GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Corey Kluber and the Tribe sailed through the first four innings against the Rockies on Saturday. And then things got real choppy as Colorado rolled to a 14-6 win at Goodyear Ballpark.
Kluber pitched four scoreless innings before allowing seven in the final two innings he worked. It wasn’t much better for Scott Atchison, Vinnie Pestano, Josh Outman and Bryan Shaw, who also gave up runs.
Said Terry Francona of Kluber’s day: "It follows a pattern. Every time you get one more inning stretched it seems like that last inning has a little bit of trouble. There were some early counts of swinging and getting balls up but the first four were pretty solid. The progression as he gets stronger you’ll see more of the first four and less of the last couple."
Kluber ended up allowing 11 hits but walked none and struck out one. The Rockies had 22 hits on the day.
Michael Brantley was 2 for 4 and drove in three runs as he lifted his spring average to .514 (19 for 37) with 10 RBI. Nick Swisher had two hits while Mike Aviles had a solo home run to left to lead off the sixth.
The Indians, who are 16-6-2 in Cactus League play, face the Angels on Sunday in Tempe.