Reliever Brent Suter homers, helps Brewers beat Indians 3-2
MILWAUKEE — Reliever Brent Suter homered off AL Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber and threw 4 2/3 innings of two-run ball to lead the Milwaukee Brewers to a 3-2 win on Tuesday night over the Cleveland Indians.
Suter hit the first pitch thrown by Kluber in the third, a sinker, to center for the first homer of his professional career. It was the first home run given up by Kluber to a pitcher in his eight years with the Indians.
Suter (2-2) had an eventful night on the mound too. The left-hander entered with one out in the first for starter Wade Miley, who left following 19 pitches with a strained right oblique.
Suter allowed five hits, including solo homers to Jose Ramirez and Francisco Lindor, and struck out five in handing Cleveland its fourth straight loss.
He made a diving catch of a bunt attempt in front of the plate by Kluber in the second inning with two men on and one out, then threw out Brandon Guyer at second for an inning-ending double play.
Three more relievers combined to hold the Indians scoreless for the final four innings, with Josh Hader fanning three over the last two innings for his fifth save.
Travis Shaw had a two-run homer in the first inning for Milwaukee.
Kluber (5-2) had his five-start winning streak snapped after allowing five hits and three runs over six innings. He has given up eight homers over his past four games.
Indians: OF Bradley Zimmer, who hurt his left shoulder when he crashed into the outfield wall Saturday at Yankee Stadium, is expected to play Wednesday in Milwaukee. … LHP Andrew Miller, on the DL since April 26 (left hamstring strain) threw a mound session Tuesday. “He looked really good,” manager Terry Francona said. “When we get back home on Thursday, he’ll get his strength measured. As long as there’s not much of a deficit, we’ll get him going.” … RHP Danny Salazar, sidelined all season (right shoulder impingement tendinitis) and moved from the 10-day to 60-day DL on May 3, will be shut down from 7 to 10 days after receiving an injection in the shoulder. Salazar has been on extended spring training in Arizona.
Brewers: All-Star closer Corey Knebel, sidelined since early April by a left hamstring injury, could return from the disabled list in the next few days. “He passed everything at a pretty good rate and did everything in a timely manner, and really probably a little ahead of schedule,” Counsell said about Knebel’s rehab. … Infielder Nick Franklin left the game in the fourth after appearing to hurt his left leg while running out a fielder’s choice. He had just joined the club earlier in the day after his contract was selected from Double-A Biloxi.
Indians: RH Carlos Carrasco (4-1) is 5-4 with a 3.21 ERA in 16 interleague games, including 12 starts.
Brewers: Opponents are hitting just .202 off RH Junior Guerra (2-2), who will make his first career start against the Indians.