CHICAGO — Corey Kluber struck out 13, and Erik Gonzalez hit two of Cleveland’s five homers as the Cleveland Indians won a franchise-record 15th straight game, beating the Chicago White Sox 11-2 on Thursday night.
Edwin Encarnacion, Francisco Lindor and Greg Allen also went deep for the Indians.
Kluber (15-4) cruised after the Indians jumped out to an early 4-0 lead and kept adding to it with the collection of home runs.
Kluber, who struck out at least 10 for the 14th time this season, allowed three hits and two runs while walking one over seven innings. He retired 20 of the final 22 hitters he faced.
Gonzalez, who homered in the third and ninth innings, drove in four runs. Allen hit his first career home run as part of a three-run seventh inning. Lindor went 3-for-6 with three runs and finished a double shy of hitting for the cycle.
The Indians jumped on White Sox emergency starter Mike Pelfrey (3-11) for four first-inning runs. After Lindor’s leadoff triple, Austin Jackson followed with an RBI double. Pelfrey then walked Yandy Diaz before Encarncion followed with a three-run home run to stake Cleveland to a lead.
Lindor led off the second inning with a solo home run to extend the lead to 5-2 before Gonzalez drilled a two-run homer off Pelfrey in the third inning to extend the lead to five runs.
Pelfrey, who started after left-hander Carlos Rodon was forced to miss his scheduled start with shoulder stiffness, gave up seven runs and eight hits over four innings. Pelfrey struck out four and walked three.
The White Sox got on the board in the first inning when Yolmer Sanchez and Jose Abreu each both hit solo home runs.
NOTES: Indians 3B Yandy Diaz left the game due to a left elbow contusion after being hit by a pitch. … Cleveland 3B Jose Ramirez missed the game with a sore right wrist. Manager Terry Francona said Ramirez could miss a couple of games. … RHP Jake Petricka was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a right elbow strain. Manager Rick Renteria said he was uncertain whether Petricka — who is 1-1 with a 7.01 ERA in 27 appearances — would return this season. … White Sox OF Willy Garcia was sent on a rehabilitation assignment to Class A Kannapolis. Garcia has been on the DL since Aug. 1 after sustaining a concussion following a collision with teammate Yoan Moncada.