Sunny Mets Ace The Indians, 6-0

first_imgCLEVELAND — On a cloudless day, Indians centerfielder Rajai Davis looked up and couldn’t see a thing.Davis lost two routine flies in the sun during a three-run second inning that helped the New York Mets roll to a 6-0 win on April 17 and kept Cleveland starter Corey Kluber winless.Despite wearing sunglasses, Davis allowed Curtis Granderson’s two-out fly to drop about five feet from him onto the warning track in the second.Kluber then fielded Asdrubal Cabrera’s bunt toward the third-base line and threw wildly to first, scoring Granderson to put the Mets up 4-0.Michael Conforto’s followed with a grounder that hit first base and bounced past Mike Napoli, allowing Cabrera to score.Yoenis Cespedes lofted a fly ball to medium depth in center that fell several feet from Davis as Conforto scored to give the Mets a six-run lead against Kluber, who can’t seem to catch a break.“I’m sure that’s an awful feeling,” Indians Manager Terry Francona said. “You feel probably pretty naked.”Kluber (0-3) gave up six runs and nine hits in six innings, struck out eight and walked one. He is 9-19 since winning the 2014 AL Cy Young Award.“It was unfortunate that it had to turn out this way for him, but this is the game of baseball,” Davis said. “Sometimes we don’t have control over these things.”Mets left-hander Steven Matz allowed three hits in seven innings and the Indians struck out 15 times against four pitchers.Kluber’s problems in the first began with a leadoff walk to Granderson.“He’s pitching out of the stretch right off the get-go,” Francona said. “He got hurt with his fastball early. In the second inning, he’s got a chance for an easy inning, two outs, get the fly ball and turn it into three more. That hurt a lot.”Davis wasn’t the only Indians player to have problems with the sun. Catcher Yan Gomes lost Cespedes’ foul pop in the first, which was originally called an error but changed to a no play. Cespedes then struck out.Matz (1-1) struck out out a career high nine in bouncing back from his first career loss. The 24-year-old left-hander allowed seven in 1 2/3 innings against Miami last Monday.“He showed what he can do when he commands his pitches,” Mets Manager Terry Collins said. “He was outstanding.”(HAYDEN GROVE) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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