Kluber earns 18th win, fans 10 as Indians beat Royals 3-1

CLEVELAND (AP) Corey Kluber says the goal each time he takes the mound is to give the Cleveland Indians a chance to win, rather than getting the W himself.

The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner is doing pretty well in both departments.

Kluber became the first 18-game winner in the majors this season, striking out 10 and pitching the Indians past the Kansas City Royals 3-1 Wednesday.

''I don't pay attention to it,'' he said. ''There's going to be times things are out of your control. You might pitch fairly well and the guy on the other side pitches lights out.''

''More so than actually getting the win, it's giving our team a chance to win. That's what I base things on,'' he said.

The Indians moved closer to a third straight AL Central title, and their magic number for clinching the division was reduced to eight when Minnesota lost at Houston on Wednesday night.

Kluber (18-7) is a major reason the Indians will be playing again in October. He allowed one run and two hits in 6 2/3 innings. He was pulled after throwing 105 pitches.

Kluber has won six of his last seven decisions and is a leading candidate to be chosen the league's best pitcher for the third time in five seasons. Luis Severino of the Yankees was set to start Wednesday night at Oakland.

''The last couple times out, seemed like he started to get the feel back. That's fun to watch,'' Indians manager Terry Francona said.

Royals manager Ned Yost watched Kluber retire the first 10 hitters before Kansas City got its only two hits of the game.

Alex Gordon lined a double on a 3-2 pitch in the fourth. Hunter Dozier struck out, but rookie Ryan O'Hearn's long drive was over center fielder Greg Allen's head and fell for an RBI triple.

The right-hander struck out Jorge Bonifacio to get out of the brief jam and retired nine of the last 10 hitters he faced.

Cleveland used three relievers to complete the two-hitter. Brad Hand struck out the side in the ninth for his eighth save since being acquired from San Diego and 32nd this season.

The game began in sweltering conditions with the temperature at 91 degrees for the first pitch.

Brad Keller (7-6) allowed three runs - one earned - in seven-plus innings and lost for the first time since Aug. 7.

''I felt like my fastball was pretty good and I hydrated myself all last night, so once the adrenaline kicked in when I got out there, I felt pretty good the whole time,'' he said.

Edwin Encarnacion's RBI grounder broke a 1-1 tie in the fifth. Allen's RBI single in the second gave Cleveland a 1-0 lead before Kansas City tied it.

Michael Brantley's one-out single started the go-ahead rally. Shortstop Alcides Escobar couldn't handle Yandy Diaz's chopper and Brantley took third when the ball rolled into the outfield on the error. Encarnacion's grounder put Cleveland ahead.

Jason Kipnis had a sacrifice fly and two hits.

Cody Allen, the Indians' closer until Hand was acquired, struck out two and retired all three hitters in the eighth. Oliver Perez struck out the only batter he faced and Cleveland's pitchers combined to fan 16.

Royals right fielder Brett Phillips was out of the lineup after running full-speed into the wall chasing Jose Ramirez's fly ball Tuesday. He was removed from the game an inning later. Phillips was diagnosed with a bruised right shoulder.

DONALDSON PLAN

Indians 3B Josh Donaldson was scheduled to play for Double-A Akron against Altoona in the first game of the best-of-five Eastern League playoffs on Wednesday. He's on the disabled list with a strained left calf, which has prevented him from playing in a major league game since May 28.

Donaldson, acquired from Toronto on Friday, is eligible to be activated Sept. 11. It's unclear how many minor league games he'll play before joining the Indians.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Royals: LHP Danny Duffy (sore shoulder) will not pitch again this season after leaving his Tuesday start in the first inning. Duffy was on the disabled list from Aug. 13-23 with a similar injury and recently received an anti-inflammatory shot.

''The doctors said he can't have another shot for a while, so it makes sense just to shut him down,'' manager Ned Yost said.

Indians: LHP Andrew Miller (sore shoulder) is expected to throw a bullpen session on Thursday in Toronto. He's been on the disabled list since Aug. 29.

UP NEXT

Royals: RHP Heath Fillmyer (2-1, 4.01 ERA) opens a three-game series Friday in Minnesota.

Indians: RHP Shane Bieber (8-3, 4.66 ERA) starts Thursday at Toronto.

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A. Gordon LF41100020.239.317.359.6762.0
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    G. Allen CF40110013.238.278.308.5861.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Gordon (18)
      • 3B - R. O'Hearn
      • RBI - R. O'Hearn (23)
      • 2-Out RBI - R. O'Hearn (8)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Bonifacio, B. Goodwin
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Cabrera (13), J. Kipnis (25)
      • SF - J. Kipnis (2)
      • RBI - E. Encarnacion (94), J. Kipnis (60), G. Allen (16)
      • 2-Out RBI - G. Allen (8)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - F. Lindor, E. Encarnacion, Y. Alonso 4 (4), G. Allen 3 (3)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Kipnis (7)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - B. Goodwin (2)
      • E - H. Dozier (7), A. Escobar (10)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      B. Keller (L, 7-6)7.011311503.141.338.5
      B. Flynn1.00000103.801.573.5
      PITCHERSIP
      B. Keller (L, 7-6)7.0
      B. Flynn1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Kluber (W, 18-7)6.221111002.750.9529.0
      O. Perez (H, 13)0.10000101.050.550.5
      C. Allen (H, 5)1.00000204.371.314.0
      B. Hand (S, 32)1.00000302.691.0711.5
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Kluber (W, 18-7)6.2
      O. Perez (H, 13)0.1
      C. Allen (H, 5)1.0
      B. Hand (S, 32)1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - B. Keller 99-69, B. Flynn 11-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Keller 8-8
      • Batters Faced - B. Keller 33, B. Flynn 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kluber 105-68, O. Perez 6-3, C. Allen 18-14, B. Hand 15-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kluber 5-5, C. Allen 1-0
      • Batters Faced - C. Kluber 23, O. Perez, C. Allen 3, B. Hand 3
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      A. Gordon LF41100020.239.317.359.6762.0
      H. Dozier 3B40000021.235.286.401.688-1.0
      R. O'Hearn 1B20110110.264.347.644.9914.5
      J. Bonifacio RF30000032.233.311.360.671-1.5
      B. Goodwin CF30000031.253.348.404.752-1.5
      R. Herrera 2B30000000.225.272.297.5690.0
      A. Escobar SS30000010.219.269.300.569-0.5
      M. Viloria C30000020.167.286.333.619-1.0
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        F. Lindor SS40000011.283.358.522.881-0.5
        M. Brantley LF41100010.303.356.463.8191.5
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        J. Kipnis 2B31210001.231.314.378.6937.0
        Y. Gomes C40100023.255.304.421.7250.0
        G. Allen CF40110013.238.278.308.5861.5
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          BATTING
          • 2B - A. Gordon (18)
          • 3B - R. O'Hearn
          • RBI - R. O'Hearn (23)
          • 2-Out RBI - R. O'Hearn (8)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Bonifacio, B. Goodwin
          BATTING
          • 2B - M. Cabrera (13), J. Kipnis (25)
          • SF - J. Kipnis (2)
          • RBI - E. Encarnacion (94), J. Kipnis (60), G. Allen (16)
          • 2-Out RBI - G. Allen (8)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - F. Lindor, E. Encarnacion, Y. Alonso 4 (4), G. Allen 3 (3)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - J. Kipnis (7)
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - B. Goodwin (2)
          • E - H. Dozier (7), A. Escobar (10)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          B. Keller (L, 7-6)7.011311503.141.338.5
          B. Flynn1.00000103.801.573.5
          Total8.01131160---
          PITCHERSIP
          B. Keller (L, 7-6)7.0
          B. Flynn1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          C. Kluber (W, 18-7)6.221111002.750.9529.0
          O. Perez (H, 13)0.10000101.050.550.5
          C. Allen (H, 5)1.00000204.371.314.0
          B. Hand (S, 32)1.00000302.691.0711.5
          Total9.02111160---
          PITCHERSIP
          C. Kluber (W, 18-7)6.2
          O. Perez (H, 13)0.1
          C. Allen (H, 5)1.0
          B. Hand (S, 32)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - B. Keller 99-69, B. Flynn 11-7
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Keller 8-8
          • Batters Faced - B. Keller 33, B. Flynn 3
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kluber 105-68, O. Perez 6-3, C. Allen 18-14, B. Hand 15-10
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kluber 5-5, C. Allen 1-0
          • Batters Faced - C. Kluber 23, O. Perez, C. Allen 3, B. Hand 3
          • 8TH INNING
            Kipnis hit sacrifice fly to right, Alonso scored, Guyer to third13
          • 5TH INNING
            Encarnacion reached on fielder's choice to third, Brantley scored, Diaz out at second12
          • 4TH INNING
            O'Hearn tripled to deep center, Gordon scored11
          • 2ND INNING
            Allen singled to left, Kipnis scored01
          • 9TH INNING
            • Brad Hand relieved Cody Allen
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Merrifield struck out looking
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Gordon struck out looking
            • H. Dozier: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Cody Allen relieved Oliver Perez
            • Erik Gonzalez at third base
            • R. Herrera: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Herrera grounded out to pitcher
            • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Escobar struck out swinging
            • M. Viloria: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Viloria struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • B. Keller Pitching:
            • Y. Alonso: Alonso singled to center
            • B. Guyer: Guyer hit sacrifice bunt to first, Alonso to third on 3rd baseman Dozier throwing error
            • Brian Flynn relieved Brad Keller
            • J. Kipnis: Kipnis hit sacrifice fly to right, Alonso scored, Guyer to third
            • Y. Gomes: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Gomes struck out swinging
            • G. Allen: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Allen lined out to right
            • End of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Brandon Guyer in right field
            • H. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Dozier fouled out to first
            • R. O'Hearn: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, O'Hearn walked
            • J. Bonifacio: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bonifacio struck out swinging
            • Oliver Perez relieved Corey Kluber
            • B. Goodwin: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Goodwin struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • B. Keller Pitching:
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Lindor lined out to center
            • M. Brantley: Foul, Foul, Brantley grounded out to shortstop
            • Y. Diaz: Strike looking, Diaz reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • Rajai Davis ran for Yandy Diaz
            • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Encarnacion flied out to shallow right
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • C. Kluber Pitching:
            • M. Viloria: Foul, Strike looking, Viloria grounded out to second
            • W. Merrifield: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Merrifield grounded out to second
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gordon struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • B. Keller Pitching:
            • M. Cabrera: Ball, Foul, Cabrera grounded out to second
            • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Ball, Kipnis singled to center
            • Y. Gomes: Gomes lined out to second
            • G. Allen: Strike looking, Kipnis stole second, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Allen struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • C. Kluber Pitching:
            • B. Goodwin: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Goodwin struck out swinging
            • R. Herrera: Strike looking, Strike looking, Herrera grounded out to second
            • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Escobar lined out to left
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • B. Keller Pitching:
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Lindor grounded out to second
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Brantley singled to shallow left center
            • Y. Diaz: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Diaz safe at first on shortstop Escobar fielding error, Brantley to third
            • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Foul, Encarnacion reached on fielder's choice to third, Brantley scored, Diaz out at second
            • Y. Alonso: Strike swinging, Alonso popped out to shortstop
            • End of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
          • 4TH INNING
            • C. Kluber Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Ball, Merrifield grounded out to second
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Gordon doubled to deep left
            • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
            • R. O'Hearn: Ball, Strike looking, O'Hearn tripled to deep center, Gordon scored
            • J. Bonifacio: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bonifacio struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • B. Keller Pitching:
            • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Cabrera doubled to deep right
            • J. Kipnis: Ball, Kipnis lined out to first
            • Y. Gomes: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gomes struck out swinging
            • G. Allen: Allen grounded out to first
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • C. Kluber Pitching:
            • R. Herrera: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Herrera grounded out to second
            • A. Escobar: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Escobar flied out to deep center
            • M. Viloria: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Viloria struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • B. Keller Pitching:
            • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Brantley struck out swinging
            • Y. Diaz: Strike looking, Diaz grounded out to first
            • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Encarnacion reached on an infield single to first
            • Y. Alonso: Ball, Alonso lined out to second
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • C. Kluber Pitching:
            • R. O'Hearn: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, O'Hearn struck out swinging
            • J. Bonifacio: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Bonifacio struck out swinging
            • B. Goodwin: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Goodwin struck out looking
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • B. Keller Pitching:
            • M. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Cabrera struck out looking
            • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Kipnis doubled to deep left
            • Y. Gomes: Ball, Strike swinging, Gomes singled to center, Kipnis to third, Gomes out at second
            • G. Allen: Strike looking, Allen singled to left, Kipnis scored
            • F. Lindor: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Lindor grounded out to second
            • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • C. Kluber Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Merrifield struck out swinging
            • A. Gordon: Gordon lined out to center
            • H. Dozier: Ball, Dozier flied out to right
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • B. Keller Pitching:
            • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Lindor struck out swinging
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Brantley flied out to left
            • Y. Diaz: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Diaz walked
            • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Encarnacion singled to right center, Diaz to third
            • Y. Alonso: Ball, Foul, Alonso flied out to shallow left
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)