The Indianapolis Indians used a five-run first inning to roll to a 7-1 win over the Tides Thursday night at Victory Field.
The Tribe wasted little time in jumping on Norfolk spot starter Steve Johnson (0-1), plating five runs on five hits in the first frame to take a 5-0 lead. Anderson Feliz had the big hit in the frame, a two-out bases-clearing single to put the Indians up 5-0.
Norfolk was limited to six hits in the contest - each of which was a single. The only run the Tides could muster came in the sixth frame, when Robert Andino plated Michael Bourn with a single to center field.
Playing his third game with Norfolk since being activated from the disabled list, Bourn finished 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. He's now batting .273 (3-11) since joining the Tides on Monday.
Pedro Alvarez singled in the contest to up his hitting streak to seven games, while Jimmy Yacabonis tossed a scoreless inning of relief to extend his flawless run to open the 2017 season to 16.2 innings.
The two clubs will continue their four-game series on Friday night, with first pitch slated for 7:15. Jordan Kipper, recently acquired in a trade with the Los Angeles Angels, will get the start for Norfolk.
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