Kluber dominates Angels with three-hitter, Indians win 3-0

CLEVELAND (AP) Corey Kluber appears to be over whatever was making him look ordinary.

The two-time Cy Young Award winner pitched a three-hitter for his first shutout this season and new arrival Leonys Martin homered again for Cleveland, leading the Indians to a 3-0 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday night.

Kluber (14-6) got better as the game went on, and his performance eased any concerns the Indians had about the star right-hander. Kluber had lost two of his three previous starts and received an injection in his right knee before the All-Star break. He walked one, hit a batter and struck out seven.

He's back.

''It's wonderful,'' Indians manager Terry Francona said. ''It seemed like he was in command the entire night, and early on we weren't doing anything offensively, so it wasn't like he had a cushion to pitch with.''

Kluber matched zeros for five innings against Felix Pena (1-3), who carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning before Martin hit a leadoff homer. Martin has quickly endeared himself to his teammates and Cleveland fans by hitting two homers and batting .500 with three RBIs and three runs in just three games since being acquired in a trade with Detroit.

''I'm really happy, man,'' Martin said. ''I came here to help. And I want to do my best to help this team to get where we want. We've got a long way to go still.''

The AL Central-leading Indians only got four hits but notched their 60th win.

The Angels were again without All-Star outfielder Mike Trout, who missed his third straight game with a sore right wrist.

But even with Trout in the lineup, Los Angeles would have had a tough time against Kluber. The right-hander was never in trouble and he cooled off Japanese star Shohei Ohtani, who homered twice in Friday's win.

Ohtani came in batting .643 with four homers and eight RBIs in three games against Cleveland, but went 0 for 4 and struck out twice against Kluber.

''It wasn't a whole lot different than what we had been (doing), or at least I tried to do the last time I pitched against him,'' said Kluber, who gave up Ohtani's first homer on April 4. ''Last time he hit the home run off me, I made a mistake up and out over the plate. I just didn't make that mistake tonight.''

Pena didn't get out of the first inning in his previous outing, and the right-hander started poorly, walking the first two batters. However, Pena settled in and didn't give up his first hit until the sixth, when Martin drove a 3-1 pitch 415 feet to right-center.

Moments before Martin connected for his second homer in two days, the Indians attempted to jinx Pena by displaying - ''Felix Pena is currently throwing a no-hitter'' - on Progressive Field's enormous scoreboard.

The strategy worked as Martin ended Pena's flirtation with history. The Indians added a second run when Francisco Lindor followed with a double and scored on Michael Brantley's single.

''Got the ball right in the middle, and thank God, I put a good swing on it,'' Martin said.

SUPER SHORTSTOP

Lindor took an infield hit away from Justin Upton with a sensational play in the sixth

Upton hit a pop between the mound and second base that the All-Star shortstop snagged barehanded on one hop before throwing in time to get the Angels left fielder.

Martin remembers Lindor making similar plays against him.

''I used to hate that guy,'' he said, smiling. ''I use to hate him. He's really good. He's one of the best in the game. He made that play look so easy.''

TROUT UPDATE

Trout expressed frustration that his wrist isn't healed. He's still having trouble swinging since injuring his wrist while sliding on Wednesday.

''It's just a day-to-day thing,'' he said. ''I want to be out there. It's frustrating. You don't want to be sitting on the bench watching your team out there.''

STAR POWER

Ohtani showed off his power to all fields in Friday's game, homering to right and left against Mike Clevinger.

Although Ohtani doesn't have a typical slugger's swing, Francona says he's got plenty of pop.

''And he can run,'' Francona said. ''He's an interesting guy. He's got a chance to be pretty special.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Angels: LHP Tyler Skaggs was placed on the disabled list with a strained hip muscle. Manager Mike Scioscia said Skaggs, who was scheduled to pitch Sunday's finale, felt tightness in his previous start on July 31.

Indians: C Yan Gomes will be out of the starting lineup for several games due to hamstring tendinitis. Gomes has been bothered with the condition for a while, and aggravated his leg while running out a double in the second inning on Friday.

UP NEXT

Indians rookie Shane Bieber will make his first start against the Angels, who will call up rookie Deck McGuire from the minors. Bieber pitched into the seventh inning against Minnesota on July 30, but didn't factor into the decision.

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  • W: C. Kluber (14-6)L: F. Pena (1-3)
  • HR: CLE - L. Martin (11)
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A. Simmons SS40100001.302.356.422.7781.0
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F. Arcia C30000012.353.389.8241.212-0.5
K. Cowart 3B30000010.053.143.105.248-0.5
E. Young CF30100000.231.286.385.6702.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    F. Lindor SS31100111.291.373.559.9322.5
    M. Brantley LF20110200.295.343.466.8094.0
    J. Ramirez 3B40100003.300.406.6241.0303.0
    E. Encarnacion DH40000003.234.321.469.7900.0
    Y. Alonso 1B40000013.252.321.450.771-0.5
    M. Cabrera RF20000100.248.286.347.6321.0
    B. Guyer PR-RF01000000.200.296.384.6801.0
    J. Kipnis 2B20000100.218.301.352.6541.0
    R. Perez C20000000.160.243.232.4750.0
    L. Martin CF31111011.257.328.431.7585.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - E. Young (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - F. Lindor (35)
      • HR - L. Martin (11)
      • SH - R. Perez (3)
      • RBI - M. Brantley (59), L. Martin (32)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Ramirez (26)
      • CS - F. Lindor (5)
      FIELDING
      • PB - F. Arcia
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      F. Pena (L, 1-3)5.13223114.971.472.5
      J. Johnson0.20000103.351.260.5
      H. Robles1.00102104.381.511.5
      N. Ramirez1.01000004.621.332.0
      PITCHERSIP
      F. Pena (L, 1-3)5.1
      J. Johnson0.2
      H. Robles1.0
      N. Ramirez1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Kluber (W, 14-6)9.03001702.630.9236.5
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Kluber (W, 14-6)9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - H. Robles (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - F. Pena 86-47, J. Johnson 9-5, H. Robles 25-12, N. Ramirez 14-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - F. Pena 6-8, H. Robles 2-0, N. Ramirez 3-0
      • Batters Faced - F. Pena 21, J. Johnson 2, H. Robles 5, N. Ramirez 4
      PITCHING
      • HBP - C. Kluber (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kluber 98-64
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kluber 11-9
      • Batters Faced - C. Kluber 32
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      K. Calhoun RF30000110.206.269.381.6500.5
      J. Upton LF40000021.257.348.444.792-1.0
      S. Ohtani DH40000022.266.337.521.858-1.0
      A. Pujols 1B40100000.254.290.430.7201.0
      A. Simmons SS40100001.302.356.422.7781.0
      D. Fletcher 2B20000000.273.319.371.6911.0
      F. Arcia C30000012.353.389.8241.212-0.5
      K. Cowart 3B30000010.053.143.105.248-0.5
      E. Young CF30100000.231.286.385.6702.0
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        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        F. Lindor SS31100111.291.373.559.9322.5
        M. Brantley LF20110200.295.343.466.8094.0
        J. Ramirez 3B40100003.300.406.6241.0303.0
        E. Encarnacion DH40000003.234.321.469.7900.0
        Y. Alonso 1B40000013.252.321.450.771-0.5
        M. Cabrera RF20000100.248.286.347.6321.0
        B. Guyer PR-RF01000000.200.296.384.6801.0
        J. Kipnis 2B20000100.218.301.352.6541.0
        R. Perez C20000000.160.243.232.4750.0
        L. Martin CF31111011.257.328.431.7585.5
        Total2634215311-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - E. Young (2)
          BATTING
          • 2B - F. Lindor (35)
          • HR - L. Martin (11)
          • SH - R. Perez (3)
          • RBI - M. Brantley (59), L. Martin (32)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - J. Ramirez (26)
          • CS - F. Lindor (5)
          FIELDING
          • PB - F. Arcia
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          F. Pena (L, 1-3)5.13223114.971.472.5
          J. Johnson0.20000103.351.260.5
          H. Robles1.00102104.381.511.5
          N. Ramirez1.01000004.621.332.0
          Total8.0432531---
          PITCHERSIP
          F. Pena (L, 1-3)5.1
          J. Johnson0.2
          H. Robles1.0
          N. Ramirez1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          C. Kluber (W, 14-6)9.03001702.630.9236.5
          Total9.0300170---
          PITCHERSIP
          C. Kluber (W, 14-6)9.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - H. Robles (2)
          • Pitches-Strikes - F. Pena 86-47, J. Johnson 9-5, H. Robles 25-12, N. Ramirez 14-12
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - F. Pena 6-8, H. Robles 2-0, N. Ramirez 3-0
          • Batters Faced - F. Pena 21, J. Johnson 2, H. Robles 5, N. Ramirez 4
          PITCHING
          • HBP - C. Kluber (2)
          • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kluber 98-64
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kluber 11-9
          • Batters Faced - C. Kluber 32
          • 7TH INNING
            Guyer scored, Kipnis to third on passed ball03
          • 6TH INNING
            Brantley singled to center, Lindor scored02
            Martin homered to right center01
          • 9TH INNING
            • C. Kluber Pitching:
            • S. Ohtani: Ball, Ohtani flied out to right
            • A. Pujols: Ball, Strike looking, Pujols popped out to second
            • A. Simmons: Strike looking, Ball, Simmons grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • C. Kluber Pitching:
            • E. Young: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Young lined out to second
            • K. Calhoun: Foul, Ball, Foul, Calhoun lined out to center
            • J. Upton: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Upton struck out looking
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Noe Ramirez relieved Hansel Robles
            • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Ball, Brantley grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ramirez singled to right
            • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Ramirez stole second, Encarnacion grounded out to third, Ramirez to third
            • Y. Alonso: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Alonso grounded out to first
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • C. Kluber Pitching:
            • D. Fletcher: Strike looking, Fletcher grounded out to third
            • F. Arcia: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Arcia struck out swinging
            • K. Cowart: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Cowart flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Hansel Robles relieved Jim Johnson
            • M. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Cabrera walked
            • Brandon Guyer ran for Melky Cabrera
            • J. Kipnis: Ball, Ball, Guyer to second on wild pitch, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Kipnis walked
            • R. Perez: Foul, Perez hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Guyer to third, Kipnis to second
            • L. Martin: Ball, Ball, Guyer scored, Kipnis to third on passed ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Martin struck out swinging
            • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Lindor grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 7th (1 Run, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • C. Kluber Pitching:
            • J. Upton: Upton grounded out to shortstop
            • S. Ohtani: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ohtani struck out looking
            • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pujols singled to right center
            • A. Simmons: Ball, Simmons grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • F. Pena Pitching:
            • L. Martin: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Martin homered to right center
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Lindor doubled to left center
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Brantley singled to center, Lindor scored
            • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ramirez lined out to left
            • Jim Johnson relieved Felix Pena
            • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Encarnacion popped out to second
            • Y. Alonso: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Alonso struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • C. Kluber Pitching:
            • K. Cowart: Cowart grounded out to first
            • E. Young: Young grounded out to second
            • K. Calhoun: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul tip, Calhoun struck out on foul tip
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • F. Pena Pitching:
            • M. Cabrera: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Cabrera lined out to center
            • J. Kipnis: Kipnis flied out to center
            • R. Perez: Perez grounded out to second
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • C. Kluber Pitching:
            • A. Pujols: Ball, Pujols grounded out to shortstop
            • A. Simmons: Simmons singled to right
            • D. Fletcher: Strike looking, Ball, Fletcher grounded out to shortstop, Simmons to second
            • F. Arcia: Ball, Ball, Foul, Arcia grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • F. Pena Pitching:
            • M. Brantley: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Brantley walked
            • J. Ramirez: Ramirez popped out to shortstop
            • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Encarnacion grounded out to shortstop, Brantley to second
            • Y. Alonso: Strike swinging, Alonso popped out to shortstop
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • C. Kluber Pitching:
            • K. Cowart: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Cowart struck out looking
            • E. Young: Young doubled to left
            • K. Calhoun: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Calhoun walked
            • J. Upton: Ball, Foul, Upton flied out to deep right, Young to third
            • S. Ohtani: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ohtani grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • F. Pena Pitching:
            • R. Perez: Strike swinging, Perez grounded out to second
            • L. Martin: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Martin grounded out to third
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Lindor struck out looking
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • C. Kluber Pitching:
            • A. Pujols: Foul, Pujols fouled out to first
            • A. Simmons: Ball, Simmons grounded out to shortstop
            • D. Fletcher: Strike looking, Ball, Fletcher hit by pitch
            • F. Arcia: Arcia lined out to first
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • F. Pena Pitching:
            • Y. Alonso: Ball, Alonso grounded out to pitcher
            • M. Cabrera: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Cabrera grounded out to second
            • J. Kipnis: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Kipnis flied out to left
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • C. Kluber Pitching:
            • K. Calhoun: Foul, Ball, Calhoun lined out to shortstop
            • J. Upton: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Upton struck out swinging
            • S. Ohtani: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ohtani struck out looking
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • F. Pena Pitching:
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Lindor walked
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Lindor caught stealing, catcher to shortstop, Strike looking, Ball, Brantley walked
            • J. Ramirez: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Ramirez popped out to shortstop
            • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Ball, Encarnacion flied out to left
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)