Corey Kluber gave the Indians eight dominant innings on the mound in his final start of the year and he was supported by a pair of homers as the Cleveland Indians shut out the Boston Red Sox, 2-0, on a rainy and chilly Saturday night.
The Indians climbed back to the .500 mark again with the win, aided by eight strong innings on the mound from Kluber. He allowed three hits and walked two batters while striking out nine on the evening. He had a string of six straight outs retired in the second and third innings via strikeout.
He was backed by leadoff homers from Carlos Santana in the second and Ryan Raburn in the fourth off of Boston’s Craig Breslow. The longtime reliever was making just his second career start and lasted five and one-third innings, giving up five hits and the two runs.
Cody Allen worked an easy ninth inning, striking out a batter while earning his 33rd save of the season.
Danny Salazar (13-10) will make the final start of the Indians 2015 season on Sunday afternoon with the goal of sweeping Boston and ending the season with a winning record. Rick Porcello (9-14), a longtime rival of Cleveland while pitching for the Detroit Tigers, will oppose for the Red Sox in the 3:10 PM ET start.
A Cleveland loss would deal Indians manager Terry Francona his first losing season since his final year in Philadelphia in 2000.
W: C. Kluber (9-16)
L: C. Breslow (0-4)
S: C. Allen (33)
HR: C. Santana (19, 2nd inning off Breslow, 0 on, 0 out); R. Raburn (8, 4th inning off Breslow, 0 on, 0 out)
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