The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION

Dominant pitcher: Kluber wins 5th straight decision; Indians roll past Reds 7-1

  • Print

CLEVELAND - It's easy to see why the Cleveland Indians get a positive vibe whenever Corey Kluber takes the mound.

"Klubes has pitched to the point where, heck yeah, you better play with confidence," manager Terry Francona said. "He's one of the best pitchers in the league."

Kluber (12-6) continued his dominant stretch by allowing one run over 7 1-3 innings in Monday night's 7-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

Kluber, who hasn't lost since June 30, held the Reds to six hits, struck out seven and walked two in winning his fifth straight decision.

"I started out not so great with my command, but I was able to reel it in and had better command in the middle of the game," he said.

The only bad news came in the eighth when Kluber's 17-inning scoreless streak ended on Brayan Pena's RBI double off reliever Nick Hagadone. That also ended the right-hander's stretch of not allowing an earned run at 25 innings.

Jay Bruce started the eighth with a single. After Todd Frazier struck out, Devin Mesoraco's single ended Kluber's night after 110 pitches.

Francona pulled Kluber, who received a standing ovation from the 18,696 fans. The crowd groaned when Pena's hit pushed a run across the plate.

"Every starter wants to go deep into the game, but in that situation when it was still close, and my pitch count was up," Kluber said. "I understand."

Lonnie Chisenhall hit a three-run homer in the fourth off Alfredo Simon (12-7). Yan Gomes hit a two-run homer in the eighth as Cleveland won its fourth straight.

The series between the intrastate rivals features teams trying to remain in playoff contention. The win lifted the Indians (57-55) two games over .500 for the first time since July 22. The Reds are 5-12 since the All-Star break and fell to .500 (56-56).

Kluber stopped Seattle on a three-hitter Wednesday and took a perfect game into the seventh inning against Kansas City on July 24 in his previous start, with the Royals scoring an unearned run in the eighth.

Kluber's only loss in his brilliant stretch came in a 1-0 defeat to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

"You go through periods where you have things working and even when you're not at your best, you're still good," Francona said. "That's kind of where Klubes is getting."

Michael Brantley added an RBI groundout in the first inning and a run-scoring single in the fifth.

John Axford pitched the final 1 2-3 innings for his 10th save.

REDS IMPRESSED

Cincinnati manager Bryan Price praised Kluber's performance. "As advertised," Price said. "I know he's a tremendous pitcher, we all knew that coming in. He did the things that we knew about. He's very good."

TESTING

Centre fielder Michael Bourn will begin a minor league rehab assignment at Double-A Akron on Tuesday. He hasn't played since July 5 because of a recurring left hamstring injury.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Reds: Second baseman Brandon Phillips is travelling with the team as he continues to rehab from a torn ligament in his left thumb. Price said Phillips, who hasn't played since July 9, still can't swing a bat.

Indians: Designated hitter Nick Swisher is optimistic his strained right wrist won't sideline him for more than a couple of days. "I've been through stuff like this before," he said. "It's just a little tight." He injured the wrist in his last at-bat Sunday against Texas' Yu Darvish.

ON DECK

Reds: All-Star right-hander Johnny Cueto (12-6) will start Tuesday. He leads the NL in innings pitched (162 2-3) and opponents' batting average (.183) and is second in ERA (2.05) and strikeouts (186). Cueto is 3-0 in five career starts against Cleveland.

Indians: Right-hander Josh Tomlin (5-7) will be called up from Triple-A Columbus to start Tuesday. He was sent to the minors on July 26. Tomlin hasn't won since pitching a one-hitter on June 28. He's 1-1 in three career appearances against Cincinnati.

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Gord Steeves targets traffic cameras

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • A golfer looks for his ball in a water trap at John Blumberg Golf Course Friday afternoon as geese and goslings run for safety- See Joe Bryksa’s 30 day goose challenge- Day 24– June 15, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
  • Two Canada geese fly Wednesday afternoon at Oak Hammock Marsh- Front bird is banded for identification- Goose Challenge Day 3- - Apr 30, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

Which Jets prospect has the best chance of making NHL team this season?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google