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Indians Win Back and Forth Affair Over Diamondbacks 4-3 to Improve to 7-6

Thursday the Indians improved to 7-6 on the spring, as they won their third straight game with a 4-3 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks at Salt River Fields.

The Diamondbacks outhit the Indians 9-5, but Tribe batters managed to draw free passes off the Diamondbacks pitching staff.

Three of the four Indians hitters who came around to score, reached base via a walk.

Arizona took an early 2-run lead in the bottom of the first on a two-run homer by second basemen Wilmer Flores off Tribe starter Trevor Bauer.

The Tribe tied the game in the top of the third inning on a two-run single by right fielder Trayce Thompson, who went 1-for-3 with a pair of runs batted in.

The Diamondbacks retook the lead with a run in the fifth before the Indians plated two in the seventh, tying the game when Ernie Clement (0-for-1, BB, R) came across to score on a wild pitch and taking the lead on an RBI-single by outfielder Daniel Johnson.

Bauer gave up two run on five hits in 4.0 innings of work (ND, HR, 2SO). In three Cactus League starts, the right-hander has gone 0-1 with a 2.45 ERA (11.0IP, 3R/ER, HR, BB, 6SO).

Five Tribe relievers held the Diamondbacks to one additional run as Justin Grimm, Nick Wittgren, Asher Wojciehowski and Henry Martinez all tossed a scoreless frame.

Martinez got the save, with Grimm getting the victory.

The Indians return home to Goodyear Ballpark on Friday to take on the San Francisco Giants under the lights 8:05PM.

Righty Jefry Rodriguez will make his first start of the spring against former Indian lefty Drew Pomeranz for the Giants. The game can be heard via audio webcast.

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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