CLEVELAND—Corey Kluber wasn’t an All-Star, but he sure continues to pitch like one.
Backed behind the arm of their ace, the Indians took down in-state rival Cincinnati, 5-1 Monday night to win the first game in the Battle of Ohio.
“He's a really good pitcher,” manager Terry Francona said. “I think like all players and pitchers, you go through periods where you have things working and, even when you're not at your best, you're still good. I think that's kind of where Klubes is getting.”
He didn’t throw a complete game like he did in his previous two starts, but Kluber (12-6, 2.55 ERA) looked sharp again in the series opener.
Tossing 7 1/3 innings, the hard-throwing right-hander surrendered just one earned run on six hits, walking two and striking out seven.
“He started out tonight with some really good stuff, but they made him work hard in the first,” Francona said. “We scored and he started really attacking the second time through the order. He really became efficient and did exactl...