MINNEAPOLIS — Corey Kluber flirted with a no-hitter for the second consecutive outing against the Minnesota Twins before finishing with a one-hitter in his second straight complete game as the Cleveland Indians cruised to a 6-1 win Friday night.
Kluber (8-12) gave up just a solo home run to Joe Mauer and struck out seven in his fourth complete game of the season.
Giovanny Urshela had two hits, including a two-run homer for Cleveland. Francisco Lindor, Lonnie Chisenhall and Mike Aviles each had three hits to help the Indians win for the fift time in six games.
Trevor May (8-8) gave up two runs on five hits in three innings in his first start for Minnesota since moving to the bullpen in early June.
Kluber took a no-hitter into the seventh inning in his last start, also against Minnesota, before Mauer singled with two outs. This time, the only blemish on Kluber’s line before Mauer’s home run with two outs in the fourth was a walk to rookie Miguel Sano in the second inning.
In three starts against the Twins this season, Kluber has given up four runs on seven hits in 26 innings.
May entered the rotation with Minnesota short-handed because of injuries to Phil Hughes and Tommy Milone. Milone will be activated to start Sunday.
A short stint for May, who made 16 starts earlier this season, was expected. But the big right-hander ran into trouble in the second inning after Urshela followed Abraham Almonte’s double with his fifth home run.
The Indians’ chance for more runs was thwarted as Lonnie Chisenhall was thrown out at the plate by Twins left-fielder Eddie Rosario to end the inning. Rosario has an outfield assist in three straight games.
With May out, the bottom of the Indians’ order went to work against four other Minnesota relievers. Almonte added two hits as the bottom four hitters in Cleveland’s lineup were a combined 10 of 16 with six runs scored and five RBI.
Indians outfielder Michael Brantley was out of the lineup with a sore left throwing shoulder and manager Terry Francona said he could be out of the lineup for a "couple, three days." Brantley had an MRI, which showed no damage, and had an injection to help alleviate the pain.
Twins righty Blaine Boyer was placed on the disabled list early Friday with right elbow inflammation. An MRI didn’t reveal any damage to the elbow but manager Paul Molitor said Boyer is dealing with tenderness in the elbow.
Indians righty Josh Tomlin will make his first major-league start of the season after recovering from right shoulder surgery in April. Tomlin was 1-2 with a 3.42 ERA during six rehab appearances and then made one Triple-A start with Columbus and gave up six runs in six innings after being activated from the disabled list.
Twins youngster Tyler Duffey (0-1, 27.00 ERA) will make his second major-league start after being recalled from Triple-A. The right-hander lasted just two innings in his major-league debut against Toronto on Aug. 5, allowing six runs.