CLEVELAND -- Corey Kluber pitched six shutout innings and struck out 10 in his first start since May 2 and the Cleveland Indians scored four runs during a strange sixth inning to beat the Oakland Athletics 8-0 Thursday.
Despite the long layoff, Kluber (4-2) looked like his dominant self, allowing just two hits and recording his 26th career double-digit strikeout game.
The Indians scored four runs -- three unearned -- off Jharel Cotton (3-6) in the wild sixth inning. The game was momentarily delayed when sprinklers in left field went on automatically.
The A's made three more errors, raising their major league-leading total to 55. And they struck out 17 times, giving Oakland 93 in the last seven games (see full recap).
Brewers benefit from controversial play in win
NEW YORK -- Chase Anderson pitched seven shutout innings and the Brewers benefited -- temporarily, anyway -- when a Milwaukee bat boy bumped into Mets infielder Wilmer Flores on a foul popup Thursday in a 2-1 victory over New York.
NL Central-leading Milwaukee won the last two at Citi Field to salvage a four-game split.
The kooky play came in the fourth inning with the Brewers ahead 1-0 after they loaded the bases with one out.
Eric Sogard lofted a popup and Flores gave frantic chase along the railing of Milwaukee's third base dugout. A bat boy carrying a metal stool tried to dodge him and slide past, but nicked Flores' arm and the ball dropped.
Umpires originally called Sogard out for interference but quickly huddled and reversed their ruling. Mets manager Terry Collins bolted from the bench, argued with crew chief Fieldin Culbreth and was ejected.
In the Official Baseball Rules, it is considered unintentional interference -- not an out -- if a bat boy or security or someone else permitted on the field accidently gets in the way of a fielder (see full recap).
Wainwright HR helps Cardinals blank Dodgers
ST. LOUIS -- Adam Wainwright hit a two-run homer off Brandon McCarthy and pitched six innings of four-hit ball, leading the St. Louis Cardinals over the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-0 on Thursday for a four-game split.
Wainwright (6-3) struck out six and walked two, pitching out of two-on, one-out jams in the fourth and fifth, and extending his scoreless streak to 16 1/3 innings. Matt Bowman, Trevor Rosenthal and Seung Hwan Oh pitched an inning each to complete a five-hitter. Oh threw a one-hit ninth for his 13th save in 15 chances.
Wainwright followed Paul Dejong's second-inning single with a drive over the left-field bullpen for his 10th career homer. Wainwright has six hits and seven RBIs this season.
McCarthy (5-2) gave up seven hits in four innings, struck out six and walked one (see full recap).