The first two months of the season have revealed a Lonnie Chisenhall that few with the Indians knew existed.

He's hitting .369 (48-for-130) with 15 doubles, three homers and 15 RBI. Against lefties, previously forbidden ground for Chisenhall, he's hitting .563 (9-for-16).

It goes beyond numbers.

Manager Terry Francona asked him in late April to start taking ground balls at first base and fly balls in left field. Now, when Francona has to manipulate his lineup late in the game, one of his first moves usually involves Chisenhall going from third to first.

It is especially true now with starting first baseman Nick Swisher and Carlos Santana, his backup, on the disabled list.

"Lonnie is hitting right-handers and left-handers," said Francona. "He's just doing everything. He's playing the game really well."

In the Indians' 7-6 victory over the Rockies on Saturday, Chisenhall singled the first run of the game in the second inning. He hit a two-run homer in the sixth for a 6-2 lead. Both hits, by the way, were off lefty starter Franklin Morales.

In the eighth, after the Rockies tied the score, 6-6, he advanced Jason Kipnis to second with a sacrifice bunt. Mike Aviles followed with a game-winning single.

In the ninth, he moved from third to first as Cody Allen earned his third save.

"To be able to move him from third to first base in a one-run game or a tie game, and not think about it, that's quite an accomplishment on his part," said Francona.

Chisenhall says he's improved against left-handers because he hits every day off hitting coach Ty Van Burkleo. What kind of left-handed stuff does Van Burkleo have?

"I can cut it up pretty good," he said.

Chisenhall has also been hitting left-handed sliders from the Indians' Pro Batter machine.