TORONTO — An impressive offensive display by the Cleveland Indians overshadowed another solid start from Corey Kluber.
David Murphy had five hits and five RBI, Lonnie Chisenhall had five hits and an RBI and the Indians pounded the Toronto Blue Jays 15-4 last night.
“One of those games you love to be a part of,” Murphy said.
Kluber pitched seven innings to win consecutive starts for the first time this season, and Carlos Santana and Yan Gomes homered as the Indians set season highs with 15 runs and 22 hits in winning for the sixth time in eight games.
“From top to bottom, we either took walks or got hits,” manager Terry Francona said. “Just a good night all the way around.”
Kluber (4-3) allowed two runs and four hits, walked one and struck out nine. The right-hander is 3-0 with a 2.04 ERA in his past five starts, with 47 strikeouts over 341/3 innings.
“I’m more and more impressed with him each time he goes out there,” Murphy said. “He’s got the stuff to be an ace.”
It was the first time two Indians players had five hits in a nine-inning game since Johnny Hodapp and Luke Sewell did it against the New York Yankees on July 29, 1928.
The bottom four batters in Cleveland’s lineup combined for 14 hits, 10 RBI and five runs scored.
“That makes you feel good when you’re getting contributions all up and down,” Francona said. “ That’s the kind of team we have to be.”
Francona is going to have to take a head count to see how many healthy bodies he has available for tonight. Outfielders outfielder Michael Brantley (tight back) and Nyjer Morgan (sprained right knee) left the game because of injury.
Morgan was wearing a brace to immobilize his leg after the game.
“We need to see how he shows up in the morning,” Francona said.
Kluber retired the first 13 batters before giving up his first hit in the fifth, a double by Adam Lind. One out later, Lind scored on Brett Lawrie’s double.
Kluber was touched for another run in the sixth, on Jose Bautista’s double that made it 4-2.
But Cleveland’s offense hit high gear in the last three innings, scoring two runs in the seventh, three in the eighth and sixth in the ninth.