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CINCINNATI -- Joey Votto returned from a week in doctors' rooms and homered in his first two at-bats. A pair of young starters took turns melting down. After nearly four hours of back-and-forth, a very strange game was decided on a routine groundball.
Asdrubal Cabrera drove in the tiebreaking run in the eighth inning on Saturday night, overshadowing Votto's remarkable return from a week of medical tests -- homers in his first two at-bats -- and rallying the Cleveland Indians to a 7-6 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.
"Yeah, that happens in this game," Cabrera said, referring to the irony of how it ended.
Cabrera's run-scoring groundout -- his third RBI of the game -- completed a rally that started against David Weathers (0-1). Cabrera, who has been Cleveland's leadoff hitter for the past week in place of the slumping Grady Sizemore, also had a two-run single.
Luis Vizcaino (1-1) got the win, and Kerry Wood pitched the ninth for his seventh save in nine chances. For the second day in a row, Cleveland's bullpen was called into the game early. This time, it came through without allowing a run in seven innings.
"I think it's starting to come together," manager Eric Wedge said of his bullpen, which has been a work in progress. "We've got to make sure the starters and the bullpen work together. That's what has to happen next."
Cleveland snapped its five-game losing streak at Great American Ball Park and evened the weekend intrastate series at one game apiece.
Mark DeRosa homered and drove in four runs for the Indians, who overcame Votto's impressive return to the lineup. An inner-ear infection left Votto dizzy during a West Coast trip and led to three days of medical tests to reach the diagnosis. After a week of waiting, Votto needed only two at-bats to make the Indians feel a little dazed.
Votto hit a full-count pitch into the stands in left-center field in the first inning off rookie David Huff, rounded the bases and was congratulated by disbelieving teammates. Catcher Ramon Hernandez had a wide-eyed look as he bumped fists with Votto in the dugout.
Votto's night would get better.
On his first swing in his next at-bat, Votto hit a three-run shot deep into the seats in right field. Huff did a double-take, looking back at the stands to see how far up it landed. The 35,821 fans demanded a curtain call from Votto for the third multihomer game of his career.
"That's him," manager Dusty Baker said. "He's got that short stroke. That was a great comeback game for Joey."
Hernandez also had a two-run homer off Huff, a 24-year-old pitcher who has been pounded in his first two big league starts. He gave up seven runs in 3 2/3 innings of a 7-5 loss to Tampa Bay on Sunday.
"It's disappointing," Huff said. "I love to win, and I need to win. For me, it's one of those things that's very frustrating."
Right-hander Homer Bailey couldn't hold a pair of leads in his first -- and probably final -- start as a fill-in for the injured Edinson Volquez. The 23-year-old pitcher remained winless over his last two seasons in the majors.
Bailey left after walking the bases loaded with one out in the fifth, clinging to a 6-4 lead. Jared Burton gave up a single by DeRosa that tied it. Bailey walked a career-high six batters -- four of them scored -- and gave up six runs, matching his career high.
"It doesn't do you much good if you can't locate (pitches)," Bailey said. "I even tried backing off a little bit, but that didn't work. There were a few calls that could've gone either way, but as inconsistent as I was, I couldn't use that as an excuse."
Mark DeRosa gets some big ups from Jamey Carroll after hitting a homer with four RBI in the win. (AP)
|Players of the Game|
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|Asdrubal Cabrera, SS||3||1||1||3||2||1||1||.320|
|Grady Sizemore, CF||4||1||0||0||1||0||3||.215|
|Victor Martinez, C||5||0||0||0||0||1||3||.379|
|Shin-Soo Choo, RF||3||1||2||0||2||0||0||.303|
|Mark DeRosa, 1B||4||1||2||4||1||0||1||.260|
|Matt LaPorta, LF||4||1||1||0||1||0||3||.211|
|Luis Valbuena, 2B||5||1||1||0||0||1||3||.182|
|Jamey Carroll, 3B||2||1||1||0||1||0||1||.333|
|David Huff, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Dave Dellucci, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.256|
|Greg Aquino, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Ben Francisco, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.248|
|Luis Vizcaino, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Ryan Garko, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.240|
|Rafael Betancourt, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Kerry Wood, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-struck out for Huff in the 4th|
|b-struck out for Aquino in the 6th|
|c-walked for Vizcaino in the 8th|
|2B - Shin-Soo Choo (9, Herrera), Luis Valbuena (4, Weathers)|
|HR - Mark DeRosa (7, Bailey)|
|SH - Jamey Carroll (1), David Huff (1)|
|RBI - Asdrubal Cabrera 3 (25), Mark DeRosa 4 (30)|
|2-OUT RBI - Asdrubal Cabrera 2 (12)|
|SB - Matt LaPorta (2, 2nd base off Bailey/Hernandez)|
|CS - Asdrubal Cabrera (1, 2nd base by Bailey/Hernandez)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|DP - A. Cabrera-Valbuena-DeRosa|
|E - Mark DeRosa (6, Misplayed grounder)|
|Luis Vizcaino (W,1-1)||2||0||0||0||3||1||0||1.35|
|Rafael Betancourt (H,6)||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||4.37|
|Kerry Wood (S,7)||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||7.20|
|IBB - Hernandez by Greg Aquino, Votto by Luis Vizcaino, by Dickerson|
|Pitches-Strikes - David Huff 63-39, Greg Aquino 37-22, Luis Vizcaino 36-18, Rafael Betancourt 19-14, Kerry Wood 15-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - David Huff 2-4, Greg Aquino 4-2, Luis Vizcaino 3-3, Kerry Wood 1-1|
|Batters Faced - David Huff 17, Greg Aquino 9, Luis Vizcaino 10, Rafael Betancourt 4, Kerry Wood 3|
|Willy Taveras, CF||4||1||1||0||1||0||1||.279|
|Jerry Hairston Jr., 3B-SS||5||1||1||0||0||0||2||.254|
|Joey Votto, 1B||4||2||2||4||1||0||1||.371|
|Brandon Phillips, 2B||4||0||2||0||0||0||2||.275|
|a- Ryan Hanigan, PH-C||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.327|
|Jonny Gomes, LF||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.400|
|David Weathers, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Adam Rosales, 3B-2B||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.261|
|Jay Bruce, RF||4||1||0||0||1||1||2||.235|
|Ramon Hernandez, C-3B||4||1||2||2||1||1||2||.279|
|Alex Gonzalez, SS||3||0||1||0||0||1||4||.206|
|Danny Herrera, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Chris Dickerson, PH-LF||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.237|
|Homer Bailey, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.000|
|Jared Burton, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Paul Janish, SS||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||.289|
|Arthur Rhodes, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Mike Lincoln, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-lined out for B. Phillips in the 8th|
|b-was walked intentionally for Herrera in the 7th|
|HR - Joey Votto 2 (7, Huff, Huff), Ramon Hernandez (2, Huff)|
|RBI - Joey Votto 4 (31), Ramon Hernandez 2 (16)|
|2-OUT RBI - Joey Votto 4 (16)|
|SB - Willy Taveras (12, 2nd base off Vizcaino/Martinez), Jonny Gomes (1, 2nd base off Vizcaino/Martinez)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|DP - Hairston-B. Phillips-Votto|
|E - Jerry Hairston Jr. (3, Misplayed grounder), Ramon Hernandez (3, Throwing(Francisco enters with a 1-0 count))|
|David Weathers (L,0-1)||0.1||1||1||1||1||0||0||3.07|
|IBB - DeRosa by Danny Herrera|
|Pitches-Strikes - Homer Bailey 94-52, Jared Burton 19-15, Danny Herrera 26-15, David Weathers 11-5, Arthur Rhodes 12-9, Mike Lincoln 12-4|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Homer Bailey 6-4, Jared Burton 2-0, Danny Herrera 2-1, David Weathers 1-0, Arthur Rhodes 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Homer Bailey 22, Jared Burton 5, Danny Herrera 6, David Weathers 3, Arthur Rhodes 4, Mike Lincoln 3|
|Attendance - 35821|
|Game Time - 3:49|
|Temperature - 85|
|Umpires - Home - Rob Drake, First Base - Mark Wegner, Second Base - Tim Timmons, Third Base - Jeff Kellogg|