CLEVELAND: As dominating a pitcher as Felix Hernandez can be, several Indians have impressive numbers against him.
Mike Aviles is batting .421 (7-for-17) against Hernandez; Jason Kipnis .400 (6-for-15), Michael Brantley .381 (8-for-21) and Jason Giambi .308 (4-for-13). Nick Swisher is hitting only .212 (11-for-52) against Hernandez but has four home runs.
“We kind of got to him early today,” said Michael Bourn, who had never faced Hernandez before. “He got better as the game went on. Even though he gave up those (five) runs by the second inning, he didn’t give up on it.”
OTHER STUFF — The Indians are 17-4 in their past 21 games. … The Tribe is second in the big leagues with 34 RBI in the first inning. … The Indians have blanked their opponents seven times. … Justin Masterson is the first Cleveland pitcher since Charles Nagy in 1996 to have seven wins through 42 games.
FARM FACTS — T.J. House gave up one unearned run and four hits in 6⅓ innings, as Columbus defeated Scranton Wilkes-Barre 4-3. Lonnie Chisenhall hit his second homer of the season and drove in two runs. … Luigi Rodriguez doubled, singled and drove in one run in Carolina’s 7-3 loss to Lynchburg. … Ryan Merritt (2-3, 3.35 ERA) gave up two runs and seven hits in seven innings as Lake County beat Fort Wayne 3-2.
— Sheldon Ocker