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Cincinnati (41-33) «02304010x10120

Reds 10, Indians 3

CBSSports.com wire reports

CINCINNATI -- The only thing different about the surging Cincinnati Reds was their headgear.

Drew Stubbs drove in four runs with a homer and a single Friday night, powering the NL's top-hitting lineup to its fourth straight victory, 10-3 over the Cleveland Indians.

"We'll ride this out as long as we can," said Stubbs, who matched his career high for RBI. "Eight to 10 wins would be great."

The Reds wore green caps as part of an Irish Heritage Night promotion, bringing a new hue to the intrastate rivalry -- one that's been one-sided lately. Cincinnati is 12-4 in the series over the last three seasons.

Aaron Harang (6-7) gave up eight hits in seven innings, getting his first victory in three starts. Cincinnati had been shut out in his last two starts.

Didn't take long to end that trend.

Stubbs hit a two-run homer in the second off Aaron Laffey (0-2), and added a two-run single in the fifth that made it 8-2.

"When guys score runs early like that, it makes it easier to pitch," Harang said. "You don't have to worry as much about making mistakes."

Scott Rolen drew a bases-loaded walk and homered for the Reds, who lead the NL in batting average and hits. Jay Bruce doubled twice, scored three times and had a sacrifice fly.

Cincinnati took control with 10 hits in the first five innings.

"The offense came through big-time," manager Dusty Baker said. "It feels good to get a lot of hits."

The Indians' plummet continued unabated. Cleveland fell a season-low 20 games under .500 at 26-46 -- the third-worst record in the majors. The Indians have lost 10 of 11 overall.

While the Indians wallow in last place in the AL Central, the Reds remain locked with St. Louis in a two-team race in the NL Central, separated by a half-game.

Cincinnati's pitching has been exceptional the last week, a trend that Harang struggled to extend on a hot, muggy night. He pitched out of two-on threats in the first, second and third innings, when Cleveland squandered chances to take advantage of his control problems. Harang walked a season-high five batters, but only one of them scored.

Carlos Santana hit a two-run homer in the fifth, then left the game with a sore left thumb. Jhonny Peralta added a solo shot in the sixth.

Santana jammed the thumb when he hit an inside pitch during his first at-bat. It started to swell as the game went along and was bothering him his homer. X-rays were negative.

Laffey moved from the rotation to the bullpen this season, but struggled in May and was sent to Triple-A to get back into a starting mode. He was called up before Friday's game and made a disappointing return, needing 86 pitches to get through four innings.

Nothing new for the Indians, who are among the AL leaders in walks allowed.

"He needs to throw more strikes," manager Manny Acta said. "That's been a problem for a lot of guys here."

Laffey gave up a couple of hits to open the third, then walked the next two, including Rolen with the bases loaded.

"After the first two batters reached, things kind of fell apart," Laffey said.

The left-hander has never done well against Cincinnati, going 0-4 in four appearances with an 11.12 ERA. Both losses this season have come against the Reds -- he got the other one in relief during a 7-4 defeat on May 21 in Cleveland.


The Reds pulled ahead in the series 34-33. ... The Indians are 4-12 in interleague play this season. The Reds are 7-6. ... Cleveland has lost 11 of its last 13 games in National League ballparks. ... Baker dropped slumping leadoff hitter Orlando Cabrera to second in the order. Brandon Phillips batted first for the third time this season. Cabrera doubled in his second at-bat, breaking an 0-for-19 slump.

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Players of the Game

D. Stubbs
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1

J. Bruce
AB 2
R 3
H 2
HR 0

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Trevor Crowe, CF4110113 .255
Shin-Soo Choo, RF3000201 .286
Carlos Santana, C3112002 .317
    Joe Smith, P0000000 .000
   a- Shelley Duncan, PH1010000 .280
    Frank Herrmann, P0000000 .000
    Tony Sipp, P0000000 .000
   b- Jayson Nix, PH1000000 .160
Austin Kearns, LF5010012 .276
Russell Branyan, 1B3010102 .262
Jhonny Peralta, 3B3111102 .259
Anderson Hernandez, 2B4010002 .273
Jason Donald, SS4010002 .254
Aaron Laffey, P1000002 .000
   c- Andy Marte, PH1000000 .205
    Mike Redmond, C2010012 .220
a-singled for Smith in the 7th
b-flied out for Sipp in the 9th
c-flied out for Laffey in the 5th
2B - Russell Branyan (8, Harang)
HR - Carlos Santana (3, Harang), Jhonny Peralta (5, Harang)
RBI - Carlos Santana 2 (12), Jhonny Peralta (34)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Santana 2 (6)
SB - Trevor Crowe (10, 2nd base off Harang/Hernandez)
Team LOB - 10
DP - Donald-A. Hernandez-Branyan
E - Russell Branyan (5, Misplayed grounder), Anderson Hernandez (1, Throwing)
Cleveland Indians
Aaron Laffey (L,0-2) 4555351 6.37
Joe Smith 2543131 8.10
Frank Herrmann 1211000 2.79
Tony Sipp 1000020 6.48
Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Laffey 86-49, Joe Smith 37-25, Frank Herrmann 16-13, Tony Sipp 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Laffey 5-3, Joe Smith 1-1, Frank Herrmann 1-2
Batters Faced - Aaron Laffey 21, Joe Smith 11, Frank Herrmann 5, Tony Sipp 3
Cincinnati Reds
Brandon Phillips, 2B5120012 .308
Orlando Cabrera, SS5120011 .241
    Paul Janish, SS0000000 .227
Joey Votto, 1B3100233 .304
Scott Rolen, 3B3112112 .303
   a- Miguel Cairo, PH-3B1000010 .279
Jonny Gomes, LF3111010 .291
Jay Bruce, RF2321100 .287
Drew Stubbs, CF4224002 .236
Ramon Hernandez, C4010001 .287
    Corky Miller, C0000000 .160
Aaron Harang, P3000021 .161
   b- Laynce Nix, PH1011000 .239
    Logan Ondrusek, P0000000 .000
    Micah Owings, P0000000 .167
a-struck out for Rolen in the 8th
b-singled for Harang in the 7th
2B - Orlando Cabrera (17, Laffey), Jay Bruce 2 (15, Smith, Herrmann)
HR - Scott Rolen (16, Smith), Drew Stubbs (8, Laffey)
SF - Jonny Gomes (8), Jay Bruce (3)
RBI - Scott Rolen 2 (48), Jonny Gomes (51), Jay Bruce (34), Drew Stubbs 4 (35), Laynce Nix (11)
2-OUT RBI - Laynce Nix (3)
SB - Orlando Cabrera (10, 2nd base off Laffey/Santana), Drew Stubbs (16, 2nd base off Smith/Redmond)
Team LOB - 6
DP - Cabrera-Votto
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Aaron Harang (W,6-7) 7833522 5.07
Logan Ondrusek 1100010 6.48
Micah Owings 1000000 5.08
WP - Aaron Harang (9)
Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Harang 108-63, Logan Ondrusek 19-11, Micah Owings 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Harang 5-13, Logan Ondrusek 2-0
Batters Faced - Aaron Harang 33, Logan Ondrusek 4, Micah Owings 3
Game Information
Attendance - 32844
Game Time - 2:46
Temperature - 86
Umpires - Home - Brian Gorman, First Base - Paul Nauert, Second Base - Ted Barrett, Third Base - Tony Randazzo