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CINCINNATI -- Three innings, three Cleveland homers. Justin Masterson had waited a long time for something like that to happen.

Savor it? Absolutely.

Grady Sizemore hit the first of Cleveland's three homers off Bronson Arroyo, and the Indians remained perfect against their intrastate rival, beating the Cincinnati Reds 8-2 on Friday night.

Cleveland is 4-0 against Cincinnati, which has struggled mightily against the American League. The defending NL Central champs are 5-11 in interleague play and have lost their season series to Cleveland for the first time since 2005.

"We took the series, and hopefully we can take a few more games," Masterson said.

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Masterson (6-6) went eight innings for his first win since April 26. He allowed four hits, including the first of Brandon Phillips' two solo homers.

The long drought was mainly a function of Cleveland's offense. The Indians scored only 22 runs in his last 11 starts and were shut out twice.

"He understood," manager Manny Acta said. "The pitching coach and myself let him know he was pitching great, but it's a team effort and he can't control what we did offensively."

Sizemore hit his first homer since June 8 to start the early rally. Asdrubal Cabrera and Carlos Santana also connected, giving Masterson room to maneuver for a change.

"He's been great all year," Sizemore said. "The biggest thing has been the offense scoring runs for him."

The Indians swept Cincinnati in Cleveland from May 20-22, when they were at the peak of their startlingly strong start. That sweep pushed their AL Central lead to a season-high seven games. It's been a struggle since.

Following their 30-15 start, the Indians dropped 22 of their next 34, a swoon that knocked them out of first place.

The Reds? They have stagnated within a few games of .500 since that sweep in Cleveland, unable to put together a winning streak or measure up against the AL.

They got manhandled again.

Sizemore's eighth homer got the Indians going in the second inning. He later added an RBI double off Arroyo (7-7), who gave up eight runs in 4 2/3 innings. The right-hander has allowed seven homers in his last two starts and 24 homers overall, most in the NL.

"It's been a strange year for me as far as feeling up and down on the mound," Arroyo said.

Arroyo seemed to have an advantage going in: Shin-Soo Choo was out of Cleveland's lineup with a broken left thumb. Choo hit four homers off Arroyo last season -- the most by any batter off the same pitcher in the majors.

And, with no designated hitter available, the Indians' lineup also was missing Travis Hafner.

No matter. The Indians pounced on his misplaced pitches just the same.

Arroyo gave up four homers -- tying his career high -- in a 10-5 victory in Baltimore on Saturday. The Indians kept the trend going, giving Masterson a chance to get that long-awaited win.

"The way it's been going lately on my part, I'm pretty happy with," Masterson said. "You can't let the score dictate how you pitch, but it's nice to see those runs on the board."

Sizemore hit a down-the-middle, two-strike pitch for a solo homer. Cabrera added a two-run shot in the third, and Santana homered two pitches later for a 4-0 lead.

By contrast, Masterson has been adept at keeping the ball down and in the park. Phillips led off the fourth with only the fourth homer allowed by the right-hander this season -- the first by a right-handed batter. It ended his streak of 36 1/3 innings without giving up a homer.

Notes

The Reds had their eighth sellout of the season. ... Cleveland leads the intrastate series 38-35. ... The Indians are 10-6 in interleague play. ... Indians closer Chris Perez went on the bereavement list to attend his grandmother's funeral in Florida. He's expected back on Sunday. ... Cleveland called up RHP Josh Judy from Triple-A Columbus. ... RF Travis Buck left with a tight left hamstring after running out his two-run single in the fifth. ... Masterson singled in his first at-bat, his second career hit. ... It was Phillips' seventh career multihomer game.

 
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Players of the Game
Cincinnati

B. Phillips
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 2
RBI 2
Cleveland

J. Masterson
IP 8.0
H 4
ER 1
BB 1
K 5
 
Cleveland Indians
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Michael Brantley, LF5110001 .266
Orlando Cabrera, 2B5220001 .260
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS5112013 .295
Carlos Santana, 1B4222000 .230
    Jack Hannahan, 1B0000000 .215
Grady Sizemore, CF4222020 .232
Travis Buck, RF3022000 .252
    Austin Kearns, PR-RF1000000 .192
Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B4010011 .333
Lou Marson, C4000033 .235
Justin Masterson, P4010010 .167
    Chad Durbin, P0000000 .000
Totals39812808  
Batting
2B - Grady Sizemore (18, Arroyo)
HR - Asdrubal Cabrera (14, Arroyo), Carlos Santana (12, Arroyo), Grady Sizemore (8, Arroyo)
RBI - Asdrubal Cabrera 2 (49), Carlos Santana 2 (38), Grady Sizemore 2 (22), Travis Buck 2 (13)
2-OUT RBI - Asdrubal Cabrera 2 (9), Carlos Santana 2 (13), Grady Sizemore (6), Travis Buck 2 (9)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Cabrera-A. Cabrera-Santana, A. Cabrera-Cabrera-Santana
Cleveland Indians
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Justin Masterson (W,6-6) 8411151 2.85
Chad Durbin 1111001 6.75
HBP - Stubbs (by Justin Masterson)
Pitches-Strikes - Justin Masterson 102-65, Chad Durbin 16-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Justin Masterson 11-5
Batters Faced - Justin Masterson 27, Chad Durbin 4
Cincinnati Reds
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Fred Lewis, LF4010001 .276
Brandon Phillips, 2B4232000 .300
Joey Votto, 1B4000011 .315
Scott Rolen, 3B4010000 .252
Jay Bruce, RF3000001 .267
Drew Stubbs, CF2000011 .253
Edgar Renteria, SS3000012 .224
Ryan Hanigan, C3000010 .253
Bronson Arroyo, P1000000 .200
    Sam LeCure, P0000000 .200
   a- Miguel Cairo, PH0000100 .278
    Aroldis Chapman, P0000000 .000
    Jose Arredondo, P0000000 .000
   b- Jonny Gomes, PH1000011 .224
    Nick Masset, P0000000 .000
Totals2925215  
a-walked for LeCure in the 6th
b-struck out for Arredondo in the 8th
Batting
HR - Brandon Phillips 2 (8, Masterson, Durbin)
RBI - Brandon Phillips 2 (45)
CS - Fred Lewis (4, 2nd base by Masterson/Marson)
Team LOB - 2
Cincinnati Reds
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Bronson Arroyo (L,7-7) 4.2988023 5.49
Sam LeCure 1.1300030 2.70
Aroldis Chapman 1000010 6.19
Jose Arredondo 1000020 3.48
Nick Masset 1000000 3.21
Pitches-Strikes - Bronson Arroyo 93-67, Sam LeCure 38-26, Aroldis Chapman 13-8, Jose Arredondo 12-7, Nick Masset 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bronson Arroyo 6-6, Sam LeCure 1-0, Aroldis Chapman 2-0, Jose Arredondo 1-0, Nick Masset 1-2
Batters Faced - Bronson Arroyo 23, Sam LeCure 7, Aroldis Chapman 3, Jose Arredondo 3, Nick Masset 3
Game Information
Attendance - 40440
Game Time - 2:49
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - John Tumpane, First Base - Derryl Cousins, Second Base - Ron Kulpa, Third Base - Jim Wolf