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Reds bounce back against Indians; Nix, Gomes and Arroyo lead 7-4 win

compiled from staff and wire reports

Staff writer Steve Basford contributed to this story


Reds manager Dusty Baker knew the only way to get over and get past Thursday 10-9 loss to Atlanta was to come back and beat Cleveland.

After all, the Reds have been bouncing back well since April 25, going 17-7.

Laynce Nix (mlb)

Laynce Nix had three hits, including a tiebreaking double in the sixth inning, sending the slumping Indians to their fifth straight loss, despite a big night from Shin-Soo Choo. Moved from third to second in the batting order, Choo homered twice, had three hits and three RBI’s, but Cleveland fell to 10 games below .500, a season worst.

Jonny Gomes and Brandon Phillips also homered for the Reds.

Jonny Gomes' homer in the 4th (Steve Basford photo)

Bronson Arroyo (4-2) allowed four runs in 6 2-3 innings and won his third straight start. Francisco Cordero pitched the ninth inning for his 14th save in 17 chances.

GAME NOTES

* The Ohio Cup series is tied 32-32, but the Reds are 10-3 against Cleveland since 2008.

* Jonny Gomes is hitting .343 (12-for-35) with four homers and eight RBI’s as the DH in interleague games.

Rookie’s pinch hit grand slam sinks Reds; Royals sweep Indians

compiled from staff and wire reports

Rookie Brooks Conrad hit his 3rd major league homer and first career grand slam as the Braves scored seven times to rally past the Reds 10-9 to sweep the two game series at Turner Field.

Conrad, entering the game hitting .222, was 2-for-12 as a pinch hitter for the Braves and delivered the game’s biggest hit as the Braves won their third straight game-all in their last at bat.

Brooks Conrad (mlb)

Conrad homered off Reds closer Francisco Cordero as the Braves wiped out an earlier 8-0 deficit in defeating Cincinnati. Joey Votto stroked a grand slam in an 8 run second inning and leftfielder Laynce Nix delivered two RBI’s in that frame. The Reds scored all 8 runs off righthander Tommie Hanson of Atlanta.

Mike Leake (4-0) had his sixth quality start out of seven outings in 2010.

Leake pitched six innings, struck out six and walked only 1 and allowed five hits. He left with a 9-3 lead.

Poor defense by the Reds (4 errors) in the game helped Atlanta rally for the win.

Francisco Cordero relieved Nick Masset in the 9th inning with a 9-6 lead before giving up the grand slam to Brooks Conrad. Conrad, a left-handed hitter drove the ball over the left field wall and the hit off the glove of a leaping Laynce Nix at the wall.

The two game sweep by the Braves was the first time the Reds had been swept since the Pirates won a three game sweep in Pittsburgh in mid-April.

GAME NOTES

* The Atlanta Braves have won three straight games in their last at-bat, one against the Mets and two against the Reds.

Luke Hocevar pitched his third career complete game, Alberto Callaspo hit a  three-run homer and the Royals won for the sixth time in eight games, beating the short-handed and sliding Indians 9-3 on Thursday to move out of last place in the AL Central Division.

New Manager Ned Yost is 5-2 since taking over for the fired Trey Hillman.

Luke Hochevar (mlb)

The Royals completed a two-game sweep of the Indians due to a solid performance from Hocevar (4-2), who gave up four hits and ended a three-game losing streak against Cleveland.

Hocevar gave up two first-inning singles and then retired 15 of 16 before Shin-Soo Choo’s double in the sixth.

Rays sweep Yankees behind bat of Pena and pitching of Shields, 8-6

compiled from staff and wire reports

Baseball’s best team, the Tampa Bay Rays, now know that they can compete and win in the new Yankee Stadium. In 2009, that had some nightmarish games in the new ballpark. Carlos Pena and James Shields led the way last night.

Pena homered twice and Ben Zobrist and B.J. Upton also blasted homers as Tampa Bay tattoed another Yankees pitcher and posted its sixth straight win.

James Shields (mlb)

A day after battering A.J.  Burnett, Tampa Bay came out swinging a hot bat against Andy Pettitte (5-1). Jason Bartlett led off with a double, Carl Crawford followed with an RBI single and then Zobrist homered.

Shields, who is 5-1, overcame some early problems and mishaps and settled down as the game moved along and pitched into the eighth inning.

The Rays improved to 17-4 on the road and 30-11 overall.

Tampa Bay Rays beat Yankees 10-6 in the Bronx

compiled from staff and wire reports

Jason Bartlett and the Tampa Bay Rays beat up on the banged-up New York Yankees to move their winning streak to five games. The 10-6 win Wednesday night was the opener of a two-gmae series between baseball’s two top teams.

Evan Longoria had three hits and two RBI’s, sending the AL East leaders to their fifth straight win. Tampa Bay stole six bases against starting pitcher A. J. Burnett, four in a four-run fourth inning. The Rays improved to 29-11, the best record for a major league baseball team after 40 games since Boston had the same record in 2002.

Evan Longoria (mlb)

Rookie Wade Davis, (4-3)  given a six-run lead by the fourth inning, held the Yankees in check. Alex Rodriguez belted his 589th home run and Robinson Cano had four hits for New York (25-15), which has dropped seven of 11 since a  six-game winning streak.

MLB Report: Reds and Indians lose; Injury updates on Cabrera and Sizemore

compiled from staff and wire reports

Jason Heyward is the new star of the Atlanta Braves and he’s only 20 years old.

After the Braves blew a four-run lead, Heyward hit an RBI double with two outs in the ninth inning to give Atlanta a 5-4 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday night.

Jason Heyward (mlb)

Heyward has another double earlier in the game and also hit his first major league triple. The rookie helped the Braves get to the .500 mark and end the Reds four-game winning streak.

Martin Prado singled with two outs in the ninth off Nick Masset (3-2) and scored on Heyward’s double to right field.

Chris Heisey (mlb)

The Reds who lead the the NL with 13 comeback wins, scored three runs in the eighth and tied it in the ninth on pinch-hitter Chris Heisey’s leadoff homer against Billy Wagner (4-0). Wagner suffered his second blown save in six chances but struck out Scott Rolen and Jay Bruce with runners on first and second to end the ninth.

Yuniesky Betancourt hit a three-run double off Cleveland’s closer in Kansas City’s five-run ninth-inning as the Royals rallied to beat Cleveland Indians 8-4 on Wednesday night.

Wood (0-2) tossed his glove into the stands as he  walked off the field to a round of boos, after allowing four hits and five runs while getting only one out in 30 pitches.

Kerry Wood (mlb)

Wood opened the season on the disabled list with a strained muscle in his upper back and was activated May 7. In the second year of a $20.5 million contract he signed as a free agent in December 2008, the right-hander has an 18.90 ERA  in 3 1/3 innings over five games.

Indians Manager Manny acta has seen his best players come up injured in the past few days. Starting shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera has had to undergo surgery on a broken left arm, put Gold Glove centerfielder Grady Sizemore on the disabled list with a deep bruise in his left knee.

GAME NOTES
* Kansas City’s Jason Kendall and Cleveland’s Lou Marson became the first catchers on both teams to get a stolen base in the same game since San Diego’s Nick Hundley and Russell Martin of the Los Angeles Dodgers did it May 2, 2009.

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