Bauer settles down as Tribe rocks Fernandez

September 3rd, 2016

CLEVELAND -- The Indians used a potent offensive attack, while right-hander responded from a shaky first to top the Marlins, 8-3, on Saturday night at Progressive Field.

With the victory, the Tribe has won five in a row for the first time since its 14-game win streak. Miami has fallen back to .500 for the first time since May 1.

"I'm not concerned with our guys, I'm concerned with the results," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "We're at a point in the year where we've got to think we're going to win every game. That's the way you've got to play. But I'm not concerned about our guys bouncing back and playing hard. They've played hard all year long for us."

The Marlins struck first, scoring all three runs on three hits against Bauer in the opening frame. He then recovered, retiring 22 of his last 25 batters before exiting with one out in the ninth. Bauer allowed four hits across 8 1/3 innings, with four strikeouts and three walks in the Interleague win.

"It just looked like he had another gear, and he wasn't just throwing, he was locating," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "He really did a good job. At one point, I think when they got the hit in the ninth, he had faced the minimum because we had the double play and the guy that left early. Boy, that was impressive."

Miami righty was on the hook for the loss after surrendering seven runs (six earned) on a career-high 12 hits over 5 2/3 frames. Cleveland collected six extra-base hits, including a two-run homer by in the first inning, off Fernandez. For Fernandez, it was the first time in his career he had given up that many extra-base hits. More >


Coco's return: Newly acquired outfielder put together a strong debut to his second tour in Cleveland. Crisp, who played with the Tribe from 2002-05, got his first start on Saturday since being dealt by the A's. He batted leadoff and opened the game with a double into center off Fernandez. Crisp ended up going 3-for-5. He had just four three-hit games with Oakland this year.

"You don't want to come here and strike out four or five times," Crisp said. "You want to do something special. I was able to get it out of the way in the first at-bat and keep things rolling. It was definitely a weight lifted off my shoulders to do it right away." More >

Hot start: The Marlins jumped on Bauer early, with four of the first five batters reaching in a three-run first inning. A two-run double by drove in and , and Yelich later scored on a sacrifice fly.


Lindor's milestone: Shortstop led the way offensively for the Tribe, going 4-for-4 against Fernandez. He doubled in each of his first two at-bats and came around to score once. After a single in the fourth, Lindor chased Fernandez out of the game with an RBI single in the sixth. It marked Lindor's first four-hit game of his career. He leads the Major Leagues with 22 three-hit games. Lindor also walked against in the eighth.

"Every at-bat, I'm thinking about a hit," Lindor said. "There's no one here in this game that would tell you I'm not thinking about a hit. If they are, they're lying to you."

Cold finish: After the three-run first, the Marlins' bats fell silent. They sent the minimum number of batters to the plate for the next seven innings, and went hitless until an Ichiro single in the ninth. Only three batters reached against Bauer after the first inning, and two were cut down on the bases -- on a caught stealing and double play, respectively.

"I still thought we had some good at-bats in there. [] hit a couple balls on the nose, Ichiro lined out. I still thought our at-bats were good," Mattingly said. "There were some innings in there that went quick, but early on, I thought we had good at-bats. But [Bauer] did a good job with us."


All five members of Cleveland's rotation have recorded double-digit wins this season, the first team to do so in the Majors. It marks the first time the Tribe has had all five pitchers with 10-or-more wins in a year since 1961.


With one on and two away in the first, Miami's Destin Hood hit a chopper toward first baseman , who had to come off the bag to field it. Santana shoveled it to Bauer, who attempted to touch the base. Initially, Hood was ruled safe at first. However, after one minute and 32 seconds of a managerial challenge, the call was overturned to end the inning and keep the deficit at three runs.

Cleveland used its challenge in the eighth to overturn a call at the plate. At first, Crisp was ruled out on a force as it appeared catcher Jeff Mathis had stepped on home. But after a review of one minute and 59 seconds, the call was overturned, with the ruling that Mathis did not have his foot on home plate. It was deemed an error on Mathis, as the Tribe scored its eighth run.


Ichiro took a Bauer curveball the opposite way for a single in the first inning to get Miami in the hits column, and he later scored on Yelich's two-run double. Another hit by Ichiro in the ninth inning gave him 3,015 in his Major League career, five behind Rafael Palmeiro for 26th on the all-time leaderboard.


Marlins: Right-hander (9-10, 4.02 ERA) gets the start for Miami, making his 28th start of the season. Koehler looks to rebound from a rough outing in his last appearance, in which he allowed five earned runs on a season-high 10 hits in five innings to the Mets. First pitch is set for 4:10 p.m. ET.

Indians: Right-hander (11-6, 3.88 ERA) takes the mound in the series finale for the Tribe. Last time out, Salazar tied his season high with 10 strikeouts across 5 1/3 frames, allowing two runs on five hits in a loss to the Rangers. Salazar has never faced Miami, but he is 2-5 with a 3.92 ERA in 11 career Interleague starts.

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