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
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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.
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