PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) - Tim Stauffer is happy with his progress this spring.
Stauffer became the first San Diego Padres pitcher to work five innings this spring, limiting the Cleveland Indians to four hits and a run in a 7-2 win Sunday.
``I wasn't as sharp as I would have liked, but overall I'm happy,' Stauffer said. ``Five innings, 69 pitches is a lot better than 3 1-3 innings and 70 pitches.
``It was a good, clean five innings, pretty economical,' Stauffer added. ``For the most part, I was around the strike zone and got a lot of groundball outs.'
Stauffer got nine of his 15 outs on grounders.
The Padres scored three times in the second inning off Indians starter Carlos Carrasco. Eric Patterson had a two-run double to right.
Cleveland scored its first run in the fourth when Jason Kipnis, one of the top prospects in the organization, tripled and scored on a single by Travis Buck.
Catcher Paul Phillips hit a long homer off Padres closer Heath Bell in the seventh to pull to the Indians to 3-2.
But the Padres scored four runs in the bottom of the inning on Kevin Frandsen's double and RBI singles by Aaron Cunningham, Guillermo Quiroz and Everth Cabrera, and an RBI double by Cedric Hunter all off lefty David Huff.
``I was working on fastball command, but I know they look at results,' Huff said. ``The first two innings, I threw the ball pretty good and was filling up the strike zone. Then I started rushing myself and left the ball up in the zone. I got hit. I gave up four runs, and I'm upset about it.
``I know what I was doing, know what to do about it, but couldn't get back in rhythm. It was frustrating. It's one of those things where I have to learn and move on,' Huff added.
Indians manager Manny Acata said he wasn't going to judge Huff on one shaky outing - six hits and four runs in 2 2-3 innings.
``We don't base decisions on one outing, or the last outing or the next outing,' Acta said. ``David threw two good innings. In the third inning, he couldn't make his pitches. But we look at what everybody does overall.'
NOTES: Indians third baseman Jason Donald didn't play for third straight day. Donald was hit on left hand by pitch last Saturday. He missed three days, played one and has missed the last three. ``We have 18 days before the season, so there is plenty of time for Jason, Acta said. ``Nothing has changed. There are other options at third base, but Jason is going to have time to show he's ready to start the season.' ... Indians outfielder Grady Sizemore ran the bases for first time since having microfracture left knee surgery last June. ``That's good news for me to hear,' Acta said. ... Padres third baseman Chase Headley missed his third straight game with a sore calf. He's expected to play Monday. Padres catcher Nick Hundley, who was slowed by a groin injury, played for the first time in a week. ... Also Sunday, the Indians played a B game at Glendale vs. the White Sox. Chicago won, 11-8. ... The Padres play the Seattle Mariners in a B game Monday morning. Right-hander Casey Kelly, who came over from the Boston Red Sox in the Adrian Gonzalez trade, is scheduled to start for the Padres.
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