For the second straight start Corey Kluber failed to throw the right pitch at the right time. Six days ago his lack of execution beat him, but he did not have that problem Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium. Alex Gordon turned a 3-0 fastball by Kluber into a game-tying grand slam in the fifth inning to ruin a fairly smooth start by the Indians’ right-hander. The Indians, however, rallied for a 6-5 victory with two runs in the seventh inning. The Indians drew eight walks in their fifth straight victory. Three of them were converted into runs. The last two proved to be the most important. Lefty Tim Collins started the seventh by walking Asdrubal Cabrera and Jason Kipnis. Aaron Crow relieved and walked Nick Swisher to load the bases. Carlos Santana gave the Indians a 5-4 lead with a sacrifice fly to center. Jason Giambi made it 6-4 with a two-out double. “He’s been unbelievably productive,” Indians manager Terry Francona of the 42-year-old Giambi, who has 12 extra base hits and 22 RBI in 105 at-bats. “That’s why he’s still in the league.” It was an interesting game for Santana. He had one official at- bat as he walked three times, hit a sacrifice fly and drove in two runs. In his only at-bat of the night, he grounded into a double play in the ninth. After the Indians took a 6-4 lead, manager Terry Francona held a reunion of the old bullpen gang: Joe Smith, Vinnie Pestano and Chris Perez. Smith worked a perfect seventh, Pestano gave up a run in an unperfect eighth and Perez pitched a nervous ninth for his eighth save and second since coming off the disabled list on Thursday. We’ve got them back together, now we’ve got to get them hot together,” said Francona. While Smith has been pitching well all year, Pestano and Perez have spent time on the disabled list.
Indians score two in seventh to beat Royals for fifth straight win
Cleveland Plain Dealer | Jul 3