Clevinger strikes out 10 as Indians top Jays 3-1 for sweep

CLEVELAND (AP) Toronto was no match for Mike Clevinger, who was stopped Sunday only by upper back tightness that forced him from the game after five scoreless innings.

Clevinger struck out 10 and allowed one hit to lead the Cleveland Indians over the struggling Blue Jays 3-1 for a four-game sweep.

Clevinger felt the back tighten up on his second pitch of the fifth. He breezed through the inning with two strikeouts and a groundout, then mentioned the issue after reaching the dugout.

He tried to persuade pitching coach Carl Willis and the team's medical staff to leave him in the game.

''They made the right call,'' Clevinger said. ''It's not worth it right now, this early. It's just being safe.''

Clevinger (1-0) has pitched 12 scoreless innings over his first two starts, striking out 22.

He retired his first nine hitters, walked Socrates Brito leading off the fourth, then gave up a double to Freddy Galvis. Clevinger fanned Randal Grichuk, Rowdy Tellez and Teoscar Hernandez in order, all swinging. He threw 75 pitches in all.

''Everything was working,'' Clevinger said. ''That's why it was so hard for me to accept it. I was rolling.''

Clevinger plans to take his next turn, which should be at Kansas City next weekend.

Indians pitchers struck out 16, raising their three-game total to 57.

''That's a momentum killer for the other teams, especially when you're seeing your guys go up just to walk right back to the dugout over and over again for a series, that has to wear on you mentally at some point,'' Clevinger said. ''It's good to have the staff to be loaded like this.''

''I'm not going to insult your intelligence,'' he said. ''Our approach has not been really good,'' manager Charlie Montoyo said. ''It's been pretty bad. But I promise you we're going to work on it.''

Carlos Santana, reacquired during the offseason, had an RBI double in the first and is hitting .419 with a 1.067 OPS. Tyler Naquin had three hits, including a run-scoring single in the first. Jose Ramirez added an RBI double in the fifth.

Brad Hand got five outs for his fourth save, completing a three-hitter. Pinch-hitter Lourdes Gurriel grounded into an inning-ending double play in the eighth.

Marcus Stroman (0-2) allowed three runs and six hits in six innings with six strikeouts. Danny Jansen had an RBI single in the eighth off Adam Cimber.

HOW ABOUT SOME HELP?

Toronto has scored two runs in Stroman's three starts. He is winless, giving up five runs in 18 2/3 innings.

''It's still early,'' Stroman said. ''The tides will hopefully chance soon. We're just struggling a bit, but that's just baseball.''

ON THE WAY?

Outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, signed to a minor league contract by the Indians late in spring training, can opt-out if he's not added to the major league roster by April 20.

Gonzalez is 4 for 12 in three games at Triple-A Columbus, but manager Terry Francona isn't concerned with statistics.

''I don't think we're evaluating him as much as trying to get him ready,'' Francona said. ''Whatever his batting average is nobody's going to care come July or August.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Blue Jays: Justin Smoak has a sore neck and was scratched from the original lineup for the third time in the series. Smoak was 1 for 5 with a double Saturday, but couldn't play in the finale.

Indians: 2B Jason Kipnis had a scheduled day off at his rehab assignment for Triple-A Columbus. He strained his right calf late in spring training. Kipnis hopes to return during the upcoming road trip.

UP NEXT

Blue Jays: RHP Matt Shoemaker (2-0, 0.00 ERA) started Tuesday at Fenway Park, where LHP Chris Sale (0-2, 8.00 ERA) takes the mound in Boston's home opener.

Indians: RHP Corey Kluber (0-2, 5.23 ERA) starts for Cleveland and RHP Jordan Zimmermann (0-0, 0.66 ERA) for the Tigers in the opener of a three-game series at Detroit.

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  • W: M. Clevinger (1-0)L: M. Stroman (0-2)S: B. Hand (4)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
S. Brito RF20000120.000.091.000.0910.0
a- L. Gurriel PH-1B10000002.074.138.111.2490.0
F. Galvis SS40100020.324.378.6471.0251.0
R. Grichuk CF40000022.162.244.486.730-1.0
R. Tellez 1B20000012.200.355.440.795-0.5
b- B. Drury PH-3B20000010.179.200.256.456-0.5
T. Hernandez DH30000012.194.310.278.587-0.5
B. McKinney LF-RF31100020.172.294.241.5352.0
A. Hanson 2B-1B-LF30000021.125.222.125.347-1.0
R. Urena 3B-2B20000110.412.444.5881.0330.5
D. Jansen C30110020.143.200.179.3791.0
HITTERSAB
S. Brito RF2
a- L. Gurriel PH-1B1
F. Galvis SS4
R. Grichuk CF4
R. Tellez 1B2
b- B. Drury PH-3B2
T. Hernandez DH3
B. McKinney LF-RF3
A. Hanson 2B-1B-LF3
R. Urena 3B-2B2
D. Jansen C3
  • a-grounded into a double play for Brito in the 8th
  • b-flied out for Tellez in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
L. Martin CF40000031.148.258.222.480-1.5
J. Ramirez 3B40110010.194.235.258.4931.5
J. Bauers DH41100001.192.276.269.5453.0
C. Santana 1B41110000.419.486.5811.0664.0
T. Naquin RF30310000.304.304.391.6967.0
K. Plawecki C30000003.100.182.400.5820.0
G. Allen LF30000022.050.130.100.230-1.0
B. Miller 2B21000120.111.238.111.3491.0
M. Moroff 2B00000000.118.118.176.2940.0
E. Stamets SS30000011.043.120.087.207-0.5
    BATTING
    • 2B - F. Galvis (2), B. McKinney (2)
    • RBI - D. Jansen
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Hernandez 2 (2)
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Bauers (2), C. Santana (2), T. Naquin (2)
    • RBI - J. Ramirez (2), C. Santana (8), T. Naquin
    • 2-Out RBI - J. Ramirez, C. Santana (6), T. Naquin
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Bauers, K. Plawecki, G. Allen 2 (2)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - T. Naquin
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Stamets-Moroff-Santana)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Stroman (L, 0-2)6.06331602.411.239.0
    T. Mayza1.00000205.401.404.0
    K. Giles1.00000100.000.433.5
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Stroman (L, 0-2)6.0
    T. Mayza1.0
    K. Giles1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Clevinger (W, 1-0)5.010011000.000.5025.0
    N. Ramirez (H, 1)1.10000306.751.004.5
    O. Perez (H, 1)1.01111107.712.140.5
    A. Cimber0.01000000.000.30-1.0
    B. Hand (S, 4)1.20000201.691.1311.0
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Clevinger (W, 1-0)5.0
    N. Ramirez (H, 1)1.1
    O. Perez (H, 1)1.0
    A. Cimber0.0
    B. Hand (S, 4)1.2
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Stroman 99-64, T. Mayza 14-8, K. Giles 9-8
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Stroman 7-5, T. Mayza 1-0, K. Giles 1-1
    • Batters Faced - M. Stroman 25, T. Mayza 3, K. Giles 3
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Clevinger 75-52, N. Ramirez 22-17, O. Perez 15-11, A. Cimber 1-1, B. Hand 11-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Clevinger 4-1, B. Hand 1-1
    • Batters Faced - M. Clevinger 17, N. Ramirez 4, O. Perez 5, A. Cimber, B. Hand 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    S. Brito RF20000120.000.091.000.0910.0
    a- L. Gurriel PH-1B10000002.074.138.111.2490.0
    F. Galvis SS40100020.324.378.6471.0251.0
    R. Grichuk CF40000022.162.244.486.730-1.0
    R. Tellez 1B20000012.200.355.440.795-0.5
    b- B. Drury PH-3B20000010.179.200.256.456-0.5
    T. Hernandez DH30000012.194.310.278.587-0.5
    B. McKinney LF-RF31100020.172.294.241.5352.0
    A. Hanson 2B-1B-LF30000021.125.222.125.347-1.0
    R. Urena 3B-2B20000110.412.444.5881.0330.5
    D. Jansen C30110020.143.200.179.3791.0
    Total2913102169-----
    HITTERSAB
    S. Brito RF2
    a- L. Gurriel PH-1B1
    F. Galvis SS4
    R. Grichuk CF4
    R. Tellez 1B2
    b- B. Drury PH-3B2
    T. Hernandez DH3
    B. McKinney LF-RF3
    A. Hanson 2B-1B-LF3
    R. Urena 3B-2B2
    D. Jansen C3
    Total29
    • a-grounded into a double play for Brito in the 8th
    • b-flied out for Tellez in the 7th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    L. Martin CF40000031.148.258.222.480-1.5
    J. Ramirez 3B40110010.194.235.258.4931.5
    J. Bauers DH41100001.192.276.269.5453.0
    C. Santana 1B41110000.419.486.5811.0664.0
    T. Naquin RF30310000.304.304.391.6967.0
    K. Plawecki C30000003.100.182.400.5820.0
    G. Allen LF30000022.050.130.100.230-1.0
    B. Miller 2B21000120.111.238.111.3491.0
    M. Moroff 2B00000000.118.118.176.2940.0
    E. Stamets SS30000011.043.120.087.207-0.5
    Total303630198-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - F. Galvis (2), B. McKinney (2)
      • RBI - D. Jansen
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Hernandez 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Bauers (2), C. Santana (2), T. Naquin (2)
      • RBI - J. Ramirez (2), C. Santana (8), T. Naquin
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Ramirez, C. Santana (6), T. Naquin
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Bauers, K. Plawecki, G. Allen 2 (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - T. Naquin
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Stamets-Moroff-Santana)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Stroman (L, 0-2)6.06331602.411.239.0
      T. Mayza1.00000205.401.404.0
      K. Giles1.00000100.000.433.5
      Total8.0633190---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Stroman (L, 0-2)6.0
      T. Mayza1.0
      K. Giles1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Clevinger (W, 1-0)5.010011000.000.5025.0
      N. Ramirez (H, 1)1.10000306.751.004.5
      O. Perez (H, 1)1.01111107.712.140.5
      A. Cimber0.01000000.000.30-1.0
      B. Hand (S, 4)1.20000201.691.1311.0
      Total9.03112160---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Clevinger (W, 1-0)5.0
      N. Ramirez (H, 1)1.1
      O. Perez (H, 1)1.0
      A. Cimber0.0
      B. Hand (S, 4)1.2
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Stroman 99-64, T. Mayza 14-8, K. Giles 9-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Stroman 7-5, T. Mayza 1-0, K. Giles 1-1
      • Batters Faced - M. Stroman 25, T. Mayza 3, K. Giles 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Clevinger 75-52, N. Ramirez 22-17, O. Perez 15-11, A. Cimber 1-1, B. Hand 11-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Clevinger 4-1, B. Hand 1-1
      • Batters Faced - M. Clevinger 17, N. Ramirez 4, O. Perez 5, A. Cimber, B. Hand 4
      • 8TH INNING
        Jansen singled to right, McKinney scored, Urena to third13
      • 5TH INNING
        Ramirez singled to right center, Miller scored03
      • 1ST INNING
        Naquin singled to shallow left, Santana scored02
        Santana doubled to left, Bauers scored01
      • 9TH INNING
        • B. Hand Pitching:
        • F. Galvis: Ball, Galvis popped out to first
        • R. Grichuk: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Grichuk struck out swinging
        • B. Drury: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Drury struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Max Moroff at second base
        • B. McKinney: McKinney doubled to deep right
        • A. Hanson: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Hanson struck out looking
        • R. Urena: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Urena walked
        • Adam Cimber relieved Oliver Perez
        • D. Jansen: Jansen singled to right, McKinney scored, Urena to third
        • Brad Hand relieved Adam Cimber
        • Lourdes Gurriel hit for Socrates Brito
        • L. Gurriel: Strike swinging, Ball, Gurriel grounded out to second, Jansen out at second
        • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Ken Giles relieved Tim Mayza
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Ramirez struck out swinging
        • J. Bauers: Ball, Bauers flied out to center
        • C. Santana: Foul, Strike looking, Santana grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • N. Ramirez Pitching:
        • R. Grichuk: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Grichuk flied out to deep right
        • Oliver Perez relieved Neil Ramirez
        • Brandon Drury hit for Rowdy Tellez
        • B. Drury: Drury flied out to shallow right
        • T. Hernandez: Strike looking, Foul, Hernandez flied out to right
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Tim Mayza relieved Marcus Stroman
        • B. Miller: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Miller struck out swinging
        • E. Stamets: Foul, Ball, Stamets grounded out to third
        • L. Martin: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Martin struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Neil Ramirez relieved Mike Clevinger
        • D. Jansen: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Jansen struck out swinging
        • S. Brito: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike looking, Brito struck out looking
        • F. Galvis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Galvis struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Stroman Pitching:
        • C. Santana: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Santana flied out to center
        • T. Naquin: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Naquin doubled to deep left
        • K. Plawecki: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Plawecki grounded out to third
        • G. Allen: Allen grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • M. Clevinger Pitching:
        • B. McKinney: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, McKinney struck out looking
        • A. Hanson: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Hanson struck out swinging
        • R. Urena: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Urena grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Stroman Pitching:
        • B. Miller: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Miller walked
        • E. Stamets: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Stamets struck out looking
        • L. Martin: Strike swinging, Ball, Martin grounded out to first, Miller to second
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ramirez singled to right center, Miller scored
        • J. Bauers: Bauers popped out to second
        • End of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • M. Clevinger Pitching:
        • S. Brito: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Brito walked
        • F. Galvis: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Galvis doubled to right, Brito to third
        • R. Grichuk: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Grichuk struck out swinging
        • R. Tellez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Tellez struck out swinging
        • T. Hernandez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Stroman Pitching:
        • C. Santana: Ball, Ball, Santana flied out to right
        • T. Naquin: Ball, Ball, Naquin singled to shallow left
        • K. Plawecki: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Plawecki flied out to shallow right
        • G. Allen: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Naquin stole second, Strike swinging, Allen struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • M. Clevinger Pitching:
        • A. Hanson: Hanson grounded out to first
        • R. Urena: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Urena struck out swinging
        • D. Jansen: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Jansen struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Stroman Pitching:
        • L. Martin: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Martin struck out swinging
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ramirez grounded out to first
        • J. Bauers: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Bauers grounded out to first
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • M. Clevinger Pitching:
        • R. Tellez: Strike looking, Ball, Tellez grounded out to shortstop
        • T. Hernandez: Hernandez flied out to deep right
        • B. McKinney: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, McKinney struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Stroman Pitching:
        • G. Allen: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Allen struck out swinging
        • B. Miller: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Miller struck out looking
        • E. Stamets: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Stamets flied out to deep left
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • M. Clevinger Pitching:
        • S. Brito: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Brito struck out swinging
        • F. Galvis: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Galvis struck out swinging
        • R. Grichuk: Strike swinging, Grichuk grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Stroman Pitching:
        • L. Martin: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Martin struck out swinging
        • J. Ramirez: Ramirez grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Bauers: Strike looking, Foul, Bauers doubled to deep right center
        • C. Santana: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Santana doubled to left, Bauers scored
        • T. Naquin: Strike looking, Naquin singled to shallow left, Santana scored
        • K. Plawecki: Ball, Foul, Plawecki grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Naquin out at second
        • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)