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Carlos Santana's big night helps the Cleveland Indians finish off sweep of the Cincinnati Reds

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Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Indians 7, Reds 2

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Indians improve to 21-17.  Woohoo!

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Three cheers for the Reds!

The Indians took advantage of Cincinnati's shaky pitching staff once again in their 7-2 victory Thursday evening at the Great American Ballpark.  With the win, the Tribe swept the four-game series against the Reds and did it in dramatic fashion, scoring 43 runs and banging out 56 hits.

The big hero tonight for the Indians was everybody's favorite slugger, Carlos Santana.  The first baseman (tonight, anyways) crushed two home runs and drove in four, giving him seven homers and 21 RBI's on the season.  This huge night was in spite of the comments on cle.com lambasting the Tribe for daring to waste a cleanup spot on the lousy Santana.

Josh Tomlin was pretty darn good too for the Tribe, throwing 7 and 2/3 innings of five hit ball.  He allowed just two earned runs, walked one, and somewhat surprisingly missed plenty of bats, racking up seven strikeouts on the evening.  With the win, the right-hander improved to 6-0 on the year.  Tomlin also showed off his hitting prowess, with two hits and some sneaky fast baserunning.

The scoring got started in the fourth inning, with both teams plating two runs.  In the top of the frame, Francisco Lindor led off with a single and was driven in thanks to Santana's first home run of the night.  The Reds answered with their own two run homer, a blast to center field by Joey Votto.

The fifth inning was where the fun really got started for the Tribe.  With Caleb Cotham on the mound for the Reds, replacing starter Tim Adelman, who left with an undisclosed injury, the Indians wasted no time getting to everybody's favorite MLB bullpen.  Doubles by Tomlin and Davis started the inning, followed by a Lindor single and another homer by Santana into the right field bleachers.  Just like that, the Indians had themselves a four run lead that they wouldn't come close to surrendering.

Along with Santana and Tomlin; Davis, Lindor, and Juan Uribe each finished with two hits on the evening.  Davis had a particularly good Ohio Cup series, reaching base in 15 of his 22 plate appearances, with two home runs and eight RBI.

The Indians now head to Boston to take on the Red Sox, with Corey Kluber down as Friday evening's scheduled starter.  Let's Go Tribe!