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Five-run first inning propels Indians to 6-5 win over Arizona

An early-inning outburst was just enough for the Cleveland Indians to edge past the Arizona Diamondbacks by a score of 6-5 on Sunday afternoon from the Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Summary

Crooked numbers tend to put a dent in the opposition's chances of winning a ballgame.

The Indians hung five runs on the scoreboard in the first inning to beat the Diamondbacks 6-5 as part of a Sunday matinee in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Trevor Bauer turned in his second quality start behind a pair of home runs off the bats of Michael Brantley and Chris Colabello.

Five-run first fuels offense

Within 20 minutes of the game's first pitch, Arizona starter Robbie Ray found himself in a 5-0 hole after surrendering one single, two walks and two long balls to Brantley and Colabello. Brantley was able to turn on a 93-mph fastball over the outside corner and send it beyond the right field wall for his first bomb since his first spring training appearance last season on Mar. 19, 2016.

"You go up there and try to make the most consistent swings as possible," said Brantley to reporters after the contest. "Hopefully, the swings get better as this season gets closer."

Colabello furthered his offensive contributions in the third by lacing a double to center before scoring on Giovanny Urshela's RBI single.

The Tribe batted a meager .227 (5-for-22) after the third frame, but a two-inning save from Carlos Frias secured the win.

Bauer pitches in and out of trouble

Similar to his last outing (5 IP, 7 H, 3 R/ER, 2 BB, 3 K) on Monday, Bauer tossed five innings of three-run ball and managed to earn his second consecutive Cactus League win. The 25-year-old hurler issued three free passes and allowed seven hits, including Daniel Descalso's RBI double in the second and David Peralta's solo shot in the third.

If Bauer does not pitch for the remainder of camp, he will finish the preseason with a 3-0 record, 4.74 ERA and 1.50 WHIP.

Up next

The Indians and Cubs will play for the third time this spring on Monday at 9:10 PM ET from Goodyear Ballpark.

Danny Salazar is slated for his seventh and final start of the preseason. Chicago will counter with their Opening Day starter in Jon Lester, but will also be tasked in facing Andrew Miller in the evening affair.

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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