COLUMBUS, OHIO - Mike Papi and Richie Shaffer smashed solo home runs off Indians starter Alex McRae to power the Columbus Clippers to a 4-2 victory over Indianapolis Sunday afternoon at Huntington Park. Jose Osuna drove in both runs for Indy in the loss.
Papi's first home run of the season came on Alex McRae's first pitch of the fourth inning and ultimately sent Indianapolis (10-10) back to .500. Shaffer's homer came as insurance with one down in the sixth to cap the scoring.
Columbus (10-11) starter Alexi Ogando (W, 2-0) settled in after the Indians scored two runs in the opening frame. Kevin Newman doubled to begin the game and took third on a single by Austin Meadows. Following a wild pitch, Osuna laced a double to left to give Indy a 2-0 advantage.
The home team rallied for two outs off McRae (L, 0-3) in the second. The Tribe righty nearly pitched around a walk and hit batsman to start the inning with a double play, but Papi singled with two away to make it a 2-1 ballgame before Nellie Rodriguez leveled the score with a run-scoring double to deep right.
The Tribe finished 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position.
The Indians continue their six-game road trip with a three-game set beginning Monday at Toledo. First pitch for the series opener is set for 6:35 p.m., pitting Tribe right-hander Tyler Eppler (2-1, 1.93) against Mud Hens southpaw Chad Bell (0-0, 2.45).
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