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Kluber stops Reds, Indians win 7-1

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 4, 2014 at 10:29 pm •  Published: August 4, 2014
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"You go through periods where you have things working and even when you're not at your best, you're still good," Francona said. "That's kind of where Klubes is getting."

Michael Brantley added an RBI groundout in the first inning and a run-scoring single in the fifth.

John Axford pitched the final 1 2-3 innings for his 10th save.

REDS IMPRESSED

Cincinnati manager Bryan Price praised Kluber's performance. "As advertised," Price said. "I know he's a tremendous pitcher, we all knew that coming in. He did the things that we knew about. He's very good."

TESTING

Center fielder Michael Bourn will begin a minor league rehab assignment at Double-A Akron on Tuesday. He hasn't played since July 5 because of a recurring left hamstring injury.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Reds: Second baseman Brandon Phillips is traveling with the team as he continues to rehab from a torn ligament in his left thumb. Price said Phillips, who hasn't played since July 9, still can't swing a bat.

Indians: Designated hitter Nick Swisher is optimistic his strained right wrist won't sideline him for more than a couple of days. "I've been through stuff like this before," he said. "It's just a little tight." He injured the wrist in his last at-bat Sunday against Texas' Yu Darvish.

ON DECK

Reds: All-Star right-hander Johnny Cueto (12-6) will start Tuesday. He leads the NL in innings pitched (162 2-3) and opponents' batting average (.183) and is second in ERA (2.05) and strikeouts (186). Cueto is 3-0 in five career starts against Cleveland.

Indians: Right-hander Josh Tomlin (5-7) will be called up from Triple-A Columbus to start Tuesday. He was sent to the minors on July 26. Tomlin hasn't won since pitching a one-hitter on June 28. He's 1-1 in three career appearances against Cincinnati.