Indians outslug Brewers
Published 2:09 am Wednesday, August 26, 2015
CLEVELAND (AP) — Josh Tomlin shook off three home runs and lasted six innings to win his season debut at home and Michael Brantley homered twice, leading the Cleveland Indians to an 11-6 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night.
Tomlin (2-1) allowed solo homers in the first and second innings before retiring 12 straight until the sixth, when Ryan Braun hit a two-run shot.
The right-hander was making his third start since being activated from the disabled list following shoulder surgery in March. He had been 0-5 in eight starts since his last win at Progressive Field.
Brantley hit a pair of two-run shots for the Indians, who chased Wily Peralta (4-8) in the third inning. Jason Kipnis, who came in tied for the AL batting lead, had three hits and rookie Francisco Lindor had three RBIs for Cleveland.
Jonathan Lucroy homered twice and Domingo Santana connected for Milwaukee.
Tomlin’s outing — he struck out seven in six innings — was another significant step in his comeback. The likable 30-year-old was in the mix to compete for a starting job in spring training but was shut down because of shoulder pain and eventually had an operation. It was nothing new for Tomlin, who underwent Tommy John reconstructive surgery in 2012 and has made five career trips to the disabled list.
The Indians, who just completed an 11-game road trip, have won five of six at Progressive Field.
Brantley connected for his 10th homer in the fourth to put the Indians ahead 6-2. Kipnis walked leading off, and one out later, Brantley knocked a 2-2 pitch from reliever Kyle Lohse into the right-field seats.
Brantley added another homer in the eighth to make it 11-6.
Making their first visit to Cleveland since 2009, the Brewers had a rough night in the field.
Consecutive errors by Milwaukee shortstop Jean Segura and second baseman Scooter Gennett helped the Indians score two unearned runs in the second to take a 4-2 lead.
After the infield miscues, Kipnis hit an RBI double and Lindor slapped a run-scoring single to left off Peralta, who was lifted in the third after 71 pitches. The right-hander appeared as if something was hurting him. Manager Craig Counsell and a trainer visited the mound in the second inning to check on him.
In addition to the errors, Milwaukee missed cut-off throws and didn’t do much on offense other than the three homers.
Lucroy’s sixth homer gave the Brewers a 1-0 lead in the first. He hit a two-run shot in the eighth off Ryan Webb to make it 9-6.
Indians: INF Chris Johnson hit off a tee for the first time since going on the DL with an infected left hand. He could be activated early next week. The team still doesn’t know for sure if he was a bitten by a spider.
Brewers: RHP Jimmy Nelson is 7-1 with a 2.39 ERA in his last 11 starts. The 6-foot-6, 240-pounder will be making his first start against the Indians.
Indians: Rookie RHP Cody Anderson will be activated from the disabled list and start in place of Carlos Carrasco, who could be headed to the DL with a sore shoulder. Anderson has been out since Aug. 8 with a strained left oblique. This will be his second start against the Brewers, who tagged him for 10 hits in 2 2/3 innings on July 22.