PHOENIX (AP) — Chase Anderson pitched well through the first seven starts of his big league career, even if the last two ended up in losses.
For his eighth start, Arizona's rookie right-hander had trouble controlling his fastball — it cost him.
Anderson labored for the first time this season, allowing four runs in five innings of the Diamondbacks' 6-1 loss to the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night.
"He didn't have very good strike command, first-pitch command," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said. "He didn't control the counts. He got behind in counts. Left balls over the plate."
Corey Kluber, on the other hand, had much better command of his pitches.
The Indians ran through their bullpen in a 14-inning game the night before Kluber (7-5) gave them a lift with another strong interleague effort, allowing four hits while striking out eight in seven innings.
He improved to 6-0 with a 2.28 ERA in six career interleague starts.
"Obviously, we played a long game last night, but I don't think I put any more pressure on myself to go deep in the game as I normally would," said Kluber, who also lined a single to left in the fourth inning for his first career hit. "That's what I'm trying to do every game, go as deep as I can."
Early run support helped.
Michael Brantley homered and had two RBIs against Anderson (5-3), sending the rookie to his third straight loss after opening his career with five consecutive wins.
Yan Gomes also homered for Cleveland, and Michael Bourn had a pair of triples among his three hits. Jason Kipnis also had two doubles for the Indians, who had 10 hits and snapped a four-game losing streak.
"We didn't score in bunches, but scored one and then we scored two," manager Terry Francona said. "We kept after it. I thought we had good at-bats throughout the lineup."
Both teams needed their starters to go deep into the game after Tuesday night's marathon.
Arizona won 9-8 on Aaron Hill's single after both teams emptied their bullpens in a game that lasted 5 hours, 32 minutes, matching the longest game in Chase Field history.
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