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Two-Out Magic And A Long Ball Are The Formula For Solid Tribe Lead Behind Tomlin

The Indians, who had to survive a nail-biter last night against the Mariners, seem determined to put this one to bed early today as the Tribe shoots for seven in a row.

An Asdrubal Cabrera homer in the first and five two-out runs since has Cleveland ahead of Seattle after three innings, 5-0, as Josh Tomlin cruises right along in his second start of the season.

With one out in the first, Asdrubal took Erik Bedard out deep to left, and, with two outs, Shelley Duncan scored Shin-Soo Choo from first to give the Indians a 2-0 lead.

In the second, with two down and nobody on, Lou Marson doubled and scored on a double from Michael Brantley, who himself scored on the second RBI of the day from A. Cabrera, a single on which Cabrera was thrown out trying to take second after Brantley had already scored.

In the third, again with two outs, Orlando Cabrera plated Choo with a double which was misplayed by Ichiro Suzuki, allowing Choo to score from first. A wild pitch to the ensuing batter, as it turned out, would have scored the run anyhow, making all five of the Indians’ runs earned off of Bedard.

Josh Tomlin, meanwhile, has allowed only one hit and has K’d two Mariners on 35 pitches through three innings, dropping Tomlin’s ERA on the young season under to 0.90.

Life, after three innings on April 10 — is very good.

Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.