Kluber wins 19th, strikes out 11 as Indians top White Sox

CLEVELAND (AP) Corey Kluber isn't letting up as the regular season winds down.

Kluber struck out 11 in eight innings to record his career-high 19th win as the Cleveland Indians beat the Chicago White Sox 5-3 on Tuesday night.

Although the Indians have locked up their third straight AL Central title, Kluber's goal is simple: Go into the postseason pitching as well as possible.

''I don't want to go out there and think like it's spring training because we've already clinched,'' he said. ''The best way to stay locked in is to keep your foot on the gas, so to speak, and stay in that competitive mind frame.''

Kluber (19-7), who allowed three runs, topped 200 strikeouts for the fifth straight season. Kluber won 18 games in three of the previous four seasons, including his two AL Cy Young Award-winning years, 2014 and 2017.

''Vintage Kluber,'' White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. ''He kept it low in the zone, and kept driving it lower and lower. He stays below the zone, so you have to make adjustments.''

Omar Narvaez walked and Matt Davidson singled with two outs in the eighth, but Kluber retired Ryan LaMarre on a groundout.

In his previous start on Sept. 10, Kluber lasted only 1 2/3 innings and allowed four runs against Tampa Bay. His turn in the rotation was moved back a day to line him up to start Game 1 of the Division Series, which begins Oct. 5.

''Obviously, I had a pretty short outing last time, so I was able to get a pretty long side (session) in a couple days after that,'' Kluber said. ''It actually worked out fine timing-wise to where I was able to get two in.''

Indians All-Star second baseman Jose Ramirez was hit on the left arm by Carlos Rodon's pitch in the fifth inning and walked from the plate in obvious pain. Ramirez spoke with manager Terry Francona and a team trainer, but stayed in the game and stole second base moments later.

''Fortunately it got him above the elbow, but it got him pretty good,'' Francona said.

Jason Kipnis homered and Yandy Diaz added a two-run single when Cleveland scored three times in the fifth.

Andrew Miller struck out three in the ninth but allowed the potential tying run to reach base. With one out, Welington Castillo reached on Yan Gomes' passed ball on strike three.

Miller struck out Yolmer Sanchez before Tim Anderson blooped a single to right. Miller then fanned Daniel Palka to end the game. The left-hander, who has been on the disabled list three times, picked up his second save and first since April 9.

''It keeps your adrenaline going,'' Miller said about pitching the ninth. ''You don't want to mess it up. As much fun as I've ever had is closing out games. I love looking up at the scoreboard and looking up at the lineup card, trying to get through that.''

Rodon (6-6) allowed five runs in seven innings. Palka and Narvaez hit solo homers in the sixth for the White Sox.

White Sox slugger Jose Abreu will miss the series because of an infection in his right thigh. Abreu is batting .320 (16 for 50) with five homers and 12 RBIs in his career against Kluber.

Melky Cabrera's RBI double and Yan Gomes' run-scoring single gave Cleveland a 2-0 lead in the second.

Josh Donaldson, who was acquired from Toronto on Aug. 31, drew a leadoff walk and scored from first on Cabrera's hit. Donaldson also walked in the fourth, but was 0-for-2 and is batting .133 (2 for 15) in five games with Cleveland.

The Indians rested most of their regulars Sunday, a day after clinching the division. Francona returned to his usual lineup Tuesday night with the exception of designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion, who has missed the last two games after tweaking his ankle.

RARE OPPORTUNITY

Miller admitted he thought about getting a fourth strikeout in the ninth inning.

''I'm not going to lie,'' he said. ''It crossed my mind. Uhh, nah. I'm just trying to get outs.''

SLUGGING YOUNGSTERS

Palka leads AL rookies with 25 home runs and has homered four times in seven games on Chicago's trip. He briefly moved into a tie for the major league lead among rookies before Atlanta's Ronald Acuna Jr. hit his 26th on Tuesday.

TRAINER'S ROOM

White Sox: OF Nicky Delmonico (stiff neck) was a late scratch. He was injured Sunday while diving for a ball in Baltimore.

Indians: Francona said Encarnacion will return Wednesday.

UP NEXT

White Sox RHP Dylan Covey (5-13, 5.64 ERA) takes on RHP Carlos Carrasco (16-8, 3.41) in the middle game of the series. Carrasco has won both of his starts against Chicago this season, allowing one unearned run in 14 innings.

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  • W: C. Kluber (19-7)L: C. Rodon (6-6)S: A. Miller (2)
  • HR: CHW - D. Palka (25), O. Narvaez (8), CLE - J. Kipnis (16)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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T. Anderson SS50100021.246.287.414.7010.0
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A. Garcia RF40000011.237.275.452.727-0.5
O. Narvaez C41211011.276.363.433.7966.5
M. Davidson 1B30100110.234.330.445.7751.5
R. LaMarre LF41100023.273.317.377.6942.0
Y. Moncada 2B40200011.228.307.395.7022.5
A. Engel CF30000034.236.277.342.619-1.5
a- W. Castillo PH10000010.242.285.403.687-0.5
R. Cordell PR00000000.063.059.250.3090.0
  • a-struck out (passed ball) for Engel in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
F. Lindor SS31100100.283.356.525.8802.0
M. Brantley LF40100002.306.362.471.8331.0
J. Ramirez 2B31000001.281.395.574.9694.0
Y. Diaz DH30120101.292.337.404.7414.0
R. Davis PR-DH00000000.229.280.286.5672.0
J. Donaldson 3B21000202.224.324.414.7383.0
M. Cabrera RF41110003.276.331.425.7564.0
B. Barnes RF00000000.364.417.6361.0530.0
Y. Alonso 1B30100021.242.308.422.7301.0
Y. Gomes C30110001.260.307.430.7372.0
J. Kipnis CF31111002.228.316.382.6986.0
G. Allen CF00000000.241.294.318.6130.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - Y. Sanchez (32), R. LaMarre (10), Y. Moncada (27)
    • HR - D. Palka (25), O. Narvaez (8)
    • RBI - Y. Sanchez (52), D. Palka (61), O. Narvaez (28)
    • 2-Out RBI - Y. Sanchez (23), O. Narvaez (13)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - Y. Sanchez 3 (3), T. Anderson, D. Palka 2 (2), O. Narvaez, R. LaMarre 2 (2)
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Cabrera (14)
    • HR - J. Kipnis (16)
    • RBI - Y. Diaz 2 (15), M. Cabrera (35), Y. Gomes (44), J. Kipnis (68)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - Y. Diaz, M. Cabrera, Y. Alonso, Y. Gomes
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - J. Ramirez (33), R. Davis (20)
    • CS - F. Lindor (9)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 2 (Anderson-Moncada-Davidson; Sanchez-Moncada-Davidson)
    • E - T. Anderson (18), O. Narvaez (7)
    FIELDING
    • PB - Y. Gomes (6)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Rodon (L, 6-6)7.07553113.301.131.5
    N. Jones1.00001102.281.342.5
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Rodon (L, 6-6)7.0
    N. Jones1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Kluber (W, 19-7)8.083321122.930.9826.5
    A. Miller (S, 2)1.01000303.411.2810.5
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Kluber (W, 19-7)8.0
    A. Miller (S, 2)1.0
    PITCHING
    • HBP - C. Rodon 2 (11)
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Rodon 84-47, N. Jones 15-8
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Rodon 10-7
    • Batters Faced - C. Rodon 30, N. Jones 4
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kluber 107-75, A. Miller 19-13
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kluber 11-2, A. Miller 1-0
    • Batters Faced - C. Kluber 34, A. Miller 5
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    Y. Sanchez 3B50110014.246.314.380.6952.5
    T. Anderson SS50100021.246.287.414.7010.0
    D. Palka DH41111112.243.296.495.7906.5
    A. Garcia RF40000011.237.275.452.727-0.5
    O. Narvaez C41211011.276.363.433.7966.5
    M. Davidson 1B30100110.234.330.445.7751.5
    R. LaMarre LF41100023.273.317.377.6942.0
    Y. Moncada 2B40200011.228.307.395.7022.5
    A. Engel CF30000034.236.277.342.619-1.5
    a- W. Castillo PH10000010.242.285.403.687-0.5
    R. Cordell PR00000000.063.059.250.3090.0
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    • a-struck out (passed ball) for Engel in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    F. Lindor SS31100100.283.356.525.8802.0
    M. Brantley LF40100002.306.362.471.8331.0
    J. Ramirez 2B31000001.281.395.574.9694.0
    Y. Diaz DH30120101.292.337.404.7414.0
    R. Davis PR-DH00000000.229.280.286.5672.0
    J. Donaldson 3B21000202.224.324.414.7383.0
    M. Cabrera RF41110003.276.331.425.7564.0
    B. Barnes RF00000000.364.417.6361.0530.0
    Y. Alonso 1B30100021.242.308.422.7301.0
    Y. Gomes C30110001.260.307.430.7372.0
    J. Kipnis CF31111002.228.316.382.6986.0
    G. Allen CF00000000.241.294.318.6130.0
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      BATTING
      • 2B - Y. Sanchez (32), R. LaMarre (10), Y. Moncada (27)
      • HR - D. Palka (25), O. Narvaez (8)
      • RBI - Y. Sanchez (52), D. Palka (61), O. Narvaez (28)
      • 2-Out RBI - Y. Sanchez (23), O. Narvaez (13)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - Y. Sanchez 3 (3), T. Anderson, D. Palka 2 (2), O. Narvaez, R. LaMarre 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Cabrera (14)
      • HR - J. Kipnis (16)
      • RBI - Y. Diaz 2 (15), M. Cabrera (35), Y. Gomes (44), J. Kipnis (68)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - Y. Diaz, M. Cabrera, Y. Alonso, Y. Gomes
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Ramirez (33), R. Davis (20)
      • CS - F. Lindor (9)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Anderson-Moncada-Davidson; Sanchez-Moncada-Davidson)
      • E - T. Anderson (18), O. Narvaez (7)
      FIELDING
      • PB - Y. Gomes (6)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Rodon (L, 6-6)7.07553113.301.131.5
      N. Jones1.00001102.281.342.5
      Total8.0755421---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Rodon (L, 6-6)7.0
      N. Jones1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Kluber (W, 19-7)8.083321122.930.9826.5
      A. Miller (S, 2)1.01000303.411.2810.5
      Total9.09332142---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Kluber (W, 19-7)8.0
      A. Miller (S, 2)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - C. Rodon 2 (11)
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Rodon 84-47, N. Jones 15-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Rodon 10-7
      • Batters Faced - C. Rodon 30, N. Jones 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kluber 107-75, A. Miller 19-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kluber 11-2, A. Miller 1-0
      • Batters Faced - C. Kluber 34, A. Miller 5
      • 7TH INNING
        Sanchez doubled to left center, LaMarre scored35
      • 6TH INNING
        Narvaez homered to right center25
        Palka homered to right15
      • 5TH INNING
        Diaz singled to right center, Lindor and Ramirez scored05
        Kipnis homered to right03
      • 2ND INNING
        Gomes singled to shallow left center, Cabrera scored, Alonso to second02
        Cabrera doubled to shallow left, Donaldson scored01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Brandon Barnes in right field
        • Andrew Miller relieved Corey Kluber
        • Y. Moncada: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Moncada struck out looking
        • Welington Castillo hit for Adam Engel
        • W. Castillo: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Castillo struck out, reached on passed ball
        • Ryan Cordell ran for Welington Castillo
        • Y. Sanchez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
        • T. Anderson: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Anderson singled to shallow right, Cordell to second
        • D. Palka: Palka grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • D. Palka: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Palka struck out swinging
        • A. Garcia: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike swinging, Garcia grounded out to shortstop
        • O. Narvaez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Narvaez singled to right center
        • M. Davidson: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Davidson walked, Narvaez to second
        • R. LaMarre: Foul, Strike looking, LaMarre grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Nate Jones relieved Carlos Rodon
        • Y. Diaz: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Diaz walked
        • Rajai Davis ran for Yandy Diaz
        • J. Donaldson: Donaldson lined out to left
        • M. Cabrera: Foul, Ball, Cabrera lined out to right
        • Y. Alonso: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Davis stole second, Davis stole third, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Alonso struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Greg Allen in center field
        • R. LaMarre: Strike looking, LaMarre doubled to right
        • Y. Moncada: Strike looking, Moncada grounded out to shortstop, LaMarre to third
        • A. Engel: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Engel struck out swinging
        • Y. Sanchez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Sanchez doubled to left center, LaMarre scored
        • T. Anderson: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Anderson struck out looking
        • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Rodon Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Lindor walked
        • M. Brantley: Brantley flied out to right
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Lindor caught stealing second, catcher to second, Strike swinging, Ramirez grounded out to third
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • T. Anderson: Anderson lined out to center
        • D. Palka: Strike looking, Ball, Palka homered to right
        • A. Garcia: Garcia grounded out to shortstop
        • O. Narvaez: Strike looking, Ball, Narvaez homered to right center
        • M. Davidson: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Davidson struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Rodon Pitching:
        • Y. Alonso: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Alonso struck out swinging
        • Y. Gomes: Gomes flied out to right
        • J. Kipnis: Kipnis popped out to shortstop
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • M. Davidson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Davidson singled to shallow right
        • R. LaMarre: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, LaMarre struck out swinging
        • Y. Moncada: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Moncada singled to shallow right, Davidson to second
        • A. Engel: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Engel struck out swinging
        • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Sanchez grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Rodon Pitching:
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Kipnis homered to right
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Lindor singled to shallow center, Lindor to second on shortstop Anderson throwing error
        • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Brantley grounded out to first, Lindor to third
        • J. Ramirez: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ramirez hit by pitch
        • Y. Diaz: Ball, Strike swinging, Ramirez stole second, Foul, Diaz singled to right center, Lindor and Ramirez scored
        • J. Donaldson: Ball, Donaldson popped out to third
        • M. Cabrera: Ball, Cabrera flied out to left
        • End of the 5th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 4TH INNING
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • T. Anderson: Strike looking, Anderson grounded out to second
        • D. Palka: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Palka walked
        • A. Garcia: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Garcia struck out looking
        • O. Narvaez: Strike looking, Foul, Narvaez grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Rodon Pitching:
        • J. Donaldson: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Donaldson walked
        • M. Cabrera: Ball, Strike looking, Cabrera grounded out to second, Donaldson out at second
        • Y. Alonso: Alonso singled to shallow left
        • Y. Gomes: Foul, Ball, Gomes grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Alonso out at second
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • R. LaMarre: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, LaMarre struck out swinging
        • Y. Moncada: Ball, Ball, Moncada doubled to left center
        • A. Engel: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Engel struck out swinging
        • Y. Sanchez: Ball, Sanchez grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Rodon Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Foul, Lindor grounded out to pitcher
        • M. Brantley: Brantley singled to shallow right
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ramirez flied out to left
        • Y. Diaz: Ball, Diaz lined out to right
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • A. Garcia: Garcia grounded out to second
        • O. Narvaez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Narvaez struck out swinging
        • M. Davidson: Davidson grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Rodon Pitching:
        • Y. Diaz: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Diaz grounded out to second
        • J. Donaldson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Donaldson walked
        • M. Cabrera: Cabrera doubled to shallow left, Donaldson scored
        • Y. Alonso: Ball, Foul, Ball, Alonso hit by pitch
        • Y. Gomes: Ball, Ball, Gomes singled to shallow left center, Cabrera scored, Alonso to second
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Kipnis grounded out to second, Gomes out at second
        • End of the 2nd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • Y. Sanchez: Sanchez grounded out to second
        • T. Anderson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
        • D. Palka: Ball, Palka popped out to second
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Rodon Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Lindor grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Brantley grounded out to second
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Ramirez grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)