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Cleveland at Cincinnati

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Cincinnati (33-19) «30000041x8180

Reds clobber slumping Indians

CBSSports.com wire reports
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CINCINNATI -- Even on a night when the Reds stranded runners willy-nilly, they still came away with a lopsided win.

Says a lot about how they're playing these days.

Xavier Paul singled home a pair of runs in the first inning, and Cincinnati completed a two-game home sweep of the Cleveland Indians with an 8-2 victory on Tuesday night that was free of any up-and-in acrimony.

The intrastate rivals headed to Cleveland for two more games. The Indians lead the all-time series 42-41.

The Reds have won 14 of their past 17 games overall, leaving them with the second-best record in the majors at 33-19. They trail NL Central-leading St. Louis.

"As a team, we're feeling great," Paul said. "We're pitching real well and hitting real well, and we've finally started to win some games on the road, which is great."

Cleveland has dropped five straight -- matching its season high -- and seven of eight.

Mat Latos (5-0) handled a slumping lineup, allowing one run in 6 1/3 innings. The Indians have been outscored 33-14 during their losing streak.

"The last two starts, everything has felt good," Latos said. "My mechanics have been in sync with my arm feeling great. I had some good stuff against a good-hitting lineup."

The Reds had 18 hits, one shy of their season high, but stranded 12 runners. Cincinnati repeatedly wasted chances before pulling away in the seventh.

"We had a lot of opportunities," manager Dusty Baker said. "I didn't like the way the game was going. We were leaving them out there."

Paul's two-run single put the Reds ahead 3-0 in the first against Zach McAllister (4-4). The Reds added four in the seventh against Cleveland's struggling bullpen, with Derrick Robinson and Zack Cozart contributing RBI singles.

Cleveland's slump is in some ways reminiscent of last season. The Indians were playing well at midseason then, but won only five games in August to fall flat.

Is this starting to feel familiar?

"No, not at all," said McAllister, who gave up three runs in 5 1/3 innings. "It's a completely different team than last year, a completely different attitude. It's an exciting team."

There was one lingering issue from Cincinnati's 4-2 win in the series opener: Would the Indians retaliate for Aroldis Chapman's inside pitches?

The Reds closer threw two of them up-and-in to Nick Swisher while closing out the game on Monday, resulting in stares.

Cincinnati's Brandon Phillips and Shin-Soo Choo were hit on Tuesday, but went to first without complaint or warning from plate umpire Chad Fairchild.

The series matching teams from Ohio's north and south has taken on an edge for the second straight year.

Last year, Indians starter Derek Lowe got hit by a Latos pitch and gestured toward Baker. Baker acknowledged that he had Latos pitch inside because Lowe had hit Joey Votto in a game three years earlier.

Choo, who came from Cleveland as part of the offseason trade for Drew Stubbs, homered in the series opener and had another solid all-around game on Tuesday. He ran down two fly balls on the warning track and opened the Reds' first inning with a double.

Cozart followed Choo's double with a bunt single, and Votto singled home a run. Paul's single made it 3-0, matching the most earned runs that McAllister has allowed in a game this season.

Stubbs singled with one out in the fifth -- only Cleveland's second hit -- and stole second. Michael Bourn singled off Votto's glove at first base, cutting the lead to 3-1.

The Reds failed to score despite getting at least two runners aboard in the third, fourth, fifth and sixth innings before breaking it open by sending nine batters to the plate in the seventh.

Notes

  • SS Asdrubal Cabrera saw his seven-game hitting streak snapped.
  • McAllister has gone at least five innings and given up no more than three earned runs in his past 12 starts.
  • Choo has been hit by a pitch 14 times this season, most in the majors.
  • RH Justin Masterson, who has won three of his past four starts, goes for Cleveland on Wednesday against RH Bronson Arroyo, who is 3-0 in his past three starts with a 1.33 ERA.
 
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Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera isn't happy after striking out during the seventh inning.  (USATSI)
Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera isn't happy after striking out during the seventh inning. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Cincinnati

X. Paul
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
Cleveland

M. Bourn
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Cleveland Indians
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Michael Bourn, CF4021111 .310
Jason Kipnis, 2B4000115 .243
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS5000035 .255
Nick Swisher, 1B4110011 .273
Carlos Santana, C4010010 .284
Mark Reynolds, 3B3000113 .254
Michael Brantley, LF4011013 .303
Drew Stubbs, RF4110012 .244
Zach McAllister, P2000011 .000
    Rich Hill, P0000000 .000
    Cody Allen, P0000000 .000
   a- Ryan Raburn, PH0000100 .287
    Bryan Shaw, P0000000 .000
    Scott Barnes, P0000000 .000
    Matt Albers, P0000000 .000
   b- Mike Aviles, PH1010000 .275
Totals35272411  
a-walked for Allen in the 7th
b-singled for Albers in the 9th
Batting
RBI - Michael Bourn (7), Michael Brantley (25)
2-OUT RBI - Michael Bourn (2), Michael Brantley (13)
SB - Drew Stubbs (6, 2nd base off Latos/Mesoraco)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Michael Brantley 1
E - Carlos Santana (3, Throwing)
Cleveland Indians
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Zach McAllister (L,4-4) 5.11033160 3.08
Rich Hill0000100 5.65
Cody Allen 0.2000010 2.25
Bryan Shaw 0.1544010 3.20
Scott Barnes 0.2100000 2.35
Matt Albers 1211030 3.86
HBP - B. Phillips (by Zach McAllister), Choo (by Scott Barnes)
WP - Zach McAllister (4), Scott Barnes (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Zach McAllister 108-62, Rich Hill 11-7, Cody Allen 5-4, Bryan Shaw 20-12, Scott Barnes 7-3, Matt Albers 19-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zach McAllister 2-7, Cody Allen 1-0, Scott Barnes 1-0
Batters Faced - Zach McAllister 27, Rich Hill 1, Cody Allen 2, Bryan Shaw 6, Scott Barnes 3, Matt Albers 5
Cincinnati Reds
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Shin-Soo Choo, CF3120110 .296
Zack Cozart, SS5131004 .242
Joey Votto, 1B4121114 .354
Brandon Phillips, 2B4220014 .284
Jay Bruce, RF5011027 .265
Xavier Paul, LF4132012 .278
    Alfredo Simon, P1000011 .250
Devin Mesoraco, C5120014 .239
Jack Hannahan, 3B5121012 .229
Mat Latos, P3000022 .148
    Manny Parra, P0000000 .500
    Sam LeCure, P0000000 .000
   a- Derrick Robinson, PH-LF1011000 .314
Totals408187211  
a-singled for LeCure in the 7th
Batting
2B - Shin-Soo Choo (12, McAllister), Zack Cozart (11, McAllister), Jay Bruce (17, Albers), Jack Hannahan (1, McAllister)
RBI - Zack Cozart (23), Joey Votto (26), Jay Bruce (33), Xavier Paul 2 (16), Jack Hannahan (5), Derrick Robinson (3)
2-OUT RBI - Xavier Paul 2 (11)
SB - Joey Votto (2, 2nd base off McAllister/Santana)
PK - Joey Votto (1, McAllister)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
PB - Devin Mesoraco (2)
Cincinnati Reds
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Mat Latos (W,5-0) 6.1511470 3.01
Manny Parra (H,2) 0.1000010 7.36
Sam LeCure (H,8) 0.1000010 1.27
Alfredo Simon 2210020 3.00
Pitches-Strikes - Mat Latos 102-61, Manny Parra 3-3, Sam LeCure 5-3, Alfredo Simon 30-20
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mat Latos 7-5, Alfredo Simon 4-1
Batters Faced - Mat Latos 28, Manny Parra 1, Sam LeCure 1, Alfredo Simon 9
Game Information
Attendance - 28812
Game Time - 3:28
Temperature - 83
Umpires - Home - Chad Fairchild, First Base - Jeff Kellogg, Second Base - Eric Cooper, Third Base - Paul Schrieber