The Indians snapped a four-game skid and won back-to-back games against the Yankees to take the weekend series. Cleveland now sits five games back in the American League Wild Card hunt as it opens a two-game series against the D-backs at Progressive Field on Tuesday night.
"This was the first game where, if you kind of start stepping away and looking at it, it's kind of how we won our games last year," second baseman Jason Kipnis said. "A guy gets on, bunt him over. We started playing small ball kind of down the stretch last year. We might be getting back to that here soon just with the type of players we've got. That works for us. I know if we clean up our defensive side, pitchers are going to keep a low-scoring game hopefully, and we can win some games."
Rookie T.J. House takes the mound for the Tribe. House has a 2.45 ERA in two starts since coming back from Triple-A Columbus on Aug. 2.
In his most recent outing, the Reds got to House for four runs (three earned) off eight hits in six innings of work.
Josh Collmenter goes for Arizona. He's coming off his seventh quality start, but Collmenter was on the hook for the loss in Wednesday's 4-3 game against the Royals.
Although the D-backs could only muster three runs of support on 12 hits, Collmenter took blame for the defeat after he walked back-to-back batters to setup up Mike Moustakas' go-ahead RBI single.
"The team gave me a chance, got back in it," Collmenter said. "Went out to have a shutdown inning, got the first two guys, and then walked two guys and gave up a hit, and that was the difference in the game. So that was all on me. The guys played well, put pressure on them a bunch of times, even coming back there in the ninth. But I'll take that one. It's unacceptable."
This two-game series will be the final time these teams play. They split two games in Arizona in late June, including a 14-inning contest in favor of the D-backs.
D-backs: Montero out for second straight game
Manager Kirk Gibson said Sunday that catcher Miguel Montero's absence in the starting lineup the past two games has been part of a rotation shift with Tuffy Gosewisch.
"I'm not going to play him as much from here on out," Gibson said. "I'm going to play Tuffy more and just have more of a rotation going forward. I'm not going to play him like 10 days in a row like I have in the past. So we'll just give him more relief, more time to recover and give Tuffy more of an opportunity to see what he's capable of as well."
"He never said how many days or whatever," Montero, a nine-year veteran, said. "I thought I was playing today, and yesterday after the game, he told me that he was going to give me a day off today. I'll take it."
Indians: Walters gets feet wet
Versatile infield prospect Zach Walters, who was acquired from Washington prior to the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline in exchange for shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, made his Cleveland debut on Sunday. Walters went 0-for-3 with a walk and played left field for the Tribe. He is most experienced as a middle infielder, but Walters does not mind helping Cleveland's injury-depleted outfield.
"As long as I get to hit, I don't care where they play me," said Walters, who hit .387 with six extra-base hits and eight RBIs in seven games for Triple-A Columbus before his promotion. "I'm not worried about it."
• Outfielder David Murphy (strained right abdominal muscle) and designated hitter Nick Swisher (right knee soreness) are each scheduled to undergo an MRI back in Cleveland after being placed on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday in New York. Cleveland is hoping that neither injury is of the season-ending variety for the veterans.
• The D-backs sent third baseman Andy Marte to Triple-A Reno on Sunday after he cleared waivers.
Daniel Kramer is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Cody Ulm is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.