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Shane Bieber pitches the Indians back to .500

Morning news and notes Wednesday, August 5, 2020

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MLB: Cleveland Indians at Cincinnati Reds David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

It certainly wasn’t pretty. But it counts as a win for a team that desperately needed one. The Tribe grabbed their 6th win of the year, 4-2 over the Reds.

Shane Bieber’s pitching was the key in this one, as his 2-run performance allowed the offense to sleepwalk into just enough runs. Those runs were hardly deserved, until Franmil Reyes stepped to the plate and finally hit his first home run of the season to give the Tribe the lead. Bieber, James Karinchak and Brad Hand made that lead stand up.

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