Tribe edged by D-backs in twin-bill nightcap

Tribe edged by D-backs in twin-bill nightcap

CLEVELAND -- The Indians ran a course from emotion to fatigue on Wednesday. As it neared midnight, the Tribe played into extra innings in the second game of the day against the D-backs and could not claim the desired result.

"When you're playing a game like that and you're at home," manager Terry Francona said, "you feel like you've got a pretty good shot."

It was a beautiful day for two ballgames, but Cleveland could only win one.

In the 12th inning of the nightcap, reliever C.C. Lee surrendered a go-ahead single to Tuffy Gosewisch that sent the Tribe to a 1-0 loss. The defeat sealed a split of the twin bill, which was made necessary by a lengthy rain delay and postponement on Tuesday night.

The tilt began with a solid effort from starter Josh Tomlin, whose performance followed Trevor Bauer's strong showing against his former club in Cleveland's 3-2 victory in Game 1. The Indians' win in the first game came courtesy of a walk-off home run by Zach Walters in the ninth inning.

"It was freakin' awesome," Walters said of his first home run in an Indians uniform. "That was fun. It was a good time."

It was a roller-coaster ride of a day, and Tomlin had one word to sum up the final feeling inside the clubhouse.

"Tired," Tomlin said.

With the split of the doubleheader, the Indians slipped five games behind the first-place Royals in the American League Central.

Tomlin -- called upon as an emergency starter in the wake of Tuesday's rainout -- performed admirably, pitching into the sixth and keeping Arizona off the board. The right-hander was on point with his precision in his 5 1/3 frames, during which he threw only 51 pitches, 39 for strikes.

The D-backs managed four singles off Tomlin, but he sidestepped the few obstacles he encountered. He gave up consecutive base hits to Miguel Montero and Jake Lamb to begin the fifth, then set down the next three hitters to halt Arizona's rally.

With a runner on second and one out in the sixth, Francona made a change. Tomlin was recently moved to the bullpen and has been dealing with arm fatigue of late, so Cleveland took advantage of a well-rested relief corps under the circumstances.

"I thought he pitched great," Francona said. "I just thought with a day off [on Thursday] and us not using much of the bullpen the first game, we were going to try to keep it right where it was. And we did. I thought he did a great job. Now, with the limited pitches he threw, he can come back and be in our bullpen soon."

Following Tomlin's exit, D-backs outfielder David Peralta promptly sent a pitch from reliever Nick Hagadone to deep right field. Ryan Raburn tracked down the ball on a dead sprint, left his feet and made a spectacular diving catch to rob Peralta of an extra-base hit.

"I didn't really know I had it until I looked in my glove," Raburn said. "I gave it everything I had. I'm lucky I came down with it."

Hagadone got through the remainder of the inning.

Tomlin managed to keep pace with D-backs rookie Andrew Chafin --- an Ohio native and Kent State University product. The left-hander pieced together five shutout innings in his Major League debut, limiting Cleveland to three hits and ending the evening with three strikeouts against two walks on 101 pitches.

Facing reliever Scott Atchison in the eighth inning, Gosewisch led off with a double to right, but Raburn mishandled the ball, allowing the runner to reach third base. Arizona went on to load the bases with two outs, but righty Bryan Shaw induced an inning-ending fielder's-choice groundout from Montero to strand three, paving the way for extra innings.

Unfortunately for the Tribe, its lineup continued to struggle, too.

"We just needed to cash in once," Francona said, "and we couldn't do it."

Cleveland ended the second game with an 0-for-9 showing with runners in scoring position, leaving 10 runners on base.

It was a disappointing ending to a draining day.

"We would have loved to pull that out," Raburn said. "You hate going 12 innings and not scoring one run, but that's a big league ballclub over there, too."

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for 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.