Kluber looks 'human' as Twins beat Cy Young winner 6-3

CLEVELAND (AP) Corey Kluber doesn't often appear hittable, beatable or unremarkable.

It's a baseball rarity, like a triple play.

On Friday night, it happened.

Kluber had a rare rocky performance, lasting just five innings and losing for the first time in seven starts as Kyle Gibson outpitched the Cy Young winner and Brian Dozier hit a two-run homer off him to lead the Minnesota Twins to a 6-3 win over the Cleveland Indians.

''I guess he proved he's human,'' Indians manager Terry Francona said. ''He doesn't look like it very often.''

Kluber (10-3) allowed a homer on his fourth pitch of the game to Eddie Rosario and was pulled after throwing just 65 pitches by Francona, who wants to preserve his ace for bigger games ahead.

''If we want to get where we want to go, he's going to have a major part in that,'' Francona said.

It was the shortest outing this season for the All-Star, who came in 5-0 with a 0.76 ERA against AL Central teams and was riding several other impressive streaks.

Kluber didn't offer any excuses and understood Francona's rationale for lifting him.

''Just out of whack a little bit mechanically,'' Kluber said. ''Obviously didn't make good pitches to a few guys. Made some mistakes and they took advantage of it.''

Gibson (2-4) limited the Indians to one run and three hits in seven innings and got his first win since his season debut on March 31.

Yan Gomes homered in the ninth and the Indians closed to 6-3 before closer Fernando Rodney struck out Francisco Lindor with one on for his 15th save.

The Twins came into the series struggling at the plate and figured to be in for a tough time against Kluber, who has been as dominant this season as any stretch of his career and was seeking to become baseball's first 11-game winner.

Kluber, though, wasn't Kluber.

With Joe Mauer returning from the disabled list after missing 25 games with a strained neck and concussion-like symptoms, Minnesota manager Paul Molitor dropped Dozier from the leadoff spot to No. 5 and the second baseman responded with his two-run homer in the fourth and three RBIs.

Minnesota's plan was to be aggressive against Kluber and it worked.

''He's not really a guy where anybody's too comfortable getting behind or hitting with two strikes,'' Molitor said. ''A lot of our damage was aggressive at-bats, Rosie first pitch and Doz I think maybe second pitch of his at-bat, so we were trying to get after him a little bit.''

Dozier put the Twins ahead 4-0 in the fourth, when Kluber allowed his first walk in seven starts.

After Rosario doubled, Kluber threw four balls to Eduardo Escobar, snapping his string without a walk at 46 1/3 innings - the longest for a Cleveland pitcher in 11 years. Rosario then scored when Lindor's return throw to first after a force out nearly went into Minnesota's dugout.

Dozier followed by snapping an 0-for-20 slump with his 10th homer, a shot that put Kluber in an unfamiliar hole. The steady-and-stoic star had not given up more than three runs in a game since Aug. 3, a span of 27 starts and testament to his consistency.

ERROR PRONE

Lindor had two more errors, giving the Indians All-Star shortstop 10 this season, tying his total from 2017.

Francona isn't concerned about it becoming a lasting trend.

''Shoot, he's so good,'' Francona said. ''We forget how young he is sometimes, because he's so good. If that's the worst thing we can come up with, he's pretty good. ''

SIDELINED

The Indians were without starting first baseman Yonder Alonso, who was placed on the family-medical-emergency list and will miss at least this series.

CLEVELAND ROCKS

A trip to Progressive Field may have helped Dozier snap out of his funk. His homer was the 14th of his career at the ballpark, his most in any visiting stadium. Dozier has reached base in each of his last 19 games in Cleveland, batting .316 (24 for 76) with eight homers and 19 RBIs.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Twins: OF Byron Buxton (toe fracture) is working out with the team and could begin a minor league rehab assignment in a few days. He was injured May 29 and placed on the disabled list the following day.

Indians: There's still no definitive plan with All-Star LHP Andrew Miller, who has been out since May 24 with right knee inflammation. Francona said the team is taking a ''long-term'' approach with the elite reliever, who has been on the DL twice this season. ''When we get him back, we want to keep him back,'' Francona said.

UP NEXT

Indians RHP Carlos Carrasco shut out Chicago with 11 strikeouts in seven innings in his last outing. He'll make his third start this season against the Twins, who will counter with Fernando Romero.

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CLE36-32
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  • W: K. Gibson (2-4)L: C. Kluber (10-3)S: F. Rodney (15)
  • HR: MIN - B. Dozier (10), E. Rosario (15), CLE - Y. Gomes (9)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Mauer 1B40000000.275.394.345.7390.0
E. Rosario LF42211000.313.350.565.9159.0
E. Escobar 3B31100120.291.342.561.9042.0
L. Morrison DH42100001.188.293.337.6303.0
B. Dozier 2B41131001.230.308.406.7148.0
M. Kepler RF40000002.225.319.405.7250.0
M. Garver C40000011.228.301.341.643-0.5
E. Adrianza SS30100000.252.312.413.7251.0
R. LaMarre CF30000011.244.290.291.581-0.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    F. Lindor SS50000012.290.361.530.891-0.5
    M. Brantley LF30000100.318.362.524.8861.0
    J. Ramirez 3B31100101.292.385.608.9933.0
    E. Encarnacion DH40000022.231.304.476.780-1.0
    J. Kipnis 2B30000100.197.274.301.5761.0
    Y. Gomes C41221010.246.309.462.7707.5
    L. Chisenhall RF20100112.319.396.383.7791.5
    a- B. Guyer PH10000000.155.253.321.5740.0
    T. Naquin CF30100001.333.366.449.8151.0
    b- R. Davis PH11100000.229.287.286.5732.0
    E. Gonzalez 1B40110003.328.369.525.8943.0
    • a-grounded out for Chisenhall in the 9th
    • b-singled for Naquin in the 9th
    BATTING
    • 2B - E. Rosario (19)
    • HR - E. Rosario (15), B. Dozier (10)
    • RBI - E. Rosario (44), B. Dozier 3 (29)
    BATTING
    • 2B - E. Gonzalez (7)
    • HR - Y. Gomes (9)
    • RBI - Y. Gomes 2 (21), E. Gonzalez (13)
    • 2-Out RBI - Y. Gomes (7), E. Gonzalez (5)
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - M. Kepler (4)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Lindor-Kipnis-Gonzalez)
    • E - F. Lindor 2 (10)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    K. Gibson (W, 2-4)7.03114303.271.1724.5
    T. Hildenberger1.01000102.341.012.5
    T. Rogers0.23220015.131.37-5.0
    F. Rodney (S, 15)0.10000103.091.247.5
    PITCHERSIP
    K. Gibson (W, 2-4)7.0
    T. Hildenberger1.0
    T. Rogers0.2
    F. Rodney (S, 15)0.1
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Kluber (L, 10-3)5.04441322.240.842.5
    T. Olson0.12210006.351.47-3.0
    D. Otero1.20000006.081.183.0
    J. Tomlin2.00000106.811.446.5
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Kluber (L, 10-3)5.0
    T. Olson0.1
    D. Otero1.2
    J. Tomlin2.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - K. Gibson 103-63, T. Hildenberger 15-9, T. Rogers 19-13, F. Rodney 5-3
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Gibson 9-9, T. Rogers 1-1
    • Batters Faced - K. Gibson 28, T. Hildenberger 3, T. Rogers 5, F. Rodney
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kluber 65-41, T. Olson 12-9, D. Otero 20-14, J. Tomlin 29-17
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kluber 7-4, D. Otero 5-1, J. Tomlin 1-4
    • Batters Faced - C. Kluber 19, T. Olson 3, D. Otero 6, J. Tomlin 6
    • Balks - D. Otero
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    MIN30-36
    100302000660
    CLE36-32
    000001002372
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Mauer 1B40000000.275.394.345.7390.0
    E. Rosario LF42211000.313.350.565.9159.0
    E. Escobar 3B31100120.291.342.561.9042.0
    L. Morrison DH42100001.188.293.337.6303.0
    B. Dozier 2B41131001.230.308.406.7148.0
    M. Kepler RF40000002.225.319.405.7250.0
    M. Garver C40000011.228.301.341.643-0.5
    E. Adrianza SS30100000.252.312.413.7251.0
    R. LaMarre CF30000011.244.290.291.581-0.5
    Total336642146-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      F. Lindor SS50000012.290.361.530.891-0.5
      M. Brantley LF30000100.318.362.524.8861.0
      J. Ramirez 3B31100101.292.385.608.9933.0
      E. Encarnacion DH40000022.231.304.476.780-1.0
      J. Kipnis 2B30000100.197.274.301.5761.0
      Y. Gomes C41221010.246.309.462.7707.5
      L. Chisenhall RF20100112.319.396.383.7791.5
      a- B. Guyer PH10000000.155.253.321.5740.0
      T. Naquin CF30100001.333.366.449.8151.0
      b- R. Davis PH11100000.229.287.286.5732.0
      E. Gonzalez 1B40110003.328.369.525.8943.0
      Total3337314511-----
      • a-grounded out for Chisenhall in the 9th
      • b-singled for Naquin in the 9th
      BATTING
      • 2B - E. Rosario (19)
      • HR - E. Rosario (15), B. Dozier (10)
      • RBI - E. Rosario (44), B. Dozier 3 (29)
      BATTING
      • 2B - E. Gonzalez (7)
      • HR - Y. Gomes (9)
      • RBI - Y. Gomes 2 (21), E. Gonzalez (13)
      • 2-Out RBI - Y. Gomes (7), E. Gonzalez (5)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - M. Kepler (4)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Lindor-Kipnis-Gonzalez)
      • E - F. Lindor 2 (10)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      K. Gibson (W, 2-4)7.03114303.271.1724.5
      T. Hildenberger1.01000102.341.012.5
      T. Rogers0.23220015.131.37-5.0
      F. Rodney (S, 15)0.10000103.091.247.5
      Total9.0733451---
      PITCHERSIP
      K. Gibson (W, 2-4)7.0
      T. Hildenberger1.0
      T. Rogers0.2
      F. Rodney (S, 15)0.1
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Kluber (L, 10-3)5.04441322.240.842.5
      T. Olson0.12210006.351.47-3.0
      D. Otero1.20000006.081.183.0
      J. Tomlin2.00000106.811.446.5
      Total9.0665142---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Kluber (L, 10-3)5.0
      T. Olson0.1
      D. Otero1.2
      J. Tomlin2.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - K. Gibson 103-63, T. Hildenberger 15-9, T. Rogers 19-13, F. Rodney 5-3
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Gibson 9-9, T. Rogers 1-1
      • Batters Faced - K. Gibson 28, T. Hildenberger 3, T. Rogers 5, F. Rodney
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kluber 65-41, T. Olson 12-9, D. Otero 20-14, J. Tomlin 29-17
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kluber 7-4, D. Otero 5-1, J. Tomlin 1-4
      • Batters Faced - C. Kluber 19, T. Olson 3, D. Otero 6, J. Tomlin 6
      • Balks - D. Otero
      • 9TH INNING
        Gonzalez doubled to deep right, Davis scored63
        Gomes homered to center62
      • 6TH INNING
        Gomes singled to shallow center, Ramirez scored, Kipnis to second61
        Morrison scored, Dozier to third on balk60
        Dozier reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Escobar scored, Morrison to second on shortstop Lindor fielding error50
      • 4TH INNING
        Dozier homered to left center, Morrison scored40
        Morrison reached on fielder's choice to first, Rosario scored, Escobar out at second on shortstop Lindor fielding error20
      • 1ST INNING
        Rosario homered to right center10
      • 9TH INNING
        • J. Tomlin Pitching:
        • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Dozier grounded out to third
        • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Kepler flied out to left
        • M. Garver: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Garver fouled out to first
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Taylor Rogers relieved Trevor Hildenberger
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Kipnis flied out to deep left
        • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Gomes homered to center
        • Brandon Guyer hit for Lonnie Chisenhall
        • B. Guyer: Ball, Ball, Guyer grounded out to third
        • Rajai Davis hit for Tyler Naquin
        • R. Davis: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Davis reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • E. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Gonzalez doubled to deep right, Davis scored
        • Fernando Rodney relieved Taylor Rogers
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Lindor struck out swinging
        • End of the 9th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Josh Tomlin relieved Dan Otero
        • E. Rosario: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Rosario popped out to shortstop
        • E. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Escobar struck out swinging
        • L. Morrison: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Morrison lined out to second
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Trevor Hildenberger relieved Kyle Gibson
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Brantley lined out to right
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ramirez singled to right, Ramirez out at second
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Encarnacion struck out looking
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • D. Otero Pitching:
        • E. Adrianza: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Adrianza grounded out to second
        • R. LaMarre: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, LaMarre lined out to second
        • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Mauer grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • T. Naquin: Ball, Naquin lined out to right
        • E. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Gonzalez grounded out to pitcher
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Lindor fouled out to third
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Tyler Olson relieved Corey Kluber
        • E. Rosario: Ball, Rosario lined out to shortstop
        • E. Escobar: Strike looking, Escobar singled to center
        • L. Morrison: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Morrison singled to shallow center, Escobar to third
        • Dan Otero relieved Tyler Olson
        • B. Dozier: Ball, Dozier reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Escobar scored, Morrison to second on shortstop Lindor fielding error
        • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Ball, Kepler grounded out to second, Morrison to third, Dozier to second
        • M. Garver: Strike looking, Morrison scored, Dozier to third on balk, Ball, Strike looking, Garver grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 6th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Brantley flied out to shallow right
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ramirez walked
        • E. Encarnacion: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Encarnacion grounded out to first, Ramirez to second
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Kipnis walked
        • Y. Gomes: Gomes singled to shallow center, Ramirez scored, Kipnis to second
        • L. Chisenhall: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Chisenhall struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • E. Adrianza: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Adrianza lined out to left
        • R. LaMarre: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, LaMarre struck out swinging
        • J. Mauer: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Mauer grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • L. Chisenhall: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Chisenhall walked
        • T. Naquin: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Naquin reached on fielder's choice to second, Chisenhall out at second
        • E. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Gonzalez grounded out to second, Naquin to second
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Strike swinging, Lindor grounded out to second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • E. Rosario: Strike looking, Rosario doubled to right
        • E. Escobar: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Escobar walked
        • L. Morrison: Ball, Morrison reached on fielder's choice to first, Rosario scored, Escobar out at second on shortstop Lindor fielding error
        • B. Dozier: Ball, Dozier homered to left center, Morrison scored
        • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Foul, Kepler flied out to shallow right
        • M. Garver: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Garver struck out looking
        • Middle of the 4th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Encarnacion struck out looking
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Kipnis flied out to center
        • Y. Gomes: Ball, Gomes flied out to shallow left
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • E. Adrianza: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Adrianza singled to shallow center
        • R. LaMarre: Strike swinging, LaMarre grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Adrianza out at second
        • J. Mauer: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Mauer grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Lindor grounded out to second
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Brantley lined out to center
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ramirez grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Dozier lined out to center
        • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Ball, Kepler grounded out to first
        • M. Garver: Ball, Garver popped out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • J. Kipnis: Foul, Ball, Kipnis grounded out to first
        • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Gomes struck out looking
        • L. Chisenhall: Ball, Chisenhall singled to shallow center
        • T. Naquin: Ball, Ball, Naquin singled to shallow left, Chisenhall to second
        • E. Gonzalez: Strike swinging, Gonzalez lined out to shortstop
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Ball, Mauer grounded out to first
        • E. Rosario: Rosario homered to right center
        • E. Escobar: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Escobar struck out on foul tip
        • L. Morrison: Ball, Morrison grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Lindor grounded out to second
        • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Brantley walked
        • J. Ramirez: Foul, Ramirez lined out to right
        • E. Encarnacion: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Encarnacion popped out to third
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)