The Indians' starter stepped into the box for his first career at-bat on Tuesday night against D-backs right-hander Daniel Hudson, failed at dropping a textbook sacrifice bunt down but succeeded at moving the runner up.
"I actually hit it too hard, but it ended up being a hit," he said of the roller that found its way into no-man's land between the pitcher and third baseman Ryan Roberts.
"I got the best in both ways: I got the guy over and it ended up being a hit."
The hit was the first by an Indians pitcher since CC Sabathia hit a home run at Dodger Stadium on June 21, 2008.
In his next at-bat, Tomlin singled up the middle and drove in his first career run.
"The ball looked like a marble," he said. "The first couple pitches he threw, I couldn't see it. So I was just going by sounds."
Tomlin said he was a decent hitter before becoming a full-time pitcher, but that hitting at the Major League level is a different story.
"It looks smaller, they throw a lot harder, it's more deceptive and not easy to pick up at all," he said.