The Indians took a gamble this winter on Yonder Alonso, signing him to a deal that showed the club believed in his one-year power surge. It was only the first game of spring training, but it didn’t take long for him to showcase the type of swing they’re hoping to see once the games count.

In his first at-bat in an Indians uniform, and on the first pitch he saw, Alonso belted a solo home run to right field in the Indians’ Cactus League opener, a 6-4 loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Friday afternoon at Goodyear Ballpark.

Mike Clevinger and Ryan Merritt, both vying for a spot in the starting rotation, each threw a hitless inning on Friday.

Dan Otero took the loss after allowing a two-run home run to Tucker Barnhart.