D-backs drop Game 1 after Tribe walks off

D-backs drop Game 1 after Tribe walks off

CLEVELAND -- Indians starter Trevor Bauer stifled his former teammates and Zach Walters hit a walk-off homer to defeat the D-backs, 3-2, in the first game of a doubleheader on Wednesday.

With one out in the bottom of the ninth, Walters hit a 1-2 pitch from Randall Delgado into the right-field bullpen to give Cleveland the win.

"Randall threw two balls right by [Walters], and the next one, that was the fourth fastball, probably a little too much middle, and he got it," said manager Kirk Gibson.

Bauer pitched a career-high eight innings, giving up two runs, striking out nine and walking two. But despite the righty taking a no-hit bid into the sixth, the D-backs found themselves tied at 2 in the seventh.

"[Bauer's] got good stuff," said Gibson. "Mixed his pitches, strikes were chased. He came out throwing first-pitch fastballs. We were trying to wait on him, make sure he was hitting the zone, and he'd go fastball early and then kind of go to his offspeed stuff. His breaking ball was breaking down pretty good in the dirt."

After Arizona took a one-run lead in the sixth on Jordan Pacheco's double-play grounder, Cleveland answered in the bottom of the inning to make it 2-1. Walters led off with a single and Jason Kipnis lined a one-out single to right. Walters continued toward third, with David Peralta's throw from right skipping past Jake Lamb and allowing Kipnis to move to second. Michael Brantley knocked in Walters and Kipnis for his 77th and 78th RBIs of the season.

The D-backs answered right back in the seventh to tie it. Aaron Hill grounded out to score Mark Trumbo, who was at third following a double by Miguel Montero. Montero, who clashed with Bauer when he was a rookie with Arizona in 2012, went 1-for-3 against his former batterymate.

"To me, it was another team," Bauer said about facing Arizona. "Another lineup I was trying to get out. And that's it. There's no bad blood between me and them or anything like that. I moved on from it a long time ago, and I'm trying to win some games."

Vidal Nuno bounced back from a poor start against Kansas City, cruising through the first five innings, striking out five of the first six batters he faced, but he didn't make it out of the sixth after being tagged for two runs.

For all intents and purposes, though, Nuno did not pitch poorly. He gave up six hits but walked none and struck out six in his 5 2/3 innings.

Steve DiMatteo is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.