CLEVELAND (AP) - Johnny Cueto won his third straight start and
Laynce Nix homered for the third day in a row as the Cincinnati
Reds beat the error-prone Cleveland Indians 6-4 on Saturday night.
Cueto (4-1) gave up four hits and two runs over six innings as
the Reds moved into first place in the NL Central by a half-game
over St. Louis. The right-hander improved to 4-0 with a 2.18 ERA in
his last five starts - including a one-hit shutout of Pittsburgh on
The Indians stranded two runners in the eighth and ninth
innings. Nick Masset came on in the eighth and got Jhonny Peralta
on a called third strike.
Indians starter Fausto Carmona (4-2) took the loss.
Trevor Crowe's two-run single with the bases loaded in the ninth
off Francisco Cordero made it 6-4. Cordero, pitching for the third
straight day and in a non-save situation, then got Shin-Soo Choo on
a called third strike in a 10-pitch at-bat. Austin Kearns lined the
next pitch to right fielder Jay Bruce to end it. It was Cordero's
36th pitch of the inning.
Bruce was 4 for 4 with two RBIs and Brandon Phillips had two
doubles and three runs for Cincinnati, which is 18-7 since opening
the season 7-11.
The Reds have won 11 of 14 from their state in-rival since 2008
and lead the all-time series 33-32.
Cleveland made three errors in its season-high sixth straight
loss to drop deeper into last place in the AL Central.
Travis Hafner's two-out, two-run homer got Cleveland within 5-2
in the sixth. Cueto then walked Peralta and went to a 2-1 count on
Matt LaPorta when manager Dusty Baker and trainer Paul Lessard went
to the mound to check on the right-hander. Whatever was troubling
Cueto didn't keep him from getting LaPorta to pop out on the next
Bruce's third straight single gave the Reds a 6-2 lead in the
seventh. He added a double in the ninth.
Joey Votto and Bruce had RBI singles in the first off Carmona.
Votto moved into scoring position on a throwing error by
centerfielder Trevor Crowe on his hit and scored an unearned run on
Bruce's line single.
Votto singled to open the fourth, stole second and took third on
a throwing error by Mike Redmond. That snapped the veteran's major
league record for catchers at 253 consecutive errorless games since
July 22, 2004.
One out later, Nix homered into the right-field seats to make it
Phillips reached on an error by third baseman Peralta in the
fifth and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly by Scott Rolen.
Carmona allowed three earned runs and seven hits over six
innings. The right-hander has worked six or more innings in eight
of his nine starts.
NOTES: Indians manager Manny Acta said OF Grady Sizemore, on the
disabled list with a bruised left knee, is "visiting doctors" to
determine what method of treatment is best. Acta said he hopes for
an update early next week. ... Cleveland signed veteran INF Josh
Phelps to a minor-league contract and assigned him to Triple-A
Columbus. The 32-year-old played in 24 games for the Indians in
2004 and has 64 career homers for six MLB teams since 2000. ...
Former Ohio State and Cincinnati Bengals star Archie Griffin, the
two-time Heisman Trophy winner, threw out a ceremonial first pitch.
... Cleveland has totaled 18 runs in its six straight losses. ...
Baker said 40-year-old LHP Arthur Rhodes, who pitched three
straight days, was unavailable Saturday. ... Nix is 8 for 13 (.615)
with three homers, six runs and seven RBIs in his last three games.
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