Kluber is first to 11 wins, Indians rout White Sox 12-0

CLEVELAND (AP) Corey Kluber shut down the White Sox and became the first pitcher with 11 wins this season. So what else is new for the reigning AL Cy Young winner?

Kluber allowed one hit over seven dominant innings and retired his final 14 batters Wednesday as the Cleveland Indians routed Chicago 12-0. The right-hander struck out seven and issued a lone walk in his latest masterpiece.

''Every five days, you try to come up with maybe something different to say about him, but my goodness,'' Indians manager Terry Francona said. ''His level of consistency is so high that, man, it's just fun to watch. And it's nice.''

Jose Ramirez and Jason Kipnis hit three-run homers for Cleveland, which swept the three-game series by a 24-5 margin. The Indians have won 17 of their last 21 games against the White Sox at Progressive Field, including all six this season.

Kluber (11-3) only permitted a second-inning single past third base by Omar Narvaez and a third-inning walk to Charlie Tilson, throwing 96 pitches before giving way to George Kontos to begin the eighth. Josh Tomlin surrendered a double to Jose Abreu in the ninth before completing the combined two-hitter.

''Hopefully in the long run, there will be a benefit to not throwing as many pitches as I usually do,'' said Kluber, who now has one more victory than Washington's Max Scherzer and the Yankees' Luis Severino. ''When the game is sort of out of hand like that, if (Francona) has the opportunity to save me a couple bullets, then why not?''

Yonder Alonso added three hits and Yan Gomes doubled twice as the Indians chased White Sox righty Reynaldo Lopez (2-5) after 4 1/3 innings. Lopez gave up five runs, four earned, and is 0-3 with an 8.31 ERA in three career starts against Cleveland.

The Indians tacked on six runs in the sixth against Bruce Rondon to extend their lead to 11-0, including a two-run double by Edwin Encarnacion and Kipnis' three-run shot.

''We're making it really tough for opposing pitchers, which always leads to good things,'' Alonso said. ''We understand that Corey is going to do his thing and keep us in every ballgame, so we just have to be an offensive force for him.''

The White Sox matched their longest losing streak of 2018 at seven and fell to a season-low 25 games under .500. Manager Rick Renteria was ejected by home plate umpire Will Little in the sixth for arguing a strikeout.

''He should have ejected me,'' Renteria said. ''He was actually pretty kind. I was calm. I was trying not to get too crazy. I just wanted to go talk to him. It was not a very confrontational exchange.''

Ramirez put Cleveland ahead 3-0 in the first with his team-high 22nd home run, extending his on-base streak to a career-high 28 games. He also scored three times and stole a base.

Brantley was caught stealing in the third, ending Cleveland's franchise-record run of 23 successful stolen base attempts dating back to May 23.

NOT MILLER TIME

Indians president Chris Antonetti said LHP Andrew Miller (right knee inflammation) is throwing bullpen sessions, but not ready to go on a minor league rehab assignment.

''He has to go through a progression to get back to game activity, and he's not there yet,'' Antonetti said.

Miller is 1-3 with one save and a 4.40 ERA in 17 appearances. The two-time All-Star has been on the disabled list since May 26.

TRAINER'S ROOM

White Sox: OF Avisail Garcia (right hamstring strain) could be activated Thursday. He is hitting .333 with two homers and seven RBIs during a six-game rehab stint with Triple-A Charlotte.

Indians: OF Lonnie Chisenhall (bilateral calf soreness) was a late scratch. He was sidelined with a strained right calf from April 8-June 5 and missed six weeks in 2017 with a similar injury.

UP NEXT

White Sox RHP Lucas Giolito (4-7, 7.19 ERA) takes on Athletics RHP Chris Bassitt (0-2, 2.45 ERA) in the opener of a four-game series Thursday in Chicago.

Indians RHP Shane Bieber (1-0, 3.97 ERA) faces Tigers RHP Mike Fiers (5-3, 4.09 ERA) as Cleveland continues its nine-game homestand Friday.

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  • W: C. Kluber (11-3)L: R. Lopez (2-5)
  • HR: CLE - J. Kipnis (6), J. Ramirez (22)
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D. Palka RF40000012.244.289.449.738-0.5
M. Davidson DH40000022.231.345.482.827-1.0
O. Narvaez C20100100.222.306.324.6302.0
T. Anderson SS30000022.230.297.409.706-1.0
C. Tilson LF10000210.276.325.316.6410.5
A. Engel CF20000000.204.264.288.5520.0
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  • a-struck out for Engel in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
F. Lindor SS22000311.288.366.525.8916.5
M. Brantley LF41000116.315.359.512.8710.5
B. Guyer PR-LF00000000.161.263.322.5840.0
J. Ramirez 3B23131201.291.391.6111.00214.0
E. Gonzalez 3B10100000.300.338.471.8091.0
E. Encarnacion DH51220013.230.305.460.7655.5
Y. Alonso 1B42310111.251.324.443.7677.5
J. Kipnis 2B51131003.208.282.328.6118.0
Y. Gomes C41200111.254.322.470.7925.5
T. Naquin RF50010024.315.340.427.7670.0
R. Davis CF41210011.233.290.283.5736.5
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Abreu (27)
    BATTING
    • 2B - E. Encarnacion (9), Y. Alonso (12), Y. Gomes 2 (13)
    • HR - J. Ramirez (22), J. Kipnis (6)
    • RBI - J. Ramirez 3 (50), E. Encarnacion 2 (44), Y. Alonso (39), J. Kipnis 3 (30), T. Naquin (14), R. Davis (5)
    • 2-Out RBI - R. Davis
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - C. Tilson (3)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - F. Lindor (10), J. Ramirez (10), R. Davis (14)
    • CS - M. Brantley (3)
    FIELDING
    • E - Y. Moncada (9)
    FIELDING
    • E - E. Gonzalez (4)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    R. Lopez (L, 2-5)4.16544613.591.29-4.0
    L. Avilan0.20001003.001.48-1.0
    B. Rondon1.03663116.751.88-8.5
    J. Minaya1.01000105.192.082.5
    H. Santiago1.02110004.781.610.0
    PITCHERSIP
    R. Lopez (L, 2-5)4.1
    L. Avilan0.2
    B. Rondon1.0
    J. Minaya1.0
    H. Santiago1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Kluber (W, 11-3)7.01001702.100.8132.5
    G. Kontos1.00002304.791.452.5
    J. Tomlin1.01000006.641.432.0
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Kluber (W, 11-3)7.0
    G. Kontos1.0
    J. Tomlin1.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - B. Rondon 2 (5)
    • IBB - L. Avilan (2), B. Rondon (2)
    • HBP - J. Minaya
    • Pitches-Strikes - R. Lopez 97-58, L. Avilan 6-4, B. Rondon 35-18, J. Minaya 19-12, H. Santiago 19-11
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Lopez 2-5, L. Avilan 1-1, B. Rondon 2-0, J. Minaya 2-0, H. Santiago 1-2
    • Batters Faced - R. Lopez 23, L. Avilan 3, B. Rondon 9, J. Minaya 5, H. Santiago 5
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kluber 96-65, G. Kontos 22-12, J. Tomlin 12-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kluber 7-6, J. Tomlin 1-3
    • Batters Faced - C. Kluber 22, G. Kontos 5, J. Tomlin 5
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    Y. Moncada 2B30000020.227.300.404.704-1.0
    J. Rondon 2B10000000.245.288.490.7780.0
    Y. Sanchez 3B40000011.256.306.402.708-0.5
    J. Abreu 1B40100000.281.334.495.8292.0
    D. Palka RF40000012.244.289.449.738-0.5
    M. Davidson DH40000022.231.345.482.827-1.0
    O. Narvaez C20100100.222.306.324.6302.0
    T. Anderson SS30000022.230.297.409.706-1.0
    C. Tilson LF10000210.276.325.316.6410.5
    A. Engel CF20000000.204.264.288.5520.0
    a- T. Thompson PH-CF10000012.117.162.211.373-0.5
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    • a-struck out for Engel in the 8th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    F. Lindor SS22000311.288.366.525.8916.5
    M. Brantley LF41000116.315.359.512.8710.5
    B. Guyer PR-LF00000000.161.263.322.5840.0
    J. Ramirez 3B23131201.291.391.6111.00214.0
    E. Gonzalez 3B10100000.300.338.471.8091.0
    E. Encarnacion DH51220013.230.305.460.7655.5
    Y. Alonso 1B42310111.251.324.443.7677.5
    J. Kipnis 2B51131003.208.282.328.6118.0
    Y. Gomes C41200111.254.322.470.7925.5
    T. Naquin RF50010024.315.340.427.7670.0
    R. Davis CF41210011.233.290.283.5736.5
    Total3612121128821-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Abreu (27)
      BATTING
      • 2B - E. Encarnacion (9), Y. Alonso (12), Y. Gomes 2 (13)
      • HR - J. Ramirez (22), J. Kipnis (6)
      • RBI - J. Ramirez 3 (50), E. Encarnacion 2 (44), Y. Alonso (39), J. Kipnis 3 (30), T. Naquin (14), R. Davis (5)
      • 2-Out RBI - R. Davis
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - C. Tilson (3)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - F. Lindor (10), J. Ramirez (10), R. Davis (14)
      • CS - M. Brantley (3)
      FIELDING
      • E - Y. Moncada (9)
      FIELDING
      • E - E. Gonzalez (4)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      R. Lopez (L, 2-5)4.16544613.591.29-4.0
      L. Avilan0.20001003.001.48-1.0
      B. Rondon1.03663116.751.88-8.5
      J. Minaya1.01000105.192.082.5
      H. Santiago1.02110004.781.610.0
      Total8.0121211882---
      PITCHERSIP
      R. Lopez (L, 2-5)4.1
      L. Avilan0.2
      B. Rondon1.0
      J. Minaya1.0
      H. Santiago1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Kluber (W, 11-3)7.01001702.100.8132.5
      G. Kontos1.00002304.791.452.5
      J. Tomlin1.01000006.641.432.0
      Total9.02003100---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Kluber (W, 11-3)7.0
      G. Kontos1.0
      J. Tomlin1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - B. Rondon 2 (5)
      • IBB - L. Avilan (2), B. Rondon (2)
      • HBP - J. Minaya
      • Pitches-Strikes - R. Lopez 97-58, L. Avilan 6-4, B. Rondon 35-18, J. Minaya 19-12, H. Santiago 19-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Lopez 2-5, L. Avilan 1-1, B. Rondon 2-0, J. Minaya 2-0, H. Santiago 1-2
      • Batters Faced - R. Lopez 23, L. Avilan 3, B. Rondon 9, J. Minaya 5, H. Santiago 5
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kluber 96-65, G. Kontos 22-12, J. Tomlin 12-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kluber 7-6, J. Tomlin 1-3
      • Batters Faced - C. Kluber 22, G. Kontos 5, J. Tomlin 5
      • 8TH INNING
        Naquin grounded out to third, Alonso scored012
      • 6TH INNING
        Kipnis homered to right center, Encarnacion and Alonso scored011
        Ramirez scored on wild pitch08
        Encarnacion doubled to deep left, Davis and Lindor scored, Ramirez to third07
      • 5TH INNING
        Alonso doubled to deep right, Ramirez scored05
      • 4TH INNING
        Davis singled to left, Gomes scored04
      • 1ST INNING
        Ramirez homered to center, Lindor and Brantley scored03
      • 9TH INNING
        • Josh Tomlin relieved George Kontos
        • J. Rondon: Strike looking, Rondon safe at first on 3rd baseman Gonzalez fielding error
        • Y. Sanchez: Sanchez lined out to center
        • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Abreu doubled to center, Rondon to third
        • D. Palka: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Palka flied out to left
        • M. Davidson: Davidson flied out to center
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
      • 8TH INNING
        • George Kontos relieved Corey Kluber
        • M. Davidson: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul tip, Davidson struck out on foul tip
        • O. Narvaez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Narvaez walked
        • T. Anderson: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Anderson struck out looking
        • C. Tilson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Tilson walked, Narvaez to second
        • Trayce Thompson hit for Adam Engel
        • T. Thompson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul tip, Thompson struck out on foul tip
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Jose Rondon at second base
        • Hector Santiago relieved Juan Minaya
        • Y. Alonso: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Alonso singled to right
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Ball, Kipnis fouled out to third
        • Y. Gomes: Ball, Ball, Gomes doubled to left center, Alonso to third
        • T. Naquin: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Naquin grounded out to third, Alonso scored
        • R. Davis: Strike looking, Ball, Davis flied out to right
        • End of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Erik Gonzalez at third base
        • Y. Sanchez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Sanchez grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Abreu grounded out to third
        • D. Palka: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Palka struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Juan Minaya relieved Bruce Rondon
        • R. Davis: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Davis hit by pitch
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Lindor struck out swinging
        • M. Brantley: Brantley reached on fielder's choice to first, Davis out at second
        • Brandon Guyer ran for Michael Brantley
        • E. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gonzalez reached on an infield single to shortstop, Guyer to second
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Strike swinging, Encarnacion grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Gonzalez out at second
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • C. Tilson: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Tilson struck out swinging
        • A. Engel: Ball, Strike looking, Engel fouled out to first
        • Y. Moncada: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Moncada struck out looking
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Bruce Rondon relieved Luis Avilan
        • R. Davis: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Davis singled to center
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Foul, Ball, Davis stole second, Ball, Davis to third on wild pitch, Ball, Lindor walked
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Lindor stole second, Brantley grounded out to second, Lindor out at third
        • J. Ramirez: Ramirez intentionally walked
        • E. Encarnacion: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Encarnacion doubled to deep left, Davis and Lindor scored, Ramirez to third
        • Y. Alonso: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Alonso walked
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Ramirez scored on wild pitch, Kipnis homered to right center, Encarnacion and Alonso scored
        • Y. Gomes: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gomes struck out swinging
        • T. Naquin: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Naquin grounded out to first
        • End of the 6th (6 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • M. Davidson: Strike looking, Davidson grounded out to shortstop
        • O. Narvaez: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Narvaez flied out to deep center
        • T. Anderson: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • R. Lopez Pitching:
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ramirez walked
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ramirez stole second, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Encarnacion struck out swinging
        • Y. Alonso: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Alonso doubled to deep right, Ramirez scored
        • Luis Avilan relieved Reynaldo Lopez
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Kipnis grounded out to pitcher, Alonso to third
        • Y. Gomes: Gomes intentionally walked
        • T. Naquin: Naquin lined out to center
        • End of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • Y. Sanchez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
        • J. Abreu: Abreu grounded out to pitcher
        • D. Palka: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Palka popped out to second
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • R. Lopez Pitching:
        • J. Kipnis: Foul, Foul, Kipnis lined out to left
        • Y. Gomes: Strike swinging, Ball, Gomes doubled to deep left
        • T. Naquin: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Naquin struck out swinging
        • R. Davis: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Davis singled to left, Gomes scored
        • F. Lindor: Pickoff attempt, Ball (pitchout), Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Lindor walked, Davis to second
        • M. Brantley: Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Brantley struck out on foul tip
        • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • C. Tilson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Tilson walked
        • A. Engel: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Tilson caught stealing, catcher to shortstop, Foul, Engel flied out to left
        • Y. Moncada: Moncada grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • R. Lopez Pitching:
        • M. Brantley: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Brantley walked
        • J. Ramirez: Pickoff attempt, Ramirez popped out to shortstop
        • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Encarnacion singled to center, Brantley to second
        • Y. Alonso: Ball, Brantley caught stealing, catcher to third Encarnacion to second, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Alonso struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • D. Palka: Ball, Ball, Palka flied out to deep right
        • M. Davidson: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Davidson struck out swinging
        • O. Narvaez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Narvaez singled to left
        • T. Anderson: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Anderson flied out to center
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • R. Lopez Pitching:
        • T. Naquin: Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Naquin struck out looking
        • R. Davis: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Ball, Lindor lined out to right
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • Y. Moncada: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Moncada struck out swinging
        • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Sanchez grounded out to pitcher
        • J. Abreu: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Abreu grounded out to catcher
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • R. Lopez Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Lindor walked
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Brantley safe at first on 2nd baseman Moncada fielding error, Lindor to third
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ramirez homered to center, Lindor and Brantley scored
        • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Encarnacion grounded out to first
        • Y. Alonso: Strike looking, Foul, Alonso singled to center
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Kipnis lined out to center
        • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Ball, Gomes flied out to deep right
        • End of the 1st (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)