Bats fall silent as Indians lose 5-0

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 19, 2014 at 5:16 pm •  Published: April 19, 2014
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CLEVELAND (AP) — Nick Swisher admits the Cleveland Indians are scuffling.

The veteran first baseman also knows it's too early in the season to overreact.

"Obviously we haven't had the start we wanted as a group," he said after Saturday's 5-0 loss to Toronto. "Then again last year we started off the season 5-10, so not time to panic just yet."

Cleveland has lost three in a row and seven of nine, but manager Terry Francona isn't worried.

"This game, there's a lot of (frustration)," he said. "The good part from where I sit is that I know they'll fight through it. We really believe in this group a lot and it's not always easy, it's not always fun, but we really believe in this group. That's what I hang my hat on every day."

The last thing the Indians' struggling offense needed to see was a pitcher on a roll. Instead, they got one of the hottest starters in the American League. Mark Buehrle pitched seven innings of shutout baseball as the Indians were blanked for the first time this season. The left-hander is 4-0 with a 0.64 ERA in four starts.

Corey Kluber (1-2) gave up five runs (four earned) in 6 2-3 innings and was the victim of bad luck in the first.

"Sometimes you make your pitches and they hit it where somebody's not," he said. "I think you just gotta try to kind of put that aside and go about the next hitter, whether you get them out or they get on, just kind of attack the guy the same way."

Melky Cabrera, who had four hits Friday for Toronto, tripled with one out as right fielder David Murphy crashed into the wall after a long run.

Jose Bautista hit a popup into shallow right which Murphy, Swisher and second baseman Jason Kipnis converged on. Swisher tried to make the catch with his back to home plate, but got twisted around and the wind-blown ball fell in for single.

Following a passed ball by catcher Yan Gomes and a groundout that moved Bautista to third, catcher Dioner Navarro's groundball took a bad hop and glanced off Swisher's chest for a hit.