Kipnis leads attack for McAllister as Tribe tops D-backs

Kipnis leads attack for McAllister as Tribe tops D-backs

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The Indians rolled out the majority of their projected Opening Day lineup on Friday afternoon and enjoyed some early offensive fireworks.

In a 6-2 Cactus League victory over the D-backs, Cleveland poured it on early against Arizona starter Jeremy Hellickson in a split-squad affair at Goodyear Ballpark. Second baseman Jason Kipnis had a pair of doubles, Michael Bourn and Jose Ramirez each belted a solo home run and Michael Brantley chipped in an RBI to back a solid start from Zach McAllister.

"You're slowly going to see more lineups that have most of our starters in there," Kipnis said. "It's going to be nice to start getting used to each other again and playing tgether, and finding out where we are in the order and seeing who you're hitting next to. Just getting back in the rhythm of things."

Paul Goldschmidt paced the Arizona offense early with a pair of hits, raising his Cactus League batting average to .357.

Kipnis set the tone early by ripping a one-out changeup from Hellickson down the right-field line for a two-base hit, and then scoring on a base hit to left field by Brantley. Ramirez and Bourn each went deep off Hellickson in the second inning to push the Tribe to a 3-0 lead.

Hellickson bowed out after giving up those three runs on seven hits in 1 2/3 innings of work.

"I just left too many balls up," Hellickson said. "It started really the first pitch of the game, and I just didn't make the adjustment."

Arizona pitcher Daniel Hudson, who is competing for a spot in the rotation, worked the third and fourth innings and allowed three runs on two hits with a pair of walks to go along with two strikeouts. All three runs yielded by Hudson came courtesy of a three-run home run off the bat of Cleveland catcher Brett Hayes.

McAllister -- one of a handful of candidates for one of the two open spots in the Tribe's rotation -- kept the D-backs off the scoreboard over four crisp innings. The big right-hander worked swiftly, ending with three strikeouts and one walk in the outing. Given the early outburst by the Indians' lineup, McAllister was happy to do his part in keeping the offense in rhythm with fast-paced frames.

"Any time that you get [that] type of run support," McAllister said, "you want to get out there and be quick and get everyone back in. That's always a good thing when you're able to do that."

After three scoreless innings from relievers Austin Adams, Scott Atchison and Nick Hagadone, Indians pitcher Dustin Molleken ran into some trouble in the eighth inning. Three walks and an error by Tribe third baseman Yandy Diaz paved the way for a pair of unearned runs for Arizona. One scored on Diaz's gaffe and the other came via an RBI single by Jordan Pacheco.

Up next: In a game that can be seen live on MLB.TV and heard live on Gameday Audio, right-hander Carlos Carrasco is scheduled to work four innings on Saturday when the Tribe heads to Glendale to take on the Dodgers at 4:05 p.m. ET. Righty Josh Tomlin, who is competing for a spot in the rotation, is slated to follow with two innings after a recent bout with a shoulder issue. Slugger Brandon Moss missed Friday's games due to illness, but is tentatively penciled in to play right field.

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.