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

By Gary Schatz | Associated Press Published:

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."

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

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

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Bourn cf 2 0 0 0 B.Hamilton cf 2 0 1 0

T.Naquin cf 3 1 1 2 R.LaMarre cf 2 0 0 0

Aviles ss 2 0 1 0 Schumaker lf 2 0 0 0

Lindor ss 4 2 1 0 Bernadina lf 2 1 1 0

Brantley lf 1 0 0 0 Phillips 2b 2 0 0 0

Morgan lf 3 2 2 2 R.Navarro 2b 1 0 1 0

Santana 3b 2 0 1 0 Heisey rf 2 0 0 0

D.Adams 3b 1 1 1 0 Y.Rodriguez rf 1 0 0 1

Giambi dh 1 0 0 0 D.Lutz dh 1 1 0 0

E.Gonzalez ph 2 1 1 1 J.Duran ph-dh 2 0 0 0

Dav.Murphy rf 2 0 0 0 C.Nelson 3b 2 1 1 0

C.Moncrief rf 2 1 0 0 H.Rodriguez 3b 2 0 0 0

J.Aguilar 1b 3 1 0 0 Cozart ss 2 0 1 2

Treanor c 2 0 0 0 A.Diaz ss 2 0 1 0

J.Lowery c 1 1 1 4 N.Soto 1b 2 0 1 0

Carlin ph-c 2 1 1 0 M.Ramirez 1b 1 0 0 0

El.Johnson 2b 2 1 1 2 C.Miller c 2 0 0 0

J.Wendle 2b 3 0 1 0 R.Perez c 2 0 0 0

Totals 38 12 12 11 Totals 32 3 7 3

Cleveland 000 252 300 -- 12

Cincinnati 020 000 010 -- 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).

Cleveland IP H R ER BB SO

Masterson 1 1 0 0 0 2

Kluber 1 2 2 2 0 0

Carrasco W,1-0 2 0 0 0 0 2

Aardsma 1 1 0 0 0 1

Outman 1 1 0 0 1 1

B.Wood 1 0 0 0 1 0

Zagurski 1 1 1 1 1 0

Cloyd 1 1 0 0 0 1

Cincinnati

IP H R ER BB SO

Cueto 2 1 0 0 2 2

Holmberg BS,1-1 2 2 2 2 2 3

D.Corcino L,0-1 2⁄3 1 4 4 3 2

I.Guillon 11⁄3 4 3 3 1 1

M.Lorenzen 1 3 3 2 0 1

D.Hayes 1 1 0 0 1 1

J.Diaz 1 0 0 0 1 0

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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