GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Josh Tomlin struck out five in four scoreless innings, helping the Cleveland Indians beat a Milwaukee Brewers split squad 4-2 on Sunday.
Tomlin struck out the side in his last inning, continuing his strong bid for the fifth spot in Cleveland's rotation.
"I felt like I had a pretty good breaking ball today," Tomlin said. "I threw that quite a bit, which is something I needed to throw for a strike and to be able to put guys away with."
Indians manager Terry Francona also was impressed.
"I thought Josh pitched just the way he's advertised and the way he needs to pitch. He threw strikes, he kept the ball down, he holds runners," Francona said. "He basically doesn't beat himself."
Tomlin gave up two hits in the second inning, but was able to escape the threat.
"We're getting to that point where you want guys to work through jams and start to pitch a little bit fatigued and things like that, because they're getting their legs under them now and their arm strength," Francona said.
The Brewers scored two runs in the ninth inning against Travis Banwart. Garrett Cooper had an RBI single and scored on Hainley Statia's groundout.
Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera started for the second day in a row. He had two hits and scored a run.
Brewers: Wily Peralta struggled with his control, walking the first two batters of the second inning, and then hitting Matt Carson with a pitch.