Indians Erupt For 15 Hits, Take Finale In Arizona 6-2 To Win Series

The Cabreras total seven hits, and Carlos Carrasco is once again strong as Indians beat Diamondbacks

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Indians Vs. D-backs Final: Tribe Finds Some Offense And Rolls To 6-2 Win Over Arizona

Orlando Cabrera busted out for four hits, Asdrubal Cabrera added three more, and the Indians totaled 15 hits this afternoon to back the strong pitching of Carlos Carrasco and the Tribe bullpen, as Cleveland won 6-2 in Arizona to win their three-game series against the Diamondbacks.

Carrasco (8-4, 3.54 ERA) worked seven innings and surrendered two solo home runs but only four hits in total to once again deliver a key performance for the Indians. Carrasco did not walk a batter and fanned seven, while Vinnie Pestano and Chris Perez each tossed a hitless inning to end it.

The Indians scored in each of the first three innings to lead 4-0 after three, and although Arizona’s two blasts got the Diamondbacks within 4-2, the Tribe scored single runs in the eighth and ninth to cushion the final margin.

Orlando Cabrera got things started in the first with a one-out single, and moved to third on a single from Asdrubal Cabrera. Carlos Santana then delivered an RBI base hit off of Zach Duke (1-3, 5.92 ERA) to give the Indians the lead they would never lose.

In the Indians’ second, Lou Marson led off with a hit, and was sacrificed to second by Carrasco for the second out after Jack Hannahan had been retired, But Michael Brantley came through with an RBI hit, taking second on the throw to the plate, then moved to third on O. Cabrera’s second hit. A. Cabrera then drove in Brantley to make it 3-0.

The Tribe added a run in the third when Shelley Duncan walked and Austin Kearns reached on an infield hit leading off. Marson forced Kearns at second on a ground out with Duncan going to third, and Cleveland extended their lead to 4-0 on a Hannahan ground out.

Arizona got on the board in the bottom of the fourth when Justin Upton collected the D-backs’ first hit, a homer to left-center with one out, and the home team made it 4-2 in the bottom of the sixth when Stephen Drew homered to right leading off.

The Tribe made it 5-2 in the eighth when Travis Buck drove in O. Cabrera from second with a two-out hit, and Cleveland scored the game’s final run when O. Cabrera delivered another two-out RBI hit, scoring Marson, who had doubled leading off.

With the win, the Indians move to 42-37 and head into tomorrow’s off-day no worse than a game behind Detroit. Should the Tigers lose tonight against the New York Mets, the Tribe would again claim first place by a percentage point.

Cleveland will begin their final interleague series of the season on Friday night in Cincinnati, where the Reds will be looking for revenge for having been swept in Cleveland in May.


Carrasco Hopes For Better 'D' As Tribe Wraps Up Trip To Arizona

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(Sports Network) - The Cleveland Indians and Arizona Diamondbacks will close out an interesting three-game series this afternoon at Chase Field, the site of two exciting finishes thus far.

The Indians won Monday's opener by a 5-4 score thanks to Orlando Cabrera's solo home run with two outs in the top of the ninth, but Arizona provided late-game heroics of its own last night with Wily Mo Pena's pinch-hit two-run shot with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Pena replaced winning pitcher Alberto Castillo with two away and clubbed his third home run of the month and season to keep the Diamondbacks 2 1/2 games behind San Francisco for the NL West lead. The blast also ended a three-game losing streak and put Arizona back into the win column for the seventh time in 12 tries.

"They just told me, you're hitting," said Pena. "I just said I'll go and look for a breaking pitch. Everybody saw the first swing I took. It was so hard because I was looking for a breaking pitch, so the second one, I stepped up and [said]: 'Let him bring it up,' and that's what happened. He just put it a little bit up and I just came and got it."

Kelly Johnson also homered and finished with two RBI and Gerardo Parra recorded three hits and two runs scored for the D'Backs. Castillo posted his first win of the season by getting the final out in the top of the ninth. Daniel Hudson allowed two runs over eight innings in the no-decision and J.J. Putz gave up a game-tying two-run homer to Carlos Santana in the ninth.

Arizona, which will begin a 10-game road trip Friday against Oakland, Milwaukee and St. Louis, is slated to send Zach Duke to the mound Wednesday. Duke is 1-2 with a 5.73 ERA in six starts and has lost two of five trips to the hill since beating Houston in his 2011 debut back on May 28. Duke is coming off Friday's 7-6 win at Detroit in which he was banged around for six runs and seven hits in four innings.

Duke, a left-hander, has allowed 16 runs through his previous three starts and is 0-2 in two outings at home. He is 1-1 with a 2.77 ERA in two career starts against the Indians.

Cleveland is one game behind the Tigers for the top spot in the AL Central and wasted a strong start from Josh Tomlin. Tomlin did not record a decision and limited the D'Backs to two runs in seven innings. He also went 2-for-2 at the plate with an RBI.

"I felt OK," said Tomlin. "I was just happy and fortunate enough to ... give our bullpen a little break. I was happy with that. I felt in that situation, you have to pitch right there and try and get some runs."

Tony Sipp served up Pena's two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth to absorb the loss -- Cleveland's sixth in the previous eight games.

Cleveland right fielder Shin-Soo Choo underwent surgery on his left thumb on Tuesday and is expected to be out eight to 10 weeks. Choo was hit by a pitch Friday at San Francisco and is batting .244 with five home runs and 28 RBI in 72 games this season.

"Before anything went down [on Tuesday], we knew [Choo] was going to be gone for two months," Indians manager Manny Acta said. "That was no secret. But still, there's only so much you can do. You can talk to the other 29 clubs, but they're not going to give up a player if they're in it. And we don't have a player of that caliber in our system. We're just going to have to do the best we can do to have guys pick up the slack and play up to their capabilities."

The Indians will also visit Cincinnati on their nine-game road swing in which they currently own a 1-4 mark on. They had won six of Carlos Carrasco's last seven starts before he dropped a 4-3 verdict at San Francisco the last time out on Friday by the Bay. Carrasco gets the nod today and had won three straight outings before losing to the Giants.

Carrasco yielded four runs -- one earned -- and six hits in eight innings to the defending World Series champions and did not walk a batter. The young righty fell to 7-4 in 14 starts to go along with a 3.62 ERA. He has never faced Arizona and is 4-1 in eight road starts this season.

Arizona and Cleveland are wrapping up their first series since the Indians recorded a three-game sweep at home from June 17-19, 2005. Arizona took two of three matchups in this series in both 2002 and 2003.


Indians at Diamondbacks Score: Indians Waste Strong Outing By Josh Tomlin, Lose To Arizona 6-4

The Cleveland Indians continued their downward spiral towards the .500 mark, losing to the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-4 on Tuesday night.  Wily Mo Pena was the hero, hitting a two-out, two strike, 2-run home run to give the D-Backs the win.  The Indians used some heroics of their own in the top of the ninth, getting a 2-run, game-tying home run from Carlos Santana.  Santana broke an 0-13 drought with the home run, a no-doubt-about-it shot to right field.

Tony Sipp couldn't hold the lead, however, walking the lead-off man before seeing Pena win the game.  It was a wasted effort for Josh Tomlin, who went seven strong innings, allowing just 2 runs on 5 hits before being lifted for a pinch hitter.  Tomlin left with the game tied at two.  It wouldn't stay tied long as the Diamondbacks scored two runs in the bottom of the eights, both runs charged to Rafael Perez

Trailing 4-2, the Indians once again beat up on Diamondbacks closer J.J. Putz, scoring the two runs to tie.  That led to the home half of the ninth and Tony Sipp's implosion.

Before Carlos Santana's home run one could say the Indians best offensive option was their pitcher.  Tomlin went 2-2 with a RBI, reaching on a bunt single and driving in a run with a single up the middle.  At the time the Indians led 2-0 and seemed to be cruising.  

Diamondbacks pitcher Daniel Hudson, also looking for his 10th win, went 8 innings, giving up 2 runs on just 6 hits.  Hudson struck out 5 and forced the Indians into 3 double-plays.

The series concludes on Wednesday afternoon with red-hot Carlos Carrasco(7-4, 3.62) taking on Zach Duke(1-2, 5.73).


Josh Tomlin Goes For 10th Win In Arizona On Tuesday Night

A pair of pitchers hoping to win their tenth game of the year will hook up on Tuesday night when the Indians meet the Diamondbacks in the middle game of their three-game series.

Josh Tomlin (9-4, 3.95 ERA) will get the call for the Tribe in the 9:40 p.m. game. Tomlin has emerged victorious in his last two starts, beating Pittsburgh and Colorado in Cleveland.

Tomlin will be facing Arizona for the first time in his career. Josh is 3-3 on the road this season with a 4.63 ERA away from Progressive Field, with that inflated ERA due in large part to having given up 16 runs in 17 innings in his last three road starts.

Tomlin’s opponent will be Arizona right-hander Daniel Hudson (9-5, 3.58 ERA), who will also be facing tonight’s opponent for the first time.

Hudson is 5-2 at home this year with a nice 3.16 ERA. Hudson has won his last six decisions after beginning 2011 at 3-5, and has also won his last three starts in succession.

In his last appearance, Hudson defeated the Royals in Kansas City last Thursday. In that 5-3 D-backs’ win, Hudson went seven innings, allowing three runs on six hits, with a walk and a strikeout.

In his career, Hudson has amassed a record of 18-8, and an ERA of 3.08 in 222 innings. Hudson was originally a member of the Chicago White Sox, for whom he appeared in nine games before joining Arizona during the 2009 season.

With their win last night, the Indians remained one game behind the Detroit Tigers in the American League Central. Detroit will be opening a three-game series at home tonight against the New York Mets.

This series will conclude with a game on Wednesday afternoon at 3:40, with Carlos Carrasco (7-4, 3.62 ERA) opposing the Diamondbacks’ Zack Duke (1-2, 5.73 ERA).


Indians At Diamondbacks Score: Rookies And Veterans Alike Lead Indians Past Arizona In The Desert

The Indians needed a spark.  They got it from a rookie and a veteran to get a win in Arizona.  Lonnie Chisenhall, fresh off of being named the International League Player of the Week, was called up to the Big League club to supply some much needed offense to an Indians team that desperately needed it.  He delivered, going 2-4 with a double and a RBI. Tied at 4 in the 9th, however, it was the old bat of Orlando Cabrera that delivered a go-ahead solo home run off of J.J. Putz.  Chris Perez made it stand, notching his 19th save of the season.

For Chisenhall it was a historic night.  Batting 7th and playing 3rd base, Chisenhall picked up his first major-league hit and RBI - one a double, no less - proving that his bat can play at the Big League level.

The Indians got off to a fast start, scoring 2 runs in the first inning when Asdrubal Cabrera crushed his 13th home run of the season. The D-Backs came right back, however, scoring 3 runs of their own in the bottom half of the 1st to lead 3-2.  Mitch Talbot settled down after that, though, retiring the final 10 batters he faced before being lifted after 5 innings and just 71 pitches.  

Indians skipper Manny Acta went for the kill in the 6th.  Already up 4-3 after scoring 2 runs in the inning, the Indians had runners at the corners with two outs with Talbot scheduled to hit.  Acta chose to use Travis Hafner as a pinch hitter, trying to extend the Indians lead.  The gamble didn't work as Hafner struck out swinging.  That left the Indians bullpen in the precarious position of having to lock down the D-Backs for 4 innings.  They nearly got it done.

Joe Smith pitched 1.1 innings, while Tony Sipp finished the 7th.  The Indians faltered a bit in the 8th inning when Vinnie Pestano gave up a singe and triple that tied the score at 4.  The Diamondbacks couldn't bring the run from third in to score, however, setting up Orlando Cabrera's heroics in the top of the 9th.

The two teams will face off again on Tuesday night when Josh Tomlin(9-4, 3.95) will face Daniel Hudson(9-5, 3.58)

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