Kluber strikes out 13 in Indians’ 5-3 win over Mariners; Cano Out With the Flu
SEATTLE (AP) — Corey Kluber struck out 13 in seven innings to win his third straight decision, Jason Kipnis continued his hot May with two hits and two RBIs, and the Cleveland Indians beat the Seattle Mariners 5-3 on Thursday night.
Cleveland won for the eighth time in 10 games, inching closer to .500 after struggling the first six weeks of the season. Kluber, the reigning AL Cy Young winner, improved to 3-0 with 50 strikeouts and two walks in his last four starts.
Kluber (3-5) gave up a pair of home runs to Mike Zunino in the third and Dustin Ackley in the sixth, but Seattle was able to mount little otherwise. Kluber earned his first road victory of the season.
James Paxton (3-3) gave up eight hits and three earned runs before leaving with two outs and a 3-0 count against Brandon Moss in the fifth due to a finger injury.
Cano misses 1st game of season for Seattle with flu
SEATTLE (AP) — Robinson Cano wasn't in the Seattle Mariners' lineup for the first time this season because of flu-like symptoms.
Cano's first day off came Thursday night with the Mariners opening a four-game series against Cleveland. Manager Lloyd McClendon said the symptoms popped up overnight after the team had concluded its trip against Tampa Bay and returned to Seattle.
McClendon said Cano had lost a couple of pounds due to dehydration and was receiving fluids.
Cano has been in a slump for much of the season, hitting .253 with just one home run and 13 RBIs. Cano was 9 for 37 (.243) on Seattle's recent road trip with both of his RBIs coming in the same game.