Ramirez, Kluber lift Indians past Reds 8-1

CINCINNATI (AP) On a day when the Cleveland Indians lost key starter Trevor Bauer to an injury, ace Corey Kluber gave them a huge lift.

Kluber extended his dominance of the Cincinnati Reds with seven strong innings and Jose Ramirez hit his 36th home run as the Cleveland Indians rolled to an 8-1 win on Tuesday night.

Kluber (15-6) allowed one run and five hits and struck out seven in seven innings. He was efficient throughout, never throwing more than 19 pitches in an inning. He threw nine pitches in the first inning and seven in the fourth.

''I thought he was really good,'' Indians manager Terry Francona said. ''There was some early contact and stayed off the barrel. I thought his cutter was really good when he needed to get back into a count or even for a strikeout.''

The Indians won the first two games of the series by a combined 18-4 despite a rough week with outfielder Leonys Martin hospitalized with a serious bacterial infection and Bauer placed on the DL with a fractured right leg on Tuesday.

''We've had our fair share of injuries,'' Kluber said. ''Trevor's been a huge part of this team. But we can't get wrapped up in losing someone important like that.''

Cleveland sent nine batters to the plate in the first inning scoring four runs on four hits, including a two-run single by Yonder Alonso. Third baseman Eugenio Suarez's diving stop on Yan Gomes' hard grounder prevented further damage.

In the second inning, Ramirez doubled and scored on Alonso's sacrifice fly and an RBI single by Melky Cabrera made it 6-0.

Romano (7-10) left after allowing six runs and seven hits in 1 2/3 innings, the shortest start of his career.

''They did find a hole but I also fell behind every single hitter I faced,'' Romano said. ''It's unacceptable. I was on a pretty good run. You're not going to get away with that kind of stuff against a team like that over there.''

Michael Lorenzen pitched a career-high 4 1/3 innings, tying Keury Mella's outing on Aug. 2 for the most by a Reds reliever this season.

Ramirez's solo homer on a 3-2 pitch from Lorenzen in the sixth made it 8-0. He also homered in the third inning on Monday.

Kluber retired the Reds in order three times. He struck out three straight batters in the sixth after allowing Billy Hamilton's leadoff single.

The only run Kluber allowed was when Tucker Barnhart tripled for the second time this season and scored on Preston Tucker's single in the seventh.

''We knew how good he is but that was really some good pitching,'' Reds manager Jim Riggleman said of Kluber. ''He's not a flamethrower but he really pitched.''

In his past four starts vs. Cincinnati, Kluber is 4-0 with a 1.80 ERA.

Tyler Olson, recalled from Triple-A Columbus on Tuesday, pitched a scoreless ninth inning for Cleveland which has won four straight games.

''You just have to do your job,'' Francona said of his team responding to a tough week. ''Just do your job. You just have to show up and play that day's game. You don't know what's in store for tomorrow. Next man up.''

CHASING J.D.?

Ramirez has homered in three straight appearances for the fourth time in his career and third time this season. In his past three games, Ramirez is hitting .571 with three homers and six RBIs. His 36 home runs rank second in the major leagues behind Boston's J.D. Martinez, who has 37. ''That's not really in my head,'' Ramirez said through an interpreter. ''I'm just trying to get good pitches to hit. I hope J.D. hits 200 homers this year.''

ROAD WARRIORS

The Indians have won 14 of their past 18 road games. In those games, Indians pitchers have posted a 2.81 ERA.

CLOSE FRIENDS

Alonso expressed concern on Tuesday for his friend and teammate Leonys Martin who's in stable condition at the Cleveland Clinic where he's being treated for a bacterial infection. ''It hit home for sure,'' Alonso said. ''All you can do is pray. He's young, he's in shape. He's going to get through this. When something like this tragically happens, it reminds you there's more than baseball.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Indians: Trevor Bauer went on the 10-day disabled list on Tuesday with a small stress fracture in his right fibula. Bauer was struck by a line drive on his right ankle on Saturday and a MRI on Tuesday revealed the fracture. There is no timetable for his return.

Reds: Scott Schebler experienced no issues with his sprained right shoulder while throwing on Monday. He could be sent out for a rehab assignment at either Triple-A Louisville or Double-A Pensacola later this week.

UP NEXT

Indians: Rookie right-hander Shane Bieber (6-2) will make his 12th start of the season and face the Reds for the first time.

Reds: Robert Stephenson (0-1) will make his second start since being recalled from Triple-A.

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  • W: C. Kluber (15-6)L: S. Romano (7-10)
  • HR: CLE - J. Ramirez (36)
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  • a-struck out for Kluber in the 8th
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B. Hamilton CF20100110.233.303.306.6090.5
  • a-struck out for Hernandez in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Ramirez (31)
  • HR - J. Ramirez (36)
  • SF - Y. Alonso (4)
  • RBI - J. Ramirez 2 (89), Y. Alonso 3 (70), M. Cabrera (18), Y. Gomes (38)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Ramirez (32), M. Cabrera (8)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - F. Lindor, J. Kipnis, C. Kluber 3 (3)
BATTING
  • 3B - T. Barnhart (2)
  • RBI - P. Tucker (24)
  • 2-Out RBI - P. Tucker (13)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - E. Suarez, M. Lorenzen 2 (2), D. Herrera
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Kipnis (5)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - B. Hamilton (5)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Kipnis-Lindor-Alonso)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Gennett-Peraza-Votto)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Kluber (W, 15-6)7.05112702.680.9226.5
N. Ramirez1.00000204.401.144.0
T. Olson1.00000007.111.533.0
PITCHERSIP
C. Kluber (W, 15-6)7.0
N. Ramirez1.0
T. Olson1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Romano (L, 7-10)1.27662105.311.45-16.5
M. Lorenzen4.13222112.981.375.5
J. Hughes1.00000201.341.044.0
D. Hernandez1.00000101.970.993.5
R. Iglesias1.00000302.421.004.5
PITCHERSIP
S. Romano (L, 7-10)1.2
M. Lorenzen4.1
J. Hughes1.0
D. Hernandez1.0
R. Iglesias1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kluber 96-60, N. Ramirez 14-10, T. Olson 11-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kluber 7-5, T. Olson 1-2
  • Batters Faced - C. Kluber 26, N. Ramirez 3, T. Olson 3
PITCHING
  • IBB - S. Romano (5)
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Romano 44-23, M. Lorenzen 66-38, J. Hughes 9-7, D. Hernandez 13-7, R. Iglesias 14-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Romano 2-2, M. Lorenzen 5-6, J. Hughes 1-0
  • Batters Faced - S. Romano 14, M. Lorenzen 17, J. Hughes 3, D. Hernandez 3, R. Iglesias 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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Y. Alonso 1B41130010.249.312.444.7564.5
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B. Guyer RF00000000.199.287.377.6630.0
J. Kipnis 2B30000103.226.313.364.6773.0
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  • a-struck out for Kluber in the 8th
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J. Votto 1B40000021.287.425.423.848-1.0
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E. Suarez 3B-SS40000011.300.380.561.941-0.5
S. Gennett 2B40000010.304.354.482.835-0.5
T. Barnhart C41100000.243.327.371.6984.0
M. Williams RF30100021.281.293.368.6620.0
P. Tucker LF20210100.250.307.414.7214.0
S. Romano P0000-000.031.031.063.000-
M. Lorenzen P20000003.263.300.7371.0370.0
D. Herrera 3B10000001.172.294.379.6730.0
B. Hamilton CF20100110.233.303.306.6090.5
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  • a-struck out for Hernandez in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Ramirez (31)
  • HR - J. Ramirez (36)
  • SF - Y. Alonso (4)
  • RBI - J. Ramirez 2 (89), Y. Alonso 3 (70), M. Cabrera (18), Y. Gomes (38)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Ramirez (32), M. Cabrera (8)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - F. Lindor, J. Kipnis, C. Kluber 3 (3)
BATTING
  • 3B - T. Barnhart (2)
  • RBI - P. Tucker (24)
  • 2-Out RBI - P. Tucker (13)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - E. Suarez, M. Lorenzen 2 (2), D. Herrera
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Kipnis (5)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - B. Hamilton (5)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Kipnis-Lindor-Alonso)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Gennett-Peraza-Votto)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Kluber (W, 15-6)7.05112702.680.9226.5
N. Ramirez1.00000204.401.144.0
T. Olson1.00000007.111.533.0
Total9.0511290---
PITCHERSIP
C. Kluber (W, 15-6)7.0
N. Ramirez1.0
T. Olson1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Romano (L, 7-10)1.27662105.311.45-16.5
M. Lorenzen4.13222112.981.375.5
J. Hughes1.00000201.341.044.0
D. Hernandez1.00000101.970.993.5
R. Iglesias1.00000302.421.004.5
Total9.01088481---
PITCHERSIP
S. Romano (L, 7-10)1.2
M. Lorenzen4.1
J. Hughes1.0
D. Hernandez1.0
R. Iglesias1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kluber 96-60, N. Ramirez 14-10, T. Olson 11-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kluber 7-5, T. Olson 1-2
  • Batters Faced - C. Kluber 26, N. Ramirez 3, T. Olson 3
PITCHING
  • IBB - S. Romano (5)
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Romano 44-23, M. Lorenzen 66-38, J. Hughes 9-7, D. Hernandez 13-7, R. Iglesias 14-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Romano 2-2, M. Lorenzen 5-6, J. Hughes 1-0
  • Batters Faced - S. Romano 14, M. Lorenzen 17, J. Hughes 3, D. Hernandez 3, R. Iglesias 3
  • 7TH INNING
    Tucker singled to shallow right, Barnhart scored81
  • 6TH INNING
    Ramirez homered to right80
  • 5TH INNING
    Allen grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Cabrera scored, Kipnis to third, Gomes out at second70
  • 2ND INNING
    Cabrera singled to left, Ramirez scored60
    Alonso hit sacrifice fly to center, Brantley scored50
  • 1ST INNING
    Gomes grounded out to third, Alonso scored, Kipnis to second40
    Alonso singled to shallow left center, Brantley and Ramirez scored30
    Ramirez singled to right, Lindor scored, Brantley to third, Ramirez to second10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Raisel Iglesias pitching
    • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Brantley struck out swinging
    • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Ramirez struck out looking
    • Y. Alonso: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Alonso struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Tyler Olson relieved Neil Ramirez
    • Rajai Davis in left field
    • E. Suarez: Ball, Ball, Suarez flied out to deep right
    • S. Gennett: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Gennett grounded out to second
    • T. Barnhart: Foul, Barnhart lined out to third
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • David Hernandez relieved Jared Hughes
    • G. Allen: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Ball, Allen flied out to left
    • Erik Gonzalez hit for Corey Kluber
    • E. Gonzalez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
    • F. Lindor: Ball, Strike looking, Lindor flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Neil Ramirez pitching
    • B. Hamilton: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Hamilton struck out swinging
    • Brandon Dixon hit for David Hernandez
    • B. Dixon: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Dixon struck out swinging
    • J. Votto: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Votto flied out to left
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Jared Hughes pitching
    • Dilson Herrera at third base
    • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Cabrera struck out looking
    • J. Kipnis: Ball, Kipnis grounded out to second
    • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gomes struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Brandon Guyer in right field
    • S. Gennett: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gennett flied out to left
    • T. Barnhart: Barnhart tripled to deep right
    • M. Williams: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Williams struck out swinging
    • P. Tucker: Ball, Ball, Tucker singled to shallow right, Barnhart scored
    • D. Herrera: Ball, Foul, Ball, Herrera grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Tucker out at second
    • End of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • M. Lorenzen Pitching:
    • F. Lindor: Foul, Ball, Lindor grounded out to second
    • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Brantley grounded out to third
    • J. Ramirez: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ramirez homered to right
    • Y. Alonso: Ball, Alonso flied out to left
    • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • C. Kluber Pitching:
    • B. Hamilton: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Hamilton singled to shallow left
    • J. Peraza: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Peraza struck out swinging
    • J. Votto: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Votto struck out swinging
    • E. Suarez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Suarez struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • M. Lorenzen Pitching:
    • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Cabrera singled to shallow left
    • J. Kipnis: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Kipnis walked, Cabrera to second
    • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gomes walked, Cabrera to third, Kipnis to second
    • G. Allen: Strike looking, Strike looking, Allen grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Cabrera scored, Kipnis to third, Gomes out at second
    • C. Kluber: Kluber popped out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • C. Kluber Pitching:
    • S. Gennett: Foul, Ball, Gennett grounded out to second
    • T. Barnhart: Ball, Barnhart grounded out to first
    • M. Williams: Strike looking, Williams singled to right
    • P. Tucker: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Tucker walked, Williams to second
    • M. Lorenzen: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Lorenzen lined out to center
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • M. Lorenzen Pitching:
    • M. Brantley: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Brantley grounded out to second
    • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ramirez grounded out to second
    • Y. Alonso: Ball, Ball, Alonso flied out to left
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Kluber Pitching:
    • J. Peraza: Strike looking, Ball, Peraza grounded out to second
    • J. Votto: Votto grounded out to first
    • E. Suarez: Ball, Foul, Suarez lined out to left
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • M. Lorenzen Pitching:
    • Y. Gomes: Gomes flied out to right
    • G. Allen: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Allen reached on an infield single to pitcher
    • C. Kluber: Foul, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Kluber struck out looking
    • F. Lindor: Ball, Strike looking, Lindor lined out to right
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • C. Kluber Pitching:
    • P. Tucker: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Tucker singled to center
    • M. Lorenzen: Ball, Ball, Lorenzen grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Tucker out at second
    • B. Hamilton: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Hamilton walked
    • J. Peraza: Ball, Strike looking, Hamilton caught stealing, catcher to shortstop
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • S. Romano Pitching:
    • F. Lindor: Ball, Ball, Lindor popped out to second
    • M. Brantley: Brantley singled to shallow left center
    • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Ramirez doubled to right, Brantley to third
    • Y. Alonso: Foul, Foul, Alonso hit sacrifice fly to center, Brantley scored
    • M. Cabrera: Cabrera singled to left, Ramirez scored
    • Michael Lorenzen relieved Sal Romano
    • J. Kipnis: Ball, Strike looking, Kipnis lined out to right
    • Middle of the 2nd (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Kluber Pitching:
    • S. Gennett: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul tip, Gennett struck out on foul tip
    • T. Barnhart: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Barnhart lined out to shortstop
    • M. Williams: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Williams struck out looking
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • S. Romano Pitching:
    • F. Lindor: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Lindor singled to shallow center
    • M. Brantley: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Brantley walked, Lindor to second
    • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ramirez singled to right, Lindor scored, Brantley to third, Ramirez to second
    • Y. Alonso: Ball, Alonso singled to shallow left center, Brantley and Ramirez scored
    • M. Cabrera: Ball, Cabrera singled to shallow left, Alonso to second
    • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Kipnis reached on fielder's choice to second, Alonso to third, Cabrera out at second
    • Y. Gomes: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Gomes grounded out to third, Alonso scored, Kipnis to second
    • G. Allen: Allen intentionally walked
    • C. Kluber: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Kipnis stole third, Strike swinging, Kluber struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Kluber Pitching:
    • J. Peraza: Strike looking, Ball, Peraza flied out to right
    • J. Votto: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Votto struck out looking
    • E. Suarez: Foul, Suarez grounded out to third
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)