Indians stop streak, win 5-2
Corey Kluber's brilliant performance leads Indians to key win
ARLINGTON – The Cleveland Indians halted an eight-game losing streak as a stellar outing from Corey Kluber led the team to a 5-2 win over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday.
Kluber (3-4, 4.14) was looking to rebound from a rough outing in New York as he outdueled Texas righty Derek Holland (5-2, 3.11), who received a no-decision in his previous outing.
The offense carried over into the fifth as catcher Yan Gomes and shortstop Mike Aviles laced a pair of back-to-back singles. A pick-off attempt gone wrong allowed both runners to advance and centerfielderDrew Stubbs singled to empty the bases. A coaching visit to the mound failed to calm Holland’s nerves as second baseman Jason Kipnis was plunked with a pitch. Cue first baseman Nick Swisher, who singled to score Stubbs and push Kipnis to third. After designated hitter Carlos Santana drew a walk, Holland’s day came to a halt as he was replaced with Kyle McClellan, sealing Holland’s fate at 4.1 innings, allowing four runs on nine hits, one walk and four strikeouts.
One more crossed the dish for the Tribe in the seventh as Kipnis drew a lead-off walk and swiped second. A groundout by Swisher advanced Kipnis to third and he jogged home on a wild pitch, putting Cleveland up 5-0.
Meanwhile, Kluber cruised through seven innings of scoreless work. The Rangers finally crawled on the board in their share of the eighth when pinch hitter Jurickson Profar singled and scored on a double by left fielder David Murphy, cutting the Indians’ lead to 5-1.
Kluber gave way to reliever Joe Smith to start the ninth, sealing Kluber’s line at eight innings pitched, yielding one run on six hits, three walks and a trio of strikeouts.
The Rangers didn’t quit in the ninth as catcher A.J. Pierzynski hit a one-out solo shot to right and right fielderNelson Cruz drew a walk. Smith managed to pull the plug on any further offensive sparks though, as he converted the final two outs to preserve the Indians with the 5-2 win.
Next, the Indians turn to Ubaldo Jimenez (4-4, 5.03) to counter Texas righty Nick Tepesch (3-5, 3.92). Jimenez struggled a bit during his last start as he relinquished five runs (three earned) while the rookie Tepesch also faltered in his last appearance, giving up four runs in one inning.
Stephanie is a crime and general assignment reporter for The Morning Journal in Lorain, Ohio. She’s an alumna of Cleveland State University with a degree in Journalism and Promotional Communication. You can follow her on Twitter @7thInningSteph.
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