Both Brandons homer as Giants come up short against Indians 

click to enlarge Fans try to catch a home run ball during Tuesday's game against the Indians. - MARCIO JOSE SANCHEZ/AP
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  • Fans try to catch a home run ball during Tuesday's game against the Indians.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Nick Swisher supplies enough energy and enthusiasm to fill several clubhouses. These days, he’s getting an extra boost with all the new faces in Cleveland.

Swisher hit one of three Cleveland home runs, Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched three scoreless innings and the Indians beat the Giants 4-3 Tuesday.

Brandon Crawford hit a two-run homer for the Giants, who lost their second straight. Brandon Belt also homered.
Madison Bumgarner gave up a run on three hits in his two innings for the Giants. He walked one and struck out three.

“My command wasn’t as erratic as it has been,” Bumgarner said. “I was just up and pitching from behind too much. You’re trying to be at your best, but you know that’s not going to happen.”

After a long season and anticipating a long spring, Bumgarner said he backed off throwing bullpens during the offseason as a way to take it easy.

“I just want to get my arm in shape,” he said. “My command will be there.”

Roberto Perez hit a home run in the top of the ninth to give Cleveland a 4-3 lead. Juan Diaz also homered for the Indians.

Giants second baseman Kensuke Tanaka got a hit off Matsuzaka, and has six hits in his last 14 at-bats after going hitless in his first 10.

“I’m sure it was nice for them to face him each,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “His play has picked up. He’s playing some good baseball.”

Cole Gillespie and Francisco Peguero each had two hits for San Francisco.

NOTES: Giants left-hander Javier Lopez (left wrist contusion) pitched batters on the back field and could be ready to appear in a game early next week. ... The Giants have the day off today and will send right-hander Tim Lincecum, scratched from his last start with a blister on his middle finger, to the mound at the Cleveland Indians on Thursday.

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