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Harang notches shutout as Reds roll past Indians

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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CLEVELAND -- Aaron Harang is not quite sure why he feels at home on the road.

Harang pitched his second shutout of the season and Ryan Freel had a career-high five hits to lead the Cincinnati Reds to a 3-0 win over the Cleveland Indians on Friday night.

It was the first time the Indians were ever shut out by a National League team in Cleveland in 105 games, including five World Series.

Harang (8-5) allowed seven hits, walked two and struck out six. The right-hander improved to 6-2 with a 1.57 ERA in eight road starts as Cincinnati won for the 10th time in its last 12 games away from home.

"I don't know what it is," said Harang, who pitched a five-hitter in an 11-0 win at Milwaukee on April 23. "I've just been throwing better in different ballparks. It's just one of those weird thngs about this game you can't explain."

The right-hander made 117 pitches and said he really wanted the complete game.

"They asked me how I felt after the eighth and I told them I definitely wanted to go back out there," he said. "They gave me 15 pitches to get it done and I did."

Freel went 5-for-5 and is hitting .418 (33-for-79) in his last 22 games.

"That was fun," said Freel, who also had two stolen bases. "I'm a little superstitious. I'll probably wear these same pants tomorrow."

The Indians probably will keep making changes, however. Wedge shook up the lineup, but Cleveland still dropped the opening game of a series for the 10th straight time. Ben Broussard was benched and replaced by catcher Victor Martinez, who played first base for the first time in the majors. Rookie Kelly Shoppach was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo and started at catcher.

Cleveland has lost six of its last seven overall, all to National League teams, and is 3-7 in interleague play after going a major league-best 15-3 in 2005.

"It's difficult right now, but we've just got to rise above it," Wedge said. "Hopefully, we'll break out in a big way."

Grady Sizemore and Ron Belliard each singled to open the Indians' eighth, but Harang got Jhonny Peralta to hit into a double play and Travis Hafner to bounce back to the mound to end the threat.

"Harang just shut us down," Indians manager Eric Wedge said. "The one opportunity we had, he got the double play. We had trouble laying off the high fastball and he mixed it up with curves and sliders, too."

Cincinnati won for only the fourth time in its last 14 games overall and improved to 2-5 in interleague play.

"Freel ... oh, man," said Reds manager Jerry Narron. "He's got so much value."

Freel doubled over the head of left fielder Todd Hollandsworth to open the game and scored when Felipe Lopez hit the next pitch from Jake Westbrook (6-4) for a double.

In the fourth, Scott Hatteberg lined a two-out double the other way to left and scored on a bloop single to right by Austin Kearns to make it 2-0.

Freel beat out an infield single for his third hit in the fifth, stole second and scored on a two-out single up the middle by Rich Aurilia.

Freel also made two great plays at third base.

In the fifth inning, he made a backhanded stop of a sharp grounder hit by Franklin Gutierrez, got up and made a strong throw to just beat the speedy outfielder at first. Then in the seventh, he made a diving catch of a liner hit by Hollandsworth.

Westbrook allowed three runs and eight hits over six innings, walking two and striking out four. The right-hander lost at home for the first time in seven starts this season.

"I can say I battled and only gave up three, but my job tonight was to give up none," said Westbrook.

Notes

  • Harang improved to 3-0 with a 1.89 ERA in five starts against Cleveland.
  • Freel's two steals gave him 101 for his career. The Reds have been successful on each of their last 14 steal attempts.
  • Indians 3B Aaron Boone snapped an 0-for-15 streak with a seventh-inning single.
  • The attendance of 32,927 was Cleveland's third-largest crowd of the season.
 
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Aaron Harang fans six and allows seven hits as he earns his third career shutout.  (AP)
Aaron Harang fans six and allows seven hits as he earns his third career shutout. (AP)

Players of the Game
Cincinnati

R. Freel
AB 5
R 2
H 5
HR 0
RBI 0
Cincinnati

A. Harang
IP 9.0
H 7
ER 0
BB 2
K 6
 
Cincinnati Reds
Ryan Freel, 3B-LF5250000 .308
Felipe Lopez, SS5011032 .268
Ken Griffey Jr., CF5000024 .253
Rich Aurilia, DH4011002 .263
Adam Dunn, LF2000210 .224
    Juan Castro, 3B0000000 .230
Scott Hatteberg, 1B3110104 .292
Austin Kearns, RF4011001 .275
Brandon Phillips, 2B4010001 .313
Jason LaRue, C4000012 .165
Totals3631033716 
Batting
2B - Ryan Freel 2 (15, Westbrook, Betancourt), Felipe Lopez (14, Westbrook), Scott Hatteberg (16, Westbrook)
RBI - Felipe Lopez (27), Rich Aurilia (29), Austin Kearns (43)
2-OUT RBI - Rich Aurilia (9), Austin Kearns (17)
SB - Ryan Freel 2 (17, 2nd base off Westbrook/Shoppach, 3rd base off Betancourt/Shoppach)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - B. Phillips-F. Lopez, F. Lopez-B. Phillips-Hatteberg
Cincinnati Reds
Aaron Harang (W,8-5) 9700260 3.59
WP - Aaron Harang (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Harang 117-73
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Harang 11-8
Batters Faced - Aaron Harang 34
Cleveland Indians
Grady Sizemore, CF4020000 .298
Ron Belliard, 2B4010001 .288
Jhonny Peralta, SS4010011 .250
Travis Hafner, DH4010002 .303
Victor Martinez, 1B3010111 .295
Todd Hollandsworth, LF4000012 .192
Aaron Boone, 3B3010102 .264
Franklin Gutierrez, RF3000013 .120
Kelly Shoppach, C3000021 .211
Totals320702613 
Batting
2B - Grady Sizemore (20, Harang), Jhonny Peralta (15, Harang)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Rafael Perez (1, Wild pickoff attempt)
Cleveland Indians
Jake Westbrook (L,6-4) 6833240 4.36
Rafael Perez 1.1100120 0.00
Rafael Betancourt 1.2100010 4.43
Pitches-Strikes - Jake Westbrook 104-58, Rafael Perez 23-13, Rafael Betancourt 31-21
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jake Westbrook 7-6
Batters Faced - Jake Westbrook 27, Rafael Perez 6, Rafael Betancourt 6
Game Information
Attendance - 32927
Game Time - 2:54
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Joe West, First Base - Ed Rapuano, Second Base - Tony Randazzo, Third Base - Jim Wolf