J. Jones: Jones grounded out to shortstop
            • L. Martin: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Martin homered to right
            • N. Castellanos: Castellanos grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Foul, Cabrera grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • A. Lewicki Pitching:
            • G. Allen: Allen singled to right
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Allen stole second, Foul, Brantley flied into double play center to third, Allen out at third
            • J. Ramirez: Ball, Strike looking, Ramirez tripled to deep right center
            • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Lindor flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Kluber Pitching:
            • N. Goodrum: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Goodrum grounded out to first
            • J. Hicks: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Hicks struck out looking
            • J. Iglesias: Iglesias flied out to deep left
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • A. Lewicki Pitching:
            • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ramirez struck out looking
            • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Lindor singled to center
            • Y. Alonso: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Lindor stole second, Ball, Alonso walked
            • L. Chisenhall: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Chisenhall singled to left center, Lindor to third, Alonso to second
            • M. Cabrera: Cabrera hit sacrifice fly to center, Lindor scored
            • R. Perez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Perez safe at first on 1st baseman Cabrera fielding error, Alonso to third, Chisenhall to second
            • E. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Gonzalez grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
            • C. Kluber Pitching:
            • M. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Foul, Cabrera grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Candelario: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Candelario singled to shallow left, Candelario out at second
            • V. Martinez: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Martinez struck out looking
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • A. Lewicki Pitching:
            • E. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
            • G. Allen: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Allen fouled out to third
            • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Brantley fouled out to first
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Kluber Pitching:
            • J. Hicks: Strike looking, Hicks singled to right
            • J. Iglesias: Ball, Strike looking, Iglesias flied out to center
            • J. Jones: Strike looking, Jones doubled to deep right, Hicks to third
            • L. Martin: Foul, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Martin grounded out to second, Hicks scored, Jones to third
            • N. Castellanos: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Castellanos struck out looking
            • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • A. Lewicki Pitching:
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Strike looking, Lindor singled to right
            • Y. Alonso: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Lindor to third on catcher Hicks fielding error, Lindor stole second, Lindor to third on catcher Hicks fielding error, Foul, Alonso doubled to left center, Lindor scored
            • L. Chisenhall: Chisenhall grounded out to second, Alonso to third
            • M. Cabrera: Foul, Foul, Cabrera hit sacrifice fly to center, Alonso scored
            • R. Perez: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Perez struck out on foul tip
            • Middle of the 2nd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
            • C. Kluber Pitching:
            • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Candelario lined out to second
            • V. Martinez: Ball, Strike looking, Martinez flied out to center
            • N. Goodrum: Strike looking, Goodrum flied out to deep left
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • A. Lewicki Pitching:
            • G. Allen: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Allen struck out swinging
            • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Foul, Brantley grounded out to second
            • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ramirez grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Kluber Pitching:
            • L. Martin: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Martin struck out looking
            • N. Castellanos: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Castellanos struck out swinging
            • M. Cabrera: Cabrera grounded out to second
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)