Indians rout Tigers 8-1, lead AL Central by 9

DETROIT (AP) Terry Francona sounds confident that Corey Kluber will have another big second half for the Cleveland Indians.

Yonder Alonso, Melky Cabrera and Edwin Encarnacion all homered for Cleveland, and Kluber pitched into the eighth inning in an 8-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday. It was a positive step for the star right-hander, who was coming off a couple unimpressive starts.

Last year, Kluber went 11-1 with a 1.79 ERA after the All-Star break, on his way to his second Cy Young Award. Francona has high hopes that his pitcher is rounding into form again.

''He will. He's going in the right direction, and he's not going to shortchange you on effort,'' the Cleveland manager said. ''So he's getting closer. I think he'll be fine.''

Rajai Davis added a triple and two doubles for the Indians, who took two of three in Detroit and extended their AL Central lead to nine games over Minnesota. It's the largest division lead in the major leagues at the moment.

Kluber (13-6) allowed a run and five hits in 7 1/3 innings. He walked one and struck out five.

''I think there were still times where I might have felt a little off, but I was able to make the adjustments a little bit quicker,'' Kluber said.

Jordan Zimmermann (4-3) allowed five runs and six hits in three innings.

Kluber was coming off a couple rough outings. He gave up six runs to the Yankees in his last start before the All-Star break, and he went just four innings in his next appearance. He allowed a run to the Tigers in the first but kept them off the scoreboard after that.

Cabrera hit his first home run of the season, a solo shot in the second that put Cleveland ahead 2-1. Francisco Lindor added an RBI single that inning, and Alonso made it 5-1 with a two-run homer in the third.

''I thought I had pretty good stuff,'' Zimmermann said. ''The curveball wasn't there, but I was locating the fastball and I thought Cabrera and (Michael) Brantley were the only two that middled my pitches. Alonso confused me, because we were going away to him on every pitch, and he was on everything, so I went up and in for the first time all day and he somehow pulled it over the fence.''

Encarnacion's 24th homer of the year came in the seventh, a solo shot that made it 6-1. He also added an RBI single in the eighth, and Alonso followed that with an RBI double.

The Indians outhit Detroit 16-5.

''Zim just didn't have his stuff and they made him pay for it,'' Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. ''After him, (Francisco Liriano) was good for a couple innings, but everyone after that was throwing 20 pitches an inning. I don't know how many pitches we threw as a team, but it seemed like a thousand.''

Detroit's six pitchers combined to throw 190 pitches.

Kluber has won all three of his starts against Detroit this season, posting a 1.16 ERA. He's won 14 of his last 15 decisions against divisional opponents.

ENSHRINED

Sunday was Hall of Fame induction day for former Detroit stars Alan Trammell and Jack Morris and former Cleveland slugger Jim Thome. Clips were shown on the scoreboard from speeches by Trammell and Morris, and Thome's speech was on TVs in the Cleveland clubhouse after the game.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Tigers: Liriano, who missed a scheduled start Saturday because of an allergic reaction that was giving him rashes on his back, came on in relief of Zimmermann and pitched two scoreless innings.

UP NEXT

Cleveland travels to Minnesota for a three-game series. Shane Bieber (5-2) takes the mound Monday night for the Indians against Ervin Santana (0-0).

The Tigers are off Monday before hosting two games against Cincinnati. Detroit's Matthew Boyd (5-9) starts Tuesday night against Homer Bailey (1-7).

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  • W: C. Kluber (13-6)L: J. Zimmermann (4-3)
  • HR: CLE - E. Encarnacion (24), M. Cabrera (1), Y. Alonso (18)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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M. Brantley LF51100024.302.347.477.8253.0
B. Guyer LF00000000.203.295.390.6850.0
J. Ramirez 3B22010210.292.402.6121.0146.5
E. Encarnacion DH41221111.235.319.479.7988.5
Y. Alonso 1B51331000.265.334.473.80711.0
M. Cabrera RF51311003.271.298.388.6868.0
J. Kipnis 2B41200000.223.308.363.6713.0
E. Gonzalez 2B10000000.313.347.458.8050.0
Y. Gomes C50100023.240.297.413.7110.0
R. Davis CF51300022.256.306.325.6317.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    L. Martin CF41100002.251.321.409.7312.0
    N. Goodrum 2B40100011.240.307.434.7411.5
    N. Castellanos RF30010100.292.346.496.8422.0
    J. Hicks 1B40000012.267.321.419.739-0.5
    J. Adduci DH40000012.205.244.308.552-0.5
    R. Rodriguez 3B30100001.171.213.171.3851.0
    J. McCann C30000021.228.275.333.608-1.0
    J. Iglesias SS30100001.266.308.390.6981.0
    V. Reyes LF30100001.221.235.274.5091.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - Y. Alonso (15), R. Davis 2 (6)
      • 3B - M. Brantley (2), R. Davis
      • HR - E. Encarnacion (24), Y. Alonso (18), M. Cabrera
      • SF - J. Ramirez (2)
      • RBI - F. Lindor (67), J. Ramirez (74), E. Encarnacion 2 (73), Y. Alonso 3 (63), M. Cabrera (12)
      • 2-Out RBI - F. Lindor (13), E. Encarnacion 2 (26), Y. Alonso (23)
      BATTING
      • 2B - N. Goodrum (23), J. Iglesias (25)
      • RBI - N. Castellanos (58)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Ramirez (23)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - J. Iglesias (6)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - N. Castellanos (7)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Kluber (W, 13-6)7.15111502.790.9426.5
      B. Hand0.20000002.981.030.0
      A. Plutko1.00000004.751.253.0
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Kluber (W, 13-6)7.1
      B. Hand0.2
      A. Plutko1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Zimmermann (L, 4-3)3.06551224.441.21-7.0
      F. Liriano2.02001104.621.443.5
      V. Alcantara1.01000001.171.042.0
      D. Stumpf1.04110216.752.03-1.0
      B. Farmer1.03221104.861.71-2.5
      A. Wilson1.00000203.240.984.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kluber 94-70, B. Hand 6-5, A. Plutko 6-5
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kluber 9-7, B. Hand 1-1
      • Batters Faced - C. Kluber 27, B. Hand 2, A. Plutko 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Zimmermann 80-50, F. Liriano 30-18, V. Alcantara 11-6, D. Stumpf 22-18, B. Farmer 31-22, A. Wilson 16-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Zimmermann 3-4, F. Liriano 3-1, V. Alcantara 1-2
      • Batters Faced - J. Zimmermann 16, F. Liriano 8, V. Alcantara 4, D. Stumpf 7, B. Farmer 7, A. Wilson 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      F. Lindor SS50110003.291.366.563.9292.0
      M. Brantley LF51100024.302.347.477.8253.0
      B. Guyer LF00000000.203.295.390.6850.0
      J. Ramirez 3B22010210.292.402.6121.0146.5
      E. Encarnacion DH41221111.235.319.479.7988.5
      Y. Alonso 1B51331000.265.334.473.80711.0
      M. Cabrera RF51311003.271.298.388.6868.0
      J. Kipnis 2B41200000.223.308.363.6713.0
      E. Gonzalez 2B10000000.313.347.458.8050.0
      Y. Gomes C50100023.240.297.413.7110.0
      R. Davis CF51300022.256.306.325.6317.0
      Total41816833816-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        L. Martin CF41100002.251.321.409.7312.0
        N. Goodrum 2B40100011.240.307.434.7411.5
        N. Castellanos RF30010100.292.346.496.8422.0
        J. Hicks 1B40000012.267.321.419.739-0.5
        J. Adduci DH40000012.205.244.308.552-0.5
        R. Rodriguez 3B30100001.171.213.171.3851.0
        J. McCann C30000021.228.275.333.608-1.0
        J. Iglesias SS30100001.266.308.390.6981.0
        V. Reyes LF30100001.221.235.274.5091.0
        Total3115101511-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - Y. Alonso (15), R. Davis 2 (6)
          • 3B - M. Brantley (2), R. Davis
          • HR - E. Encarnacion (24), Y. Alonso (18), M. Cabrera
          • SF - J. Ramirez (2)
          • RBI - F. Lindor (67), J. Ramirez (74), E. Encarnacion 2 (73), Y. Alonso 3 (63), M. Cabrera (12)
          • 2-Out RBI - F. Lindor (13), E. Encarnacion 2 (26), Y. Alonso (23)
          BATTING
          • 2B - N. Goodrum (23), J. Iglesias (25)
          • RBI - N. Castellanos (58)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - J. Ramirez (23)
          BASERUNNING
          • CS - J. Iglesias (6)
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - N. Castellanos (7)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          C. Kluber (W, 13-6)7.15111502.790.9426.5
          B. Hand0.20000002.981.030.0
          A. Plutko1.00000004.751.253.0
          Total9.0511150---
          PITCHERSIP
          C. Kluber (W, 13-6)7.1
          B. Hand0.2
          A. Plutko1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Zimmermann (L, 4-3)3.06551224.441.21-7.0
          F. Liriano2.02001104.621.443.5
          V. Alcantara1.01000001.171.042.0
          D. Stumpf1.04110216.752.03-1.0
          B. Farmer1.03221104.861.71-2.5
          A. Wilson1.00000203.240.984.0
          Total9.01688383---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Zimmermann (L, 4-3)3.0
          F. Liriano2.0
          V. Alcantara1.0
          D. Stumpf1.0
          B. Farmer1.0
          A. Wilson1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kluber 94-70, B. Hand 6-5, A. Plutko 6-5
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kluber 9-7, B. Hand 1-1
          • Batters Faced - C. Kluber 27, B. Hand 2, A. Plutko 3
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Zimmermann 80-50, F. Liriano 30-18, V. Alcantara 11-6, D. Stumpf 22-18, B. Farmer 31-22, A. Wilson 16-10
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Zimmermann 3-4, F. Liriano 3-1, V. Alcantara 1-2
          • Batters Faced - J. Zimmermann 16, F. Liriano 8, V. Alcantara 4, D. Stumpf 7, B. Farmer 7, A. Wilson 3
          • 8TH INNING
            Alonso doubled to left, Ramirez scored, Encarnacion to third81
            Encarnacion singled to left, Davis scored, Ramirez to second71
          • 7TH INNING
            Encarnacion homered to left61
          • 3RD INNING
            Alonso homered to right, Ramirez scored51
          • 2ND INNING
            Lindor singled to left, Kipnis scored, Gomes to second31
            Cabrera homered to right21
          • 1ST INNING
            Castellanos grounded out to shortstop, Martin scored11
            Ramirez hit sacrifice fly to center, Brantley scored10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Alex Wilson relieved Buck Farmer
            • E. Gonzalez: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Gonzalez lined out to center
            • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Gomes struck out swinging
            • R. Davis: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Davis struck out looking
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Adam Plutko relieved Brad Hand
            • N. Castellanos: Castellanos flied out to right
            • J. Hicks: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Hicks popped out to shortstop
            • J. Adduci: Adduci lined out to right
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Buck Farmer relieved Daniel Stumpf
            • R. Davis: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Davis doubled to deep left
            • F. Lindor: Foul, Ball, Foul, Lindor fouled out to third
            • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Brantley struck out on foul tip
            • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ramirez walked
            • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Encarnacion singled to left, Davis scored, Ramirez to second
            • Y. Alonso: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Alonso doubled to left, Ramirez scored, Encarnacion to third
            • M. Cabrera: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Cabrera lined out to first
            • Middle of the 8th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Erik Gonzalez at second base
            • Brandon Guyer in left field
            • J. Iglesias: Iglesias popped out to shortstop
            • V. Reyes: Strike looking, Reyes singled to right
            • Brad Hand relieved Corey Kluber
            • L. Martin: Strike looking, Martin lined out to center
            • N. Goodrum: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Goodrum grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Daniel Stumpf relieved Victor Alcantara
            • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Brantley struck out looking
            • J. Ramirez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Ramirez struck out looking
            • E. Encarnacion: Strike swinging, Encarnacion homered to left
            • Y. Alonso: Strike swinging, Alonso singled to left center
            • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Cabrera singled to right, Alonso to second
            • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Kipnis singled to center, Alonso to third, Cabrera to second
            • Y. Gomes: Gomes lined out to center
            • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Kluber Pitching:
            • J. Adduci: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Adduci fouled out to third
            • R. Rodriguez: Strike looking, Rodriguez fouled out to right
            • J. McCann: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, McCann struck out swinging
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • Victor Alcantara relieved Francisco Liriano
            • J. Kipnis: Ball, Ball, Kipnis lined out to first
            • Y. Gomes: Ball, Foul, Foul, Gomes grounded out to shortstop
            • R. Davis: Davis doubled to deep right center
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Ball, Lindor lined out to center
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • C. Kluber Pitching:
            • N. Goodrum: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Goodrum struck out swinging
            • N. Castellanos: Castellanos flied out to deep right
            • J. Hicks: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Hicks struck out looking
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • F. Liriano Pitching:
            • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ramirez flied out to deep left
            • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Encarnacion walked
            • Y. Alonso: Ball, Strike looking, Alonso grounded out to second, Encarnacion to second
            • M. Cabrera: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Cabrera singled to right, Encarnacion out at home
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • C. Kluber Pitching:
            • J. McCann: Strike looking, McCann lined out to center
            • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Iglesias doubled to left
            • V. Reyes: Strike (foul tip), Foul, Reyes grounded out to second, Iglesias to third
            • L. Martin: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Martin flied out to center
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • Francisco Liriano relieved Jordan Zimmermann
            • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gomes struck out swinging
            • R. Davis: Davis tripled to deep right
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Ball, Lindor grounded out to first
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Brantley grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • C. Kluber Pitching:
            • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Castellanos walked
            • J. Hicks: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Hicks reached on fielder's choice to second, Castellanos out at second
            • J. Adduci: Ball, Foul, Adduci reached on fielder's choice to second, Hicks out at second
            • R. Rodriguez: Rodriguez grounded out to second
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • J. Zimmermann Pitching:
            • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ramirez walked
            • E. Encarnacion: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Ramirez stole second, Foul, Ball, Encarnacion grounded out to third
            • Y. Alonso: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Alonso homered to right, Ramirez scored
            • M. Cabrera: Strike swinging, Ball, Cabrera grounded out to second
            • J. Kipnis: Ball, Strike looking, Kipnis grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 3rd (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • C. Kluber Pitching:
            • V. Reyes: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Reyes grounded out to shortstop
            • L. Martin: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Martin grounded out to first
            • N. Goodrum: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Goodrum flied out to deep left
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • J. Zimmermann Pitching:
            • Y. Alonso: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Alonso lined out to center
            • M. Cabrera: Ball, Cabrera homered to right
            • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Kipnis singled to right center
            • Y. Gomes: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Gomes singled to center, Kipnis to second
            • R. Davis: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Davis struck out looking
            • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Lindor singled to left, Kipnis scored, Gomes to second
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Brantley popped out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 2nd (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Kluber Pitching:
            • R. Rodriguez: Ball, Strike looking, Rodriguez singled to right
            • J. McCann: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, McCann struck out swinging
            • J. Iglesias: Iglesias reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Rodriguez out at second
            • V. Reyes: Strike looking, Iglesias caught stealing, catcher to shortstop
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • J. Zimmermann Pitching:
            • F. Lindor: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Lindor fouled out to left
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Brantley tripled to deep right center
            • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ramirez hit sacrifice fly to center, Brantley scored
            • E. Encarnacion: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Encarnacion struck out on foul tip
            • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • C. Kluber Pitching:
            • L. Martin: Martin reached on bunt single to pitcher
            • N. Goodrum: Foul, Ball, Goodrum doubled to right center, Martin to third
            • N. Castellanos: Ball, Ball, Castellanos grounded out to shortstop, Martin scored
            • J. Hicks: Ball, Hicks grounded out to second, Goodrum to third
            • J. Adduci: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Adduci struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)