Starting pitcher Corey Kluber and catcher George Kottaras each had historic days for the Indians, but those positive vibes were wiped out in the ninth inning in a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox.
The Indians (13-18) entered the inning leading 3-1 after Kluber lasted eight innings. Closer John Axford opened the inning with a walk, a strikeout and a second walk to bring the go-ahead run to the plate. That was Dayan Viciedo, who hit an opposite-field home run to put the White Sox ahead 4-3.
With two outs in the ninth inning, Asdrubal Cabrera had Lonnie Chisenhall on second base as the tying run but struck out to end the game.
It's Axford's second blown save this season. Both have come at the hands of the White Sox (15-17).
Kluber (2-3) threw eight innings and struck out a career-high 13 batters compared to only three hits and one earned run allowed. At one point, he struck out seven consecutive hitters, breaking a franchise record that was previously held by Bob Feller, Bartolo Colon, Chuck Finley and Mitch Talbot.
The Tribe's offense was supplied by an unlikely culprit. The Indians purchased Kottaras' contract on Saturday to fill in for Yan Gomes while he's on the paternity list.
All Kottaras did Sunday was homer in his first two at-bats with the club—actually his first two swings—to right field. He's the first Indian to hit a home run in his first plate appearance with the team since Kevin Kouzmanoff hit a grand slam against the Texas Rangers in 2006. He's the first player in franchise history to do it in his first two times to the plate.