CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – With Marlins ace Jose Fernandez on the mound for Miami, runs were supposed to be at a premium on Saturday for Cleveland.
Nobody told the Indians hitters.
Cleveland batters pounded out 12 hits against the talented righty — a career-high allowed by Fernandez — and scored seven runs en route to a 8-3 victory over the Marlins on Saturday night.
The six earned runs allowed by Fernandez also matched career-high total.
Francisco Lindor led the charge with a career-high four hits, and Coco Crisp contributed a double and two singles in his first game since rejoining the Indians earlier this week in a trade with the Oakland Athletics.
Jason Kipnis added his 22nd homer of the season in the bottom of the first.
Carlos Santana (RBI single), Abraham Almonte (sacrifice fly) and Roberto Perez (RBI double) each drove in a run during Cleveland’s assault of Fernandez.
The Indians also scored once in the eighth on an error by catcher Jeff Mathis.
That support was more than enough for Bauer, who overcame a three-spot in the top of the first to work 8 1/3 dominant frames. The righty retired 22 of the final 25 batters he faced and held Miami hitless after the first inning until Ichiro Suzuki’s leadoff single in the ninth.
Christian Yelich drove in a pair in the top of the first with a 2-run double. Derek Dietrich also contributed a sacrifice fly for Miami.
Cleveland (78-56), winners of five straight, moved 22 games above .500 for the first time this season.
The Indians and Marlins will wrap up their three-game interleague series at Progressive Field on Sunday afternoon at 4:10 p.m. Danny Salazar (11-6, 3.88) will square off against Marlins hurler Tom Koehler (9-10, 4.02) in the finale.