|Kluber: 3-hit shutout|
Now that they've taken over the lead in the AL Central, Cleveland has found their mid-season stride, winning their sixth straight on the arm of Corey Kluber's three-hit shutout and seven doubles by the Indians in a 12-0 rout of the Orioles in Baltimore.
Kluber, who was sidelined most of May with lower back strain, notched his third straight win since his return to action and his second shutout of the season.
After allowing a single to Adam Jones in the first inning, Kluber didn't give up another hit until the sixth, setting down 15 Orioles in a row before surrendering a single to Seth Smith. Hyun-Soo Kim's single with two out in the eighth inning was the only other hit. No Baltimore baserunner advanced past first base as Kluber dominated, striking out 11 without a walk, fanning the side in the ninth to finish with flair.
Improving to 6-2, Kluber dropped his ERA to 3.58. His 11 strikeouts are a season high for the Cleveland ace.
Having swept the Twins out of first place, the Indians extended their lead to 2 1/2 games as Minnesota was idle on Monday. Kansas City has moved into third place, just 3 1/2 out. The Royals dumped Boston, 4-2.
The Indians meet the Orioles in game two of their four-game series Tuesday, at 7:05 pm ET.
|Turner: .399 BA|
It was LA's fourth straight win, pulling them to within 1/2 game of idle West division-leading Colorado.
Turner, who added a fourth-inning, two run homer to his three singles, drove in four runs and ratcheted up his batting average to .399. He's batting an astounding .485 (16-for-33) in June. Turner missed about 20 games from the end of May through early June, so he doesn't have the requisite plate appearances to qualify as a leader. A player needs 3.1 plate appearances per game that his team has played to qualify. At present, Turner needs 220. He has 202. Thus, if he keeps playing regularly, he should qualify within a few weeks.
|Bellinger: 21 HRs lead NL|
The loss dropped the Mets 10 1/2 games back in the NL East, behind Washington. The four-game series continues in Los Angeles on Tuesday when the teams meet for game two, at 7:00 pm PT.