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Reds Bounce Back From Tougest Loss Of The Year

CLEVELAND (AP) - Laynce Nix had three hits, including a

tiebreaking double in the sixth inning, leading the Cincinnati Reds

to a 7-4 win over the slumping Cleveland Indians on Friday night.

The Reds bounced back from a stunning defeat in Atlanta on

Thursday when they failed to hold seven-run lead in the ninth

inning and closer Francisco Cordero gave up a game-ending,

pinch-hit grand slam to Brooks Conrad in a 10-9 loss. The homer

deflected off Nix's glove as he reached over the top of the wall.

Shin-Soo Choo, moved from third to second in the batting order,

homered twice, had three hits and three RBIs for the Indians, who

have lost five straight and fell to a season-worst 10 games below

.500.

Jonny Gomes and Brandon Phillips also homered for the Reds.

Bronson Arroyo (4-2) allowed four runs in 6 2-3 innings and won

his third straight start. Cordero pitched the ninth for his 14th

save in 17 chances.

Nix hit a leadoff homer in the third, doubled and scored in the

fourth off starter Jake Westbrook, and doubled in the go-ahead run

in the sixth off Aaron Laffey (0-1).

Gomes hit a two-run homer in the fourth that broke a 1-1 tie.

Ryan Hanigan's double gave the Reds a 4-1 lead, but Arroyo couldn't

hold it. Trevor Crowe drove in a run with a double before Choo, who

hit a solo homer in the first, homered on the first pitch to tie

the game.

Gomes walked to lead off the sixth and scored on Nix's double

into the right-field corner. Orlando Cabrera added an RBI single

later in the inning for the Reds, who are 17-7 since April 25.

Phillips hit a solo homer in the ninth off Kerry Wood.

The Indians have scored 16 runs during their losing streak.

Cleveland manager Manny Acta made some lineup changes to help his

sputtering offense, which is playing without leadoff hitter

Asdrubal Cabrera, who has a broken left forearm, and No. 2 hitter

Grady Sizemore, on the disabled list with a bruised left knee.

Travis Hafner was moved from cleanup to third while Austin Kearns,

normally the No. 5 hitter, batted fourth.

Cincinnati also suffered a walk-off defeat Wednesday, losing 5-4

to the Braves by allowing a run in the ninth.

NOTES: The Ohio Cup series is tied 32-32, but the Reds are 10-3

against Cleveland since 2008. ... Gomes is hitting .343 (12-for-35)

with four homers and eight RBIs as the DH in interleague games. ...

Indians 1B Russell Branyan snapped an 0-for-13 slump with a

second-inning single. He singled again in the sixth, but is still

in a 3-for-26 skid.

 

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