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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.
|Cliff Lee yields five earned runs, watching his AL-leading ERA climb from 0.67 to 1.37. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Grady Sizemore, CF||4||1||1||0||1||0||0||.267|
|Jamey Carroll, 2B||4||0||2||1||1||2||0||.194|
|David Dellucci, LF||2||0||0||0||0||2||3||.224|
|a- Franklin Gutierrez, PH-RF||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.232|
|b- Travis Hafner, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.228|
|Victor Martinez, C||5||0||1||1||0||2||5||.315|
|Ben Francisco, RF-LF||3||0||1||0||0||0||2||.372|
|Michael Aubrey, 1B||4||1||1||1||0||0||4||.200|
|Asdrubal Cabrera, SS||2||1||0||0||1||0||1||.180|
|Jensen Lewis, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Ryan Garko, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.241|
|Rafael Perez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jorge Julio, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Casey Blake, 3B||3||0||1||1||1||0||0||.226|
|Cliff Lee, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||3||.000|
|Jhonny Peralta, SS||2||1||1||0||0||0||0||.225|
|a-struck out for Dellucci in the 7th|
|b-walked for Gutierrez in the 9th|
|c-singled for Lewis in the 8th|
|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|
|DP - Carroll-Aubrey|
|PB - Victor Martinez (1)|
|Cliff Lee (L,6-1)||5.2||10||6||5||1||2||2||1.37|
|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|
|Ryan Freel, CF||5||2||2||0||0||0||2||.320|
|Paul Janish, SS||3||1||3||0||1||0||0||.800|
|Ken Griffey Jr., RF||4||0||1||1||0||2||4||.245|
|Brandon Phillips, 2B||4||0||1||2||0||0||1||.293|
|Edwin Encarnacion, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||0||4||.248|
|Adam Dunn, LF||3||1||2||1||1||0||0||.221|
|Francisco Cordero, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|David Ross, C||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.250|
|Javier Valentin, 1B||3||1||1||0||0||0||1||.212|
|Jeremy Affeldt, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jared Burton, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Jerry Hairston Jr., PH-LF||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.340|
|Edinson Volquez, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.100|
|b- Joey Votto, PH-1B||1||1||1||2||1||0||0||.280|
|a-fouled out for Burton in the 8th|
|b-homered for Volquez in the 6th|
|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|
|Outfield Assists - Adam Dunn 1|
|DP - Janish-B. Phillips, Valentin-Janish|
|Edinson Volquez (W,7-1)||6||4||2||2||4||5||1||1.33|
|Jared Burton (H,4)||2||2||0||0||0||1||0||3.98|
|Francisco Cordero (S,9)||1||0||0||0||1||2||0||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|
|Attendance - 34612|
|Game Time - 3:09|
|Temperature - 63|
|Umpires - Home - Hunter Wendelstedt, First Base - Brian Knight, Second Base - Marvin Hudson, Third Base - Tom Hallion|