MLB: Kluber dominates Twins
MINNEAPOLIS -- Corey Kluber struck out a career-high 14 for the second straight start to lead visiting Cleveland to a 7-2 win Sunday over Minnesota in the rubber match of a three-game series.
MINNEAPOLIS - Corey Kluber struck out a career-high 14 for the second straight start to lead visiting Cleveland to a 7-2 win Sunday over Minnesota in the rubber match of a three-game series.
Michael Bourn had three hits and scored three times while Jose Ramirez and Michael Brantley drove in two runs apiece to help pull the Indians remain 3 1/2 games behind the second wild card in the American League. Kluber (17-9) followed up his first 14-strikeout effort Tuesday against Houston with another gem, letting up two runs and seven hits with one walk in eight innings.
Chris Herrmann and Danny Salazar each registered an RBI double to pace Minnesota, which dropped the season series 8-11. Making his third start of the year, Anthony Swarzak (3-2) was knocked around for five runs - three earned - and eight hits in 4 1/3 innings.
Kluber struck out a pair in the first and second innings, but Herrmann’s run-scoring double in the second gave the Twins the early edge. Four straight hits in the top of the third - including an RBI single by Ramirez and an RBI double by Brantley - gave Cleveland the lead for good.
An error, two walks, a balk and a sacrifice fly helped the Indians plate three more in the fifth, and Ramirez and Brantley provided RBIs in a seventh-inning rally to make it 7-2. Kluber struck out at least two batters in each of the first six innings and fanned Joe Mauer swinging for the first out of the eighth to tie his personal best as he seized the major-league lead with 258 punchouts on the season.
GAME NOTEBOOK: The Indians have won five of their last six overall and improved to 11-5 in rubber games. ... Swarzak is 1-5 with a 9.00 ERA in six career starts against Cleveland. ... Cleveland hosts Kansas City on Monday in the first of six home games to end the regular season while Minnesota welcomes Arizona to Target Field for three straight.