CLEVELAND — Trevor Bauer proved his manager right Saturday night.
Indians manager Terry Francona said before the game that Bauer would relish the idea of facing Marlins ace Jose Fernandez.
Bauer then overcame a shaky first inning and pitched into the ninth in Cleveland’s 8-3 win over Miami.
“He looked like he had another gear after the first inning,” Francona said. “Boy, that was impressive.”
Bauer (10-6) shut down the Marlins after giving up three runs and three hits in the first. The right-hander didn’t allow another hit until Ichiro Suzuki led off the ninth with a single. He gave up three runs and four hits in 8 1/3 innings.
“I thought I threw the ball really well in the first,” Bauer said. “The offense came back and put up two real quick, which is great for the team psyche, especially facing a guy that’s really good.”
Francisco Lindor was 4 for 4, Jason Kipnis hit a two-run homer and Coco Crisp — playing his first game since being acquired from Oakland — had three hits, helping the AL Central leaders to their fifth straight win.
Lindor doubled in the first and third, singled in the fourth and added an RBI single in the sixth.
Kipnis hit his 22nd homer in the first off Fernandez (13-8), who gave up a career-high 12 hits and seven runs in 5 2/3 innings.
Crisp began his career with the Indians and was traded following the 2005 season. He doubled in the first and singled in the fourth and sixth, but admitted he had a tough sleeping Friday night.
“You don’t want to come in and strike out four or five times,” he said. “You want to do something special.”
Miami, which committed three errors, has lost seven of eight and fell to .500 for the first time since May 1.
Christian Yelich’s two-run double and a sacrifice fly by Derek Dietrich gave Miami the early lead, but Kipnis’ home run cut the lead to 3-2. Roberto Perez tied the score in the second with an RBI double.
Lindor doubled to lead off the third and scored on Carlos Santana’s single, giving Cleveland the lead. Abraham Almonte’s sacrifice fly added another run.
Fernandez’s night ended in the sixth. Lindor’s RBI single gave Cleveland a 6-3 lead. A throwing error by Suzuki from right field on the hit led to another run.
Fernandez, who also allowed a career-high six extra base hits, fell to 3-6 on the road.
“I was thinking about rolling the ball to the plate and seeing maybe who they were going to hit it to,” he said. “I got hit. I got hit really hard, but you learn from it.”
THE DAY AFTER
The Marlins were unhappy with the umpires during Friday’s 6-2 loss. Manager Don Mattingly thought Kipnis struck out on a 3-2 pitch in the first inning, but it was ruled he checked his swing and Cleveland scored three runs. First base coach Perry Hill was ejected in the ninth and Mattingly was still upset following the game.
Mattingly took a much calmer approach Saturday.
“I’ve talked to the league and that’s just pretty much where I’d like to leave it,” he said. “No reason to keep going. You’re mad about it last night. It doesn’t help it today. It’s time to move forward.”
Marlins: OF Marcell Ozuna (sore left wrist) missed his third straight game.
Indians: C Yan Gomes (separated shoulder) was 2 for 3 as the DH for Double-A Akron on Friday.
Marlins: RHP Tim Koehler will start the series finale Sunday. He allowed five runs and 10 hits, including two home runs, in a loss to the Mets on Aug. 30.
Indians: RHP Danny Salazar, who hasn’t won since July 19, will start Sunday.