Indians regulars were scheduled to play only three innings, but they made the most of their brief time on the field, as the Tribe beat the Cincinnati Reds 11-10 in the spring exhibition opener Friday at Goodyear Ballpark.

Left fielder Michael Brantley doubled twice, drove in one run and scored two. Third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall hit a two-run homer, catcher Carlos Santana had two, two-run singles, and first baseman Nick Swisher delivered a run-scoring single, as the Tribe scored six times on eight hits in the first three innings.

“Especially the first day, I’m just trying to swing at quality pitches,” Brantley said.

Francona was impressed with Brantley’s approach.

“We were swinging the bats really well, with Brantley at the top of the list,” Francona said. “Any time you see a guy drive the ball the other way, his mechanics have to be in order.”

Early in the spring, pitchers usually are ahead of the hitters.

“They still are,” Brantley said. “I talked to my dad [former big-leaguer Mickey Brantley] the other night and said, ‘Pops, I feel like I’m ahead of where I usually am at this time of the spring.’ My Dad said, ‘Son, you’re getting older and you’re getting better.’ ”

Brantley looks forward to being part of the Indians’ new brigade of base stealers.

“We’re going to push the envelope,” he said. “When Tito [Francona] comes in every day, he talks about how we’re going to create runs with our speed, keep the pressure on other teams. And I love to run.”