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Indians allow 7 in 9th, lose to Reds 7-4 after Bauer's gem

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CLEVELAND (AP) — Indians manager Terry Francona expected to see Oliver Perez run out of the bullpen. Pitching coach Carl Willis made the call for Dan Otero instead.

The mixup was a miserable one for the AL Central leaders.

Joey Votto hit a go-ahead, three-run double off Otero in the ninth inning as Cincinnati scored seven times with two outs, overcoming a gem by Trevor Bauer to beat Cleveland 7-4 on Tuesday night.

Francona instructed Willis to have "O-P" warm up, referring to Oliver Perez, with the bases loaded and a 4-3 lead with closer Cody Allen struggling. Willis misunderstood the message, believing he had used Otero's nickname of "O-T."

"When I saw O-T coming through the gate, it's not that I don't think he can pitch, but it just wasn't the guy I was expecting," Francona said. "We had a communication (error). That one lands squarely on me, no getting around it. I know Carl is beating himself up right now, but that one lands on me."

Willis, who rejoined the staff this season, accepted responsibility for the mistake. He noted that Votto was 0 of 4 in his career against Otero, but said he should have asked Francona for clarification.

Allen (2-4) initiated the sequence by loading the bases after recording two outs in relief of Bauer, who struck out 12 in eight shutout innings. Cleveland's bullpen entered the day with the third-highest ERA in baseball at 5.13.

"Quite frankly, heart of hearts, I felt like Cody was going to get out of the situation," Willis said. "But you know, I made the mistake, got the wrong guy up. It's not that O-T can't get the job done, but it probably wasn't the best matchup."

Adam Duvall also doubled in a pair in the ninth, while Jose Peraza and Eugenio Suarez had RBI singles off Allen. Cincinnati's final seven batters reached base before Scooter Gennett ran into the third out on Suarez's hit.

"I take sole responsibility for everything that took place there," said Allen, who was charged with a career-high six runs. "We're confident in every guy that runs out of that gate and we shouldn't have been in that position in the first place."

Making his first start since being named to his first All-Star Game, Bauer only allowed three singles and didn't surrender a hit until Jesse Winker's one-out liner up the middle in the fifth.

The right-hander became the second major leaguer to post seven consecutive quality starts with eight-or-more strikeouts and no homers allowed, according to the Indians. Pedro Martinez holds the record with eight in 2002.

"Bauer was a handful for us and we ended up scoring all of our runs when he exited the game," Votto said. "There is a reason why he's an All-Star and there is a reason why he is fastly becoming one of the better pitchers, if not one of the best pitchers in the game."

Former Cleveland reliever Kyle Crockett (1-0) netted the final two outs in the eighth after righty Sal Romano went the first 7 1/3 innings. Raisel Iglesias worked the ninth for his second save in two nights and his 19th of the season.

Francisco Lindor hit his fifth leadoff homer of the year and fellow All-Star Jose Ramirez had a solo shot for the Indians. Ramirez' home run was his 25th, marking the eighth time in franchise history the milestone has been reached in the first half of the season.


Reds interim manager Jim Riggleman earned his 700th career win, but was unaware of it until after the game. Cincinnati is 38-36 since he took over for Bryan Price on April 19.

"This is really an energetic, high-energy group, a fun-to-manage group," he said. "It was on display at its best right there. That's probably the best inning I've been involved in for a long time."

The four-run comeback in the ninth was the Reds' first since June 30, 2006 against the Indians.

Reds: RHP Homer Bailey (right knee) reported no physical issues after throwing two innings out of the bullpen Sunday in a rehab assignment with Triple-A Louisville.

Indians: OF Lonnie Chisenhall (left calf) will miss 8-10 weeks after a second medical opinion confirmed a Grade 3 strain. He was placed on the disabled list on July 3.


Reds RHP Tyler Mahle (7-6, 3.66 ERA) takes on Indians RHP Carlos Carrasco (9-5, 4.28 ERA) in the three-game series finale. Mahle hasn't lost since May 20, going 4-0 in eight starts, and has an NL-low 2.04 ERA since June 1.

Cleveland Indians rout Cincinnati Reds with 19-4 to end skid

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Jose Ramirez slammed two home runs and drove in five runs as the Cleveland Indians took out their frustrations on the visiting Reds, crushing Cincinnati 19-4 on Wednesday night to end a four-game losing streak.

Jason Kipnis and Francisco Lindor also homered as the Indians, who had 19 hits and went 11-for-18 with runners in scoring position, avoided getting swept by the Reds.

Cleveland right-hander Carlos Carrasco (10-5) gave up just one run on five hits and a walk in five innings. He struck out seven. Right-hander Adam Plutko pitched the final four innings for his first career save, allowing three runs on six hits and two walks with four strikeouts.

The Indians scored two runs in the first, nine in the third and six more in the fourth for a 17-0 lead. Everyone in Cleveland's starting lineup had at least one hit and one run after four innings. All but two players had at least one RBI.

A trio of Reds rookie pitchers took the brunt of the beating.

Right-hander Tyler Mahle (7-7) had won four decisions in a row with a 2.05 ERA, but in his shortest outing of the season, 2 1/3 innings, he allowed seven runs (five earned), on six hits and two walks with a strikeout.

The Indians, who blew a four-run lead in the ninth inning on Tuesday, assured no such collapse, chasing Mahle in the third and punishing hard-throwing right-hander Tanner Rainey.

In two-thirds of an inning, the little-used Rainey gave up eight runs on five hits and three walks. Right-hander Jackson Stephens gave up the last two runs of the fourth.

Ramirez, who also homered Tuesday, took Mahle deep in the first for a 2-0 lead, and he highlighted the third with a three-run shot off Rainey. He has 27 long balls on the season, one off the American League lead. Yan Gomes and Michael Brantley each had two-run singles in the third inning.

In the fourth, Kipnis hit his ninth, a two-run bomb off Rainey, and Lindor hit his 25th, a three-run shot, off Stephens.

Tyler Naquin had three hits and three RBIs, Lindor had three RBIs and Brantley scored three times.

Reds utility infielder Alex Blandino pitched a scoreless bottom of the eighth.

Rookie outfielder Jesse Winker hit a two-run home run for the Reds, his seventh, and Scooter Gennett launched his 15th. Gennett had three of Cincinnati's 11 hits to retake the National League lead in hitting at .326.

4 times the Reds have rallied in the 9th inning to beat the Indians

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The Cincinnati Reds scored seven runs in the ninth inning to stun the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night. 

So what else is new? 

The Ohio River team has made a habit of rallying in the ninth inning against the squad from Lake Erie. 
Here are four times the Reds came off the mat last at-bat to beat the Indians. 

2006: Adam Dunn’s walk-off grand slam 
Is there any more memorable moment for the Reds since their last World Series title? 

The Indians dominated this game until the last two innings. Dunn finished Cincinnati’s offensive awakening with a bases loaded bullet that still gives Reds fans chills today. 
2008: Dunn does it again with 3-run moonshot 
While the Big Donkey’s epic ‘06 game-winner was a laser beam that barely clear the right field wall, he hit a no-doubter to stun Cleveland two years later. 
2017: Hamilton’s mad dashes do in Indians 
Anyone who disagrees with the notion Billy Hamilton can change a game with his speed just needs to watch this half inning. After beating out a double-play ball that would have ended the game, he scored the go-ahead run from first base on a single. 
Who does that? 

2018: Joey Votto wears the laurel of hero
The Reds looked dead in the water entering the ninth inning down 4-0 Tuesday night. 

They were still in that hole with two outs on the scoreboard, but Jim Riggleman’s team wasn’t done. 

Joey Votto had the biggest blow, a three-run double that put Cincinnati on top for good. 
Not only did it energize the southern half of the state, it was also a reminder everything tends to come full circle. 

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