Kluber wins his 20th as Indians beat White Sox 4-0

CHICAGO (AP) Corey Kluber spread the credit for his first 20-win season, and admitted it's ''a nice, round number.''

Kluber struck out 11 in seven scoreless innings and won his 20th, and Brandon Guyer hit a go-ahead solo homer in the seventh inning as the Cleveland Indians shut out the Chicago White Sox 4-0 on Monday night.

Kluber (20-7) hit 20 victories for the first time after recording 18 wins in three of the four previous seasons. The reigning Cy Young award winner is the first 20-game winner for the Central Division champions since Cliff Lee went 22-3 in 2008, and the first Indians pitcher to win 20 games with 200 or more strikeouts since Gaylord Perry did it in 1974.

''Twenty wins is cool. It's a nice, round number, but as long as we won the game that's obviously the angle,'' Kluber said.

''It's a cool accomplishment, something to be proud of, but I think it just means I gave us a chance to win a lot of times. There's times when they probably picked me up and I got credited with a win. We're all pulling for each other to get to those numbers that mean something.''

Kluber may have downplayed the significance of 20 wins, but his teammates and manager didn't.

''We were all nervous for him. He probably wasn't, but we were because it probably meant more to us than it did to him,'' Indians manager Terry Francona.

Cleveland is also the first team to have four pitchers with 200 strikeouts in a season. Kluber ran his total to 216, while Carlos Carrasco has 217, Trevor Bauer 215 and Mike Clevinger 202.

The Indians tied the Chicago Cubs for the major league lead with 17 shutouts.

Adam Rosales gave the Indians an insurance run with a home run off reliever Nate Jones to left for his first of the season in the ninth inning. Brandon Barnes and Edwin Encarnacion then added RBI singles. It was Rosales' first home run since Sept. 4, 2017, when he was with Arizona.

Indians relievers Andrew Miller and Cody Allen pitched a perfect eighth and ninth, respectively, and combined with Kluber to retire the final 17 batters.

Dylan Covey didn't allow a run over six innings. He scattered six hits and struck out seven with one walk in the no-decision. He has pitched 12 consecutive innings without allowing a run against Cleveland.

''Kind of a different lineup today than it was last time. Some of those guys hadn't seen me. But, yeah, definitely a big confident booster for me. I've known all year that I have had this stuff, just been trying to find that consistency with it,'' said Covey.

Covey was relieved by Ian Hamilton (0-2) after throwing 96 pitches over six innings. Guyer greeted Hamilton in the seventh by hitting his third pitch into the left-field seats for his seventh home run of the season.

The White Sox threatened in the second inning. They had runners on first and third with one out, but Kluber finished the inning by getting Tim Anderson and Jose Rondon swinging.

''He's a Cy Young-type pitcher. With guys like that, when you have certain opportunities, and you don't get many, you got to be able to get at least one point across and hopefully your guy is able to contain them on the offensive side,'' said White Sox manager Rick Renteria.

Kluber struck out the side in the third inning and then posted his seventh double-digit strikeout game of the season when he got Daniel Palka swinging to end the fifth.

''For the most part, I had pretty good command of my pitches. I don't think there was one that really stood out. It was just being able to throw all four pitches and mix them in the right spots and keep them off balance,'' Kluber said.

Kluber has struck out 10 or more batters in three of his last four starts and retired his final 11 batters.

PLAYOFF PICTURE

The Boston Red Sox clinched home-field advantage through the postseason with a 6-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Monday night. That means Cleveland will open the Division Series at the AL West winner.

IMMEDIATE IMPACT?

White Sox first round pick Nick Madrigal threw out the first pitch. Madrigal, who was selected fourth overall in the 2018 draft from Oregon State, may be on the fast track to join the White Sox. ''It's kind of out of my control at this point. Whatever the organization needs me to do, but I can definitely see this being a home for me hopefully sometime soon,'' said Madrigal. He hit .303 with seven doubles and 16 RBIs between the Arizona League, Class-A Winston Salem and Class-A Kannapolis.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Indians: C Roberto Perez wasn't in the lineup after leaving Sunday night's win over Boston with a bruised right shoulder. Francona said there were no lingering concerns. ''He could've stayed in the game if we needed him to.''

White Sox: 1B Jose Abreu remains out with a right thigh injury. His status to return this season is uncertain. ... 2B Yoan Moncada had the night off.

UP NEXT

Indians: Francona said RHP Trevor Bauer won't throw more than 60 to 65 pitches in Tuesday's scheduled start, his second after missing 35 games with a stress fracture in his lower right leg. Bauer's performance Tuesday, Francona added, will determine whether he starts Sunday's season finale at Kansas City.

White Sox: RHP James Shields (7-16) is scheduled to make his 33rd start of the season on Tuesday. He is 2-1 with a 3.86 ERA in his last five starts.

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  • W: C. Kluber (20-7)L: I. Hamilton (0-2)
  • HR: CLE - A. Rosales (1), B. Guyer (7)
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    Y. Sanchez 2B40000020.244.310.375.685-1.0
    D. Palka LF20000110.237.289.492.7820.5
    a- M. Davidson PH-1B10000010.235.328.434.763-0.5
    A. Garcia RF40100030.238.278.440.718-0.5
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    K. Smith C40000001.288.343.362.7050.0
    N. Delmonico 1B-LF30200000.219.303.385.6882.0
    T. Anderson SS30000023.243.284.411.694-1.0
    J. Rondon 3B30000023.228.283.457.739-1.0
    R. Cordell CF30000020.080.077.200.277-1.0
    • a-struck out for Palka in the 8th
    BATTING
    • 2B - G. Allen (10), Y. Gomes (26)
    • HR - B. Guyer (7), A. Rosales
    • SH - B. Guyer
    • RBI - B. Barnes (2), E. Encarnacion (101), B. Guyer (27), A. Rosales (2)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - Y. Diaz 2 (2), Y. Alonso 2 (2), Y. Gomes 3 (3), B. Guyer 2 (2), A. Rosales
    BATTING
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - O. Narvaez 2 (2), J. Rondon 3 (3)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - G. Allen (18)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Rondon-Sanchez-Delmonico)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Kluber (W, 20-7)7.040011102.830.9731.5
    A. Miller (H, 10)1.00000203.381.254.0
    C. Allen1.00000203.991.294.0
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Kluber (W, 20-7)7.0
    A. Miller (H, 10)1.0
    C. Allen1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    D. Covey6.06001705.061.5017.5
    I. Hamilton (L, 0-2)1.02110014.701.04-5.0
    J. Fry0.21001104.321.08-1.5
    J. Minaya0.10000003.481.500.0
    N. Jones0.15330113.101.48-7.5
    H. Santiago0.20000104.351.570.5
    PITCHERSIP
    D. Covey6.0
    I. Hamilton (L, 0-2)1.0
    J. Fry0.2
    J. Minaya0.1
    N. Jones0.1
    H. Santiago0.2
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kluber 108-75, A. Miller 16-11, C. Allen 13-8
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kluber 5-5
    • Batters Faced - C. Kluber 26, A. Miller 3, C. Allen 3
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - D. Covey 96-62, I. Hamilton 12-9, J. Fry 13-7, J. Minaya 4-3, N. Jones 14-10, H. Santiago 4-4
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Covey 7-3, H. Santiago 1-0
    • Batters Faced - D. Covey 24, I. Hamilton 5, J. Fry 4, J. Minaya, N. Jones 6, H. Santiago 2
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    G. Allen CF41200110.247.301.325.6266.5
    Y. Diaz 3B51200012.291.342.388.7312.5
    M. Cabrera RF40100000.274.331.417.7481.0
    B. Barnes RF10110000.385.467.6151.0822.0
    E. Encarnacion DH50210022.241.335.472.8072.0
    R. Davis PR-DH00000000.229.284.286.5700.0
    Y. Alonso 1B50300014.245.309.418.7282.5
    Y. Gomes C40100135.267.315.448.7631.5
    B. Guyer LF31111004.207.300.378.6786.0
    E. Gonzalez SS40000011.265.296.375.671-0.5
    A. Rosales 2B41111011.200.273.500.7735.5
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      Y. Sanchez 2B40000020.244.310.375.685-1.0
      D. Palka LF20000110.237.289.492.7820.5
      a- M. Davidson PH-1B10000010.235.328.434.763-0.5
      A. Garcia RF40100030.238.278.440.718-0.5
      O. Narvaez DH40100022.273.362.434.7960.0
      K. Smith C40000001.288.343.362.7050.0
      N. Delmonico 1B-LF30200000.219.303.385.6882.0
      T. Anderson SS30000023.243.284.411.694-1.0
      J. Rondon 3B30000023.228.283.457.739-1.0
      R. Cordell CF30000020.080.077.200.277-1.0
      Total3104001159-----
      • a-struck out for Palka in the 8th
      BATTING
      • 2B - G. Allen (10), Y. Gomes (26)
      • HR - B. Guyer (7), A. Rosales
      • SH - B. Guyer
      • RBI - B. Barnes (2), E. Encarnacion (101), B. Guyer (27), A. Rosales (2)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - Y. Diaz 2 (2), Y. Alonso 2 (2), Y. Gomes 3 (3), B. Guyer 2 (2), A. Rosales
      BATTING
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - O. Narvaez 2 (2), J. Rondon 3 (3)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - G. Allen (18)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Rondon-Sanchez-Delmonico)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Kluber (W, 20-7)7.040011102.830.9731.5
      A. Miller (H, 10)1.00000203.381.254.0
      C. Allen1.00000203.991.294.0
      Total9.04001150---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Kluber (W, 20-7)7.0
      A. Miller (H, 10)1.0
      C. Allen1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Covey6.06001705.061.5017.5
      I. Hamilton (L, 0-2)1.02110014.701.04-5.0
      J. Fry0.21001104.321.08-1.5
      J. Minaya0.10000003.481.500.0
      N. Jones0.15330113.101.48-7.5
      H. Santiago0.20000104.351.570.5
      Total9.014442102---
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Covey6.0
      I. Hamilton (L, 0-2)1.0
      J. Fry0.2
      J. Minaya0.1
      N. Jones0.1
      H. Santiago0.2
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kluber 108-75, A. Miller 16-11, C. Allen 13-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kluber 5-5
      • Batters Faced - C. Kluber 26, A. Miller 3, C. Allen 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Covey 96-62, I. Hamilton 12-9, J. Fry 13-7, J. Minaya 4-3, N. Jones 14-10, H. Santiago 4-4
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Covey 7-3, H. Santiago 1-0
      • Batters Faced - D. Covey 24, I. Hamilton 5, J. Fry 4, J. Minaya, N. Jones 6, H. Santiago 2
      • 9TH INNING
        Encarnacion singled to deep left, Diaz scored, Barnes to second40
        Barnes singled to right center, Allen scored, Diaz to second30
        Rosales homered to left20
      • 7TH INNING
        Guyer homered to left10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Nate Jones relieved Juan Minaya
        • E. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
        • A. Rosales: Strike looking, Ball, Rosales homered to left
        • G. Allen: Ball, Allen doubled to deep right
        • Y. Diaz: Strike looking, Diaz reached on an infield single to shortstop, Allen to third
        • B. Barnes: Barnes singled to right center, Allen scored, Diaz to second
        • E. Encarnacion: Encarnacion singled to deep left, Diaz scored, Barnes to second
        • Hector Santiago relieved Nate Jones
        • Y. Alonso: Alonso grounded out to first, Barnes to third, Davis to second
        • Y. Gomes: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Gomes struck out on foul tip
        • Middle of the 9th (3 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Rajai Davis ran for Edwin Encarnacion
        • Cody Allen relieved Andrew Miller
        • A. Garcia: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
        • O. Narvaez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Narvaez struck out looking
        • K. Smith: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Smith flied out to center
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Jace Fry relieved Ian Hamilton
        • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Cabrera flied out to deep right
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Encarnacion struck out swinging
        • Y. Alonso: Strike looking, Alonso singled to center
        • Y. Gomes: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gomes walked, Alonso to second
        • Juan Minaya relieved Jace Fry
        • B. Guyer: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Guyer popped out to second
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Brandon Barnes in right field
        • Andrew Miller relieved Corey Kluber
        • R. Cordell: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Cordell popped out to second
        • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Sanchez struck out looking
        • Matt Davidson hit for Daniel Palka
        • M. Davidson: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Davidson struck out looking
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Ian Hamilton relieved Dylan Covey
        • B. Guyer: Ball, Foul, Guyer homered to left
        • E. Gonzalez: Gonzalez flied out to deep left
        • A. Rosales: Rosales flied out to center
        • G. Allen: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Allen singled to center
        • Y. Diaz: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Diaz fouled out to first
        • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • N. Delmonico: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Delmonico grounded out to first
        • T. Anderson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Anderson popped out to second
        • J. Rondon: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Rondon lined out to second
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • D. Covey Pitching:
        • M. Cabrera: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Cabrera grounded out to third
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Encarnacion flied out to deep right
        • Y. Alonso: Ball, Ball, Ball, Alonso singled to shallow center
        • Y. Gomes: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gomes struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • A. Garcia: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
        • O. Narvaez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Narvaez lined out to center
        • K. Smith: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Smith grounded out to second
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • D. Covey Pitching:
        • E. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Gonzalez lined out to center
        • A. Rosales: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Rosales grounded out to third
        • G. Allen: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Allen walked
        • Y. Diaz: Ball, Allen stole second, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Diaz lined out to right
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • R. Cordell: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Cordell struck out swinging
        • Y. Sanchez: Foul, Sanchez grounded bunt out to catcher
        • D. Palka: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Palka struck out swinging
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • D. Covey Pitching:
        • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Encarnacion singled to left
        • Y. Alonso: Alonso singled to center, Encarnacion to second
        • Y. Gomes: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gomes struck out swinging
        • B. Guyer: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Guyer grounded out to second, Alonso out at second
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • K. Smith: Ball, Smith lined out to center
        • N. Delmonico: Strike looking, Delmonico singled to shallow center
        • T. Anderson: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
        • J. Rondon: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Rondon struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • D. Covey Pitching:
        • G. Allen: Allen grounded out to first
        • Y. Diaz: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Diaz struck out swinging
        • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Strike looking, Cabrera grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • R. Cordell: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Cordell struck out looking
        • Y. Sanchez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
        • D. Palka: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Palka walked
        • A. Garcia: Garcia reached on an infield single to shortstop, Palka to second
        • O. Narvaez: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Narvaez struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • D. Covey Pitching:
        • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Gomes doubled to deep left
        • B. Guyer: Guyer hit sacrifice bunt to third, Gomes to third
        • E. Gonzalez: Ball, Gonzalez grounded out to second
        • A. Rosales: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Rosales struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • O. Narvaez: Narvaez singled to left
        • K. Smith: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Smith flied out to center
        • N. Delmonico: Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Foul, Delmonico singled to right, Narvaez to third
        • T. Anderson: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
        • J. Rondon: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike looking, Rondon struck out looking
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • D. Covey Pitching:
        • G. Allen: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Allen struck out swinging
        • Y. Diaz: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Diaz singled to deep right
        • M. Cabrera: Cabrera singled to left, Diaz to second
        • E. Encarnacion: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Encarnacion struck out swinging
        • Y. Alonso: Ball, Pickoff attempt to second, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Alonso struck out looking
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • Y. Sanchez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Sanchez grounded out to pitcher
        • D. Palka: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Palka grounded out to second
        • A. Garcia: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)