09/18 20:59 CDT Kluber wins 19th, strikes out 11 as Indians top White Sox
Kluber wins 19th, strikes out 11 as Indians top White Sox
By STEVE HERRICK
CLEVELAND (AP) --- Corey 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
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.
Omar Narvaez walked and Matt Davidson singled with two outs in the eighth, but
Kluber retired Ryan LaMarre on a groundout.
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
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
Carlos 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.
Palka leads AL rookies with 25 home runs and has homered four times on
Chicago's road trip.
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.
The Indians rested most of their regulars Sunday, a day after clinching their
third straight AL Central title. 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.
White Sox: OF Nicky Delmonico (stiff neck) was a late scratch. He injured his
neck Sunday while diving for a ball in Baltimore.
Indians: Francona said Encarnacion will return Wednesday.
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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