And that constant game of catch-up proved too much to overcome, as the Dodgers used a late-inning surge to earn a 6-4 victory, which sent the Indians to their third loss in the last four games and ninth setback in 10 games against National League competition this season.
Cleveland relief ace Andrew Miller gave up a tiebreaking home run for the second straight night - a solo shot to pinch-hitter Kike Hernandez in the eighth inning - and the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Indians 6-4 on Wednesday night.
A team spokesman says Francona will conduct his usual pregame availability at Progressive Field and is expected to manage Wednesday's game.
Miller (3-1) took the loss, his first loss in 53 appearances for Cleveland, since he was acquired in a trade from the Yankees on July 31 of past year. "He's got to be able to make an adjustment (during games) because with all that traffic (hits and walks), you're going to pay for it sooner or later", Francona said.
The Dodgers (41-25) initiated the scoring with a pair of runs in the top of the second inning, and never trailed the Indians (31-31).
Though he allowed only two runs in seven innings, Kershaw did not seem to be at his best against the Indians. Kluber is the seventh pitcher in Major League Baseball history to reach the milestone in less than 150 career games, and the fastest Cleveland Indian in franchise history to accomplish the feat.
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The Dodgers are feeling just fine, buoyed by their rookie slugger Cody Bellinger, who is hitting home runs at a remarkable rate. "We know we're a better team than this, and we'll play better than this", Bauer said.
Miller (3-2) gave up a tiebreaking home run for the second straight night.
After crossing home plate following his second-inning drive, Puig raised both middle fingers in the direction of fans seated in the dugout suites located on field level at Progressive Field.
"It's something that came out", Puig added after the game. His throw was off line, technically meaning Taylor stole home and giving the Dodgers a 2-0 lead. "I wasn't getting to pitches I usually do", Gonzalez said. "It's easy to look back and see what I could've done differently".
This will be Kluber's third start since spending most of the month of May on the disabled list with tightness in his lower back. Gonzalez was scheduled to undergo an MRI exam on Monday. In his last five starts, he has not walked a batter but is 1-4 with a 5.53 ERA.