The Indians crush Philly 10-4, and have won or split in each of their last nine series.
By ASSOCIATED PRESSFS Ohio
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Jason Kipnis hit a three-run homer, Nick Swisher and Mike Aviles also went deep to back Corey Kluber, and the
Cleveland Indians beat the Philadelphia Phillies 10-4 Wednesday.
Corey Kluber (3-2) gave up three runs and six hits in six innings. He rebounded nicely after allowing eight runs in 4 2-3 innings against Detroit in his previous start.
A day after rookie Jonathan Pettibone held the Indians in check, Cole Hamels got roughed up by one of the league's highest-scoring offenses. Cleveland had been in a slight funk, scoring just seven runs in its previous four games.
Hamels (1-6) allowed five runs and six hits in five innings. The three-time All-Star and 2008 World Series MVP has a 4.61 ERA, and the Phillies are 1-8 in his starts. Hamels had six straight quality starts before this one, with a 2.41 ERA in that span.
Jimmy Rollins drove in three runs for Philadelphia, which ended a three-game winning streak.
The surprising Indians have won 12 of 16 and are 22-17 under first-year manager Terry Francona.
Mark Reynolds hit a two-run double with two outs in the third to give the Indians the lead. Kipnis doubled and Asdrubal Cabrera walked before Reynolds hit a drive to left to knock them in.
John Mayberry Jr. singled in the third, advanced on a sacrifice and scored when Rollins lined a two-out single to right to cut it to 2-1.
Rollins delivered another clutch two-out hit in the fifth. After singles by Carlos Ruiz and Mayberry, he ripped a two-run double to right to cut the deficit to 5-3.
Aviles lined a homer to left in the fourth for a 3-1 lead.
Swisher connected in the fifth, driving a 2-0 pitch a few feet inside the left-field foul pole to make it 5-1.
Cabrera hit a two-run single with two outs in the sixth off Jeremy Horst to extend Cleveland's lead to 7-3.
Kipnis took Raul Valdes out to right in the eighth.
The Phillies are 12-4 when Pettibone, Kyle Kendrick or John Lannan start. They're 7-17 in games started by the $64.5 million trio of Hamels, Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee.
NOTES: The Phillies signed three-time All-Star Carlos Zambrano to a minor league deal. He'll report to extended spring training this week. ... The Indians won three of four interleague meetings this season against the Phillies, outscoring them 32-12. ... Halladay was scheduled for shoulder surgery in California. He hopes to return to Philadelphia's rotation this year. ... Two of Swisher's six homers are off lefties. ... The Phillies have their second off day this week on Thursday. ... The Indians open a four-game series against Seattle on Friday.