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Gomez holds own against Dodgers' Kershaw

Gomez holds own against Dodgers' Kershaw

Gomez holds own against Dodgers' Kershaw
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw made another impressive Cactus League start, but Jeanmar Gomez and the rest of Cleveland's pitching kept the Los Angeles offense at bay in a 4-3 Indians victory on Monday at Goodyear Ballpark.

Kershaw, the 2011 National League Cy Young Award winner, struck out five in 5 1/3 solid innings but allowed his first earned run of the spring in the first.

Gomez shut down the Dodgers bats in his four innings of work, allowing just one hit and one walk while striking out three. The 24-year-old is one of a handful of Cleveland pitchers competing for the fifth spot in the rotation, and he has now scattered just four hits and three walks over 11 innings of shutout baseball this spring.

"I don't try to think too much about the future," Gomez said. "Just focus on today, and tomorrow's another day. ... My pitches were good today, so that helped me. It was a good job by [catcher] Carlos Santana, and I got help, too, from the defense and the offense."

Cleveland scratched its one run off Kershaw in the first, when Jason Donald singled and came around on a single from Jose Lopez.

Gomez didn't allow a hit until the third inning, when Andre Ethier reached on a one-out triple. But Gomez got out of the jam with an infield pop-up and fly ball to left field.

Santana tacked on an Indians insurance run in the bottom of the fifth with a home run to right field on the first pitch he saw from Los Angeles reliever Javy Guerra.

Indians center fielder Michael Brantley led off the first inning with a groundout and was replaced in the second by Ryan Spilborghs because of tightness in his right hamstring. He'll be reevaluated on Tuesday's off-day.

Up next, Indians: The Indians will have their first off-day of the spring on Tuesday, before resuming play again at 4:05 p.m. ET on Wednesday against the Giants in Goodyear. Cleveland right-hander Kevin Slowey, who is 0-2 with a 5.63 ERA in three Cactus League starts, gets the nod against San Francisco's Eric Surkamp. The game will be broadcast live on SportsTime Ohio and be available on MLB.TV.

Up next, Dodgers: Chad Billingsley starts for the Dodgers on Tuesday in a 1:05 p.m. PT home game against Chris Narveson and the Brewers. Following Billingsley will be three relievers fighting for the final open bullpen spot -- Josh Lindblom, Ramon Troncoso and Wilfredo Ledezma -- as well as Ronald Belisario, who also would be in the mix were it not for a 25-game suspension he must serve to start the season.

Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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