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Athletics cool down Indians, 3-0 behind Gio Gonzalez

compiled from staff and wire reports

Oakland A’s pitcher Gio Gonzalez is starting to become the ace of the staff. He can be very good and dominating at times.

Against Cleveland on Friday night, he pitched 6 innings and allowed five hits and upped his record to 7-5.

Gio Gonzalez (mlb)

The Indians had a chance to stage a rally in the bottom of the sixth inning but a strange play took them out of the inning.

With the bases loaded, and catcher Mike Redmond at the plate, he hit a line drive into the outfield that landed on the grass for a hit?

No! Because of two factors. Redmond is 39 years old and can’t run fast at all and the ball was not hit very far.

Oakland rightfielder Ryan Sweeney, was playing like a rover in softball, threw Redmond out at first base to stop a potential Tribe rally as the Athletics won the game 3-0 last night in Progressive Field.

The Indians (31-48) saw their five-game winning streak snapped.

Oakland (40-41) has won seven of eight against Cleveland, including three of four this year.

Indians right fielder Shin-Soo Choo left the game in the eighth inning. He appeared to hve injured his right hand while diving for a ball in the outfield.

Reds nine run seventh inning, two-hit pitching by Arroyo keys third straight win

MEGASPORTSNEWS.COM GAME COVERAGE

 

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — A nine-run seventh inning keyed by six walks pushed the Reds to their third straight win Friday, in a 12-0 rout over the Cubs. Chicago lost their third straight game and are 1-4 on the current seven game homestand. The nine runs scored by the Reds are a season-high for one inning surpassing the eight runs scored May 20th in a 10-9 loss at Atlanta.

A crowd of 40,361 saw the Reds send 13 men to the plate in the seventh inning.

Cubs starting pitcher Ryan Dempster, now 6-6, trailed only 1-0 going into the seventh as he gave up  a leadoff homer to second baseman Brandon Phillips in the third inning. Dempster despite the loss, struck out nine Reds.

Bronson Arroyo (mlb)

Dempster walked the first two batters in the seventh and possibly the key play in the frame was then a fielding error on a Ramon Hernandez ground ball by second baseman Mike Fontenot. With one out, Dempster walked Bronson Arroyo and Phillips to push the lead to 3-0. Jonny Gomes’ two-run double and Scott Rolen’s two-run single were key hits in the rally. Bob Howry was touched for a two-run double by Hernandez to make it 10-0. Joey Votto homered in the eighth to make the final score 12-0.

Arroyo is now 8-6 against the Cubs in his career and Dempster, a former Red, is 5-6 against the Reds.

In allowing only two hits in six innings, Arroyo was able to bounce back from a loss to Cleveland in his last start on Sunday. He is 8-4 on the season.

GAME NOTES

* Cincinnati retained its 1 1/2 game lead over St. Louis in the NL Central as the Cardinals beat Milwaukee, 5-0.

* The Reds hit the season’s halfway point of 81 games with a record of 46-35, the first time they’ve been 11 games over .500 since June 2006.

* Joey Votto reached base for the 40th consecutive game, via a walk in the first inning. It is the longest such streak in the majors since Ichiro Suzuki of Seattle and Ryan Zimmerman of Washington both had 43-game streaks in 2009.

*Cincinnati has beaten the Cubs four straight in the season series and leads overal at 6-2.

* Chris Valaika and Travis Wood were selected for the 2010 International League All-Star squad as Louisville Bats representatives.

Indians win fifth in a row; Masterson and LaPorta lead the way

compiled from staff and wire reports

Indians manager Manny Acta said all along that his young players would start to come around.

His faith has been rewarded. with Justin Masterson pitching and Matt LaPorta hitting, Cleveland beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-1 Thursday for a season-high fifth straight win.

Justin Masterson Indians (mlb)

The Indians, playing several young players in the starting lineup was looking bad on the last road trip until they won the last game in Cincinnati and came home to sweep the four-game sweep of the Blue Jays.

Masterson, who is 3-7, blanked the Blue Jays until Jose Bautista led off the ninth with a double and Aaron Hill hit an RBI single with one out. Frank Herrmann came in with bases loaded and got Jose Molina to bounce into a double play for his first major league save.

Masterson gave up eight hits, walked none and struck out five.

Reds beat Cubs 3-2 in 10 innings to open road trip; Wood has impressive debut for Cincinnati

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CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — Lefthander Travis Wood, the Reds 2009 Minor League pitcher of the year, pitched 7 1/3 innings in his big league debut Thursday afternoon at Wrigley Field and Drew Stubbs fielder’s choice grounder drove in the winning run in the 10th inning in a 3-2 win. That was the Reds eighth straight extra inning road win this season and the ninth in a row dating back to June of 2009. Atlanta won nine in a row from 1999-2000.

Travis Wood Reds (mlb)

Wood, allowed only two hits, walked three and struck out four Cubs. He was staked to a 2-0 lead going into the bottom of the eighth on a Scott Rolen RBI triple in the first inning and a two-out single by Jonny Gomes in the eighth inning.

Wood walked two hitters to start the bottom of the eighth inning and then left for set-up reliever Nick Masset. Kosuke Fukodome sacrificed the runners to second and third and rightfielder Tyler Corbin then delieved a two-run RBI single to right-field to tie the score at 2-2.

Cincinnati pushed over the winning tally in the 10th inning. With one out Miguel Cairo singled and Jay Bruce followed with a single moving Cairo to third base. Drew Stubbs bounced out to the second baseman who threw to Starlin Castro, but he could not relay the throw to first base to get Stubbs. Cairo scored and that was the game winning run.

Rookie righthander Jordan Smith got credit for the win and Francisco Cordero chalked up his 22nd save. The Reds are 5-2 against Chicago in 2010. This is their first visit to Chicago this season.

At one point Wood retired 13 Cubs in a row and made only 91 pitches.

The Reds collected 16 hits in the game but stranded 13 runners and were 2 for 11 with runners in scoring position.

GAME NOTES

* Travis Wood is the second Reds rookie starter to make his major league debut against the cubs this year. Mike Leake debuted in the majors against Chicago at Cincinnati April 11th.

* The Cubs are 11-19 in one run games this season.

* Chicago has scored only six runs in the first four games of this current, seven game home stand. Their record is 1-3. The Cubs will travel to Arizona and Los Angeles to finish the first half of the year before the All-Star break.

* Cubs starter on Thursday, Carlos Silva made his 12th quality start and received a no decision. He lost two in a row after winning his first 8 games in 2010.

* The Reds are a seaon-high 10 games above .500.

* Reds 1B Joey Votto reached base 39 games in a row, longest such streak in baseball this season.

Bruce leads ‘comeback Reds’ over Halladay and Phillies, 4-3

compiled from staff and wire reports

Jay Bruce ended the Reds homestand on a good note; with a win and a winning record (4-2).

Bruce hit a high-towering two-run homer in the eighth inning off Roy Halladay, who has had trouble since throwing his perfect game, and the Reds rallied for another victory in their final at bat Wednesday, beating Philadelphia, 4-3.

Cincinnati leads the majors in comeback wins with 25, including 14 in their final at-bat which ties them for first in the majors with Atlanta.

Jay Bruce Reds (mlb)

The Reds badly needed this game because a month will go by until they play their next home game on July 16. They’ll play 11 in a row on the road before the All-Star break.

Joey Votto also homered against Halladay, who is 9-7 overall and fell to 2-4 since his perfect game on May 29. He fell apart in the eighth inning holding on to a 3-2 lead.

Jonny Gomes opened the inning with a single. Bruce then homered on a fastball in the middle of the plate.

Arthur Rhodes was the winner, he’s 3-2. He pitched a perfect inning after being the losing pitcher on Tuesday. Closer Francisco Cordero pitched the ninth inning for his 21 st save in 26 chances.

GAME NOTES

* Joey Votto has now reached base safely in 38 consecutive games, the longest streak by a Red since Pete Rose achieved it in 48 straight games in 1978.

Travis Wood Reds (mlb)

* The Reds optioned left-handed reliever Daniel Ray Herrera to Triple-A Louisville after the game. They will use his roster spot to bring up LHP Travis Wood from Triple-A Louisville to make his major league debut on Thursday at the Chicago Cubs.

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