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Headley's tear continues as Padres drop Tribe

Headley's tear continues as Padres drop Tribe

Headley's tear continues as Padres drop Tribe
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Chase Headley went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Aaron Cunningham and Anthony Rizzo connected for consecutive home runs on Wednesday afternoon, helping lead the Padres to a 9-2 victory over the Indians at Goodyear Ballpark.

Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco, making his first start since rejoining the club following the birth of his daughter in Florida, worked three innings. Carrasco -- assured a spot in the rotation -- allowed two runs on four hits and ended with three strikeouts and no walks for Cleveland.

In the second inning, Cunningham and Rizzo each cleared the left-field fence, sending back-to-back pitches from Carrasco deep. That spotted the Padres a 2-0 lead and set an early tone for the remainder of the afternoon.

Indians left-hander David Huff, who is competing against Josh Tomlin and Jeanmar Gomez for the lone vacancy in the rotation, allowed four runs on four hits over two innings of work. All four runs came in the fifth inning, when the Padres opened the frame with four straight hits. Headley highlighted the outburst with a two-run single and is now hitting .563 for the spring.

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Padres left-hander Cory Luebke logged 4 1/3 innings against the Indians, limiting the Tribe's offense to one run on two hits. Luebke, who is competing for a spot on San Diego's starting staff, finished with four strikeouts and one walk in the effort. Cleveland's Carlos Santana doubled off Luebke and later scored in the second.

Indians third baseman Luis Valbuena homered in the eighth for his team-leading third spring long ball.

Up next for Padres: The Padres head to Glendale, Ariz., on Thursday for their first game of the spring against the Dodgers. The matchup will be carried live on MLB.TV at 12:05 p.m. PT and will be another chance for left-handed pitcher Wade LeBlanc, battling Dustin Moseley for the fifth spot in the starting rotation, to impress the organization. LeBlanc has allowed six earned runs on 11 hits in his first two appearances of the spring. LeBlanc is stretched out to the point where he'll be allowed to throw four innings or 60 pitches.

Up next for Indians: Right-hander Justin Masterson will take the ball for the Indians on Thursday, when the Tribe heads to Mesa, Ariz., to take on the Cubs in a 12:05 p.m. PT tilt that will be available free via an exclusive live audio webcast at clevelandindians.com. Randy Wells is scheduled to start for Chicago.

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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