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Reds' Volquez tops Indians' Lee in battle of ERA leaders; Dunn on fire

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CINCINNATI -- Cliff Lee and the Cleveland Indians got their comeuppance.

Adam Dunn homered for the fourth consecutive game, and Joey Votto finished off the previously untouchable Lee with the first pinch-hit homer of his career Sunday, leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 6-4 victory and a three-game sweep.

"I haven't seen that in a long time," Reds manager Dusty Baker said.

Rare things happened all around.

For starters, no one had treated Lee (6-1) so roughly all season.

The left-hander came into the game on an amazing run, having allowed only four earned runs and one homer all season for an ERA of 0.67. Now it's up to 1.37. Cincinnati's left-handed swingers got the best of him, deciding a matchup of the majors' two stingiest starters.

Both homers came on belt-high pitches right down the middle, the type of mistake that Lee had avoided until Sunday.

"Both of the pitches to Dunn and Votto I wish I had back," Lee said. "Sometimes you don't get the results you want. Today was one of those games."

Edinson Volquez (7-1) yielded four hits and a pair of runs in six innings, raising his ERA from 1.12 to 1.33. Cleveland's Michael Aubrey, a first-round draft pick called up a day earlier, homered for his first hit in the majors.

It was the first time Volquez had given up more than one earned run in a game this season.

"I didn't have my best stuff today," Volquez said. "I didn't feel I had too much energy. My arm was not as strong as it used to be."

Still, it was good enough to get him the win and let him take over the major leagues' ERA lead.

"That's what I'm looking for," said Volquez, who came from Texas in the Josh Hamilton trade and has dominated with his 94 mph fastball and darting changeup. "I want to be somebody special in the big leagues."

Lee's run of special starts hit a wall.

The left-hander yielded 10 hits and six runs (five earned) in only 5 2/3 innings, more runs than he had allowed in his seven previous starts combined. It was a stunning setback for Lee, who came in with a 10-1 career mark in interleague games, the best around.

"I made a couple of bad pitches and we lost," Lee said.

He and the Indians hit town at the wrong time.

The Reds emerged from a season-long funk by sweeping all six games on their homestand for their longest winning streak of the season. They've managed to climb out of last place in the NL Central.

The Indians were swept in Cincinnati for the first time because they couldn't get clutch hits and they couldn't handle a lineup that is finally starting to hit.

"A bad series," manager Eric Wedge said. "We didn't play very well, we didn't hit very well. You do that, you're going to get beat. You're going to get beat like this."

Dunn was the difference-maker, driving in the go-ahead run in all three weekend games. He had a bases-loaded walk for 4-3 victory in the opener, then hit a three-run homer in the ninth for a 4-2 win on Saturday.

Against Lee, he connected on a belt-high pitch for his 10th homer and a 2-1 lead in the fourth inning.

"Those are the same pitches I was grounding out on or popping up or striking out," said Dunn, batting .221. "I knew I was going to start hitting. They're the same pitches. That's what I've been dealing with all year."

Votto's two-run homer in the sixth put the Reds up 6-2 and ended Lee's outing.

"I got pretty lucky today," Votto said.

Francisco Cordero pitched the ninth for his ninth save in 10 chances.

Thanks to interleague play, the 34,612 fans were able to see only the third matchup of league ERA leaders. The other two times it happened, the outcome wasn't as low-scoring as expected, either.

The Yankees beat the Mets 8-4 on June 26, 1998, when Hideki Irabu received a no decision and Al Leiter took the loss. Boston's Derek Lowe beat Atlanta's Tom Glavine 6-1 on June 16, 2002.

Notes

  • The Indians lead the intrastate series 29-25. The teams have their rematch in Cleveland from June 27-29.
  • Casey Blake's RBI single in the fourth snapped Cleveland's 0-for-21 streak with runners in scoring position during the series.
  • Dunn's streak of homers in four consecutive games matches his career high. He also did it in August 2004 and June 2006.
  • The series remains popular in Cincinnati, drawing 110,068 for the three games.
 
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Cliff Lee yields five earned runs, watching his AL-leading ERA climb from 0.67 to 1.37.  (AP)
Cliff Lee yields five earned runs, watching his AL-leading ERA climb from 0.67 to 1.37. (AP)

Players of the Game
Cincinnati

A. Dunn
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Cincinnati

E. Volquez
IP 6.0
H 4
ER 2
BB 4
K 5
 
Cleveland Indians
Grady Sizemore, CF4110100 .267
Jamey Carroll, 2B4021120 .194
David Dellucci, LF2000023 .224
   a- Franklin Gutierrez, PH-RF1000012 .232
   b- Travis Hafner, PH0000100 .228
Victor Martinez, C5011025 .315
Ben Francisco, RF-LF3010002 .372
Michael Aubrey, 1B4111004 .200
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS2100101 .180
    Jensen Lewis, P0000000 .000
   c- Ryan Garko, PH1010000 .241
    Rafael Perez, P0000000 .000
    Jorge Julio, P0000000 .000
Casey Blake, 3B3011100 .226
Cliff Lee, P2000013 .000
    Jhonny Peralta, SS2110000 .225
Totals3349458  
a-struck out for Dellucci in the 7th
b-walked for Gutierrez in the 9th
c-singled for Lewis in the 8th
Batting
2B - Grady Sizemore (8, Affeldt), Ben Francisco (6, Volquez)
HR - Michael Aubrey (1, Volquez)
RBI - Jamey Carroll (4), Victor Martinez (15), Michael Aubrey (1), Casey Blake (27)
2-OUT RBI - Casey Blake (10)
SB - Asdrubal Cabrera (1, 2nd base off Volquez/Ross)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Carroll-Aubrey
PB - Victor Martinez (1)
Cleveland Indians
Cliff Lee (L,6-1) 5.21065122 1.37
Jensen Lewis 1.1100010 2.96
Rafael Perez 0.2000200 3.32
Jorge Julio 0.1000000 3.07
Pitches-Strikes - Cliff Lee 96-69, Jensen Lewis 15-9, Rafael Perez 17-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cliff Lee 7-7, Jensen Lewis 1-2, Rafael Perez 1-1, Jorge Julio 1-0
Batters Faced - Cliff Lee 27, Jensen Lewis 5, Rafael Perez 4, Jorge Julio 1
Cincinnati Reds
Ryan Freel, CF5220002 .320
Paul Janish, SS3130100 .800
Ken Griffey Jr., RF4011024 .245
Brandon Phillips, 2B4012001 .293
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B4000004 .248
Adam Dunn, LF3121100 .221
    Francisco Cordero, P0000000 .000
David Ross, C3000001 .250
Javier Valentin, 1B3110001 .212
    Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .000
    Jared Burton, P0000000 .000
   a- Jerry Hairston Jr., PH-LF1000001 .340
Edinson Volquez, P2000010 .100
   b- Joey Votto, PH-1B1112100 .280
Totals33611633  
a-fouled out for Burton in the 8th
b-homered for Volquez in the 6th
Batting
2B - Javier Valentin (2, Lee)
HR - Adam Dunn (10, Lee), Joey Votto (9, Lee)
SH - David Ross (1)
RBI - Ken Griffey Jr. (20), Brandon Phillips 2 (24), Adam Dunn (26), Joey Votto 2 (22)
2-OUT RBI - Ken Griffey Jr. (4), Brandon Phillips (6), Adam Dunn (5), Joey Votto 2 (7)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Adam Dunn 1
DP - Janish-B. Phillips, Valentin-Janish
Cincinnati Reds
Edinson Volquez (W,7-1) 6422451 1.33
Jeremy Affeldt0322000 3.71
Jared Burton (H,4) 2200010 3.98
Francisco Cordero (S,9) 1000120 2.33
IBB - Blake by Edinson Volquez
HBP - Dellucci (by Edinson Volquez), Francisco (by Edinson Volquez)
Pitches-Strikes - Edinson Volquez 111-66, Jeremy Affeldt 7-5, Jared Burton 20-15, Francisco Cordero 23-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Edinson Volquez 7-4, Jared Burton 2-2
Batters Faced - Edinson Volquez 26, Jeremy Affeldt 3, Jared Burton 7, Francisco Cordero 4
Game Information
Attendance - 34612
Game Time - 3:09
Temperature - 63
Umpires - Home - Hunter Wendelstedt, First Base - Brian Knight, Second Base - Marvin Hudson, Third Base - Tom Hallion