TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Shelley Duncan hit his first homer of the spring, a three-run shot, and the Cleveland Indians overcame a brief hiccup by starter Justin Masterson to beat the Los Angeles Angels 10-7 on Saturday.
Scott Kazmir had a difficult outing for the Angels, allowing four runs and four walks in 4 1-3 innings.
Duncan broke a 4-all tie with his homer off reliever Jason Bulger in the seventh, but the Angels rallied. Alberto Callaspo tripled in two runs to cut the deficit to 7-6 in the bottom half. He scored on Alexi Amarista's two-out single to tie it. All three runs were charged to Jensen Lewis.
Juan Diaz put Cleveland ahead again with an RBI double in the eighth.
Kazmir, who was 9-15 with a 5.94 ERA last season, made his fourth spring start. He yielded three hits and struck out three.
``I felt great about that outing,' Kazmir said. ``I know the results don't show (much). My fastball had some life on it. My changeup was moving. It had so much on it, I couldn't get it in for a strike.'
Three of the runners Kazmir walked came around to score. He walked Carlos Santana and Jason Nix in the third and both came in on Austin Kearns' long double to left-center for a 4-0 lead.
Kazmir allowed two hits and an earned run but walked four in his previous start, a ``B' game Monday against Colorado.
The Angels scored four in the third off Masterson, with three coming on Howie Kendrick's bases-loaded single to right that was bobbled by Kearns for an error. Bobby Abreu then singled in Kendrick.
Masterson made his fifth start, giving up six hits and four runs (three earned) in 4 2-3 innings. He struck out five and walked one.
``I like where I'm at, going five innings today, next time the sixth, then the seventh. That's what we are here for and I feel good,' Masterson said. ``It's getting the body to do what you want. Sometimes, you get tired and it does something else. You've got to smack your leg, tell it to get in there and get going.'
The right-hander ran into some trouble with his mechanics, but got help from pitching coach Tim Belcher.
``I felt good, especially the first two innings and the last two,' Masterson said. ``That third inning, I got a little lazy.
``Belch came out and reminded me what to do and everything got back on point. After I had been up, up, up with my pitches, I put them back down in the zone and solidified that.
``It wasn't so much being lazy. That's how I term it. My leg was dragging behind a bit. I knew I had to put a little more behind pitches. It could have been a bazillion things that did it, but in that instance that is what I took his instructions to mean. I did it, and it worked.'
In his previous start, Oakland roughed up Masterson for five runs and seven hits over four innings.
Masterson went 6-13 with a 4.70 ERA over 34 games (29 starts) for Cleveland in 2010.
Chad Huffman doubled in a run and Adam Everett added an RBI single for a 2-0 Indians lead in the second.
Everett left the game with a jammed left thumb. He was to be re-evaluated.
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