The Indians edged the Texas Rangers by a score of 6-5 this afternoon at Surprise Stadium, improving to 4-1 on the young Cactus League slate. The Tribe has won 4 straight.
Cleveland benefitted from a pair of clutch hits, as JEFF FRANCOEUR provided the club with a 2-0 lead with his 2-out, 2-run single in the first inning, while ELLIOT JOHNSON broke a 2-2 tie with a 2-run triple in the 6th.
Texas managed to square things back up at 4-4 in the bottom of the 6th, but 3 hits and a run-scoring groundout by DAVID ADAMS in the 7th, combined with RYAN ROHLINGER's sac fly in the 8th, were enough to hang on for the one-run victory. Cleveland pounded out 11 hits on the day.
COREY KLUBER and CARLOS CARRASCO, the first two hurlers sent out by the Tribe, each delivered 2.0 innings of work ahead of VINNIE PESTANO's 1-2-3 5th. JOSH OUTMAN and C.C. LEE also turned in spotless frames.
Prior to the contest, Indians Bench Coach BRAD MILLS exchanged lineup cards with Seattle Seahawks QBRUSSELL WILSON, who was selected by Texas in the most recent Rule 5 Draft and in uniform for one day of camp with the Rangers.
The Tribe is set to return to Goodyear Ballpark where they will host the Chicago White Sox for a 1:05 p.m. MST/3:05 p.m. ET first pitch.
RHP ZACH McALLISTER will take the bump opposite RHP ERIK JOHNSON and JIM ROSENHAUS will have the call through an online webcast on Indians.com.
Cleveland will also hold a morning "B" game against the Los Angeles Angels at the Goodyear Development Complex with RHP TYLER CLOYD and LHP MICHAEL ROTH starting that unofficial contest.