CLEVELAND (AP) - The Cleveland Indians remain perfect this postseason after they handed the Toronto Blue Jays their first loss of the playoffs.
Corey Kluber continued his postseason shutout string and Francisco Lindor slammed a two-run homer as the Indians beat the Jays 2-0 in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series.
Kluber struck out six and scattered six hits over 6 1/3 innings, one start after he blanked Boston for six innings of the Indians' 6-0 victory in Game 2 of the LDS. But Kluber struggled early in the game, putting two runners on base each of the first four innings before escaping each time.
Andrew Miller followed Kluber and struck out five of the six batters he faced. Cody Allen got the save with a perfect ninth.
Losing pitcher Marco Estrada was matching zeroes with Kluber until Jason Kipnis worked out a one-out walk in the sixth and scored on Lindor's blast one batter later. Estrada allowed just five other hits in a complete game, striking out six in eight innings.
Blue Jays second baseman Devon Travis left the game in the fifth inning after aggravating a right knee injury. Travis sat out the final two games of the division series against Texas with a bone bruise.
Cleveland has scratched Game 2 starter Trevor Bauer after he sliced the pinky finger on his pitching hand while working on one of his drones. The injury needed stitches.
Scheduled Game 3 starter Josh Tomlin will replace Bauer and oppose J.A. Happ.