Harrison, Polanco power Pirates past Indians, Kluber 7-0

CLEVELAND (AP) Corey Kluber struggled in his return while the Pittsburgh Pirates' hot streak showed no signs of letting up.

Josh Harrison hit a three-run homer and Gregory Polanco had a two-run triple off Kluber, and the Pirates beat the Cleveland Indians 7-0 in a six-inning, rain-shortened game Monday night for their 10th straight win.

The game was called following three rain delays that totaled 2 hours, 3 minutes. The first pitch was delayed 55 minutes, and a delay of 27 minutes followed in the third inning. The final delay was 41 minutes.

The Pirates have won 10 in a row for the first time since June 26-July 5, 2004.

''This is fun,'' Harrison said. ''You've just got to keep riding it out. We're getting good pitching, good defense, timely hitting. You win the game a lot of ways, and we're sticking to it.''

Kluber (12-6), starting for the first time since July 12 because of a sore right knee, was charged with seven runs - three earned - in four innings. The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner gave up nine hits, struck out two and threw 72 pitches.

Kluber said the knee wasn't an issue, but he needs to work through some problems with his delivery and will watch video of his outing for answers.

''It's one less thing on your plate, so to speak,'' he said of the knee. ''I feel fine physically. I feel like I can figure out the other things.''

Although the Indians hold a comfortable lead in the AL Central, Kluber's problems are cause for concern. The right-hander received an injection after his last start and said at that time the knee had bothered him for a few weeks.

The Indians gave him 10 days between starts with help from the All-Star break. Kluber was 10-2 with a 1.99 ERA in his first 14 starts, but is 2-4 with a 5.21 ERA in his last seven.

''His fastball command was not where it usually is,'' Indians manager Terry Francona said. ''That was probably a worry going in. He's such a creature of habit and his routine was different this time.''

Trevor Williams (8-7) pitched six shutout innings. The right-hander who allowed four hits, was credited with his first career complete game and shutout.

''I was excited as soon as I saw the pitching matchups because you want to outduel an ace,'' Williams said. ''A matchup with Kluber only happens once every three years - or even every six years.''

Harrison's three-run homer in the second came after two defensive miscues, including a dropped popup by first baseman Yonder Alonso with two outs. The error made all four runs in the inning unearned. Polanco's triple capped a three-run fourth.

Harrison played for the first time since July 15 because of a sore hamstring. Starling Marte extended his career-high hitting streak to 16 games with two hits and two RBIs. Corey Dickerson, who had homered in four straight games, was 1 for 3 with a walk.

Colin Moran singled with one out in the second. Josh Bell hit a roller to right side that looked like a sure double-play ball, but second baseman Jason Kipnis couldn't field it cleanly and settled for a force play.

Alonso and third baseman Jose Ramirez converged on the mound for David Freese's popup. Alonso got a glove on the ball, but he couldn't hold on after the two nearly collided. He was charged with an error.

Harrison followed by belting an 0-2 pitch into the left field bleachers. Jordy Mercer doubled, Dickerson walked and Marte singled for a 4-0 lead.

''It all started innocently in that second inning,'' Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. ''You have to be opportunistic because who knows how that inning goes. Heck, who knows how the game goes if Alonso doesn't drop that ball.''

Kluber absolved his defense of any blame.

''Those two plays had nothing to do with me hanging an 0-2 breaking ball that cost us three runs,'' he said.

ROSTER MOVES

The Pirates selected the contract of right-hander Casey Sadler from Triple-A Indianapolis and optioned infielder Max Moroff to the same club. Left-hander Josh Smoker was designated for assignment.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Pirates: C Francisco Cervelli (concussion) worked out before the game - blocking balls, catching popups and throwing to bases - but he hasn't been cleared to return.

Indians: Designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion was out for the second straight game because of a bone bruise on his right hand. He was hit by a pitch in the final game before the All-Star break. ... LHP Andrew Miller (right knee inflammation) will continue his minor league rehab assignment Tuesday at Double-A Akron. He will pitch every other day this week and then pitch on back-to-back days this weekend.

UP NEXT

Pirates RHP Joe Musgrove (3-4, 4.08 ERA) takes on Indians RHP Shane Bieber (5-1, 3.53 ERA) in the second game of the series. Bieber will be recalled from Triple-A Columbus.

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  • W: T. Williams (8-7)L: C. Kluber (12-6)
  • HR: PIT - J. Harrison (5)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Dickerson LF31100101.315.349.507.8563.0
S. Marte CF31220001.290.336.496.8325.0
G. Polanco RF30120003.238.335.498.8345.0
E. Diaz C30000011.282.325.458.782-0.5
C. Moran DH30100020.267.338.399.7360.0
J. Bell 1B31100001.270.350.402.7522.0
D. Freese 3B31000001.278.337.424.7611.0
J. Harrison 2B32231010.254.295.357.6529.5
J. Mercer SS31200000.258.320.399.7184.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    F. Lindor SS30000000.290.368.558.9260.0
    M. Brantley LF30100000.303.350.482.8311.0
    J. Ramirez 3B20000100.302.404.6331.0371.0
    Y. Diaz DH30100000.500.500.6431.1431.0
    Y. Alonso 1B20000113.256.329.446.7740.5
    M. Cabrera RF30100004.246.282.348.6301.0
    J. Kipnis 2B20100001.221.309.362.6711.0
    Y. Gomes C20000002.243.303.425.7280.0
    T. Naquin CF20000002.263.295.359.6550.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Mercer (24)
      • 3B - G. Polanco (4)
      • HR - J. Harrison (5)
      • RBI - S. Marte 2 (51), G. Polanco 2 (56), J. Harrison 3 (26)
      • 2-Out RBI - S. Marte 2 (22), G. Polanco 2 (15), J. Harrison 3 (12)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Alonso-Lindor; Lindor-Kipnis-Alonso)
      • E - Y. Alonso (6)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      T. Williams (W, 8-7)6.04002104.111.2422.5
      PITCHERSIP
      T. Williams (W, 8-7)6.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Kluber (L, 12-6)4.09731212.880.95-5.0
      Z. McAllister2.01000205.091.356.0
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Kluber (L, 12-6)4.0
      Z. McAllister2.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - T. Williams (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - T. Williams 84-54
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Williams 8-9
      • Batters Faced - T. Williams 24
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kluber 72-49, Z. McAllister 19-15
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kluber 4-6, Z. McAllister 1-2
      • Batters Faced - C. Kluber 22, Z. McAllister 6
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      C. Dickerson LF31100101.315.349.507.8563.0
      S. Marte CF31220001.290.336.496.8325.0
      G. Polanco RF30120003.238.335.498.8345.0
      E. Diaz C30000011.282.325.458.782-0.5
      C. Moran DH30100020.267.338.399.7360.0
      J. Bell 1B31100001.270.350.402.7522.0
      D. Freese 3B31000001.278.337.424.7611.0
      J. Harrison 2B32231010.254.295.357.6529.5
      J. Mercer SS31200000.258.320.399.7184.0
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        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        F. Lindor SS30000000.290.368.558.9260.0
        M. Brantley LF30100000.303.350.482.8311.0
        J. Ramirez 3B20000100.302.404.6331.0371.0
        Y. Diaz DH30100000.500.500.6431.1431.0
        Y. Alonso 1B20000113.256.329.446.7740.5
        M. Cabrera RF30100004.246.282.348.6301.0
        J. Kipnis 2B20100001.221.309.362.6711.0
        Y. Gomes C20000002.243.303.425.7280.0
        T. Naquin CF20000002.263.295.359.6550.0
        Total2204002112-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Mercer (24)
          • 3B - G. Polanco (4)
          • HR - J. Harrison (5)
          • RBI - S. Marte 2 (51), G. Polanco 2 (56), J. Harrison 3 (26)
          • 2-Out RBI - S. Marte 2 (22), G. Polanco 2 (15), J. Harrison 3 (12)
          FIELDING
          • DP - 2 (Alonso-Lindor; Lindor-Kipnis-Alonso)
          • E - Y. Alonso (6)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          T. Williams (W, 8-7)6.04002104.111.2422.5
          Total6.0400210---
          PITCHERSIP
          T. Williams (W, 8-7)6.0
          Total6.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          C. Kluber (L, 12-6)4.09731212.880.95-5.0
          Z. McAllister2.01000205.091.356.0
          Total6.01073141---
          PITCHERSIP
          C. Kluber (L, 12-6)4.0
          Z. McAllister2.0
          Total6.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - T. Williams (3)
          • Pitches-Strikes - T. Williams 84-54
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Williams 8-9
          • Batters Faced - T. Williams 24
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kluber 72-49, Z. McAllister 19-15
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kluber 4-6, Z. McAllister 1-2
          • Batters Faced - C. Kluber 22, Z. McAllister 6
          • 4TH INNING
            Polanco tripled to deep center, Dickerson and Marte scored70
            Marte singled to center, Harrison scored, Dickerson to second50
          • 2ND INNING
            Marte singled to right, Mercer scored, Dickerson to third, Marte to second40
            Harrison homered to left center, Bell and Freese scored30
          • 6TH INNING
            • Z. McAllister Pitching:
            • J. Harrison: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Harrison struck out swinging
            • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Foul, Mercer lined out to center
            • C. Dickerson: Strike looking, Dickerson lined out to left
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • T. Williams Pitching:
            • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Lindor grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Brantley: Brantley singled to right
            • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Brantley to second on wild pitch, Ball, Ramirez walked
            • Y. Diaz: Ball, Diaz singled to left, Brantley to third, Ramirez to second
            • Y. Alonso: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Alonso struck out on foul tip
            • M. Cabrera: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Cabrera grounded out to second
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • Zach McAllister relieved Corey Kluber
            • C. Moran: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Moran struck out swinging
            • J. Bell: Bell singled to center
            • D. Freese: Strike looking, Freese grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Bell out at second
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • T. Williams Pitching:
            • Y. Alonso: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Alonso walked
            • M. Cabrera: Ball, Strike looking, Cabrera flied out to shallow left
            • J. Kipnis: Ball, Ball, Kipnis reached on an infield single to second, Alonso to second
            • Y. Gomes: Gomes popped out to second
            • T. Naquin: Ball, Naquin grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • C. Kluber Pitching:
            • D. Freese: Freese grounded out to third
            • J. Harrison: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Harrison singled to center
            • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Mercer singled to shallow right center, Harrison to second
            • C. Dickerson: Strike looking, Ball, Dickerson reached on fielder's choice to second, Harrison to third, Mercer out at second
            • S. Marte: Marte singled to center, Harrison scored, Dickerson to second
            • G. Polanco: Polanco tripled to deep center, Dickerson and Marte scored
            • E. Diaz: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Diaz struck out looking
            • Middle of the 4th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • T. Williams Pitching:
            • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Brantley grounded out to first
            • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ramirez grounded out to shortstop
            • Y. Diaz: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Diaz flied out to deep center
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • C. Kluber Pitching:
            • E. Diaz: Diaz flied out to center
            • C. Moran: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Moran struck out swinging
            • J. Bell: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Bell flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • T. Williams Pitching:
            • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Gomes grounded out to third
            • T. Naquin: Strike looking, Foul, Naquin grounded out to third
            • F. Lindor: Foul, Lindor flied out to right
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • C. Kluber Pitching:
            • E. Diaz: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Diaz flied out to center
            • C. Moran: Ball, Strike swinging, Moran singled to right
            • J. Bell: Foul, Bell reached on fielder's choice to second, Moran out at second
            • D. Freese: Ball, Ball, Freese safe at first on 1st baseman Alonso fielding error, Bell to third
            • J. Harrison: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Harrison homered to left center, Bell and Freese scored
            • J. Mercer: Mercer doubled to deep left
            • C. Dickerson: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Dickerson walked
            • S. Marte: Foul, Marte singled to right, Mercer scored, Dickerson to third, Marte to second
            • G. Polanco: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Polanco flied out to deep right
            • Middle of the 2nd (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 1 Error)
            • T. Williams Pitching:
            • Y. Diaz: Ball, Strike looking, Diaz grounded out to shortstop
            • Y. Alonso: Strike looking, Alonso lined out to center
            • M. Cabrera: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Cabrera singled to right
            • J. Kipnis: Kipnis flied out to left
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • C. Kluber Pitching:
            • C. Dickerson: Foul, Ball, Dickerson singled to left
            • S. Marte: Ball, Marte flied out to center
            • G. Polanco: Foul, Strike swinging, Polanco grounded into double play first to shortstop, Dickerson out at second
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • T. Williams Pitching:
            • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Lindor flied out to center
            • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Brantley flied out to deep right
            • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ramirez lined out to second
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)