Kipnis, Lindor, and Brantley, respectively hitting 1 through 3 in the lineup, each went 3 for 4 at the plate and combined for 7 runs scored and 9 RBI. Brantley homered in the fourth and eighth innings with a man on base each time. It was his first multi-homer game since July 7, 2013.
Despite being staked to a 1-0 lead thanks to a first-inning homer by Jonathan Lucroy, Brewers starter Wily Peralta had a poor outing, giving up six hits and two walks. He was yanked in the third inning in favor of Kyle Lohse, who was even worse, allowing five runs, all earned, in 2 1/3 innings of work. Indians starter Josh Tomlin wasn’t as sharp as he had been in his previous two starts. He gave up three home runs of his own and was tagged for four runs over six innings, but that was good enough for him to earn the win.
It was nice to see the Indians bounce back from early adversity. The Brewers scored one run in each of the first two innings, but the Tribe countered with two runs in each inning by way of response. Too often this year, an early setback seemed to demoralize the club. Not so on Tuesday night.
The Indians go for a sweep of the two-game series on Wednesday. Carlos Carrasco, who had been scheduled to pitch, has instead been placed on the 15-day disabled list with an inflamed shoulder. Cody Anderson will come off the DL and will pitch for the Tribe instead.