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Raburn homers off Bailey, Tribe tops Reds

Raburn homers off Bailey, Tribe tops Reds

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Ryan Raburn hit a two-run home run off Homer Bailey to lead the Cleveland Indians to its second straight win over the Cincinnati Reds, 4-0 Friday.

Lonnie Chisenhall, who is trying to hold on to the starting third base job in Cleveland, walked to set up Raburn's second-inning drive off Bailey, who tossed his second career no-hitter last season.

Indians likely closer Jon Axford walked one and struck out two in a scoreless inning.

Cleveland's competition for the No. 5 starter's role is picking up. Josh Tomlin followed Carlos Carrasco's sharp outing Thursday with a solid appearance of his own Friday -- two hits and two strikeouts in two innings.

"The way Carrasco pitched yesterday and Tomlin today, I hope we have a tough decision by the end of spring," Indians manager Terry Francona said.

Trevor Bauer and Aaron Harang are also in the mix for the final spot in the Indians' rotation.

Cleveland scored two runs off Robert Stephenson in his first major league spring appearance. Stephenson was the Reds first pick in the 2011 draft.

Jay Bruce and Ryan Ludwick hit consecutive singles in the fourth off Josh Tomlin for two of the Reds' three hits.

Reds' closer Aroldis Chapman struck out all three batters he faced.

"One thing we do know. They are ready to go. We keep tabs on our guys and we had a pretty visual on Chappy (Chapman)," Reds first-year manager Bryan Price said. "It was an early spring game but I like the energy and the effort by our guys today."

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