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Mike Clevinger strikes out 11 in Indians’ win over White Sox

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MLB: Cleveland Indians at Chicago White Sox Jim Young-USA TODAY Sports

Thanks again Angels!

Indians’ starter Mike Clevinger was excellent on Thursday afternoon, allowing just one earned run over seven innings, striking out a career-high 11 and walking just one White Sox in the Tribe’s 5-2 victory.

Clevinger, who was acquired from the Angels in 2014 for reliever Vinnie Pestano in what was another highway robbery for the Cleveland front office, was very efficient in his 14th start of the year. The right-hander typically works higher-than-ideal pitch counts, limiting how deep into games he can go, but used just 99 pitches to get through his seven innings Thursday. Clevinger did got struggle a bit early, allowing a homer to Jose Abreu in the first inning, but quickly settled in, pounding the strike zone and putting up zeroes the rest of the way to earn his fifth win of the year.

The Tribe’s offense didn’t necessarily break out of its funk, but five runs on six hits will work many days with Cleveland’s starting pitching. Francisco Lindor had two of the Tribe’s six hits, including a leadoff homer on the third pitch of the ballgame. Lindor smoked a 92 mph Carlos Rodon fastball over the left field fence for his 15th home run of the season and gave the Tribe an early lead.

The ballgame was tied 2-2 in the seventh when Jose Ramirez launched a two-run home run to give the good guys the lead. The moonball went an estimated 388 feet and was JRam’s team-leading 20th homer.

The Indians’ bullpen also deserves a little note of praise, as Neil Ramirez, Oliver Perez, and Cody Allen combined to hold the White Sox scoreless in the 8th and 9th to wrap up the Tribe’s 36th victory of the season.

Next up for the Indians is a three-game home series against the Twins. Everybody’s favorite ace, Corey Kluber, is scheduled to start Friday against Kyle Gibson. I like how that sounds. LGT!