Reds fall to Indians, 9-4

Published 11:26 pm Saturday, July 18, 2015

Jay Bruce (left) is congratulated by Brandon Phillips (4) and Joey Votto after hitting a three-run homer in the eighth inning on Saturday. Bruce drove in all four runs as the Reds lost 9-4 to the Cleveland Indians. (Courtesy of the Cincinnati Reds.com)

Jay Bruce (left) is congratulated by Brandon Phillips (4) and Joey Votto after hitting a three-run homer in the eighth inning on Saturday. Bruce drove in all four runs as the Reds lost 9-4 to the Cleveland Indians. (Courtesy of the Cincinnati Reds.com)

CINCINNATI (AP) — Anthony DeSclafani saw it as a chance for a fresh start. Instead, it quickly turned into another disappointment.

Michael Brantley, Brandon Moss and Yan Gomes homered — part of a rare Cleveland splurge with Corey Kluber on the mound — and the Indians ended their long losing streak in Cincinnati by beating the Reds 9-4 on Saturday night.

The Indians had dropped nine straight at Great American Ball Park, their longest losing streak anywhere in the majors. Their last victory at Great American was 3-1 on July 2, 2011, when Brantley hit a three-run homer off Homer Bailey.

Brantley connected in the first inning off DeSclafani (5-7), giving Kluber (5-10) an uncharacteristic cushion. Cleveland had scored an average of only 2.3 runs in his starts, the fewest for any pitcher in the majors.

In the two games after the All-Star break, Brantley has a pair of doubles and a homer. He connected on DeSclafani’s sixth pitch of the game.

“It wasn’t the start I wanted coming out of the break,” DeSclafani said. “I didn’t have my timing early in the game. It’s not an excuse.

“After I gave up the three runs, I had to keep my team in the game. I didn’t do that.”

Moss snapped an 0-for-21 slump with a two-run homer in the third inning for a 6-1 lead, already the most runs Cleveland had scored with Kluber on the mound this season. The Indians have been held to two runs or less in 14 of his 20 starts.

It wound up as Cleveland’s highest-scoring game since a 12-3 win over Texas on May 27. The three homers matched the Indians’ season high. Six of their 11 hits went for extra bases.

It was the first time that DeSclafani gave up two homers in a game during his career. The rookie lasted five innings, allowing eight hits and six runs. He has given up six runs in two of his last three starts and hasn’t won since June 9, going 0-3 in six starts.

“Anthony didn’t have his best command, but he didn’t back down,” manager Bryan Price said. “He’s such a tough kid. I’m happy with the way he’s handled himself.”

Gomes completed Cleveland’s big game with a three-run homer in the seventh off Nate Adcock.

Kluber allowed seven hits — three each by Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips — in 7 2/3 innings. Cody Allen relieved and gave up Jay Bruce’s three-run homer.

THAT OTHER LEAGUE

The Indians are 8-6 in interleague play this season. The Reds are 6-10.

FRAZIER STRUGGLES

Reds third baseman Todd Frazier hasn’t gotten a hit since winning the All-Star Home Run Derby on Monday at Great American. He went 0 for 3 during the All-Star Game, and is hitless in nine at-bats in the two games against the Indians.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Indians: LHP Nick Hagadone hasn’t yet scheduled an appointment with Dr. James Andrews to examine his pitching elbow. Hagadone hurt his left elbow while pitching in a rehab game on Wednesday. … 3B Giovanny Urshela was hit on the left forearm by one of Adcock’s pitches in the sixth, but stayed in the game.

Reds: LHP Tony Cingrani threw 93 pitches in his rehab start on Friday night. Cingrani, who has been bothered by a strained shoulder, could move into the rotation next week.

UP NEXT

Indians: Carlos Carrasco is making his second start of the season against Cincinnati. He allowed two runs in six innings of a 7-3 win in Cleveland on May 22.

Reds: Johnny Cueto is 4-0 with a 2.08 ERA in six starts against Cleveland, with the Reds winning all six games. Cueto is 3-2 with a 2.36 ERA in eight starts since being sidelined by an inflamed right elbow in late May.

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SATURDAY’S GAME

Indians 9, Reds 4

 

Cleveland AB R H BI BB SO Avg.

Kipnis 2b 4 2 2 0 1 1 .324

Lindor ss 5 2 3 0 0 1 .241

Brantley lf 5 1 1 3 0 0 .294

C.Santana 1b 3 2 2 1 2 0 .226

Y.Gomes c 5 1 1 3 0 1 .218

Moss rf 4 1 1 2 1 1 .218

Urshela 3b 4 0 0 0 0 0 .234

Bourn cf 4 0 1 0 0 0 .222

Kluber p 4 0 0 0 0 2 .000

Allen p 0 0 0 0 0 0 —

McAllister p 0 0 0 0 0 0 —

Totals 38 9 11 9 4 6

 

 

Cincinnati AB R H BI BB SO Avg.

Phillips 2b 4 2 3 0 0 0 .277

Votto 1b 3 1 3 0 1 0 .284

Frazier 3b 4 0 0 0 0 0 .276

Bruce rf 3 1 2 4 0 1 .255

Byrd lf 4 0 0 0 0 2 .249

B.Pena c 4 0 0 0 0 0 .278

Suarez ss 4 0 0 0 0 2 .299

DeSclafani p 1 0 0 0 0 0 .226

a-Bourgeois ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 .154

Adcock p 0 0 0 0 0 0 —

Badenhop p 0 0 0 0 0 0 —

b-Schumaker ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 .215

Ju.Diaz p 0 0 0 0 0 0 —

Villarreal p 0 0 0 0 0 0 —

c-De Jesus Jr. ph 0 0 0 0 1 0 .246

B.Hamilton cf 4 0 0 0 0 1 .218

Totals 33 4 8 4 2 6

 

 

Cleveland 303 000 300 – 9 11 0

Cincinnati 100 000 030 – 4 8 0

 

a-grounded out for DeSclafani in the 5th. b-flied out for Badenhop in the 7th. c-walked for Villarreal in the 9th.

LOB-Cleveland 7, Cincinnati 5. 2B-Lindor (4), C.Santana 2 (16), Votto (16). HR-Brantley (6), off DeSclafani; Moss (15), off DeSclafani; Y.Gomes (4), off Adcock; Bruce (14), off Allen. RBIs-Brantley 3 (49), C.Santana (42), Y.Gomes 3 (13), Moss 2 (48), Bruce 4 (46). SB-Kipnis (11), C.Santana (6). SF-Bruce.

Runners left in scoring position-Cleveland 4 (Kipnis, Y.Gomes, Brantley, Urshela); Cincinnati 3 (B.Pena, Byrd, B.Hamilton). RISP-Cleveland 4 for 13; Cincinnati 1 for 9.

Runners moved up-Brantley, Y.Gomes, Kluber, Frazier.

DP-Cleveland 1 (Moss, Moss, Y.Gomes, Urshela).

 

Cleveland IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA

Kluber W, 5-10 7 2-3 7 3 3 1 5 109 3.38

Allen 1-3 1 1 1 0 0 13 3.35

McAllister 1 0 0 0 1 1 15 3.07

Cincinnati IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA

DeSclafani L, 5-7 5 8 6 6 0 4 74 3.99

Adcock 1 2-3 1 3 3 3 0 31 6.43

Badenhop 1-3 0 0 0 0 0 3 4.84

Ju.Diaz 1 2 0 0 0 1 14 6.38

Villarreal 1 0 0 0 1 1 18 4.58

 

Inherited runners-scored-Allen 2-2, Badenhop 1-0. HBP-by Adcock (Urshela).

Umpires-Home, Brian O’Nora; First, Carlos Torres; Second, Cory Blaser; Third, Jeff Kellogg.

T-3:04. A-39,588 (42,319).