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Salazar pitched 7 strong innings in loss

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 27, 2014 at 7:31 pm •  Published: April 27, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Danny Salazar decided to stop thinking so much and turned it into his best outing of the season.

Unfortunately, his performance wasn't enough as the Cleveland Indians lost to the San Francisco Giants 4-1 when Cory Allen gave up his first runs of the season on Brandon Hicks' two-out, three-run homer in the ninth inning.

Yan Gomes hit a game-tying home run in the eighth inning for the Indians, who were swept for the first time since last August. Michael Bourn added two hits and made a run-saving catch in the fourth inning.

"That was pretty good, man," Indians manager Terry Francona said of Salazar, who gave up one run on five hits in a season-best seven innings. He walked one and struck out eight. "He made the adjustments he needed to make and threw some really good breaking balls. That's a pretty good ballgame right there."

Sergio Romo (2-0) pitched a scoreless inning to get the victory. Allen (2-1) took the loss.

"I put myself in a bad count there and threw a bad pitch," Allen said. "When Yanny hit the home run to tie it, I thought we had some momentum going. Then Romo came in and did his thing."

Gomes' homer against Giants reliever Santiago Casilla got Salazar off the hook for the loss. The right-hander, who was unable to get out of the fifth in each of his previous three starts, was satisfied with his approach.

"Sadly we didn't get the win but we battled," Salazar said. "I came into the dugout with the idea I was not going to think about anything but keeping the ball down. I accomplished that the whole game and it worked. I was trusting myself."

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