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Carrasco shines, as Tribe beats Giants

By Sheldon Ocker Published: March 17, 2013

   GOODYEAR, Ariz.: Carlos Carrasco isn't ceding the fifth spot in the Indians' rotation to Scott Kazmir without a fight.

   In a 4-3 win over the Giants Saturday night at Goodyear Ballpark, Carrasco gave up one run, two hits and no walks in five innings. He also struck out five in his most efficient outing of exhibition season.

   He and Kazmir are the primary competitors for the final berth in the rotation, and Kazmir has been close to flawless in three spring starts.

   The only run off Carrasco came in the second, when Roger Kieshnick led off with a double and scored on Ricky Oropesa's two-out single.

   Asdrubal Cabrera hit his first home run of the spring with nobody on in the first inning, and Jason Giambi hit his second leading off the fifth inning. Ezequiel Carrera doubled and singled. 

   Nick Hagadone and Rich HIll each threw one scoreless inning.

   The Giants scored twice in the ninth off Matt Albers and Joe Martinez to take the lead. But Delvi Cid, brought over from the minor-league complex, delivered a two-run triple in the ninth to win it. 

   The popularity of the Giants and a postgame fireworks display led to the first Tribe sellout at Goodyear Ballpark since 2009. It took until the end of the fifth inning for all 11,023 fans to get through the turnstiles.

 

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