MLB Game Summary - Cleveland at Cincinnati|
(Thursday, June 14th)
Final Score: Cincinnati 12, Cleveland 5
Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - Brandon Phillips had a home run among three
hits and knocked in four runs as the Cincinnati Reds hammered the
Cleveland Indians, 12-5, to complete a three-game interleague sweep Thursday.
Joey Votto added a three-run homer and Ryan Ludwick hit a two-run bomb for the
Reds, who have won five of their last eight games.
"We needed every run we could get today," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "They
can score runs in bunches and we feel very fortunate to have swept them."
Cincinnati starter Mike Leake gave up three runs on seven hits and two walks
over 4 1/3 innings, while Jose Arredondo (4-1) received the win with two-
thirds of an inning of relief.
Josh Tomlin (3-4) allowed six runs on 10 hits and two walks in just four
innings to take the loss for Cleveland, which has dropped five of its last
"You have to give them credit. They beat us on both sides of the ball,"
Indians manager Manny Acta said about the Reds. "Their starters pretty much
held our offense down and then they outhit us too."
Shin-Soo Choo homered twice in defeat.
Cleveland jumped out an early lead when Choo led off the game with a shot over
the right-center field wall. Asdrubal Cabrera followed with a double down the
first base line and crossed the plate on a pair of groundouts by Jason Kipnis
and Carlos Santana to give the Indians a quick two-run advantage.
But the Reds answered in the bottom of the first with Votto's three-run home
run to center field to jump ahead, 3-2.
Chris Heisey and Zack Cozart started the frame with back-to-back singles prior
to Votto's 12th homer of the season.
Phillips' leadoff blast to left field in the third inning gave Cincinnati a
The Reds loaded the bases with no outs on a walk by Devin Mesoraco and a pair
of base hits by Leake and Heisey in the fourth inning and after Cozart
grounded into a 5-2-3 double play, Phillips slapped a two-run single to right
field, stretching the Reds' lead to 6-2.
Choo's second leadoff home run of the game in the fifth closed the gap to
three, and Leake was later pulled with one out and runners on first and
Arredondo kept it a 6-3 game by inducing a grounder to second by Michael
Brantley and striking out Jose Lopez.
Cincinnati, though, pulled away for good in the home fifth, starting with
Ludwick's two-run homer to straightaway center field off Scott Barnes.
Mesoraco then doubled to left before moving to third on pinch-hitter
Kristopher Negron's base hit. Heisey then hit a grounder to third that Lopez
threw home, catching Mesoraco in a rundown.
But catcher Lou Marson ran into Mesoraco after chasing him down the basepath
and Mesoraco was awarded home because of interference.
After Votto walked to load the bases, Phillips singled in Negron and Jay Bruce
worked a walk to plate pinch-runner Homer Bailey to give the Reds an 11-3
After Cleveland left the bases loaded in the sixth, Negron reached second on
an error by Lonnie Chisenhall and later crossed the plate on a wild pitch by
Esmil Rogers in the bottom of the frame to increase Cincinnati's advantage.
RBI groundouts by Lopez and Aaron Cunningham in the seventh brought the
Indians within 12-5, but J.J. Hoover and Sam LeCure both tossed a scoreless
inning to close out the game for the Reds.
Negron's single in the fifth was his first career hit...Heisey left the game
in the fifth inning with a mild left groin strain...Brantley extended his
career-high hit streak to 21 games...Leake has now gone six straight starts
without a loss...Cincinnati improved to 103-126 all-time in interleague play,
while the Indians fell to 132-142...The all-time series between the teams is
06/14 17:50:35 ET