ANAHEIM, Calif. — Corey Kluber pitched a three-hitter with eight strikeouts and Jason Kipnis had three hits in the Cleveland Indians’ 6-2 victory over the slumping Los Angeles Angels on Friday night.
Mike Napoli doubled home the first run in a four-run first inning for AL Central-leading Cleveland, which has won eight of 10 in June. The Indians led 6-1 in the second inning while chasing Hector Santiago (3-4), who got just four outs in his shortest start of the season.
Yunel Escobar had two hits for the Angels (26-35), who lost their fifth straight to drop a season-worst nine games below .500.
Kluber (6-6) started the game by giving up Escobar’s double off the wall in center field, but Los Angeles’ next 17 batters couldn’t get a hit off the right-hander.