Cleveland, OH, United States (4E Sports) – Jason Kipnis clubbed a two-run shot while Zach McAllister pitched 7 2/3 scoreless innings to carry the Cleveland Indians to a 2-0 win over the San Diego Padres in Wednesday’s first game of a doubleheader at Progressive Field.
McAllister (1-0) scattered five hits with no walks and seven strikeouts to earn the victory as the Indians (5-3) cruised to their second straight win.
McAllister needed only 82 pitches to work through seven frames against San Diego. He registered a first-pitch strike to 20 of the 28 batters he faced and ended the day with 99 pitches thrown.
Kipnis drove his first long ball of the season, Ryan Raburn finished with two hits while closer John Axford tossed a scoreless ninth for his fourth save of the season.
In 5 2/3 innings, starter Eric Stults (0-2) allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits with two walks and one strikeout for the Padres, who dropped to 2-6.
Three of San Diego’s four hits were doubles, but McAllister sidestepped harm at each turn.
Seth Smith doubled with one out in the first inning, and then watched McAllister induce a flyout from Yonder Alonso before striking out Yasmani Grandal.
Alexi Amarista added a one-out, two-base hit in the third, but McAllister recovered with a strikeout against Everth Cabrera and a groundout from Smith. Nick Hundley doubled with two outs in the fifth, but was stranded when Amarista flied out to right field.
After working five scoreless innings, Stults ran into trouble in the sixth inning when he gave up a double to Nick Swisher on an error by Amarista. One pitch later, Kipnis drove an offering from Stults deep to right-center-field and over the wall for a 2-0 lead.
Amarista and Cabrera reached on consecutive singles with two outs in the eighth inning but setup struck out Smith to end the threat.