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Bradley Zimmer paces offense in 7-6 win over San Francisco Giants

Unlike Thursday, a late-inning collapse by the bullpen and minor league defensive unit, the Cleveland Indians were able to turn the tables in their favor with a 7-6 comeback victory over the San Francisco Giants on Friday afternoon.


The Cleveland Indians have found themselves on both ends of a similar narrative over the past two days.

After holding a 3-0 lead in a 5-4 loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday, the Tribe came back from a 3-0 deficit in a 7-6 win over the San Francisco Giants on Friday afternoon from Scottsdale Stadium.

Although Trevor Bauer allowed three runs, the offense was able to do the heavy lifting and shift momentum in the latter half of the contest.

Bradley Zimmer continued his torrid spring by going 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI, Francisco Mejia went 2-for-3 with an RBI and Adam Moore proved to be the difference-maker with a go-ahead two-run double in the eighth.

Bauer surrenders two home runs

Brandon Belt and Jimmy Rollins each belted home runs and spelled the end to Bauer's six inning scoreless streak from his first two spring training starts. The duo's solo shot and two-run homer put the Indians in an early 3-0 hole.

Other than the crooked number dealt to him in the second frame, Bauer was nearly perfect in his three other innings as hitters batted 0-for-9 against him and could only reach base once on a harmless walk.

The comeback

From the fourth inning on, the Tribe outscored their opposition 7-3 courtesy of six run-scoring hits, including Zimmer's RBI double in the fourth and Moore's decisive two-run double in the eighth.

"[Zimmer] hit the ball, he used the whole field," said Terry Francona to reporters after the game. "He's strong enough to get it over guys' heads, and his speed on the bases, first to home, is probably as good as anybody. He can fly. His strides around the bases are beautiful."

Sandwiched between the contributions of Zimmer and Moore were two RBI singles from Nellie Rodriguez and a pair of RBI singles by Erik Gonzalez and Francisco Mejia.

Adam Plutko sealed the deal and struck out five of the 11 batters he faced for a two-inning save, the second of his Cactus League career.

Up next

For the first time this spring, the Indians will clash with an AL Central foe when they take on the Kansas City Royals on Saturday at 3:05 PM ET from Goodyear Ballpark.

Danny Salazar and Jason Vargas will toe the rubber for each respective ballclub.

John Alfes has covered the Indians for IBI since August of 2016. Follow him on Twitter @JohnAlfes for breaking news and in-depth coverage all season long.

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