(CLEVELAND) — Corey Kluber continued an impressive stretch by pitching into the eighth inning of a 7-1 Cleveland Indians win over Cincinnati on Monday. Kluber allowed just one run in 7 1/3 innings, scattering six hits for his fifth straight win.
“Klubes has pitched to the point where, heck yeah, you better play with confidence,” said Indians manager Terry Francona. “He’s one of the best pitchers in the league.”
Cleveland (57-55) provided more than enough offense for Kluber, who has not lost since June 30. The big blow came on a Lonnie Chisenhall three-run home run in the fourth, making it 4-0. Yan Gomes later added a two-run blast of his own in the eighth inning.
Kluber also struck out seven in the victory and walked just two batters. He also upped his scoreless innings streak to 17 before a Brayan Pena RBI double in the eighth ended that run. It was Cleveland’s fourth consecutive win.
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