Kluber Is First To 11 Wins

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber delivers in the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Wednesday, June 20, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND (AP) — Corey Kluber shut down the White Sox and became the first pitcher with 11 wins this season. So what else is new for the reigning AL Cy Young winner?

Kluber allowed one hit over seven dominant innings and retired his final 14 batters Wednesday as the Cleveland Indians routed Chicago 12-0. The right-hander struck out seven and issued a lone walk in his latest masterpiece.

“Every five days, you try to come up with maybe something different to say about him, but my goodness,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “His level of consistency is so high that, man, it’s just fun to watch. And it’s nice.”

Jose Ramirez and Jason Kipnis hit three-run homers for Cleveland, which swept the three-game series by a 24-5 margin.

The Indians have won 17 of their last 21 games against the White Sox at Progressive Field, including all six this season.

Kluber (11-3) only permitted a second-inning single past third base by Omar Narvaez and a third-inning walk to Charlie Tilson, throwing 96 pitches before giving way to George Kontos to begin the eighth. Josh Tomlin surrendered a double to Jose Abreu in the ninth before completing the combined two-hitter.

Yonder Alonso added three hits and Yan Gomes doubled twice as the Indians chased White Sox righty Reynaldo Lopez (2-5) after 4 1/3 innings. Lopez gave up five runs, four earned, and is 0-3 with an 8.31 ERA in three career starts against Cleveland.

The Indians tacked on six runs in the sixth against Bruce Rondon to extend their lead to 11-0, including a two-run double by Edwin Encarnacion and Kipnis’ three-run shot.

Pirates-Brewers rained out

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The finale of a three-game series between the Milwaukee Brewers and Pittsburgh Pirates was postponed by heavy downpours at PNC Park. A makeup date was to be determined.

Officials delayed the scheduled 7:05 p.m. start Wednesday as showers loomed. Groundskeepers took the tarp off around 8 p.m., but quickly put it back in place after another rain band moved in. The game was officially called after a delay of 2 hours and 1 minute.

This is the second time this season the Pirates have been forced to postpone a home game due to inclement weather. The Brewers are scheduled to visit PNC Park twice more this season. The teams do have a common day off on Thursday, Sept. 20 right before the Brewers begin a three-game set in Pittsburgh.

Brewers bullpen catcher Marcus Hanel did his best to have a little bit of fun in the monsoon. He did a series of belly flops on the tarp shortly after the game was officially postponed.

CUBS 4, DODGERS 0

CHICAGO (AP) — Jon Lester won his fifth straight start, Javier Baez backed him with three hits and two runs, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Kyle Schwarber hit his 14th homer, and Kris Bryant added two hits and an RBI. And the Cubs handed Ross Stripling his first loss since April 30, taking two of three in a rematch of the past two NL Championship Series.

PHILLIES 4

CARDINALS 3

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Odubel Herrera hit a tiebreaking solo homer in the seventh inning, Cesar Hernandez had a two-run shot and Philadelphia beat St. Louis.

Herrera ripped a 91 mph slider from Sam Tuivailala (1-3) off the scoreboard on the facing of the second deck in right field to give the Phillies a 4-3 lead. Herrera has a homer in four straight games.

ATHLETICS 12

PADRES 4

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Light-hitting Franklin Barreto connected for a 424-foot, three-run home run, one of five long balls Oakland hit in routing San Diego.

REDS 5, TIGERS 3

CINCINNATI (AP) — Scooter Gennett hit a tying two-run homer, and Eugenio Suarez also connected on the next pitch — a hit originally ruled a double but changed to a homer on review — and Cincinnati swept the two-game sweep against Detroit.

BLUE JAYS 5, BRAVES 4

TORONTO (AP) — J.A. Happ pitched a season-high 8 1/3 innings to win his fifth straight decision, Kendrys Morales hit a two-run home run and Toronto beat Atlanta for its seventh win in eight home games.

Happ (9-3) allowed four runs and six hits, walked none and struck out eight. He’s 4-0 with a 2.72 ERA in nine career starts against the Braves.

GIANTS 6, MARLINS 5

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Brandon Belt had three hits, Gorkys Hernandez added a two-run single during a five-run sixth inning and San Francisco beat Miami.

Derek Holland (5-7) had seven strikeouts and allowed three runs over six innings in his first start against the Marlins since 2011. Hunter Pence had a pair of RBI singles to snap a 1-for-18 slump.

Unlike the first two games of this series that were marked by flaring tempers and alleged beanballs, the finale was tame. What fireworks there were came primarily in the sixth when San Francisco chased Miami starter Jose Urena (2-9).

The Marlins scored twice in the ninth off Sam Dyson. Reyes Moronta struck out JB Shuck for his first career save. Castro drove in a pair of runs and Brian Anderson had three hits for Miami, extending his on-base streak to a career-high 18 games.

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