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Published: Sunday, 3/9/2014

Tribe's Tomlin fans 5 in 4 innings

Cleveland handles Brewers in split-squad game

Cleveland’s Jeff Francoeur is tagged out by Scooter Gennett. Cleveland’s Jeff Francoeur is tagged out by Scooter Gennett.

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Josh Tomlin struck out five in four scoreless innings, helping the Cleveland Indians beat a Milwaukee Brewers split squad 4-2 on Sunday.

Tomlin struck out the side in his last inning, continuing his strong bid for the fifth spot in Cleveland's rotation.

"I felt like I had a pretty good breaking ball today," Tomlin said. "I threw that quite a bit, which is something I needed to throw for a strike and to be able to put guys away with."

Indians manager Terry Francona also was impressed.

"I thought Josh pitched just the way he's advertised and the way he needs to pitch. He threw strikes, he kept the ball down, he holds runners," Francona said.

"He basically doesn't beat himself."

TRAINER'S ROOM: Francona said he thinks Ryan Raburn (bruised left knee) will play on Mtoday. He was removed from Friday's game against the Cubs after he crashed into the right-field wall while chasing a home run.

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