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Indians Top Angels 7-2 in Tempe Diablo Stadium for 8th Win in Last 10 Spring Outings

The Indians took care of the Los Angeles Angels 7-2 on Saturday afternoon in front of a sold-out crowd at Tempe Diablo Stadium.

With the win the Indians hot spring continues, as they have won eight of their last 12 Cactus League games.

Mike Clevinger had a solid outing to get the win for the Indians to move to 2-0 on the year, and his ERA is at 2.79 following the start.

It was Clevinger’s second start and third appearance of the spring, allowing two runs on two hits while striking out four (2R/1ER, 1BB).

The Indians offense got going in the fist when they got back-to-back sacrifice flies from first baseman Jake Bauers and left fielder Jordan Luplow.

Center fielder Oscar Mercado (2-3) extended the Tribe lead with an RBI-double in the fourth, coming around to score on an error.

Mercado is hitting .444 (16-39) this spring with three doubles, a triple, three home runs and nine RBI.

Roberto Perez (3-3, 2B R) drove in a run in the 5th with an RBI-single and is now hitting .290 (9-31) this spring.

The Indians added two more runs in the 8th on a solo home run by Brandon Barnes (3rd of spring) and an RBI-double by Mike Freeman.

After Clevinger left the game Alex Wilson (1SO), Jon Edwards (1H), Adam Cimber (1H, 1SO), A.J. Cole (2SO) and Matt Solter (1H) all worked scoreless innings in relief.

Edwards has worked 7.1 scoreless innings this spring (7G, 4H, 2BB, 10SO).

Sunday the Indians will be the visitors against the Cincinnati Reds at Goodyear Ballpark, with a first pitch at 4:05pm.

Corey Kluber (0-0, 7.36) will take the mound for his second start of the spring against Luis Castillo (0-2, 17.36) of the Reds.

The game will be broadcast on SportsTime Ohio, WTAM 1100 and the Indians Radio Network.

Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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