Corey Kluber proved a point Sunday.
The Indians right-hander was the best pitcher at Progressive Field, outdueling Stephen Strasburg in Cleveland's 2-0 win over the Washington Nationals.
Kluber scattered seven hits over eight innings and struck out eight - spoiling Strasburg's return from the disabled list in the process. Kluber matched his longest outing in the big leagues and did not walk a batter as the Indians won the rubber match of the three-game interleague series.
''Wow, that was really fun to watch,'' Cleveland manager Terry Francona said. ''He was so good all day. He completely kept his composure and executed his pitches. That was very impressive.''
Kluber (5-4) worked his way out of three major jams in winning for the first time in 11 career starts at home. He exited after throwing a career-high 114 pitches, allowing Vinnie Pestano to earn his first save with a scoreless ninth inning.
''You just have to stay in the moment, so I take it pitch by pitch,'' said Kluber, ...