Indians improve to 20-23
The Tribe extended its winning streak to six games in a row courtesy of another outstanding performance by Trevor Bauer and some highly charitable Reds defense.
Bauer started slowly, allowing a couple of singles in a 23-pitch 1st inning, but he quickly settled down and allowed just one more base-runner in the next five IP. Although he did fade a little down the stretch, as Marlon Byrd crushed one to deep center field in the 7th and then Kristopher Negron doubled to lead-off the 8th, he fought back to retire the next two. When he left after 7.2 IP with a 4-1 lead and a runner on 3rd, Bauer had allowed just five hits and no walks, striking out four.
The offense wasn't at its best, missing out on numerous opportunities with runners on, but they were greatly assisted by some Tribe-like infield defense, as the Reds committed three very costly errors. In both the 1st and 2nd innings the Tribe left two men on, but in the 3rd they finally got on the board with a David Murphy RBI single that cannoned off Joey Votto, followed by another run when Brandon Phillips booted one from Nick Swisher. Rookie Raisel Iglesias was then removed from the game, having thrown 84 pitches in just 3 IP.
Subsequently, the Reds virtually gifted the game in the 6th when Ryan Mattheus couldn't handle one from Yan Gomes and then walked the next two (Aviles and Kipnis). Just when it looked like they would escape, Joey Votto rushed a throw to the pitcher and allowed two runners to score as the Tribe somewhat fortuitously established a 4-0 lead.
After the Reds had pulled one back, Aroldis Chapman came on for his first appearance of the series and quickly ran into trouble when Kipnis hit a one-out double and Santana singled him home. Chapman then walked both Moss and Bourn before just about escaping on a fine catch by Jay Bruce.
Cody Allen wasn't at anything like his sharpest, but the Tribe had a established a large enough cushion to survive a minor Reds' late rally.
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