Kluber’s solid effort wasted as Cleveland drops opener

Kluber’s solid effort wasted as Cleveland drops opener

Staff’/wire report


Indians ace Corey Kluber went the distance in Thursday night’s opener against the Seattle Mariners, but Cleveland’s bats fell short.

Kluber, the 2017 American League Cy Young Award winner, allowed a two-run home run to Seattle slugger Nelson Cruz in the bottom of the first inning, but worked seven scoreless innings after that in Cleveland’s 2-1 season-opening loss.

Kluber (0-1) allowed just six hits and a walk and struck out eight.

Seattle start Felix Hernandez (1-0) and five relievers combined to hold the Indians to a run on five hits. Hernandez worked 51/3 innings and allowed just two hits and two waks. He struck out four.

Mariners relievers Dan Altavilla, Marc Rzepzcynski, Nick Vincent, Juan Nicaso and Edwin Diaz finished the game. Diaz worked out of a ninth-inning jam by striking out Yan Gomes and Tyler Naquin with two runners on base to earn a save.

Cleveland’s lone run came in the top of the seventh when Lonnie Chisenhall scored on a single by Gomes.

Chisenhall had a double for Cleveland’s only extra-base hit.

The top four players in the Indians’ batting order — Francisco Lindor, Jason Kipnis, Jose Ramirez and Yonder Alonso — went a combined 1 for 15. Kipnis had a single.

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