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Indians get grand slam from Lowery, strong start from Masterson to rout Reds

By Gary Schatz | Associated Press Published: February 28, 2014 4:00 AM
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By Gary Schatz | Associated Press

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Justin Masterson struck out two in a scoreless inning, catching prospect Jake Lowery hit a grand slam and the Cleveland Indians homered three times overall during a 12-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday.

Elliot Johnson and Tyler Naquin added two-run homers.

Carlos Santana made his first start at third base for the Indians, who are trying the catcher at a new position. He had a single in two at-bats but no chances in the field.

"Carlos is more comfortable out there than people give him credit for," manager Terry Francona said. "We have some decisions to make. It is only the second game and we like (third baseman) Lonnie Chisenhall a lot."

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Masterson started and gave up one hit. Reds starter Johnny Cueto gave up a hit and a pair of walks and struck out two in two scoreless innings, a successful debut for his shortened delivery.

STARTING TIME

Justin Masterson is working on an offspeed pitch and a new contract. He avoided arbitration by signing a $9.7 million contract, but is still negotiating with the Indians to extend his tenure beyond this season. He struck out two and gave up a hit while pitching a scoreless inning.

"I will probably still be here for another couple years," he said. "You hire people to take care of that, so you can just pitch. There is nothing monumental happening right now. If something gets done, it will be before the season begins."

TRAINER'S ROOM

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Indians: Right-hander Matt Capps has been shut down for 14 days by Francona with a strained rotator cuff. ... Righty Frank Herrmann had right elbow re-construction surgery last March. He is ready to throw live batting practice. ... Infielder Jose Ramirez is taking batting practice after having surgery on his left thumb in December. ... Righty Shaun Marcum is making progress during bullpen sessions as he recovers from shoulder surgery.

JUST TAKE THIRD

For the second straight game, Hamilton opened by getting on base. He singled off Masterson.

The crowd was anticipating a steal attempt from the man who set the professional record with 155 stolen bases in 2012. Instead, he went to third on an error.

IN THE MIX

Carlos Carrasco pitched two perfect innings with two strikeouts. The 26-year-old is competing for the fifth spot in the Indians rotation with Trevor Bauer, Aaron Harang and Shaun Marcum.

"Carrasco was real good," Francona said. "He left pitches out over the plate to the first batter but made the adjustment."

Indians 12, Reds 3

abrhbiabrhbi

Bourn cf2000B.Hamilton cf2010

T.Naquin cf3112R.LaMarre cf2000

Aviles ss2010Schumaker lf2000

Lindor ss4210Bernadina lf2110

Brantley lf1000Phillips 2b2000

Morgan lf3222R.Navarro 2b1010

Santana 3b2010Heisey rf2000

D.Adams 3b1110Y.Rodriguez rf1001

Giambi dh1000D.Lutz dh1100

E.Gonzalez ph2111J.Duran ph-dh2000

Dav.Murphy rf2000C.Nelson 3b2110

C.Moncrief rf2100H.Rodriguez 3b2000

J.Aguilar 1b3100Cozart ss2012

Treanor c2000A.Diaz ss2010

J.Lowery c1114N.Soto 1b2010

Carlin ph-c2110M.Ramirez 1b1000

El.Johnson 2b2112C.Miller c2000

J.Wendle 2b3010R.Perez c2000

Totals38 12 12 11Totals32373

Cleveland000252300--12

Cincinnati020000010--3

E-Aviles (1), H.Rodriguez (1). DP-Cincinnati 1. LOB-Cleveland 9, Cincinnati 6. 2B-Aviles (1), Morgan (1), E.Gonzalez (1), C.Nelson (1), Cozart (1), A.Diaz (1). 3B-Bernadina (1). HR-T.Naquin (1), J.Lowery (1), El.Johnson (1).

ClevelandIPHRERBBSO

Masterson110002

Kluber122200

Carrasco W,1-0200002

Aardsma110001

Outman110011

B.Wood100010

Zagurski111110

Cloyd110001

Cincinnati

IPHRERBBSO

Cueto210022

Holmberg BS,1-1222223

D.Corcino L,0-12314432

I.Guillon11343311

M.Lorenzen133201

D.Hayes110011

J.Diaz100010

HBP-by Kluber (D.Lutz). WP-Outman, I.Guillon.

Umpires-Home, Scott Barry; First, Tony Randazzo; Second, Tom Woodring; Third, Jeff Morrow.

T-3:12. A-2,493 (10,311).


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