CLEVELAND -- Corey Kluber pitched eight shutout innings and the Cleveland Indians spoiled Stephen Strasburg's return with a 2-0 win over the Washington Nationals on Sunday.
Kluber (5-4) won for the first time in 11 career starts at Progressive Field. Kluber gave up seven hits, struck out eight and didn't walk a batter.
Strasburg (3-6), activated from the disabled list before the game, held the Indians to one run and one hit in five innings.
Jason Kipnis accounted for both of the Indians' runs on the afternoon, scoring on Santana's RBI single in the 4th, and plating Michael Bourn with a sacrifice fly to right in the 8th.
Kipnis also singled in the bottom of the 6th, extending his hitting streak to a team best 10 games; over the course of the streak he is batting .432 (16-37) with a home run and 8 RBI.
The Indians stole today's rubber match against the Nationals and have now won 2 consecutive series for the first time since stringing together 4 consecutive series wins from April 30-May 12.
Today's 2-0 victory was the club's 9th shutout win of the season and improves to 4-1 in their 6 rubber match games on the season.
The Indians are now 11-9-4 in 24 series played thus far in 2013 including 7-4-1 here at Progressive Field.
Tribe improves their home record to 18-7 since April 30.
The Tribe is currently 7-4 thus far in Interleague play and will not face another National League opponent until heading to Miami from August 2-3 for a 3-game set with the Marlins.