Encarnacion, Chisenhall HR; Bieber sharp as Tribe top Cards

ST. LOUIS (AP) After a rough debut, Cleveland Indians rookie Shane Bieber has found his routine.

Edwin Encarnacion and Lonnie Chisenhall hit back-to-back homers, Bieber pitched six strong innings and the Indians beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-1 on Wednesday night.

Bieber (3-0) struck out seven to become the seventh pitcher in baseball's modern era to strike out six or more batters in each of his first four major league starts. After giving up four runs in 5 2/3 innings in his first outing, Bieber has given up just two runs in his last three starts and lowered his ERA to 2.22.

''It's just being able to fall into a routine and just get a little more comfortable within that routine and within the clubhouse here and with the guys and all that,'' Bieber said. ''That goes a long way to being able to establish what you want to do.''

The Indians avoided a series sweep and have won eight of 10. Cleveland starters improved to 17-2 with a 2.26 ERA across 26 starts in series finales, including wins in their last nine decisions.

''For a young kid when runners are on and things start to happen, he seems to pitch more maturely than his age would indicate,'' Indians manager Terry Francona said. ''He starts throwing his breaking ball, gets some chase, doesn't panic, game doesn't speed up. That's a real nice trait for anybody, let alone a kid that's got four major league starts.''

Bieber jumped on a first-pitch fastball from Jack Flaherty in the fourth for a double, his first major league hit.

Jose Martinez snapped Bieber's scoreless innings streak at 14 innings with a one-out RBI single in the third.

''I thought he had a good breaking ball,'' Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said of Bieber. ''It must have been a little different from than what guys have seen lately, you could tell some of the swings even in counts where they might have been looking for it might have been off a bit.''

Encarnacion and Chisenhall gave the Indians a 2-0 lead in the second, marking Cleveland's fifth back-to-back home runs this season.

Francisco Lindor walked and Michael Brantley doubled to spark a two-run third that extended the Indians' lead to 4-0. Tyler Naquin doubled home another run in the sixth.

Francona credited a loose atmosphere after the Indians dropped the first two in the series.

''It's not necessarily about being silly but it's about you don't want to just be tight,'' Francona said. ''We already lost a couple tough games and it's nice to come back and play a good one with a day off tomorrow and a long flight.''

Flaherty (3-3) went four innings, his shortest outing this season as the Cardinals had their four-game winning streak snapped. It followed perhaps his most dominant start, in which he carried a no-hitter for 6 1/3 innings against Milwaukee on Friday.

''Those two home runs were missed spots and I just wasn't able to execute,'' Flaherty said. ''They hit some balls that fell.''

Matt Carpenter walked, doubled and scored a night after scoring five runs and getting five hits.

TRAINING ROOM

Indians: RHP Carlos Carrasco (right elbow contusion) threw a bullpen session and will throw about 65 pitches on a rehab assignment Saturday at Double-A Akron.

Cardinals: SS Paul DeJong (left hand fracture) is scheduled to meet with doctors Thursday with the hopes of being cleared to head out for a rehab assignment.

UP NEXT

Indians: RHP Trevor Bauer (7-5, 2.44 ERA) will kick off a three-game series against Oakland and RHP Paul Blackburn (1-2, 8.83 ERA) on Friday. Bauer is 1-2 with a 4.44 ERA in five career starts against the A's.

Cardinals: RHP Miles Mikolas (8-2, 2.69 ERA) will get the start as St. Louis hosts Atlanta and RHP Julio Teheran (5-5, 4.52 ERA) in the first of a three-game set Friday. Mikolas threw 2 1/3 scoreless relief innings in his only career appearance against the Braves on Aug. 15, 2012.

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  • W: S. Bieber (3-0)L: J. Flaherty (3-3)
  • HR: CLE - E. Encarnacion (19), L. Chisenhall (1)
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L. Chisenhall RF41121002.307.388.427.8157.0
J. Kipnis 2B41210010.218.297.345.6423.5
R. Perez C30000022.144.235.233.469-1.0
T. Naquin CF30210100.290.319.393.7115.0
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    M. Carpenter 3B31100110.260.364.513.8773.5
    T. Pham CF40000002.248.326.414.7390.0
    J. Martinez 1B40210000.305.375.500.8753.0
    M. Ozuna LF40100022.289.334.426.7610.0
    Y. Molina C40100004.265.307.481.7881.0
    G. Garcia SS40100010.258.333.371.7040.5
    D. Fowler RF40000022.167.273.274.548-1.0
    K. Wong 2B10000012.196.300.332.6321.5
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    b- Y. Munoz PH10000001.281.328.380.7080.0
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    • a-struck out for Brebbia in the 9th
    • b-grounded out for Flaherty in the 4th
    • c-popped out for Gomber in the 6th
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Brantley (18), T. Naquin (5), S. Bieber
    • HR - E. Encarnacion (19), L. Chisenhall
    • SH - R. Perez
    • RBI - E. Encarnacion (54), L. Chisenhall 2 (7), J. Kipnis (33), T. Naquin (15)
    • 2-Out RBI - J. Kipnis (14)
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Carpenter (23)
    • RBI - J. Martinez (51)
    • 2-Out RBI - J. Martinez (28)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - J. Ramirez (13)
    FIELDING
    • E - T. Pham (4)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    S. Bieber (W, 3-0)6.06111502.221.3222.5
    N. Ramirez1.20000102.251.003.5
    O. Perez0.10000100.930.520.5
    C. Allen1.00000103.621.053.5
    PITCHERSIP
    S. Bieber (W, 3-0)6.0
    N. Ramirez1.2
    O. Perez0.1
    C. Allen1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Flaherty (L, 3-3)4.06442522.921.07-2.5
    A. Gomber2.02110204.261.344.0
    S. Tuivailala2.00001103.331.445.5
    J. Brebbia1.01000102.861.062.5
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Flaherty (L, 3-3)4.0
    A. Gomber2.0
    S. Tuivailala2.0
    J. Brebbia1.0
    PITCHING
    • HBP - S. Bieber 2 (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - S. Bieber 99-69, N. Ramirez 19-14, O. Perez 5-4, C. Allen 9-8
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Bieber 7-6, N. Ramirez 1-3, C. Allen 1-1
    • Batters Faced - S. Bieber 27, N. Ramirez 5, O. Perez, C. Allen 3
    PITCHING
    • IBB - J. Flaherty
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Flaherty 75-46, A. Gomber 33-21, S. Tuivailala 37-21, J. Brebbia 12-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Flaherty 6-1, A. Gomber 1-3, S. Tuivailala 3-3
    • Batters Faced - J. Flaherty 20, A. Gomber 8, S. Tuivailala 8, J. Brebbia 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    M. Brantley LF51100001.312.361.504.8653.0
    J. Ramirez 3B50100022.291.395.598.9932.0
    E. Encarnacion 1B41111111.235.312.485.7976.5
    L. Chisenhall RF41121002.307.388.427.8157.0
    J. Kipnis 2B41210010.218.297.345.6423.5
    R. Perez C30000022.144.235.233.469-1.0
    T. Naquin CF30210100.290.319.393.7115.0
    S. Bieber P30100022.333.333.6671.0001.0
    N. Ramirez P10000012.000.000.000.000-0.5
    O. Perez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      M. Carpenter 3B31100110.260.364.513.8773.5
      T. Pham CF40000002.248.326.414.7390.0
      J. Martinez 1B40210000.305.375.500.8753.0
      M. Ozuna LF40100022.289.334.426.7610.0
      Y. Molina C40100004.265.307.481.7881.0
      G. Garcia SS40100010.258.333.371.7040.5
      D. Fowler RF40000022.167.273.274.548-1.0
      K. Wong 2B10000012.196.300.332.6321.5
      S. Tuivailala P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      J. Brebbia P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      a- H. Bader PH10000010.260.329.383.713-0.5
      J. Flaherty P10000000.158.158.158.3160.0
      b- Y. Munoz PH10000001.281.328.380.7080.0
      A. Gomber P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      c- J. Gyorko PH-2B20000001.242.297.385.6820.0
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      • a-struck out for Brebbia in the 9th
      • b-grounded out for Flaherty in the 4th
      • c-popped out for Gomber in the 6th
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Brantley (18), T. Naquin (5), S. Bieber
      • HR - E. Encarnacion (19), L. Chisenhall
      • SH - R. Perez
      • RBI - E. Encarnacion (54), L. Chisenhall 2 (7), J. Kipnis (33), T. Naquin (15)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Kipnis (14)
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Carpenter (23)
      • RBI - J. Martinez (51)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Martinez (28)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Ramirez (13)
      FIELDING
      • E - T. Pham (4)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      S. Bieber (W, 3-0)6.06111502.221.3222.5
      N. Ramirez1.20000102.251.003.5
      O. Perez0.10000100.930.520.5
      C. Allen1.00000103.621.053.5
      Total9.0611180---
      PITCHERSIP
      S. Bieber (W, 3-0)6.0
      N. Ramirez1.2
      O. Perez0.1
      C. Allen1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Flaherty (L, 3-3)4.06442522.921.07-2.5
      A. Gomber2.02110204.261.344.0
      S. Tuivailala2.00001103.331.445.5
      J. Brebbia1.01000102.861.062.5
      Total9.0955392---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Flaherty (L, 3-3)4.0
      A. Gomber2.0
      S. Tuivailala2.0
      J. Brebbia1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - S. Bieber 2 (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - S. Bieber 99-69, N. Ramirez 19-14, O. Perez 5-4, C. Allen 9-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Bieber 7-6, N. Ramirez 1-3, C. Allen 1-1
      • Batters Faced - S. Bieber 27, N. Ramirez 5, O. Perez, C. Allen 3
      PITCHING
      • IBB - J. Flaherty
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Flaherty 75-46, A. Gomber 33-21, S. Tuivailala 37-21, J. Brebbia 12-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Flaherty 6-1, A. Gomber 1-3, S. Tuivailala 3-3
      • Batters Faced - J. Flaherty 20, A. Gomber 8, S. Tuivailala 8, J. Brebbia 4
      • 6TH INNING
        Naquin doubled to left center, Kipnis scored51
      • 3RD INNING
        Martinez singled to right, Carpenter scored41
        Kipnis singled to center, Brantley scored, Chisenhall to third40
        Chisenhall reached on fielder's choice to second, Lindor scored, Brantley to third, Encarnacion out at second30
      • 2ND INNING
        Chisenhall homered to right20
        Encarnacion homered to left10
      • 9TH INNING
        • John Brebbia relieved Sam Tuivailala
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Lindor lined out to left
        • M. Brantley: Brantley flied out to left
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ramirez singled to right
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Ramirez stole second, Strike swinging, Encarnacion struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Cody Allen relieved Oliver Perez
        • D. Fowler: Foul, Fowler flied out to shallow center
        • Harrison Bader hit for John Brebbia
        • H. Bader: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bader struck out swinging
        • J. Gyorko: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Gyorko grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • S. Tuivailala Pitching:
        • L. Chisenhall: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Chisenhall grounded out to pitcher
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Kipnis grounded out to second
        • R. Perez: Perez safe at first on center fielder Pham fielding error
        • T. Naquin: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Naquin walked, Perez to second
        • N. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ramirez struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
        • N. Ramirez Pitching:
        • M. Ozuna: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ozuna struck out looking
        • Y. Molina: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Molina fouled out to shortstop
        • Oliver Perez relieved Neil Ramirez
        • G. Garcia: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Sam Tuivailala pitching
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Brantley flied out to left
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ramirez lined out to left
        • E. Encarnacion: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Encarnacion grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Neil Ramirez relieved Shane Bieber
        • M. Carpenter: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Carpenter lined out to center
        • T. Pham: Strike looking, Pham grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Martinez: Foul, Ball, Martinez flied out to right
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • A. Gomber Pitching:
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Strike looking, Kipnis singled to shallow left
        • R. Perez: Perez hit sacrifice bunt to third, Kipnis to second
        • T. Naquin: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Naquin doubled to left center, Kipnis scored
        • S. Bieber: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Bieber struck out looking
        • F. Lindor: Lindor fouled out to right
        • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Bieber Pitching:
        • G. Garcia: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Garcia flied out to deep center
        • D. Fowler: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Fowler lined out to right
        • K. Wong: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Wong hit by pitch
        • Jedd Gyorko hit for Austin Gomber
        • J. Gyorko: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Gyorko popped out to second
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • Austin Gomber pitching
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ramirez struck out swinging
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Encarnacion flied out to deep left
        • L. Chisenhall: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Chisenhall popped out to second
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Bieber Pitching:
        • M. Carpenter: Carpenter doubled to deep center
        • T. Pham: Strike looking, Ball, Pham grounded out to third
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Martinez singled to right, Carpenter to third
        • M. Ozuna: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ozuna struck out swinging
        • Y. Molina: Molina grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Martinez out at second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • J. Flaherty Pitching:
        • T. Naquin: Strike looking, Naquin grounded out to second
        • S. Bieber: Bieber doubled to left center
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Lindor grounded out to first, Bieber to third
        • M. Brantley: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Brantley lined out to right
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • S. Bieber Pitching:
        • G. Garcia: Strike looking, Ball, Garcia flied out to left
        • D. Fowler: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Fowler struck out looking
        • K. Wong: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Wong hit by pitch
        • Yairo Munoz hit for Jack Flaherty
        • Y. Munoz: Strike looking, Munoz grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • J. Flaherty Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Lindor walked
        • M. Brantley: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Brantley doubled to deep right, Lindor to third
        • J. Ramirez: Ramirez grounded out to first
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Ball, Encarnacion intentionally walked
        • L. Chisenhall: Strike swinging, Chisenhall reached on fielder's choice to second, Lindor scored, Brantley to third, Encarnacion out at second
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Kipnis singled to center, Brantley scored, Chisenhall to third
        • R. Perez: Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Bieber Pitching:
        • J. Flaherty: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Flaherty grounded out to pitcher
        • M. Carpenter: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Carpenter walked
        • T. Pham: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pham grounded out to third, Carpenter to second
        • J. Martinez: Martinez singled to right, Carpenter scored
        • M. Ozuna: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ozuna singled to shallow right, Martinez to second
        • Y. Molina: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Molina grounded out to third
        • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • J. Flaherty Pitching:
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Ball, Encarnacion homered to left
        • L. Chisenhall: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Chisenhall homered to right
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Kipnis struck out looking
        • R. Perez: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Perez struck out looking
        • T. Naquin: Ball, Strike looking, Naquin singled to right center
        • S. Bieber: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Bieber struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Bieber Pitching:
        • M. Ozuna: Strike looking, Ozuna grounded out to shortstop
        • Y. Molina: Ball, Molina singled to shallow center
        • G. Garcia: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Garcia singled to left, Molina to second
        • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Fowler struck out looking
        • K. Wong: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Wong struck out looking
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • J. Flaherty Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Lindor grounded out to first
        • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Brantley grounded out to first
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ramirez struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Bieber Pitching:
        • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Carpenter struck out swinging
        • T. Pham: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Pham lined out to center
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Strike looking, Martinez flied out to right
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)