After three days of doing mostly nothing, the Indians' offense returned Wednesday afternoon in a 10-4 victory over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Right-hander Corey Kluber did a nice job as well, pitching six innings to earn the victory and break a personal two-start losing streak. Kluber (3-2, 5.40) turned in his best start since beating Kansas City on April 28. He allowed three runs on six hits with five strikeouts and no walks. After hitting one homer in six games, Mike Aviles, Nick Swisher and Jason Kipnis went deep on Wednesday. Aviles homered in the fourth for a 3-1 lead. Swisher's two-run homer in the fifth made it 5-1. Kipnis three-run homer in the eighth made it 10-3. Kipnis has six homers, but Wednesday's was the first he hit that didn't come in the first inning. Aviles and Swisher homered off lefty Cole Hamels (1-6, 4.61). The Phillies are 1-8 in Hamels' nine starts. How welcomed was offensive rebirth? In the previous three games, the Indians had scored three runs in 26 innings. The victory is the Indians' first in Philadelphia since Aug. 25, 1954 when they beat the old Philadelphia Athletics, 4-3, in 10 innings at Connie Mack Stadium. Hall of Famer Bob Lemon pitched 9 2/3 innings for the victory. The Tribe's offense struck in ambush fashion in the third. After Kipnis doubled and Asdrubal Cabrera walked, Hamels struck out Swisher for the second out. Mark Reynolds stepped to the plate and made a lunging swing at Hamels' first pitch and seemed to hurt himself. Manager Terry Francona and Lonnie Soloff, head athletic trainer, checked on Reynolds, but he stayed in the game. Reynolds stepped back in the box and lined a double off the left-field wall on Hamels' next pitch for a 2-0 lead.
Aviles, Swisher, Kipnis homer in Cleveland Indians' 10-4 victory over Phillies
Cleveland Plain Dealer | May 16