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Corey Kluber brilliant in complete-game shutout

By PAUL HOYNES • Updated Aug 5, 2018 at 12:35 AM

CLEVELAND — Welcome to Cleveland, Leonys Martin.

Martin, acquired from Detroit on Tuesday before the trading deadline, led the Indians to a 3-0 win over the Angels on Saturday night in front of a sellout crowd at Progressive Field.

The Indians and Angels were locked in a scoreless game entering the bottom of the sixth. The difference being that right-hander Felix Pena was throwing a no-hitter for the Angels, while Corey Kluber was throwing a three-hitter.

Martin changed that as he started the sixth with a line-drive homer into the right field seats for the Tribe's first hit and a 1-0 lead. It was Martin's third hit in as many games, and second homer, since the trade.

Pena fell behind Martin, 3-1, and the left-handed hitting center fielder did not miss his next pitch. He hit it 415-feet with an exit velocity of 107 mph.

After Martin created the opening, the Indians were quick to jump through it. Francisco Lindor doubled and scored on Michael Brantley's single for a 2-0 lead. When Jose Ramirez lined out to left, Pena was done for the night.

The Indians stretched the lead to 3-0 in the seventh when Brandon Guyer scored on a passed ball charged to catcher Francisco Arcia.

Kluber (14-6, 2.63) threw a three-hitter for his second complete game of the season and the 18th of his career. The shutout was his first of the year and eighth of his career.

In two starts against the Angels this year, Kluber has allowed two runs in 16 innings with 13 strikeouts. In 22 starts this year, Kluber has made 19 quality starts -- six or more innings with three or fewer earned runs allowed.

In his last start Pena (1-3, 4.97) didn't make it out of the first inning. He allowed seven runs on six hits in one-third of an inning in a loss to Seattle. On Saturday night, he held the Indians hitless for five innings. He allowed just two baserunners in that stretch as Brantley walked in the first and fourth innings.

Kluber wasn't dealing with a no-hitter, but he was equally as effective in preventing runs. He ended the game with 10 straight outs.

He allowed a one-out double to Eric Young in the third and walked Kole Calhoun. But he retired Justin Upton and Shohei Ohtani to end the inning.

Andrelton Simmons singled with one out in the fourth, but Kluber retired the next two batters to end the inning. Kluber retired the next five Angels in order before Albert Pujols singled with two out in the sixth. The inning ended when Simmons grounded out to second.

The pitches

Pena threw 86 pitches, 47 (55 percent) for strikes. Kluber threw 98 pitches, 64 (65 percent) for strikes.

Thanks for coming

The Angels and Indians drew a sellout crowd of 34,814 to Progressive Field. First pitch was at 7:10 p.m. with a temperature of 82 degrees.

It was the Tribe's second straight sellout and seventh of the season.

Up next

Rookie Shane Bieber (5-2, 4.73) is scheduled to start against the Angels and left-hander Tyler Skaggs (8-7, 3.34) on Sunday at 1:10 p.m. SportsTime Ohio, TBS and WLKR/FM 95.3 will carry the game.

In Bieber's last start he allowed three earned runs in 6 1/3 innings in a non-decision against the Twins on July 30. He will be facing the Angels for the first time.

Left-hander Tyler Skaggs was scheduled to start against the Indians, but he's headed to the disabled list with a left abductor strain. The Angels starter has not been announced.

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