Interleague Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, May 14th (All times Eastern)
Cleveland Indians (21-16) at Philadelphia Phillies (18-21), 7:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Cleveland - Scott Kazmir (2-1, 4.87) Philadelphia - Jonathan Pettibone (2-0, 3.63)
(Sports Network) - Runs were scarce for the Philadelphia Phillies the last time they encountered the Cleveland Indians about two weeks ago.
The Indians embarrassed the Phillies in a two-game sweep at Progressive Field, outscoring the visitors by a wide 20-2 margin. Philadelphia will be out for a measure of revenge on Tuesday when the Indians visit Citizens Bank Park in the opener of another quick series.
Philadelphia was trounced by the Tribe, 14-2, back on April 30, then suffered a 6-0 loss in the series finale. The Indians were redeeming themselves after the Phillies took all three matchups back in 2010 in south Philly.
The Phillies have won six of the 11 games since that disaster in Cleveland and are back home following a successful seven-game road trip (4-3). They opened the journey by taking two of three at San Francisco and followed that series by splitting four contests in Arizona, taking the last two portions of the set.
In Sunday's 4-2 win in 10 innings, D'backs closer Heath Bell took the hill in the top of the ninth inning looking to close it out with a 2-0 lead, but was charged with two runs. Delmon Young had an RBI double and Domonic Brown followed with a run-scoring single to even the score. Matt Reynolds toed the rubber for the hosts in the top of the 10th and surrendered a two-run single to Ryan Howard, who had been 0-for-17 with 10 strikeouts in the series.
"We were trying to go in on him," Reynolds said of Howard. "It was down, but it just caught too much of the plate. He went down and fished it out of there. That's the way it goes."
Chase Utley recorded four hits and scored twice, while Freddy Galvis finished 3-for-5 for the Phillies. The late heroics made a winner out of Phils reliever Justin De Fratus, who got the final out in the ninth inning, and closer Jonathan Papelbon worked around a hit in the ninth for his seventh save. Kyle Kendrick was aiming for his fifth win, but was strapped with a no-decision for yielding two runs over the first seven innings.
The Phillies are 4 1/2 games behind the Atlanta Braves for first place in the NL East.
They will also host Cincinnati for three games on the residency and split a four-game set with Miami the last time they were home. Philadelphia is 8-10 as the host this season.
Jonathan Pettibone has been a pleasant surprise for the Phillies since he was called up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. The young right-hander is 2-0 with a 3.63 earned run average in his four starts and did not factor in the outcome of Wednesday's 4-3 loss at San Francisco, as he was reached for three runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings. He has allowed three runs on two occasions for the Phillies, who have won three of his four outings.
Pettibone will face an American League club for the first time Tuesday.
Cleveland earned a split of its doubleheader versus the New York Yankees, taking the first game by a 1-0 score behind a four-hit shutout by Justin Masterson. Masterson struck out nine and walked three to improve to 6-2.
"From the very first pitch of the game he had power, he had a breaking ball, he attacked hitters," Indians manager Terry Francona said.
Jason Kipnis provided the scoring with a home run in the first inning.
In the second game, the Indians were blanked by a 7-0 score. Trevor Bauer was dealt the loss for allowing three runs -- two earned -- in 6 1/3 innings
"I can be a lot better than I was today, and I was a lot better today than I had been this year. My mechanics are solidifying," Bauer said of his outing.
Former Yankee Nick Swisher had the only extra-base hit with a double for the Indians, who lost for only the third time in 16 tries.
The Tribe fell one-half game behind Detroit for the AL Central lead.
Cleveland hopes left-hander Scott Kazmir has re-discovered the magic that brought him success in Tampa Bay and later lost with the LA Angels. Kazmir gets the start in Philadelphia and has won back-to-back starts after opening the season 0-1 in his initial trips to the mound.
Kazmir earned his first win since 2010 in a May 4 victory over Minnesota and tossed six innings of two-run ball. His fastball then topped out in the high 90s in a 9-2 pounding of Oakland on Thursday, as he fanned a season-high 10 batters and permitted one run in six innings.
Kazmir faced the Phillies twice in the 2008 World Series, going 0-1 in two starts, and won his only regular-season start against them June 17, 2006, when he allowed two runs in five innings of a 7-2 Rays victory.
05/14 10:33:53 ET