Lowe looks sharp in loss to Dodgers
Allows one earned run in six innings against former team
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Luis Cruz tripled in two runs and fellow non-roster invitee Cory Sullivan singled him home as the Dodgers rallied for a 5-4 win over the Indians Saturday.
Former Dodger Derek Lowe pitched six innings for Cleveland, allowing two runs (one earned) on seven hits with four strikeouts. Dodgers starter Chris Capuano allowed two runs in five innings with five strikeouts.
"Great job by Derek Lowe," Indians manager Manny Acta said. "Exactly what we wanted to see. Six innings and no issues whatsoever. He was in command the whole time. They couldn't get the ball off the ground. He did a fantastic job. He was able to mix his sinker with his slider. It's what we wanted to see. We're very happy about that."
Leadoff hitter Dee Gordon got the Dodgers on the board in the first inning. He bunted for a single, stole second -- his eighth stolen base of the spring -- took third on catcher Lou Marson's throwing error and scored on Mark Ellis' groundout.
Cleveland got the run back in the top of the second on singles by Casey Kotchman, former Dodger Andy LaRoche and Aaron Cunningham.
The Indians tied the game again in the fifth on singles by Jason Donald and Jose Lopez and a sacrifice fly by Matt LaPorta.
In the sixth, off Dodgers reliever Mike MacDougal, Gregorio Petit walked and was doubled to third by Lopez. Shelley Duncan singled in Petit and Felix Pie's fly scored Lopez.
Up next for Indians: Right-hander Jeanmar Gomez will continue his push for the available fifth starter's role on Sunday, when the Indians host the Cubs in a 4:05 p.m. ET tilt at Goodyear Ballpark. Gomez has not allowed a run in 11 Cactus League innings this spring for the Tribe. He is competing against Kevin Slowey and David Huff for the lone vacancy on the starting staff. The game will have a delayed broadcast on MLB Network at 7 a.m. ET on Monday. It can he heard live on the Indians Radio Network and WMMS 100.7 FM.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.