Corey Kluber’s string of consecutive scoreless innings was snapped, but the Indians starting pitcher’s seven scoreless and two big home runs by the offense was more than enough to aid the Tribe in continuing the streak of home dominance between themselves and the Cincinnati Reds.The Tribe’s 7-1 win over the visiting Reds.
Monday marked the 13th consecutive game in which the home club between the two Interleague teams emerged victorious.
Kluber’s streak of shutout innings was even more impressive, despite being halted with the Reds lone run that came in the eighth inning. Immediately after the right-hander exited the game to a loud standing ovation from the crowd at Progressive Field after 7 1/3 shutout innings, reliever Nick Hagadone gave a double to Brayan Pena – the only batter he faced – allowing one of the two runners to score that Kluber had left on base.
But it wasn’t enough to dampen the spirits of the Indians, whose fourth consecutive victory was powered by a three-run home run by Lonnie Chisenhall early and a Yan Gomes two-run home run late.
Chisenhall’s 409-foot blast to dead center in the fourth inning was an early indication that the end of the day was already nearing for Reds All-Star pitcher Alfredo Simon, whom the Tribe chased from the game after five innings.
The Indians offense collected its first five runs on six hits against the right-hander, who took a 12-3 record and 2.70 ERA into the All-Star break - but hasn’t won since. Simon came limping into this week’s unique two home-and-away four-game series with an 0-3 mark and 3.86 ERA since the unofficial second half of the season began.
The Indians ensured Simon wouldn’t snap his skid against them, beginning with Michael Brantley's RBI groundout in the first inning that scored Jason Kipnis to give the host an early lead.
Simon made it through the next two innings before Chisenhall's career-high tying 11th homer of the season padded the Indians lead to four unanswered runs. Brantley picked up his second RBI of game in the fifth with a base hit to left field that scored Jose Ramirez.
Meanwhile, Kluber (12-6) continued to deal until Skip Schumaker lined a hit over the head of Chisenhall at third base in the seventh to snap another Kluber run – this one of retiring 11 consecutive batters since the third inning. Kluber’s pitch count crept past 100 in the eighth. After he gave up a pair of hits sandwiched around his seventh and final strikeout, manager Terry Francona went to the Tribe’s bullpen.
After Hagadone's misstep, former closer John Axford came on and finished the game’s final 1 2/3 innings, recording his first save since May 3 against the Chicago White Sox.