It was an eventful start for Indians starter Josh Tomlin, who struck out Brewers left fielder Keon Broxton looking to start the game and received a scare when the next hitter, Jonathan Lucroy, hit him on the right calf with a ball hit up the middle for a single. Tomlin was examined by the team's trainers and stayed in the game.
"We'll see tomorrow," Tomlin said. "It wasn't too bad."
One out later, Kirk Nieuwenhuis followed with a two-run homer to give the Brewers an early -- and temporary -- lead.
Mike Napoli's three-run homer to deep left-center in the bottom of the first off Milwaukee starter Chase Anderson gave the Indians a one-run advantage. Catcher Yan Gomes followed with another long home run to left-center to extend Cleveland's lead to two runs.
"Nap, well, that's why he is here," Indians manager Terry Francona said of the back-to-back home runs. "[Gomes] has taken a couple of swings this spring that are short and direct, and it doesn't look like there's a lot of effort. He's obviously a very strong kid. Both of them were really pretty swings."
"The first one was a hanging curve ball to Napoli," Anderson said. "The second one was a fastball [to Gomes]. I was just trying come back on him and get strike one."
Tomlin was charged with two runs on three hits with four strikeouts in three innings before yielding to Bryan Shaw. Tomlin relied heavily on his fastball but also threw multiple cut fastballs.
"It's always nice to get [strikeouts]," Tomlin said. "I'm trying to get quick outs as much as I can so I can stay in and go deeper in the game."
Anderson gave up four runs on five hits in three innings. He recorded one strikeout.
Up next for Brewers: The Brewers play the Dodgers at Camelback Ranch on Monday in a 3:05 p.m. CT start, with right-hander Wily Peralta starting. Manager Craig Counsell promises cuts this week and some order to the rotation with three weeks to go until the opener against the Giants in Milwaukee on April 4. Counsell is close to naming an Opening Day starter, "But we're not there yet."
Up next for Indians: The Indians will play the Rangers on back-to-back days starting Monday at 4:05 p.m. ET at Goodyear Ballpark. Corey Kluber will square off against A.J. Griffin on Monday, and Carlos Carrasco will take the mound against Martin Perez on Tuesday at Surprise Stadium. Cody Anderson will start on Wednesday against the Angels in Goodyear.