Tomlin earns 1st win since 2012, Indians top Twins
MAY 06, 2014 9:55p ET
CLEVELAND -- You wouldn't have known that Josh Tomlin was making his first major-league start in 21 months on Tuesday night. The Indians right-hander looked as if he had been part of the rotation all along.
Tomlin gave up only one run in 6 2/3 innings as the Tribe snapped a two-game losing streak with a 4-2 win over Minnesota on Tuesday night at Progressive Field.
The Indians' offense, which managed only three hits in a 1-0 loss on Monday night, gave Tomlin some early support by scoring a pair of runs in the first and second innings. Nick Swisher broke an 0 for 11 run at the plate with two hits and drove in two runs. Michael Brantley and Yan Gomes also drove in runs.
Tomlin's only mistake came in the seventh, when he gave up a solo home run to left to Chris Colabello on a 2-1 fastball. That also marked the first run that Tomlin had given up a run in 26 2/3 innings dating back to April 18, when he was with Triple-A Columbus.
It is Tomlin's first win in the majors since July 5, 2012, when he went seven innings and gave up a run on two hits in an Indians win at Tampa Bay.
After undergoing Tommy John Surgery on his right elbow in Aug. of 2012, Tomlin spent the first four months of last season rehabbing before appearing in 10 minor-league games with eight starts beginning in late July. He was called up in September and worked two scoreless innings of relief against the White Sox on Sept. 12.
Tomlin pitched well during spring training but narrowly was beat out by Carlos Carrasco. At Columbus, Tomlin went 2-1 with a 2.06 ERA with 28 strikeouts and nine walks.
On this homestand, the Indians starters have allowed just five earned runs in 33 2/3 innings pitched (1.34 ERA) with 37 strikeouts and only six walks.