By Jordan Bastian and Mark Sheldon
MLB.com |@MLBastian |
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Indians ace Corey Kluber continued his march toward Opening Day with five solid innings, but the Reds poured on the runs late to claim a 7-3 Cactus League win on Friday night at Goodyear Ballpark.
Kluber, who in all likelihood will be named Cleveland's Opening Day starter for the third year in a row, allowed two runs on three hits, ending with six strikeouts and two walks. Both runs against the righty came in the first, when Billy Hamilton walked and stole a pair of bases, and Eugenio Suarez and Scott Schebler each chipped in an RBI hit.
"We're at the point now where, obviously you're starting to get your work in," Kluber said, "but you get into that competitive mode of going out and trying to get guys out. I was just trying to work into that mind frame, competing more so than working on stuff. The first inning, I was a little too fine, but I kind of corrected it, so I was able to get through that and make the adjustment."
"He was OK. He wasn't great," Reds manager Bryan Price said of Finnegan. "He wasn't real sharp with anything. He gets hurt when he gets behind in the count. The more he works ahead, the more efficient his game went."
Reds Up Next:Bronson Arroyo will make his second Cactus League start when the Reds host the Rangers at 4:05 p.m. ET on Saturday in Goodyear. Arroyo worked two scoreless innings Sunday vs. the Brewers. Also back in the lineup as his catcher will be Devin Mesoraco.
Indians Up Next: Lefty Shawn Morimando, who is likely ticketed for the Triple-A Columbus rotation, is scheduled to start for the Tribe in a 4:05 p.m. ET Cactus League tilt against the Royals on Saturday in Surprise, Ariz. In a 3:05 p.m. ET game against Texas at the Alamodome, right-hander Mike Clevinger will toe the rubber for Cleveland. Watch live on MLB.TV.