Kluber pitches Indians past Rays 3-0

CLEVELAND (AP) Corey Kluber and the Cleveland Indians are rolling along quite nicely. And help is on the way.

Kluber pitched seven sparkling innings, Edwin Encarnacion homered and the Indians beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-0 on Friday night.

AL Central-leading Cleveland won for the fourth time in five games, and then finalized a trade for 2015 AL MVP Josh Donaldson. The Indians sent a player to be named to the Blue Jays for cash considerations and Donaldson, a slugging third baseman who has been limited to 36 games this season because of injuries.

Kluber (17-7) allowed two singles, struck out eight and walked two in Cleveland's AL-best 14th shutout this season. Cody Allen worked a perfect eighth and Brad Hand finished the two-hitter for his 31st save.

It was an encouraging outing for Allen, who lost the closer job during a tough August.

''Just because Cody ran into a hiccup there, we never lost confidence in him,'' Kluber said. ''He's not one of the best closers that we've had in this organization for no reason. We all have the same goal here and that's to win. I thought he looked real good tonight.''

Pitching for the third straight day, Allen helped the Indians retire the last 17 batters. He was 0-2 with two blown saves and an 11.57 ERA in his previous six appearances.

''This is a special group we've got and these guys are my bros,'' Allen said. ''I'm not surprised the way they've stayed behind me and picked me up. We've got very, very high character guys who care a great deal about each other.''

Kluber, making a bid for a second straight AL Cy Young Award, matched Yankees ace Luis Severino for the major league lead in wins. He also moved into first place in the AL with 186 2/3 innings.

''I thought Klubes was really crisp and I thought Cody looked tremendous,'' Cleveland manager Terry Francona said. ''Cody should feel really good. He should because he's worked hard. Now, we've got to keep him there.''

Encarnacion snapped a scoreless tie with a solo drive to center off Tyler Glasnow (1-4) in the seventh. The Indians added two more in the ninth when Greg Allen scored on a wild pitch and Michael Brantley singled home Francisco Lindor.

Glasnow struck out six in a career-high seven innings. He was working on a no-hitter before Melky Cabrera singled with two out in the fifth.

''I was really impressed with the way Tyler threw the ball,'' Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said. ''He was just awesome to watch and went toe to toe with arguably one of the best in the game. We couldn't get anything done offensively, but Kluber's numbers speak for themselves.''

Joey Wendle hit a leadoff single in the first and Tommy Pham singled in the fourth for Tampa Bay's only hits. The Rays are 9-2 since Aug. 19, matching their best 11-game run in four years.

RIVALRY RENEWED

Francona and Cash are close friends who enjoy kidding each other. Cash fired the opening volley by stealing Francona's dugout chair before the game. Francona responded with a scoreboard graphic entitled ''How bad is Kevin Cash at the plate?'' that featured his statistics.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rays: C Michael Perez was placed on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring. ... OF Mallex Smith (viral infection) begins a rehabilitation assignment Saturday with Single-A Charlotte. Smith fell ill and was hospitalized last week. Cash said the leadoff hitter could be activated when he is eligible on Monday.

Indians: RHP Trevor Bauer (right fibula stress fracture) underwent a second bone scan and will learn the results Saturday. The All-Star was struck by a line drive on Aug. 11 and is expected to be out until mid-September.

UP NEXT

Rays LHP Blake Snell (16-5, 2.05 ERA) takes on Indians RHP Shane Bieber (8-2, 4.52 ERA) in the second game of the series. Snell is tied for third in the majors in victories behind Severino and Kluber.

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  • W: C. Kluber (17-7)L: T. Glasnow (1-4)S: B. Hand (31)
  • HR: CLE - E. Encarnacion (29)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. Wendle 2B40100020.295.345.422.7670.0
M. Duffy 3B30000110.296.355.369.7240.5
J. Choi DH30000112.260.340.465.8050.5
T. Pham LF30100012.253.338.406.7450.5
J. Bauers RF30000032.201.316.390.706-1.5
C. Cron 1B30000002.255.322.484.8060.0
K. Kiermaier CF30000000.196.261.319.5800.0
W. Adames SS30000020.251.313.394.707-1.0
J. Sucre C20000000.201.240.229.4690.0
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A. Moore C00000000.167.167.167.3330.0
  • a-struck out for Sucre in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
F. Lindor SS31000111.286.363.523.8865.5
M. Brantley LF40110011.303.358.466.8241.5
J. Ramirez 3B40000021.288.400.597.996-1.0
E. Encarnacion DH31111000.236.324.482.8056.0
Y. Alonso 1B20000100.246.313.437.7501.0
M. Cabrera RF30100001.277.332.439.7713.0
B. Guyer RF00000000.188.282.357.6390.0
J. Kipnis 2B30000011.227.314.371.685-0.5
Y. Gomes C30000020.257.308.426.734-1.0
G. Allen CF21100000.243.281.317.5985.0
    BATTING
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Cron 2 (2)
    BATTING
    • HR - E. Encarnacion (29)
    • RBI - M. Brantley (70), E. Encarnacion (92)
    • 2-Out RBI - M. Brantley (23)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Brantley, J. Ramirez, J. Kipnis
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - F. Lindor 2 (22), M. Cabrera, G. Allen (14)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Wendle-Adames-Cron)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Ramirez-Kipnis-Alonso)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    T. Glasnow (L, 1-4)7.02111613.951.2318.0
    R. Stanek1.02221102.771.07-1.5
    PITCHERSIP
    T. Glasnow (L, 1-4)7.0
    R. Stanek1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Kluber (W, 17-7)7.02002802.800.9631.0
    C. Allen (H, 4)1.00000204.531.344.0
    B. Hand (S, 31)1.00000102.611.0810.5
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Kluber (W, 17-7)7.0
    C. Allen (H, 4)1.0
    B. Hand (S, 31)1.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - R. Stanek 2 (4)
    • HBP - T. Glasnow (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - T. Glasnow 79-56, R. Stanek 23-11
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Glasnow 6-8
    • Batters Faced - T. Glasnow 24, R. Stanek 6
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kluber 109-70, C. Allen 9-8, B. Hand 10-7
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kluber 4-8, B. Hand 2-0
    • Batters Faced - C. Kluber 24, C. Allen 3, B. Hand 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    J. Wendle 2B40100020.295.345.422.7670.0
    M. Duffy 3B30000110.296.355.369.7240.5
    J. Choi DH30000112.260.340.465.8050.5
    T. Pham LF30100012.253.338.406.7450.5
    J. Bauers RF30000032.201.316.390.706-1.5
    C. Cron 1B30000002.255.322.484.8060.0
    K. Kiermaier CF30000000.196.261.319.5800.0
    W. Adames SS30000020.251.313.394.707-1.0
    J. Sucre C20000000.201.240.229.4690.0
    a- B. Lowe PH10000010.208.356.292.648-0.5
    A. Moore C00000000.167.167.167.3330.0
    Total2802002118-----
    HITTERSAB
    J. Wendle 2B4
    M. Duffy 3B3
    J. Choi DH3
    T. Pham LF3
    J. Bauers RF3
    C. Cron 1B3
    K. Kiermaier CF3
    W. Adames SS3
    J. Sucre C2
    a- B. Lowe PH1
    A. Moore C0
    Total28
    • a-struck out for Sucre in the 8th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    F. Lindor SS31000111.286.363.523.8865.5
    M. Brantley LF40110011.303.358.466.8241.5
    J. Ramirez 3B40000021.288.400.597.996-1.0
    E. Encarnacion DH31111000.236.324.482.8056.0
    Y. Alonso 1B20000100.246.313.437.7501.0
    M. Cabrera RF30100001.277.332.439.7713.0
    B. Guyer RF00000000.188.282.357.6390.0
    J. Kipnis 2B30000011.227.314.371.685-0.5
    Y. Gomes C30000020.257.308.426.734-1.0
    G. Allen CF21100000.243.281.317.5985.0
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      BATTING
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Cron 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • HR - E. Encarnacion (29)
      • RBI - M. Brantley (70), E. Encarnacion (92)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Brantley (23)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Brantley, J. Ramirez, J. Kipnis
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - F. Lindor 2 (22), M. Cabrera, G. Allen (14)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Wendle-Adames-Cron)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Ramirez-Kipnis-Alonso)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      T. Glasnow (L, 1-4)7.02111613.951.2318.0
      R. Stanek1.02221102.771.07-1.5
      Total8.0433271---
      PITCHERSIP
      T. Glasnow (L, 1-4)7.0
      R. Stanek1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Kluber (W, 17-7)7.02002802.800.9631.0
      C. Allen (H, 4)1.00000204.531.344.0
      B. Hand (S, 31)1.00000102.611.0810.5
      Total9.02002110---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Kluber (W, 17-7)7.0
      C. Allen (H, 4)1.0
      B. Hand (S, 31)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - R. Stanek 2 (4)
      • HBP - T. Glasnow (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - T. Glasnow 79-56, R. Stanek 23-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Glasnow 6-8
      • Batters Faced - T. Glasnow 24, R. Stanek 6
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kluber 109-70, C. Allen 9-8, B. Hand 10-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kluber 4-8, B. Hand 2-0
      • Batters Faced - C. Kluber 24, C. Allen 3, B. Hand 3
      • 8TH INNING
        Brantley singled to center, Lindor scored03
        Allen scored on wild pitch02
      • 7TH INNING
        Encarnacion homered to center01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Brad Hand relieved Cody Allen
        • J. Wendle: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Wendle struck out swinging
        • M. Duffy: Duffy grounded out to pitcher
        • J. Choi: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Choi grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Cody Allen relieved Corey Kluber
        • Brandon Guyer in right field
        • K. Kiermaier: Kiermaier popped out to shortstop
        • W. Adames: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Adames struck out looking
        • Brandon Lowe hit for Jesus Sucre
        • B. Lowe: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Lowe struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Ryne Stanek relieved Tyler Glasnow
        • Adam Moore catching
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Kipnis flied out to shallow center
        • Y. Gomes: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Gomes popped out to shortstop
        • G. Allen: Allen singled to left center
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Allen stole second, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Allen to third on wild pitch, Ball, Ball, Lindor walked
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Lindor stole second, Allen scored on wild pitch, Ball, Lindor stole third, Brantley singled to center, Lindor scored
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ramirez struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • T. Pham: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike looking, Pham struck out looking
        • J. Bauers: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bauers struck out looking
        • C. Cron: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Cron flied out to deep right
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Glasnow Pitching:
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ramirez grounded out to second
        • E. Encarnacion: Encarnacion homered to center
        • Y. Alonso: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Alonso grounded out to first
        • M. Cabrera: Cabrera fouled out to third
        • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • J. Wendle: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Wendle struck out swinging
        • M. Duffy: Foul, Strike looking, Strike looking, Duffy struck out looking
        • J. Choi: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Choi flied out to deep left
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Glasnow Pitching:
        • Y. Gomes: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gomes struck out swinging
        • G. Allen: Strike looking, Ball, Allen hit by pitch
        • F. Lindor: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Lindor flied out to right
        • M. Brantley: Pickoff attempt, Brantley grounded out to first
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • K. Kiermaier: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Kiermaier lined out to center
        • W. Adames: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul tip, Adames struck out on foul tip
        • J. Sucre: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Sucre grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Glasnow Pitching:
        • E. Encarnacion: Encarnacion lined out to center
        • Y. Alonso: Strike looking, Alonso grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Cabrera singled to left center
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Cabrera stole second, Strike swinging, Kipnis struck out swinging
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • M. Duffy: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Duffy lined out to center
        • J. Choi: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Choi walked
        • T. Pham: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Pham singled to center, Choi to second
        • J. Bauers: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Bauers struck out looking
        • C. Cron: Ball, Cron flied out to left
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • T. Glasnow Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Lindor struck out looking
        • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Brantley grounded out to first
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ramirez flied out to center
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • W. Adames: Ball, Strike looking, Adames grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Sucre: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Sucre lined out to first
        • J. Wendle: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Wendle grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Glasnow Pitching:
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Kipnis flied out to left
        • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Gomes struck out on foul tip
        • G. Allen: Allen flied out to deep center
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • J. Bauers: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bauers struck out looking
        • C. Cron: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Cron lined out to center
        • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Kiermaier flied out to deep right
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Glasnow Pitching:
        • E. Encarnacion: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Encarnacion lined out to left
        • Y. Alonso: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Alonso walked
        • M. Cabrera: Cabrera grounded out to shortstop, Alonso out at second
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • J. Wendle: Wendle singled to center
        • M. Duffy: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Duffy walked, Wendle to second
        • J. Choi: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Choi struck out swinging
        • T. Pham: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pham grounded out to second, Duffy out at second
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • T. Glasnow Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Lindor lined out to center
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Brantley struck out swinging
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ramirez struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)