Raburn, Bauer lead Tribe over Phillies
Ryan Raburn tied a career high with four hits, Trevor Bauer allowed one hit in five strong innings for his first American League win, and the Cleveland Indians beat the Philadelphia Phillies, 6-0, on Wednesday night.
Raburn, coming off back-to-back two-homer games, drove in two runs with a single in the third and a double in the fifth. He has 12 hits in his last 14 at-bats, a stretch that began Sunday, while totaling four homers, nine RBIs and five runs scored in the last four games.
The Indians have won a season-high four straight games in which they have outscored their foes 39-5.
Bauer (1-1), called up from Triple-A Columbus before the game, walked six, struck out five and combined with four relievers for a shutout.
Cliff Lee, pitching against the Indians for the first time since Cleveland dealt him to Philadelphia during the 2009 season, allowed five runs in six innings. Lee (2-2) has given up 13 runs and 26 hits in 18 innings in his last three starts.
Raburn, who was 2 for 19 with seven strikeouts in his career against Lee coming in, singled in the second when the Indians took a 1-0 lead on Mike Aviles’ sacrifice fly. Raburn’s infield hit in the third capped Cleveland’s three-run rally and his RBI double in the fifth gave the Indians a five-run lead. He added a bloop single in the seventh off Jeremy Horst. While fans were chanting his name in the eighth inning, Raburn struck out against Phillippe Aumont.
Raburn has taken advantage of increased playing time due to injuries to Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn. Over his last seven games, Raburn is batting .500 (15 for 30).
Asdrubal Cabrera had a two-run double in the third while Michael Brantley had three hits.
Bauer was likely making a spot start as the Indians needed an extra starter because of a rainout last week. The right-hander, who walked seven in five innings in his first start against Tampa Bay on April 6, didn’t allow a hit until Domonic Brown’s two-out single in the fourth. Raburn took an extra base hit away from Ryan Howard with a catch at the wall in right field earlier in the inning.
Bauer walked the first two hitters in the fifth, but retired Jimmy Rollins, Michael Young and Chase Utley to end the inning.
Cleveland was the only team Lee hadn’t faced in his career. Lee won the AL Cy Young Award with the Indians in 2008, going 22-3 with a 2.54 ERA. Cleveland also defeated Roy Halladay, another former Cy Young winner, on Tuesday.