Kluber tosses complete-game shutout to beat White Sox

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Corey Kluber was nearly untouchable as the Cleveland Indians shut out the Chicago White Sox on Friday.

The Indians ace tossed a complete-game shutout while giving up just three hits with nine strikeouts in a 3-0 win against the White Sox.

Kluber, who improved to 2-1 with a 4.28 ERA on the season with the marvellous performance, now has four career shutouts.

The Indians (9-7) have won four consecutive games as they try to make it back to the World Series to rectify last season's loss against the Chicago Cubs, who outlasted the Cincinnati Reds 6-5.

Elsewhere, the Arizona Diamondbacks crushed the Los Angeles Dodgers 13-5, the Texas Rangers defeated the Kansas City Royals 6-2, the St Louis Cardinals eased past the Milwaukee Brewers 6-3 and the New York Yankees lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates by the same scoreline.

The Minnesota Twins and the Houston Astros were also 6-3 winners, over the Detroit Tigers and the Tampa Bay Rays respectively, and the Oakland Athletics accounted for the Seattle Mariners 3-1.

The Baltimore Orioles blanked the Boston Red Sox 2-0, the Miami Marlins lost 5-3 to the San Diego Padres, the Washington Nationals were too good for the New York Mets 4-3 and the Colorado Rockies edged the San Francisco Giants 6-5.

The Philadelphia Phillies prevailed 4-3 over the Atlanta Braves, while the Los Angeles Angels and the Toronto Blue Jays went to a 13th inning, Jose Bautista's three-run homer helping to seal it 8-7 for the Blue Jays.

 

BUNDY GIVES ORIOLES PLENTY TO CHEER ABOUT

Baltimore fans may finally be witnessing the birth of Dylan Bundy's career. The former top prospect has suffered a litany of arm injuries, but he tossed seven scoreless innings to lead the Orioles against the Red Sox. Bundy allowed just six hits with three strikeouts to get to 3-1 with a 1.37 ERA this season.

Rangers third baseman Joey Gallo went two for three with two home runs and three RBIs in a win against the Royals. Team-mate Cole Hamels (1-0) gave up just one run in eight innings while striking out three batters to lower his ERA to 2.77 for the season.

Anthony Rizzo saved the Cubs with a three-run home run against the Reds with two outs in the ninth inning. 

 

VERLANDER'S WOES CONTINUE

Tigers ace Justin Verlander turned in his second straight abysmal performance. This time, he allowed four earned runs off three hits and six walks in a loss to the Twins. Verlander (1-2) now has a 6.04 ERA this season.

To make matters worse for Tigers fans, star first baseman Miguel Cabrera left in the seventh inning with a right groin strain. He was three for three with a run scored before leaving.

 

HARPER GOES LONG

Bryce Harper hit his fifth home run in five games. Harper went two for four with the home run, two RBIs, two runs scored and a walk to help the Nationals beat the Mets. He already has seven home runs and 20 RBIs this season.

 

YANKEES AT PIRATES

With the Yankees performing above most people's expectations, they will send Michael Pineda (2-1, 3.44 ERA) to the mound to take on fellow young stud Jameson Taillon (1-0, 0.90 ERA) on Saturday. New York won eight straight games before dropping two of their last three.