Bauer fans eight, allows three runs in final spring start

Bauer fans eight, allows three runs in final spring start

PHOENIX -- Luis Sardinas ended Cactus League play in style Saturday afternoon, ripping a walk-off RBI single with one out in the bottom of the ninth to score Hector Gomez as the Brewers topped the Indians, 4-3, at Maryvale Ballpark.

Cleveland's Brandon Moss knotted the game at three with a two-run home run in the fifth inning, while Milwaukee's Jonathan Lucroy and Ryan Braun each finished Spring Training on double-digit hitting streaks.

Lucroy singled and homered to end the spring on a 12-game hitting streak, during which he hit .487 (19-for-39) with four home runs and 10 RBIs. Braun went 2-for-2 with an RBI double to conclude the Cactus League slate with a 10-game hitting streak. Braun finished the spring hitting 15-for-25 after opening 0-for-13.

"They are [hot] and I think the whole lineup doing that is pretty good to start the season that way," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said.

Lonnie Chisenhall and David Murphy each went 2-for-2 with a walk for the Indians, while Jerry Sands added an RBI single.

Brewers righty Jimmy Nelson gave up three runs on nine hits and walked three in 4 1/3 innings, striking out seven.

Indians right-hander Trevor Bauer allowed three runs on eight hits in six innings, striking out eight with no walks.

"This was such an important start, and I thought he did fine" Francona said of Bauer, who recorded a strikeout with each of his pitches on Saturday. "He gave up some hits, but his stuff looked so good. Watching him warm up in the sixth, he looked every bit as strong as he did in the first. I think he's situated to have a nice, growing year from where he was last year. Where he goes -- that'll be fun to see."

Up next: Corey Kluber, last season's American League Cy Young Award winner, gets the Opening Day start as the Indians take on the Astros at 7:10 ET at Minute Maid Park.

Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.