Kluber on extra rest for start against Braves

ATLANTA — Corey Kluber will have two extra days of rest when he takes the mound Tuesday night against the Atlanta Braves trying to help stretch the Cleveland Indians’ winning streak to 11 games.

An off day last week gave manager Terry Francona an opportunity to juggle his rotation and he took advantage of it after conferring with Kluber, the 2014 American League Cy Young Award winner.

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Trevor Bauer, also coming off a complete game, won the series opener Monday against the Braves on regular rest, swapping places with Kluber.

"I thought we’d pushed him a little bit on the last start," Francona said of the 115 pitches that Kluber threw in a three-hit home shutout of Tampa Bay. "I told him we had the ability to back him up because of the off day. We asked if he thought it would help him and he said yeah."

Francona said a manager has to balance the benefit of rest versus throwing a pitcher off his routine.

"We know our guys and hopefully there is a trust," he said. "Sometimes you think you’re helping and you’re not. You don’t want to throw off a pitcher’s rhythm."

Kluber, who improved his record to 7-7 and lowered his ERA to 3.59 with his shutout of the Rays, had struggled in his previous start at Kansas City.

"When that one’s over, you flush it and move onto the next one, just like you do right now," Kluber said after the bounce-back. "Now, this game’s over and done with, so you start preparing for the next one."

Kluber, who is 5-2 in his last seven starts, is 10-2 with a 2.30 ERA against the National League in interleague play. The right-hander has never pitched against the Braves.

Braves starter Matt Wisler will be facing the red-hot Indians for the first time as he goes for a third straight quality start after a rough stretch.

Wisler (3-7, 4.22 ERA) is 1-5 with a 4.45 ERA at Turner Field, where the 23-year-old right-hander has issued 18 of his 26 walks.

Four came in his most recent start, but he made it through 6 2/3 innings in a no-decision against the New York Mets. Wisler also worked 6 2/3 innings and got his lone home victory June 16 against Cincinnati.

"He had some success and then got in a little bit of a rut," Braves interim manager Brian Snitker said. "I like the way he’s battled through. You’re going to have some bumps in the road. You forget how little he’s pitched."

A key for Wisler will be keeping the ball in the ballpark against the Indians, who hit four homers in one inning on Sunday at Detroit and have 21 during their winning streak. He has allowed 13 homers in 89 2/3 innings.

The Indians (45-30) have outscored opponents 68-22 in their 10-game winning streak and lead defending World Series champion Kansas City by five games in the American League Central.

Cleveland has at least six runs in the last seven wins and has 10 homers in the past three. Six Indians had RBIs in the 8-3 victory over the Braves.

Atlanta (26-50) has the worst home record in the majors at 11-30, but had won eight of its previous 11 games overall before losing the opener against the Indians.