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Reds survive 9th inning scare; defeat Indians 6-4

MEGASPORTSNEWS.COM GAME COVERAGE

CLEVELAND, OHIO – Johnny Cueto won his third straight start and hot-hitting Laynce Nix homered for the third day in a row as the Cincinnati Reds beat their in-state rivals, the Cleveland Indians 6-4 Saturday night.

Nix is 8 for 13 (.615) with three homers, six runs and seven RBI’s in his last three games.

Progressive Field Gate C (megasportsnews.com)

Reds Scott Rolen at bat (megasportsnews.com)

Cueto who is now 4-1, gave up just 4 hits and two runs in 6 innings as the Reds moved into first place in the NL Central by a half-game over St. Louis. The right-hander improved to 4-0 with a 2.18 ERA in his last five starts-including a one-hit shutout at Pittsburgh on May 11.

Indians starter Fausto Carmona was the tough-luck loser, he’s 4-2. He was the victim of three errors from his defense.

Trevor Crowe’s two-run single with the bases loaded in the ninth inning off Reds closer Francisco Cordero made it 6-4. Cordero was pitching for the third straight day and in a non-save situation, then got the Indians two best hitters. He struck out Shin-Soo Choo on a called third strike in a 10-pitch at bat. Austin Kearns, a former Red, lined the first pitch he saw to right fielder Jay Bruce to end the game. Cordero threw 36 pitches in the ninth inning. Reds manager Dusty Baker said he may not use Cordero on Sunday because he needs a breather.

Indians batting practice (megasportsnews.com)

Bruce was 4 for 4 with two RBI’s and Brandon Phillips had two doubles and three runs scored for Cincinnati, which is 18-7 since opening the season at 7-11.

Cincinnati has won 11 of 14 from their in-state rivals since 2008 and lead the all-time series 33-32.

SOUNDS FROM THE POSTGAME CLUBHOUSE (To listen to an audio file, please click the link)

44 987 Francisco Cordero Reds Closer Throwing everyday is it tough (megasportsnews.com)

44 989 Francisco Cordero Reds Closer Every inning is not going to be easy (megasportsnews.com)

44 990 Francisco Cordero Reds Closer Big pitch to strikeout Shin-Soo Choo in 9th (megasportsnews.com)

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.

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