Strasburg returns but Indians blank Nationals
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Corey Kluber fired eight outstanding innings to spoil Stephen Strasburg's return to the mound and lead the Cleveland Indians to a 2-0 victory in the finale of a three-game interleague series at Progressive Field.
Sidelined since May 31 with a strained lat muscle, Strasburg (3-6) was limited to just five innings and 82 pitches upon being activated from the disabled list prior to the contest. The ace righty yielded only one hit -- Carlos Santana's RBI single in the bottom of the fourth -- while walking four in a solid effort.
Kluber (5-4) was better, however, pitching out of several jams and striking out eight without a walk before turning the game over to Vinny Pestano, who tossed a scoreless ninth to close out Cleveland's fourth win in five games.
The Nationals stranded seven runners -- five at either second or third base -- on the afternoon while going 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position.
Anthony Rendon had three of Washington's seven hits and Jayson Werth finished 2-for-3 in the loss, the Nationals' second of the set.
06/16 15:54:40 ET