In­di­ans’ hurler puts clamps on Blue Jays

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS - THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Corey Klu­ber struck out a sea­son-high 14 in 7 2/3 in­nings and the Cleve­land In­di­ans beat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-1 on Sun­day to com­plete a three­game sweep.

Klu­ber (8-3) showed no signs of the stiff neck that pushed back his sched­uled start Fri­day with an­other dom­i­nat­ing per­for­mance.

The right-han­der al­lowed five hits, in­clud­ing Kevin Pil­lar’s lead­off homer in the third, and reached dou­ble fig­ures in strike­outs for the ninth time in 16 starts. Klu­ber fell four strike­outs short of match­ing his ca­reer-high 18 against St. Louis in 2015.

The 2014 AL Cy Young win­ner fanned the first two hit­ters in the eighth be­fore walk­ing Josh Don­ald­son, end­ing a nine-pitch at-bat.

The right-han­der re­ceived a stand­ing ova­tion from the crowd of 30,701 af­ter be­ing re­moved by man­ager Terry Fran­cona.

Michael Brant­ley hit a tworun homer in the sixth and had three RBIs. Bran­don Guyer’s three-run dou­ble was the key hit in the first, when Cleve­land took a 4-0 lead against J.A. Happ (3-7).

Klu­ber missed a month ear­lier this sea­son with a strained back. He’s 5-1 with a 1.52 ERA in 10 starts since com­ing off the dis­abled list.

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