CHICAGO — Corey Kluber was dominant again. However, he was going against another pretty good pitcher and a team on a winning streak.
Carlos Sanchez singled home the winning run with two outs in the 10th inning to give the Chicago White Sox a 2-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Monday night after a sparkling pitchers' duel between Kluber and Chris Sale.
"If you like pitchers' duels, you saw one tonight," Cleveland's Nick Swisher said. "You got two studs going at it."
Kluber, the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner, struck out 12 and allowed five hits and one run while walking one over nine innings. Chicago didn't have a baserunner until the fourth, and also didn't get a ball into the outfield until that inning.
"Oh boy, he was so special. He followed up that performance the other night," Cleveland manager Terry Francona said.
Last Wednesday against St. Louis, Kluber struck out 18 and allowed one hit in eight scoreless innings for his first victory of the season. In that game, he matched Bob Feller's team record for strikeouts in a nine-inning game, and became one of five pitchers in baseball history to strike out 18 or more without walking a batter.
Though he didn't quite match that, Kluber was strong again Monday.
"I was getting ahead of guys. They have a really aggressive lineup," Kluber said. "Against an aggressive lineup the key is to get ahead and kind of take advantage of it."
Sale also was coming off a strong start — he allowed two runs while striking out 11 in eight innings Tuesday at Milwaukee. And like Kluber, the Chicago left-hander was in complete control Monday, giving up one run on four hits while striking out seven in eight innings.
"Both of us are just firing in there," Sale said. "It seemed like every time I sat down I got back up, and probably the same thing for him."
Avisail Garcia drew a leadoff walk in the 10th on four pitches from Zach McAllister (0-2). Conor Gillaspie singled and, two outs later, Sanchez drove in pinch-runner J.B. Shuck from second with a base hit to left field to give Chicago its sixth straight victory.
Zach Duke (2-2) worked a hitless inning for the win on a night that will be remembered for what Sale and Kluber did on the mound.
"They were great. I don't think it's fun to face either guy so it was everything as advertised," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said.
Cleveland took the lead against Sale in the third on Ramirez's sacrifice fly.
Kluber, meanwhile, picked up where he left off in his previous start. He struck out the first five Chicago batters and seven of nine, retiring his first 10 until Melky Cabrera's single with one out in the fourth.
That was all the scoring until the 10th.
"This is a tough loss for us," Swisher said.
Indians: 1B Carlos Santana (back spasms) was scratched about two hours before the first pitch. He was replaced in the lineup by Brandon Moss. ... C Yan Gomes (left knee) played his scheduled five innings at Triple-A Columbus.
White Sox: After walking in the 10th, Garcia was tended to by a trainer and Ventura before being replaced by Shuck. Ventura said Garcia had knee inflammation.
TWO IN A ROW
Combined with his start against St. Louis, Kluber has 30 strikeouts in his last two outings. According to STATS, he tied Sam McDowell (May 1968) for second-most in team history over a two-game span.
With his fourth-inning single, Abreu stretched his hitting streak to 13 games.
Cleveland: RHP Trevor Bauer (2-1, 3.67 ERA) faces Chicago LHP Jose Quintana (2-3, 4.39). Both have been strong against the opposition — the Indians are 3-1 when Bauer starts against Chicago, and Quintana is 4-0 with a 2.94 ERA against Cleveland.