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CLEVELAND (AP) — Corey Kluber isn’t letting up as the regular season winds down.Kluber struck out 11 in eight innings to record his career-high 19th win as the Cleveland Indians beat the Chicago White Sox 5-3 on Tuesday night.Although the Indians have locked up their third straight AL Central title Bud Norris Jersey , Kluber’s goal is simple: Go into the postseason pitching as well as possible.“I don’t want to go out there and think like it’s spring training because we’ve already clinched,” he said. “The best way to stay locked in is to keep your foot on the gas, so to speak, and stay in that competitive mind frame.”Kluber (19-7), who allowed three runs, topped 200 strikeouts for the fifth straight season. Kluber won 18 games in three of the previous four seasons, including his two AL Cy Young Award-winning years, 2014 and 2017.“Vintage Kluber,” White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. “He kept it low in the zone, and kept driving it lower and lower. He stays below the zone, so you have to make adjustments.”Omar Narvaez walked and Matt Davidson singled with two outs in the eighth, but Kluber retired Ryan LaMarre on a groundout.In his previous start on Sept. 10, Kluber lasted only 1 2/3 innings and allowed four runs against Tampa Bay. His turn in the rotation was moved back a day to line him up to start Game 1 of the Division Series , which begins Oct. 5.“Obviously, I had a pretty short outing last time, so I was able to get a pretty long side (session) in a couple days after that,” Kluber said. “It actually worked out fine timing-wise to where I was able to get two in.”Indians All-Star second baseman Jose Ramirez was hit on the left arm by Carlos Rodon’s pitch in the fifth inning and walked from the plate in obvious pain. Ramirez spoke with manager Terry Francona and a team trainer, but stayed in the game and stole second base moments later.“Fortunately it got him above the elbow, but it got him pretty good,” Francona said.Jason Kipnis homered and Yandy Diaz added a two-run single when Cleveland scored three times in the fifth.Andrew Miller struck out three in the ninth but allowed the potential tying run to reach base. With one out, Welington Castillo reached on Yan Gomes‘ passed ball on strike three.Miller struck out Yolmer Sanchez before Tim Anderson blooped a single to right. Miller then fanned Daniel Palka to end the game. The left-hander, who has been on the disabled list three times, picked up his second save and first since April 9.“It keeps your adrenaline going,” Miller said about pitching the ninth. “You don’t want to mess it up. As much fun as I’ve ever had is closing out games. I love looking up at the scoreboard and looking up at the lineup card, trying to get through that.”Rodon (6-6) allowed five runs in seven innings. Palka and Narvaez hit solo homers in the sixth for the White Sox.White Sox slugger Jose Abreu will miss the series because of an infection in his right thigh. Abreu is batting .320 (16 for 50) with five homers and 12 RBIs in his career against Kluber.Melky Cabrera’s RBI double and Yan Gomes’ run-scoring single gave Cleveland a 2-0 lead in the second.Josh Donaldson, who was acquired from Toronto on Aug. 31 Yadier Molina Jersey , drew a leadoff walk and scored from first on Cabrera’s hit. Donaldson also walked in the fourth, but was 0-for-2 and is batting .133 (2 for 15) in five games with Cleveland.The Indians rested most of their regulars Sunday, a day after clinching the division. Francona returned to his usual lineup Tuesday night with the exception of designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion, who has missed the last two games after tweaking his ankle.RARE OPPORTUNITYMiller admitted he thought about getting a fourth strikeout in the ninth inning.“I’m not going to lie,” he said. “It crossed my mind. Uhh, nah. I’m just trying to get outs.”SLUGGING YOUNGSTERSPalka leads AL rookies with 25 home runs and has homered four times in seven games on Chicago’s trip. He briefly moved into a tie for the major league lead among rookies before Atlanta’s Ronald Acuna Jr. hit his 26th on Tuesday.TRAINER’S ROOMWhite Sox: OF Nicky Delmonico (stiff neck) was a late scratch. He was injured Sunday while diving for a ball in Baltimore.Indians: Francona said Encarnacion will return Wednesday.UP NEXTWhite Sox RHP Dylan Covey (5-13, 5.64 ERA) takes on RHP Carlos Carrasco (16-8, 3.41) in the middle game of the series. Carrasco has won both of his starts against Chicago this season, allowing one unearned run in 14 innings. PITTSBURGH (AP) — Bryse Wilson was pitching for his high school team in Hillsborough, North Carolina, barely two years ago. Now, he’s 1-0 in the major leagues.Wilson worked five solid innings, becoming the third 20-year-old pitcher to start in his big league debut for Atlanta this season in the Braves’ 1-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday night.“Never ,” Wilson said when asked if he could envision being in the major leagues so soon. “I thought I would move up one step at a time. I never expected this.”Wilson allowed three hits, struck out five and walked three as Atlanta increased its NL East lead to one game over idle Philadelphia while ending its four-game skid. The Braves purchased the right-hander’s contract from Triple-A Gwinnett prior to the game so they could give their regular starters a rest.Wilson began the season at Class A Florida and went a combined 8-5 with a 3.23 ERA in 23 starts in the minor leagues. He was the Braves’ fourth-round pick in the 2016 draft.“I was impressed by everything about him,” Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said. “He kind of carried himself like I expected. He has a lot of confidence from everything I’ve heard about him and what little I’ve known him. That’s his makeup.”Mike Soroka was 20 when he started May 1 against the Mets at New York and Koby Allard did it on July 31 against Miami.The last team to use three starters before they reached their 21st birthday in a season was the 1965 Kansas City Athletics with Hall of Famer Catfish Hunter, Don Buschhorn and Ron Tompkins.Five relievers finished the seven-hitter. Dan Winkler pitched the ninth, working around a leadoff single for his second save.Pittsburgh has allowed exactly one run in five straight games — including four against the NL Central-leading Cubs — but lost three of them. The organization hasn’t done that since July 13-18, 1888, when they were the Alleghenys, according to Stats.“I think we’d all like to score runs,” Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said. “From that standpoint, guys are up there battling. I don’t see anybody lost. I don’t see anybody confused. I see guys just not getting hits.”The Braves scored in the first inning when Freddie Freeman hit a two-out double and scored on Nick Markakis’ single.Center fielder Ender Inciarte preserved the lead in the seventh he when he threw out Adeiny Hechavarria trying to score from second base on Corey Dickerson’s single to end the inning. Hechavarria said he was “100 percent safe” but the call was upheld after a video review.“I knew he was going to be running on contact and I had to make a play,” Inciarte said. “I got a good hop and was able to get off a good throw.”Pirates starter Chris Archer (4-6) was removed after four innings because of left leg discomfort. Archer was injured while batting in the third inning, falling as he attempted to check his swing while striking out.Hurdle and a trainer visited the mound after Archer warmed up before the fourth, but he remained in the game for one more inning. The Pirates are optimistic Archer will make his next scheduled start Sunday at Milwaukee.Archer allowed one run and five hits with three strikeouts and one walk. He is 1-1 with a 4.91 ERA in four starts for Pittsburgh since being acquired from Tampa Bay in a trade.“The one thing that I’ve always prided myself in in this game is being on the field Adam Wainwright Jersey , but I think it was the smart move,” Archer said. “Just trying to be smart so that I can be out there in five days instead of letting it linger and potentially doing something worse.”The only bad moment for Wilson came when he appeared to single with two outs in the fourth inning, but was thrown out at first base by right fielder Gregory Polanco.Atlanta’s Johan Camargo reached base in all four plate appearances with three singles and a walk.TRAINER’S ROOMPirates: 2B Josh Harrison (strained left hamstring) did not play.ROSTER MOVESThe Braves designated veteran infielder Ryan Flaherty for assignment to open a roster spot for Wilson and outrighted left-hander Chad Bell to Gwinnett.The Pirates shuffled left-handed relievers, recalling Steven Brault from Triple-A Indianapolis and optioning Buddy Boshers. Brault replaced Archer and pitched two scoreless innings.MARTE BENCHEDPirates center fielder Starling Marte was benched a day after he failed to hustle twice while running the bases in a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs in 11 innings. Marte pinch-hit in the ninth inning and grounded out.20 IS THE MAGIC NUMBERBraves rookie outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr., who’s also 20, was chosen as the NL Player of the Week after going 13 for 28 (.464) with four home runs in eight games.Braves veteran right-hander Brandon McCarthy joked on Twitter about Atlanta’s plethora of youngsters.“Are you under 21 and looking to make some last minute summer cash? Try out for the @Braves,” he wrote.UP NEXTBraves: RHP Kevin Gausman (7-9, 4.22 ERA) will pitch Tuesday night and is 2-1 with a 2.84 ERA in three starts since being acquired from Baltimore in a trade.Pirates: RHP Ivan Nova (7-7, 4.26 ERA) has won all three career starts against Atlanta with a 1.69 ERA.

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