Michael Brantley hit a three-run homer and Frank Herrmann took over after Indians starter Fausto Carmona took a tumble, pitching three scoreless innings Saturday for his first big league win in Cleveland's 3-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.
The Indians are 5-0 against their intrastate rival, one win away from the first sweep in the interleague series' history.
Carmona fell hard while running out a grounder in the third inning, leaving the game with a strained right thigh. Herrmann (1-0) retired nine of the 10 batters he faced.
Brantley followed Carmona's fall with his first homer in nearly a month off Homer Bailey (3-3).