CLEVELAND (AP) — Corey Kluber struck out 11 in eight innings, and the Cleveland Indians beat the Tampa Bay Rays 1-0 on Friday night to stay in the race for a playoff spot.
Kluber (18-9) allowed five hits and walked two in his final start of the season, bolstering his case for the AL Cy Young Award. The right-hander, who is tied for the AL lead in wins, recorded his 11th double-digit strikeout game of the season and leads the majors with 269 strikeouts.
Cleveland moved within 2 1/2 games of Oakland, which played at Texas on Friday night and is in the lead for the second wild card in the American League. Cleveland must win its final two games and hope Oakland loses its remaining three to tie the Athletics.
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