CLEVELAND — Corey Kluber scattered seven hits in seven strong innings and moved into a tie for the American League lead with his ninth win, and the Cleveland Indians beat the Milwaukee Brewers 3-2 on Tuesday night.
Kluber (9-2) gave up a run, struck out seven and didn't walk a batter for the fifth straight start, a stretch of 35 1/3 innings. The right-hander is tied with New York's Luis Severino for the league lead in wins.
Jose Ramirez hit his 19th home run, a solo shot in the third. Lonnie Chisenhall, in his first at-bat in two months, drove in two runs with a bases-loaded single in the second.
Cody Allen gave up a leadoff homer to Travis Shaw in the ninth, but retired the next three hitters for his 10th save.
Junior Guerra (3-4) allowed three runs in six innings. Lorenzo Cain had an RBI single in the third for the Brewers, who have lost two straight for the first time since April 26-29 when they lost four in a row.
The annoying midges from Lake Erie descended on the ballpark causing fielders to wave their gloves in front of their faces, although play continued without interruption. The bugs usually make their first appearance of the season in early June.
Kluber was pulled after throwing 112 pitches. The reigning AL Cy Young winner went 4-1 with a 1.83 ERA in May. Kluber lost to the Brewers on May 8 when he allowed two home runs, including one hit by pitcher Brent Suter that carried 433 feet.
Cleveland loaded the bases in the second with one out on a walk and two singles. Chisenhall, activated from the 10-day disabled list before the game, was out since April 7 because of a strained right calf.
Manny Pina's double in the third was followed by Orlando Arcia's infield hit. Cain lined a single to right, the first run allowed by Kluber in 15 1/3 innings.
The Indians won six straight before losing the final three games of a weekend series in Minnesota.
Brewers: 1B Eric Thames (torn left thumb ligament) will join Triple-A Colorado Springs on Wednesday for a minor league rehab assignment. He has been on the disabled list since April 25.
Indians: LHP Andrew Miller (inflammation in right knee) will throw off the mound Wednesday. He's been on the DL since May 26. It hasn't been determined if Miller will go on a minor league rehab assignment before being activated.
Brewers RHP Chase Anderson (4-4, 4.85 ERA) takes on Indians RHP Carlos Carrasco (6-4, 4.50 ERA) in the two-game series finale. Carrasco earned a complete game victory at Milwaukee on May 9, striking out 14.