PHOENIX -- For the first three innings, the D-backs' offense can look pretty pedestrian, but once they come up for the second time in a game, they seem to find their stride.That was evident again Friday night as they once again rallied, this time from a three-run deficit, to beat
PHOENIX -- For the first three innings, the D-backs' offense can look pretty pedestrian, but once they come up for the second time in a game, they seem to find their stride.
That was evident again Friday night as they once again rallied, this time from a three-run deficit, to beat the Indians, 7-3, at Chase Field.
The loss was the first of the year for the Indians, who swept the Rangers earlier this week.
Arizona has trailed in each of its five game this season and has come back to win four of them thanks to its offense. Of the 34 runs the D-backs have scored this year, just one has come in the first three innings. They've scored 25 in innings four through six and eight in innings seven through nine.
"There's no miracle to it," D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said. "Everybody knows the more you face somebody the more familiar you get with them and their arm angle and release point and that's what good hitters do. Good hitters pay attention, they talk and they share information. Once they lock into that it's impressive to watch these guys go to work."
Francisco Lindor hit his third homer in the last two games in the first inning to get the Indians off to a good start, while Carlos Santana added a two-run single in the second. The D-backs, though, scored a pair of runs in the fourth before breaking through for five runs in the fifth.
Shelby Miller (1-0) picked up the win for the D-backs while Josh Tomlin (0-1) took the loss for the Indians.
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That'll leave a mark: After Nick Ahmed led off the bottom of the fifth with a single up the middle, Miller squared around to try to sacrifice him to second. But Tomlin uncorked a pitch that nearly hit Miller in the face. As he turned away the ball hit him in the upper left chest. It would prove costly because if the Indians had gotten an out there then when Tomlin fanned the next two hitters the inning would've been over. Instead the D-backs scored five runs in the inning.
"Obviously, I'm not trying to hit him right there. I'm wanting to get an out," Tomlin said. "I just was in my delivery and let the ball go and it just kind of sailed out of my hand. That doesn't usually happen very often for me. It was one of those kind of freak deals. But, by no means am I trying to go after a guy right there. I'm trying to get an out. If he's bunting, hopefully we can get an out there." More >>
Settling in: After giving up the two-run single to Santana in the second inning, Miller knuckled down and the Indians were just 1-for-14 against him the rest of his outing. For Miller, he won his first start of the season. A year ago, in his first with Arizona, he didn't win his first game until his seventh start. As for the Tribe, during their three-game sweep against Texas, the Indians scored 11 of their 21 runs in the seventh inning or later. Cleveland had no such luck against Arizona. More >>
"Remember it's his first start," Lovullo said. "These guys are a little excited and takes them a little while probably to settle into their outing. He really locked things down. He really rebounded well."
"They're trying to give us the out with the bunt and he hit him. Any time things like that happen, it doesn't bode real well for the inning." -- Indians manager Terry Francona, on Tomlin hitting Miller in the fifth
Indians: Right-hander Trevor Bauer -- picked third overall in the 2011 MLB Draft by the D-backs -- will take the mound at Chase Field for the first time since July 8, 2012. The Indians starter (acquired by the Tribe in December of '12) is scheduled to make his season debut in an 8:10 p.m. ET tilt against Arizona on Saturday.
D-backs:Zack Greinke will get the ball for the second time this year when the D-backs play host to the Indians on Saturday night at 5:10 p.m. MST. Greinke did not get a decision in Arizona's Opening Day victory.
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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10.
Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001.