Carrasco strikes out 6, Indians beat Cubs 7-2

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 7, 2014 at 4:50 p.m.



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MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Edwin Jackson allowed three runs and four hits in three innings for the Cubs while Carlos Carrasco struck out six of the 12 batters he faced in leading the Cleveland Indians over a Chicago split-squad 7-2 Friday.

Jackson, coming off a subpar first year of a four-year, $52 million contract, hit two batters and struck out two.

Mike Aviles hit a first-inning homer, givng the Indians a quick 2-0 lead after Nyjer Morgan opened the game with a single off Jackson.

Carrasco was strong in his first start and third appearance. He gave up three hits and two runs — none earned — in three innings. He did not walk a battter.

Indians reserve outfielder Ryan Raburn left in the third inning with a bruised left knee after running into the right field wall chasing Kris Bryant's home run in the second. The Indians said the injury is not expected to be serious.

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