Indians Top O’s in 9-0 Blowout
BALTIMORE (AP) – Corey Kluber had command of his pitches, worked the strike zone effectively and regularly got ahead in the count.
Ubaldo Jimenez was pretty much the opposite of that in a miserable performance against his former team.
Kluber struck out nine in seven innings, and the Cleveland Indians beat Jimenez and the Baltimore Orioles 9-0 Saturday for their fifth win in six games.
Carlos Santana homered and walked three times for the Indians, who took control with a five-run fifth and pulled away by scoring four in the seventh.
Kluber (5-3) became the first pitcher in the majors this season to have five straight outings with at least eight strikeouts. He gave up five hits, walked two and did not allow a runner past second base.
“Aside from throwing a lot of strikes, the biggest thing is working inside and outside,” Kluber said. “I think the key is just working ahead. Getting ahead early and staying ahead in the count and not really letting them get comfortable up there.”
Kluber is 3-0 with a 2.02 ERA and 48 strikeouts in five starts this month.
In this one, the right-hander dominated an offense that had produced 38 runs and 62 hits in its previous five games.
“Our game and our league, being able to be consistent is such a huge factor in becoming a really good major-league pitcher or player,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “That’s what Klubes is doing. … This is not like a shock or a big surprise. This has been coming.”
Jimenez (2-6) matched zeroes with Kluber until the fifth inning, when the first-year Oriole was pulled without getting an out. Jimenez tied two undesirable season highs, giving up five runs and walking five, in four-plus innings.
Yankees 4, White Sox 3
CHICAGO (AP) – Jacoby Ellsbury homered with two outs in the 10th inning, and the New York Yankees snapped an eight-game road losing streak against the Chicago White Sox with a 4-3 victory on Saturday.
The Yankees scored three times in the ninth against Ronald Belisario and then grabbed their first lead of the day when Ellsbury hit a drive to right off Zach Putnam (2-1) for his second homer.
Dellin Betances (3-0) pitched a perfect inning for the win and David Robertson finished for his 10th save in 11 chances, bouncing back nicely after yielding Adam Dunn’s game-ending homer in Chicago’s 6-5 victory on Friday night.
Rays 6, Red Sox 5
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) – Andrew Miller threw a force attempt at second base into center field, allowing pinch-runner Cole Figueroa to score in the bottom of the 15th inning as the Rays handed the Red Sox their ninth consecutive loss.
Boston scored five runs in the first inning but still lost its ninth in a row for the first time since Aug. 25-Sept. 4, 2001.
James Loney opened the 15th with a single off Miller (1-4). Figueroa ran for Loney and went to second on Brandon Guyer’s bunt single. He scored when Miller threw the ball into center field while attempting to get a double play on Desmond Jennings’ grounder.
Cesar Ramos (2-3) allowed an infield single and two walks in three scoreless innings for the win.
Blue Jays 5, Athletics 2
TORONTO (AP) – R.A. Dickey won for the third time in four starts, Brett Lawrie homered and the Blue Jays beat the Athletics.
The AL East-leading Blue Jays (28-22), who won for the 10th time in 12 games, haven’t been atop the division this late into the season since July 6, 2000, when they were 46-40.
Dickey (5-4) allowed one run and five hits in a season-high 8 1-3 innings. He walked one and struck out four.
Jesse Chavez (4-2) allowed four runs, two earned, and eight hits in 5 1-3 innings, the second straight start he has failed to reach six innings.