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CLE@ARI: Montero singles, spoils shutout in the 9th

PHOENIX -- A day after taking a ride on an emotional roller coaster and coming out victorious, the D-backs fell flat on Wednesday in the second of two games against the Indians, dropping the finale, 6-1, at Chase Field.

After the game, players and manager Kirk Gibson denied that Tuesday's result had an effect on Wednesday's game.

"They played the same time; they played the same game," catcher Miguel Montero said. "They played 14 innings as well."

Regardless of whether or not the D-backs had a post-walk-off hangover, their offense was lethargic for nearly the entire night -- though it didn't start off that way.

Down a run from the start thanks to a leadoff triple by Indians center fielder Michael Bourn, who scored on a sacrifice fly, the D-backs looked like they would start Wednesday's game the same way they ended Tuesday's -- with a comeback.

Outfielders Ender Inciarte and Gerardo Parra, who combined for nine hits on Tuesday, hit a pair of singles to open the bottom of the first. But first baseman Paul Goldschmidt struck out and Montero hit into an inning-ending double play, ending the scoring threat.

Inciarte ended up as the only D-backs' hitter with more than one hit, continuing his hot hitting from the previous game.

"I've been talking to all the coaches, so all the coaches [have] been giving me advice, trying to put everything together," Inciarte said.

His teammates did not have the same type of success against Indians starter Corey Kluber (7-5).

The Indians' 28-year-old right-hander carved up the D-backs' lineup for seven innings. He allowed only five base runners on four hits and one walk while striking out eight batters.

Kluber said after the game that the previous night's longevity didn't affect his outing on Wednesday.

"Obviously, we played a long game last night, but I don't think I put any more pressure on myself to go deep in the game as I normally would," Kluber said. "That's what I'm trying to do every game -- go as deep as I can."

Goldschmidt struggled in particular, accounting for three of the D-backs' 10 strikeouts during the game.

"He's tough," Goldschmidt said. "He doesn't make many mistakes. He gets ahead of you, uses all of his pitches in any count."

D-backs starter Chase Anderson (5-3) couldn't match Kluber's pace. The 26-year-old rookie gave up a run in four of the five innings he pitched, even though the Indians were never able to get a sustained rally going off of him.

He gave up leadoff triples to Bourn in the first and third innings, and Bourn scored both times. In the second and fifth innings, he surrendered home runs to catcher Yan Gomes and left fielder Michael Brantley, respectively.

"I felt good, just too many runs," Anderson said. "Two home runs, and then the two other runs -- you got to limit the damage, which I thought I did inning-to-inning, but overall probably not the best outing I've had."

The D-backs, who were hitless from Inciarte's third-inning double until the ninth inning, put together a small rally in the final frame, but it was far too little and far too late.

After Inciarte walked and moved to second on defensive indifference, Montero drove him home with a single to center field, preventing the shutout.

"Hard to get anything going on [Kluber[," Gibson said. "We had a chance in the first inning, and we didn't get it done. Just couldn't match them tonight." Comments