CLEVELAND (AP) - Jhonny Peralta singled in the go-ahead run in
the sixth inning Sunday to help the Cleveland Indians beat the
Cincinnati Reds 4-3 and snap a six-game losing streak.
Cincinnati failed to earn its first series sweep in Cleveland.
The Reds have won 11 of 15 from their in-state rivals since 2008,
and the overall series is tied at 33.
David Huff (2-6) gave up three runs and six hits over six
innings for his first win in six starts. The left-hander was 0-5
with a 7.33 ERA since his first career complete game April 15, a
four-hit, 3-2 win over Texas.
Scott Rolen hit two homers and drove in all three Reds runs.
Reds starting pitcher Homer Bailey left in the third inning with
tightness in his right shoulder. The seventh overall pick in the
2004 draft will be examined in Cincinnati on Monday by team
physician Dr. Timothy Kremchek.
Kerry Wood worked the ninth for his first save since Sept. 25.
The right-hander was sidelined out of spring training until May 7
with a strained muscle in his back. He blew his first save
opportunity Wednesday by allowing five runs in the ninth inning of
an 8-4 loss to Kansas City.
Peralta lined a two-out single off Daniel Ray Herrera (0-2) to
break a 3-3 tie. Trevor Crowe singled with one out and went to
third on Shin-Soo Choo's third hit, a single to right. Travis
Hafner struck out before Peralta delivered.
Rolen's 10th homer made it 3-3 in the top of the sixth. He put
the Reds ahead with a two-run homer in the first. It was the 21st
career multihomer game and second this year for the third baseman,
who has hit safely in nine of his last 12 games, going 15 for 40
(.375) with four homers and 14 RBIs.
The Indians turned three singles and a wild pitch by Bailey into
two runs in the bottom of the first. Hafner had an RBI infield
single and Shelley Duncan's sharp single to center with two outs
Bailey yielded a leadoff triple to Choo in the third, then got
Hafner to fly out to left on his 46th pitch. He hung his head as he
walked off the mound and manager Dusty Baker and trainer Paul
Lessard went out to check on the right-hander. After a lengthy
discussion, Bailey was replaced by Micah Owings.
Russell Branyan drove in Choo with a sacrifice fly to put
Cleveland ahead 3-2.
Bailey allowed four hits and three runs over 2 1-3 innings in
his second start since his first career complete game, a four-hit,
5-0 win at Pittsburgh on May 12.
He is the second Reds starter in two days to leave a game early.
On Saturday night, right-hander Johnny Cueto left after six innings
with a blistered finger on his right hand.
NOTES: Baker said closer Francisco Cordero, who had pitched
three straight days, and right-hander Nick Masset, after working in
four consecutive games, were unavailable. ... Branyan reached with
one out in the fifth when his fly ball was lost in the sun by
right-fielder Jay Bruce. The ball nearly hit him in the head. In
the first inning, shortstop Donald staggered under a popup hit by
Joey Votto, falling down as the ball landed in his glove. Neither
player wore sunglasses on the cloudless day.
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