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Two-out rally buries Josh Tomlin; Cleveland Indians fall 7-3

The Tribe lost their grip on an early 3-0 lead and gave up seven unanswered runs to lose for the first time in 2017. The IBI's John Alfes recaps Game 1 of the weekend series...

Summary

A drastic shift in momentum proved to be the difference in a see-saw battle at Chase Field.

After pulling ahead 3-0 in the first two innings, the Cleveland Indians pitching staff surrendered seven unanswered to lose 7-3 to the Diamondbacks on Friday evening in Phoenix, Ariz. 

Although Francisco Lindor blasted his third home run in as many at-bats, Josh Tomlin unraveled in what shaped out to be a five-run fifth frame for Arizona.

Offensive slumber

Despite a promising start, the Tribe bats hit a wall and batted .176 (6-for-34) after taking an early 3-0 lead on Lindor's solo shot and Carlos Santana's two-run single.

Shelby Miller's erratic command early on paved way to three walks (four total), but the road nine could not string together any source of offense as they batted 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position and left eight men on base.

"[Miller] started throwing his pitches for strikes," said manager Terry Francona to reporters. "In the first couple innings there, he was scattering some pitches when we had real good at-bats. His stuff is good and he started commanding and he got a lot tougher."

Tyler Naquin tallied two hits, Edwin Encarnacion doubled and Yan Gomes singled to account for the remaining portion of offense.

Tomlin posts uncharacteristic outing

Through three innings pitched, Tomlin allowed no runs on two hits and was just one hitter over the minimum.

A seven-run outburst the second and third time through the batting order spelled an abrupt end to the 32-year-old's first start of season. 

In the fourth, Yasmany Tomas doubled in a run before Brandon Drury notched an RBI groundout. Tomlin was able to escape with a runner at second and a 3-2 advantage.

The momentum game stayed true to its form the next inning.

Nick Ahmed and Miller, the eighth and ninth hitters in manager Torey Lovullo's lineup, both reached base on a single and hit by pitch respectively. Three batters later, Arizona gained its first lead of the contest courtesy of Paul Goldschmidt's two-run double.

"I just missed with my delivery and let the ball go," Tomlin said in regards to hitting the opposing pitcher. "You obviously want to get an out when a guy's giving you an out."

Lamb (single), Tomas (double) and Drury (triple) furthered the two-out rally with a trio of run-scoring hits off Tomlin and Dan Otero, the evening's final source of scoring.

"They made some adjustments," said Tomlin. "I felt like I made more mistakes in those last two innings than I probably did in the first three."

Up next

The Interleague series between the Indians and D-backs continues on Saturday at 8:10 pm ET from Chase Field.

Trevor Bauer is slated for his 2017 debut against Zack Greinke, a three-time All-Star and the 2009 American League Cy Young.

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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