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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Francisco Lindor's Home Run Lifts The Indians Over The Reds

Francisco Lindor hit his third home run of the year in the 12th inning off Keyvius Sampson to give the Indians its third straight win over the Reds, 8-7.

"I tried to get the pitch down and out but it came back over the plate. He (Lindor) is a good player," Sampson said.

The Reds suffered through two lopsided games in Cleveland but were a lot better taking on their cross-state rivals on the banks of the Ohio. Eugenio Suarez' three-run home run off Zach McAllister put the Reds in the lead but Rajai Davis blasted his second home run to tie the game.

The loss dropped the Reds to 15-25 at the quarter mark of the season, putting them on pace to lose 100 games.
"It's tough. It't been a tough first 40 (games)," Bryan Price said.  "It won't be like this all year but it has been tough to watch.  There have been a lot of good things but we're having a tough time getting consistent innings from our starters and our bullpen. It's tough to lose leads like this."

Jay Bruce hit two home runs, scored three runs and was on base four plate appearances. He raised his average to .290 with eight home runs and 27 RBI.

"We all have expectations of ourselves," Bruce said. "We come in to do a job. It's tough to lose but our only choice is to move forward.  It's tough to lose a lead but we've had games when we didn't score enough to take the bullpen off the hook to.  Things just aren't matched upright now.  We have to get better on both sides of the ball."

Since Bruce returned from paternity leave, he is hitting .317 with four home runs and 12 RBI in 17 games.

"I'm pretty good at separating my private life from baseball," Bruce said.  "It doesn't affect me on the field but fatherhood is great. It's like someone gave me the key to a club, I didn't know existed." `

Davis homered twice for the Indians and scored three runs.

Brandon Finnegan kept the hard hitting Indians in check until the sixth inning.

Jose Ramirez singled and scored on a sacrifice fly by Marlon Byrd after a double by Yan Gomes.  Rajai Davis hit his third home run of the season in the third.  Davis had five hits in seven at bats against the Reds in first two games of this split series between Cincinnati and Cleveland.

The Reds took a few innings to figure out the offerings of Mike Clevinger, who was making his Major League debut.  Zack Cozart singled sharply to left on Clevinger's first ever big league pitch but retired 11 of the next 12 batters with Jay Bruce drawing a walk.

Bruce hit his seventh home run in the fourth.  It was the 127th home run he's hit in Great American Ball Park, breaking the tie with Adam Dunn for the most.

Finnegan retired eight of the last nine batters he faced until Jason Kipnis doubled to open the sixth inning.  Francisco Lindor moved Kipnis to third on a ground out.  Mike Napoli hit a smash at Suarez but it got through to the outfield as Kipnis scored.  Napoli later scored on Byrd's single, chasing Finnegan from the game.

The Reds got to Clevinger in the sixth.

Cozart singled for the second time to start the inning.  Billy Hamilton bunted for a single. Joey Votto doubled to right center.  Hamilton and Cozart crossed the plate literally at the same time as Hamilton had to slow down to keep from overtaking Cozart.  Bruce singled sharply to right off lefty reliever, Kyle Crockett.  McAllister entered the game and Suarez belted his team leading ninth home run and his third in six games.

Diaz walked two batters in the seventh and Davis scored on a ground out to make it a 6-5 game.

Tony Cingrani was handed a two-run lead in the ninth.  With one out he walked Lonnie Chisenhall in front of Davis' second homer.

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