BALTIMORE (AP) -- Corey Kluber had command of his pitches, worked the
strike zone effectively and regularly got ahead in the count.
Ubaldo Jimenez was pretty much the opposite of that in a miserable performance against his former team.
Kluber struck out nine in seven innings, and the Cleveland Indians
beat Jimenez and the Baltimore Orioles 9-0 Saturday for their fifth win
in six games.
Carlos Santana homered and walked three times for the Indians, who
took control with a five-run fifth and pulled away by scoring four in
Kluber (5-3) became the first pitcher in the majors this season to
have five straight outings with at least eight strikeouts. He gave up
five hits, walked two and did not allow a runner past second base.
"Aside from throwing a lot of strikes, the biggest thing is working
inside and outside," Kluber said. "I think the key is just working
ahead. Getting ahead early and staying ahead in the count and not really
letting them get comfortable up there."
Kluber is 3-0 with a 2.02 ERA and 48 strikeouts in five starts this month.
In this one, the right-hander dominated an offense that had produced 38 runs and 62 hits in its previous five games.
"Our game and our league, being able to be consistent is such a huge
factor in becoming a really good major-league pitcher or player,"
Indians manager Terry Francona said. "That's what Klubes is doing. ...
This is not like a shock or a big surprise. This has been coming."
Jimenez (2-6) matched zeroes with Kluber until the fifth inning, when
the first-year Oriole was pulled without getting an out. Jimenez tied
two undesirable season highs, giving up five runs and walking five, in
"It looked like I was just missing a little bit of the strike zone,"
the right-hander said. "I'm not that far away, but I'm missing. I'm
falling behind in the count, getting myself into trouble. Today was
walking the leadoff guy."
Manager Buck Showalter suggested that Jimenez didn't get strike calls
from home plate umpire Rob Drake on close pitches, and Jimenez agreed.
"I think I threw a lot of good pitches, but I don't know the umpire.
He didn't like it," the pitcher said. "There's nothing I can do right
Jimenez spent 2½ seasons with Cleveland before signing a $50 million, four-year contract with Baltimore in February.
"I didn't even think about who I was facing," he said. "When you get
to the mound you are trying to get everybody out, it doesn't matter who
it is. You have to do your job."
Jimenez struck out three and walked three in the first two innings, keeping the Indians hitless but using 52 pitches to do so.
"We got his pitch count up a little bit," Indians shortstop Justin
Sellers said. "He got a little tired and he started leaving balls out
over the plate."
Jimenez faced the minimum six batters over the next two innings,
allowing an infield single to Michael Bourn before getting Michael
Brantley to hit into a double play.
Then came the fifth inning, when seven batters reached before Baltimore got an out.
A walk, two singles and a throwing error by second baseman Jonathan
Schoop produced the game's first run, and a single by Mike Aviles made
it 2-0 and chased Jimenez. T.J. McFarland entered with the bases loaded
and hit Brantley with a pitch to force in a run, and Lonnie Chisenhall
followed with an RBI single. The final run of the inning scored on a
In the seventh, Brantley singled and Chisenhall doubled before Ryan
Raburn hit a two-run double. One out later, Santana hit reliever Brad
Brach's first pitch over the right-field wall.
NOTES: Before the game, the Orioles acquired C Nick Hundley (and cash
considerations) from San Diego for LHP Troy Patton. Baltimore also
recalled INF Steve Lombardozzi from Triple-A Norfolk. ... Orioles 3B
Manny Machado missed a second straight game with a strained groin, but
manager Buck Showalter said Machado was available if needed. ...
Cleveland's Asdrubal Cabrera and Nick Swisher were both rested for a
second consecutive game because of sore knees. ... Trevor Bauer (1-1,
2.25 ERA) goes for Cleveland in the series finale against Baltimore's
Miguel Gonzalez (2-3, 4.53). ... Brantley threw out Steve Clevenger
trying to stretch a single for his major league high sixth outfield
assist. Brantley also extended his hitting streak to 10 games. ...
Baltimore fell to 5-12 in day games, the worst record in the big