Ramirez, Bauers get key hits as Indians beat Marlins 6-2

CLEVELAND (AP) Indians manager Terry Francona showed off his skills as a prognosticator before Wednesday's game against Miami.

Asked about Jose Ramirez's slow start to the season, which saw the AL MVP candidate the last two seasons batting .157 with one homer and five RBIs, Francona said, ''I'm telling you, he's going to be fine.''

Ramirez proved Francona correct in Cleveland's 6-2 victory. The switch-hitting third baseman hit a solo homer in the first, had an RBI single in the third and added a two-run double in the eighth, when the Indians broke open a tie game.

Francona has kept Ramirez at the top of the order despite his struggles. While one game certainly doesn't mean the problems at the plate are over, Francona is convinced that better days are ahead for Ramirez.

''He's a great hitter,'' Francona said. ''Guys go through tough times. You're going to look up and he's going to be among the league leaders. It'll be fun to watch.''

Ramirez, speaking through a translator, said he hasn't gotten discouraged.

''I always stay confident,'' he said. ''I understand baseball is ups and downs and I can only worry about what I can control, which is to play hard. That's what I do: go out and play hard every time.''

Jake Bauers' eighth-inning single scored the go-ahead run.

Martin Prado's two-out homer for Miami tied the game in the top of the eighth tied the game, but the Indians responded by scoring four times to snap a three-game losing streak.

Adam Conley (0-3) walked Carlos Gonzalez to begin the eighth. Jason Kipnis singled, but Kevin Plawecki popped up his bunt attempt, which was caught by Conley.

Bauers slapped a ground ball through the open left side of the infield to score Gonzalez. Francisco Lindor's two-out single off Tayron Guerrero added another run. Leonys Martin was hit by a pitch and Ramirez doubled into the right field corner.

Conley retired two of the five batters he faced and was charged with three runs. The left-hander blamed himself for the loss.

''I came into the game with it tied,'' he said. ''My job is to hang a zero and I didn't do that.''

Cleveland led 2-1 heading into the eighth, but Prado homered off Nick Wittgren. The ball hit the railing above the 19-foot wall in left field and Prado's first home run of the season was upheld after a video review.

Wittgren (1-0) struck out two in the eighth.

Cleveland starter Jefry Rodriguez allowed one run in seven innings. The right-hander, called up from Triple-A Columbus before the game, made his second spot start in place of Mike Clevinger, who is on the injured list with an upper back strain.

Rodriguez held Miami to three hits, struck out three and walked one. Jon Berti's sacrifice fly scored Miami's first run, which came in the fifth.

Marlins starter Sandy Alcantara allowed two runs, one earned, in five innings.

Lindor was the designated hitter after playing three games at shortstop since returning from an ankle injury.

The Indians received some good news before the game. Pitcher Carlos Carrasco said he'll make his next start, which comes Sunday against Houston. He injured his left knee when he fell covering first base in the fourth inning Tuesday. Carrasco left the game before the fifth, but an MRI showed no serious injury.

SEE YOU SOON

Rodriguez was optioned back to Columbus following the game, but with Clevinger out for several weeks, it's likely he'll back in the near future. The Indians will need a fifth starter again May 7.

''I know it's out of my hands and I just keep putting in the work and they will have to make the decision,'' Rodriguez said. ''But so far, just feeling great with what I'm doing.''

A FIRST

Right-hander Jose Quijada made his major league debut in the sixth with Miami trailing 2-1. He struck out two, walked one and gave up a hit in two-thirds of an inning.

''Truly, I felt really happy,'' he said. ''That's what I wanted, a really close game, and I'm thankful for the opportunity.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Marlins: RHP Austin Brice (gastroenteritis) began a rehab assignment at Single-A Jupiter, throwing one scoreless inning Tuesday at Palm Beach.

Indians: RHP Cody Anderson was optioned to Columbus to make room for Rodriguez.

UP NEXT

Marlins: Miami begins a four-game series in Philadelphia on Thursday night. LHP Caleb Smith (2-0, 2.35) pitches the opener.

Indians: RHP Trevor Bauer (2-1, 2,20 ERA) starts the opener of a four-game series Thursday night in Houston.

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  • W: N. Wittgren (1-0)L: A. Conley (0-3)
  • HR: MIA - M. Prado (1), CLE - J. Ramirez (2)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Granderson LF40100021.164.256.343.6001.0
M. Prado DH41111001.320.352.440.7926.0
B. Anderson RF40100000.244.343.360.7041.0
N. Walker 1B30100101.225.313.380.6932.0
S. Castro 2B40000012.247.300.323.623-0.5
J. Alfaro C31000111.267.323.467.7901.5
M. Rojas SS40100011.279.333.368.7010.5
I. Galloway CF30000012.217.217.261.478-0.5
J. Berti 3B20010010.000.250.000.2500.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    F. Lindor DH51210002.222.222.389.6114.0
    L. Martin CF31100010.256.365.415.7792.5
    J. Ramirez 3B41341110.184.265.299.56414.5
    C. Santana 1B50000026.338.467.446.913-1.0
    C. Gonzalez RF31000103.259.333.259.5932.0
    J. Kipnis 2B31100110.308.400.346.7462.5
    K. Plawecki C30100103.200.333.400.7333.0
    J. Bauers LF41110013.211.309.338.6472.5
    M. Freeman SS10000100.182.357.182.5391.0
    a- M. Moroff PH-SS10000112.129.182.258.4400.5
    • a-walked for Freeman in the 6th
    BATTING
    • 2B - C. Granderson (3)
    • HR - M. Prado
    • SF - J. Berti
    • RBI - M. Prado (5), J. Berti
    • 2-Out RBI - M. Prado
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Granderson, M. Prado, N. Walker, S. Castro, M. Rojas
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Ramirez (4), K. Plawecki (2)
    • HR - J. Ramirez (2)
    • SH - L. Martin
    • RBI - F. Lindor (2), J. Ramirez 4 (9), J. Bauers (9)
    • 2-Out RBI - F. Lindor, J. Ramirez 4 (5)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - F. Lindor 2 (2), C. Santana 3 (3), C. Gonzalez 3 (3), J. Bauers 2 (2)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - J. Ramirez (6)
    FIELDING
    • E - S. Castro (3)
    FIELDING
    • E - C. Gonzalez
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    S. Alcantara5.04214214.501.507.0
    J. Quijada0.21001200.003.00-1.0
    N. Anderson1.10000202.451.004.0
    A. Conley (L, 0-3)0.22331108.382.07-10.5
    T. Guerrero0.12110000.901.20-3.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Rodriguez7.03112302.130.7919.5
    N. Wittgren (W, 1-0) (BS, 1)1.02110211.130.508.0
    B. Hand1.00000201.691.034.0
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Rodriguez7.0
    N. Wittgren (W, 1-0) (BS, 1)1.0
    B. Hand1.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - J. Quijada
    • IBB - S. Alcantara (2)
    • HBP - T. Guerrero (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - S. Alcantara 84-48, J. Quijada 16-10, N. Anderson 20-11, A. Conley 17-9, T. Guerrero 12-6
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Alcantara 6-7, N. Anderson 1-1
    • Batters Faced - S. Alcantara 23, J. Quijada 4, N. Anderson 4, A. Conley 5, T. Guerrero 4
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Rodriguez 91-57, N. Wittgren 28-19, B. Hand 15-12
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Rodriguez 13-5, N. Wittgren 1-0
    • Batters Faced - J. Rodriguez 26, N. Wittgren 5, B. Hand 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    C. Granderson LF40100021.164.256.343.6001.0
    M. Prado DH41111001.320.352.440.7926.0
    B. Anderson RF40100000.244.343.360.7041.0
    N. Walker 1B30100101.225.313.380.6932.0
    S. Castro 2B40000012.247.300.323.623-0.5
    J. Alfaro C31000111.267.323.467.7901.5
    M. Rojas SS40100011.279.333.368.7010.5
    I. Galloway CF30000012.217.217.261.478-0.5
    J. Berti 3B20010010.000.250.000.2500.5
    Total312521279-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      F. Lindor DH51210002.222.222.389.6114.0
      L. Martin CF31100010.256.365.415.7792.5
      J. Ramirez 3B41341110.184.265.299.56414.5
      C. Santana 1B50000026.338.467.446.913-1.0
      C. Gonzalez RF31000103.259.333.259.5932.0
      J. Kipnis 2B31100110.308.400.346.7462.5
      K. Plawecki C30100103.200.333.400.7333.0
      J. Bauers LF41110013.211.309.338.6472.5
      M. Freeman SS10000100.182.357.182.5391.0
      a- M. Moroff PH-SS10000112.129.182.258.4400.5
      Total3269616719-----
      • a-walked for Freeman in the 6th
      BATTING
      • 2B - C. Granderson (3)
      • HR - M. Prado
      • SF - J. Berti
      • RBI - M. Prado (5), J. Berti
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Prado
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Granderson, M. Prado, N. Walker, S. Castro, M. Rojas
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Ramirez (4), K. Plawecki (2)
      • HR - J. Ramirez (2)
      • SH - L. Martin
      • RBI - F. Lindor (2), J. Ramirez 4 (9), J. Bauers (9)
      • 2-Out RBI - F. Lindor, J. Ramirez 4 (5)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - F. Lindor 2 (2), C. Santana 3 (3), C. Gonzalez 3 (3), J. Bauers 2 (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Ramirez (6)
      FIELDING
      • E - S. Castro (3)
      FIELDING
      • E - C. Gonzalez
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      S. Alcantara5.04214214.501.507.0
      J. Quijada0.21001200.003.00-1.0
      N. Anderson1.10000202.451.004.0
      A. Conley (L, 0-3)0.22331108.382.07-10.5
      T. Guerrero0.12110000.901.20-3.0
      Total8.0965671---
      PITCHERSIP
      S. Alcantara5.0
      J. Quijada0.2
      N. Anderson1.1
      A. Conley (L, 0-3)0.2
      T. Guerrero0.1
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Rodriguez7.03112302.130.7919.5
      N. Wittgren (W, 1-0) (BS, 1)1.02110211.130.508.0
      B. Hand1.00000201.691.034.0
      Total9.0522271---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Rodriguez7.0
      N. Wittgren (W, 1-0) (BS, 1)1.0
      B. Hand1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - J. Quijada
      • IBB - S. Alcantara (2)
      • HBP - T. Guerrero (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - S. Alcantara 84-48, J. Quijada 16-10, N. Anderson 20-11, A. Conley 17-9, T. Guerrero 12-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Alcantara 6-7, N. Anderson 1-1
      • Batters Faced - S. Alcantara 23, J. Quijada 4, N. Anderson 4, A. Conley 5, T. Guerrero 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Rodriguez 91-57, N. Wittgren 28-19, B. Hand 15-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Rodriguez 13-5, N. Wittgren 1-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Rodriguez 26, N. Wittgren 5, B. Hand 3
      • 8TH INNING
        Ramirez doubled to deep right, Bauers and Lindor scored, Martin to third26
        Lindor singled to right center, Kipnis scored, Bauers to third24
        Bauers singled to center, Gonzalez scored, Kipnis to second23
        Prado homered to left22
      • 5TH INNING
        Berti hit sacrifice fly to right, Alfaro scored, Galloway to second on right fielder Gonzalez throwing error12
      • 3RD INNING
        Ramirez singled to center, Martin scored02
      • 1ST INNING
        Ramirez homered to right01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Brad Hand relieved Nick Wittgren
        • S. Castro: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Castro lined out to center
        • J. Alfaro: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Alfaro struck out looking
        • M. Rojas: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Rojas struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Nick Wittgren relieved Jefry Rodriguez
        • J. Berti: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Berti struck out looking
        • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Granderson struck out swinging
        • M. Prado: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Prado homered to left
        • B. Anderson: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Anderson singled to center
        • N. Walker: Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Walker grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Adam Conley relieved Nick Anderson
        • C. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gonzalez walked
        • J. Kipnis: Kipnis singled to center, Gonzalez to second
        • K. Plawecki: Plawecki popped bunt out to pitcher
        • J. Bauers: Ball, Ball, Foul, Bauers singled to center, Gonzalez scored, Kipnis to second
        • M. Moroff: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Moroff struck out swinging
        • Tayron Guerrero relieved Adam Conley
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Lindor singled to right center, Kipnis scored, Bauers to third
        • L. Martin: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Martin hit by pitch, Lindor to second
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ramirez doubled to deep right, Bauers and Lindor scored, Martin to third
        • C. Santana: Foul, Ball, Santana flied out to deep center
        • End of the 8th (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • J. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • J. Alfaro: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Alfaro grounded out to third
        • M. Rojas: Ball, Foul, Rojas grounded out to first
        • I. Galloway: Foul, Galloway grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • N. Anderson Pitching:
        • L. Martin: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Martin grounded out to first
        • J. Ramirez: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ramirez struck out swinging
        • C. Santana: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • J. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • M. Prado: Ball, Prado grounded out to third
        • B. Anderson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Anderson grounded out to pitcher
        • N. Walker: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Walker walked
        • S. Castro: Castro hit into double play shortstop to second, Walker out at second
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Jose Quijada relieved Sandy Alcantara
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Kipnis struck out swinging
        • K. Plawecki: Plawecki doubled to deep right
        • J. Bauers: Strike looking, Ball, Plawecki to third on wild pitch, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Bauers struck out swinging
        • Max Moroff hit for Mike Freeman
        • M. Moroff: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Moroff walked
        • Nick Anderson relieved Jose Quijada
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Ball, Lindor popped out to first
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • J. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • J. Alfaro: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Alfaro walked
        • M. Rojas: Foul, Foul, Rojas singled to right, Alfaro to second
        • I. Galloway: Galloway reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Alfaro to third, Rojas out at second
        • J. Berti: Ball, Berti hit sacrifice fly to right, Alfaro scored, Galloway to second on right fielder Gonzalez throwing error
        • C. Granderson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Granderson struck out looking
        • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
        • S. Alcantara Pitching:
        • M. Freeman: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Freeman walked
        • F. Lindor: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Lindor singled to center, Freeman to second
        • L. Martin: Martin hit sacrifice bunt to third, Freeman to third, Lindor to second
        • J. Ramirez: Ramirez intentionally walked
        • C. Santana: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Santana struck out looking
        • C. Gonzalez: Gonzalez grounded out to second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • J. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • B. Anderson: Ball, Ball, Anderson grounded out to shortstop
        • N. Walker: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Walker lined out to center
        • S. Castro: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Castro flied out to shallow right
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Alcantara Pitching:
        • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Gonzalez grounded out to second
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Kipnis walked
        • K. Plawecki: Plawecki reached on fielder's choice to third, Kipnis out at second
        • J. Bauers: Pickoff attempt, Bauers flied out to center
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • J. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • I. Galloway: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Galloway struck out swinging
        • J. Berti: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Berti flied out to deep right
        • C. Granderson: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Granderson doubled to deep right
        • M. Prado: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Prado grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • S. Alcantara Pitching:
        • M. Freeman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Freeman flied out to center
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Lindor lined out to center
        • L. Martin: Strike swinging, Martin singled to shallow right, Martin to second on 2nd baseman Castro throwing error
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ramirez singled to center, Martin scored
        • C. Santana: Strike looking, Ramirez stole second, Ball, Ball, Santana grounded out to second
        • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 2ND INNING
        • J. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • N. Walker: Walker singled to left center
        • S. Castro: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Castro struck out looking
        • J. Alfaro: Strike looking, Alfaro grounded out to second, Walker to second
        • M. Rojas: Strike looking, Rojas grounded out to catcher
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • S. Alcantara Pitching:
        • C. Gonzalez: Gonzalez flied out to center
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Kipnis flied out to deep right
        • K. Plawecki: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Plawecki walked
        • J. Bauers: Ball, Ball, Bauers fouled out to left
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • J. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Granderson grounded out to second
        • M. Prado: Ball, Prado grounded out to second
        • B. Anderson: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Anderson flied out to deep left
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Alcantara Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Lindor popped out to shortstop
        • L. Martin: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Martin struck out swinging
        • J. Ramirez: Ramirez homered to right
        • C. Santana: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Santana grounded out to second
        • End of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)