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Reds stun reeling Indians in ninth

By PAUL HOYNES • Jul 10, 2018 at 10:06 PM

CLEVELAND — The Indians hit the Reds hard early Tuesday night, but the Reds hit them harder in the ninth inning at Progressive Field.

Joey Votto's three-run double highlighted a seven-run ninth inning as the Reds came from behind to beat the Indians, 7-4, at Progressive Field to ruin a strong start by Trevor Bauer.

Cody Allen entered the ninth inning and turned a 4-0 lead and into a mess. Allen had two outs with two on when Jose Peraza singled home one run and Adam Duvall doubled home two more to make it a 4-3 game.

Allen intentionally walked Scott Schebler and unintentionally walked Dilson Herrera to load the bases. Dan Otero, pitching for the fourth time in the last five days, relieved to face Votto, who ripped a 3-2 pitch into the gap in right center field to give the Reds a 6-4 lead.

Eugenio Suarez delivered Votto with an RBI single for the seventh run of the inning.

The Indians hit right-hander Sal Romano and the Reds hard and fast at the start of the game. The left-left combination was delivered by switch-hitters Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez. Lindor opened the first with his fifth leadoff homer of the season and one batter later Ramirez homered again for a rapid-fire 2-0 lead.

The Indians added two more runs in the second before turning the game over to Bauer. The game seemed in good hands as Bauer threw eight scoreless innings with 12 strikeouts.

But then came the ninth inning.

When Lindor pulled Romano's 2-2 pitch into the right field seats for the eighth leadoff homer of his career, he tied Ramirez for the team lead with 24 homers. The tie lasted 2:42 before Ramirez sent a 2-2 pitch over the center field wall for his 25th homer.

It was ninth time Lindor and Ramirez have homered in the same game and the fourth time they've homered in the same inning this season. The nine games are the most homers by two teammates in the same game in the big leagues this season.

Lindor and Ramirez's teammates love to watch them compete against each other. They smile and say they're not trying to beat each other, they're just pushing and competing with each other. It's great entertainment and they get to watch for free.

It was a good night for the Tribe's All-Stars. Bauer struck out 12, giving him nine straight starts with eight or more punchouts. it was the eighth time this year he's struck out 10 or more batters in a game.

Lindor and Ramirez, meanwhile, set the tone early and it carried into the second inning.

Jason Kipnis started the inning with a walk. Tyler Naquin doubled him to third. Kipnis scored when tSuarez dropped Roberto Perez's bouncer to third for an error.

Rookie Greg Allen, who had so much trouble bunting earlier in the season, moved Naquin to third and Perez to second with a perfect sacrifice bunt. Lindor's ground out to second made it 4-0 and gave him 59 RBI.

It's a good thing the Indians scored when they did because Romano got better in a hurry. He retired 15 straight after Suarez's error before Kipnis walked to start the seventh. It was his first career start against the Indians, but he came into the game with a 2-1 record against the AL Central this year with wins against Detroit and the White Sox.

Bauer didn't allow a hit until Jesse Winker singled with one out in the fifth. He didn't find real trouble until the seventh when he walked Alex Blaudino to load the bases with two out. He ended the inning without incident when Billy Hamilton hit a fly ball to center field.

Bauer pitched eight scoreless innings, allowing three hits and four walks. The 12 strikeouts were one shy of his season high. It was the third time this season he's struck out 12 batters in a start.

What it means

The Indians lead the AL with 67-first-inning runs. They've outscored the opposition, 67-45, in the first inning this season.

The pitches

Romano threw 100 pitches, 60 (60 percent) for strikes. Bauer threw 111 pitches, 67 (60 percent) for strikes. Bauer has topped 100 pitches in each of his 19 starts this season.

Thanks for coming

The Reds and Indians drew 21,908 fans to Progressive Field on Tuesday night. First pitch was at 7:10 p.m. with a temperature of 80 degrees.

Up next

Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco (9-5, 4.28) will face the Reds and right-hander Tyler Mahle (7-6, 3.66) on Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. SportsTime Ohio and WLKR/FM 95.3 will carry the game.

Carrasco will make his second start since coming off the disabled on July 6 to beat the A's. This will be Carrasco third interleague start of the season after beating the Brewers twice. He's 2-0 in five appearances against the Reds and 7-4 in interleague games.

Mahle, 23, is 4-0 with a 2.62 ERA in his last seven starts. This will be his fourth interleague start and he'll be trying to beat the Indians as he did the Twins, Royals and Detroit.

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