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Trevor Bauer dominant against D-backs in Indians win

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Trevor Bauer delivers in the first inning of the first baseball game of a doubleheader against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

On Wednesday, Cleveland Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer took the mound to face his former team, the Arizona Diamondbacks, for the first time since being traded away in December of 2012.

The right-hander was dominant, out-dueling D-backs pitcher Vidal Nuno by pitching eight innings of two-run, four-hit baseball and striking out nine in the process. The Indians won 3-2 in walk-off fashion.

Bauer, who compiled a 6.06 ERA in four starts with the D-backs in 2012, is now 4-7 with a 4.35 ERA for the Indians this season. He has a 5-9 record in 22 starts since leaving Arizona.

D-backs shortstop Didi Gregorius -- the featured acquisition for Arizona in the three-way trade -- went 0-for-3 against Bauer Wednesday and hitless on the day.

Bauer, who has frequently struggled to throw strikes over the course of his career, walked two D-backs hitters Wednesday. While with Arizona, he surrendered 7.2 walks per nine innings and last year saw that number rise to 8.5. In 2014, he has tapered his BB/9 rate down to under 3.5.

In less peripheral metrics, Bauer's 4.35 ERA this season would factor in below the average rate for D-backs starters this season, who have combined for a 4.55.

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